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Digital era’s unavoidable health risk – of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Technology Revolution has taken on a whole new meaning in recent times. The answer to “how comfortable can technology make our life” cannot be given with certainty anymore due to constant evolution of the digital cycle. But as the society transforms and moves towards adopting digitization with open arms, we can see an exponential increase in sources of electromagnetic radiation around us.

Anything in excess is harmful! The same goes for EMF radiation. Although the devices working on the new tech-explosion make our life easier and promise a comfortable future, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks due to their EMF emissions.

Incidents related to excessive usage and exposure of electromagnetic field and electromagnetic radiations emitted from personal electronic devices such as Mobile Phones, Laptops, Transmission Towers, etc are increasingly being reported. Many of the health risks and problems arising out of exposure to electromagnetic radiation have been generally termed as “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity” or EHS.

It is an unusual and unavoidable health risk that recently gained lots of attention after a spin-off of the popular series “Breaking Bad”, aired an enraged lawyer going to the ends of the world to protect himself from the risk of EMR. In the series “Better Call Saul”, the protagonist wrapped himself in space blankets, lit his home with lanterns, and made guests leave their mobile phones in the mailbox outside, because he claimed radiation to be doing permanent damage to him.

Prevalence of EHS in the general population is increasing at an alarming rate. A recent survey yielded striking results where 10% per million populations has shown severe sensitivity to Electromagnetic Radiation.

EHS is characterized by variety of non-specific symptoms. The most commonly noted dermatological indicators of hypersensitivity to EMR are redness, tingling, and burning sensation of the epidermis. Some other signs are fatigue, difficulty in focusing, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation and digestive disturbances.

So far, results of EHS studies have been inconsistent. In fact, subjects experienced symptoms whether or not they were exposed to real electromagnetic fields. Double-blind experiments showed no evidence of symptoms being caused by electromagnetic fields, making one wonder if an EMR triggered anomaly actually exists or the symptoms reported are due to the Placebo Effect. This has divided the world of medical science into two groups with both actively participating in a debate with each other over the presence of a greater radiation- phenomenon.

But debatable or not, if hypersensitivity to EMF is something that you suspect yourself to be having, mitigate the symptoms by avoiding exposure to devices using EMF. Identifying the source can go a long way in protection from EHS, hence that should be the first step in your plan of action. Reduce your talk time, browsing and data usage of your mobile phone, laptop and other WiFi sources.

Our lifestyle shows an increased dependence on the devices working on electromagnetic field and making use of radiation for carrying out seamless communication. If removing your co-dependence on these devices is not possible, you can invest in anti-radiation chip or devices. They go a long way in keeping you safe from electromagnetic radiation by changing its nature.

However, EHS has not yet been identified as a medical threat by WHO and thus procedures to curb its effect does not exist yet. Hence, the stress of protection lies on the shoulder of those effected.

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