A study by the Irish Doctors Environmental Association reported that half the people reporting ill-health effects as a result of living near to mobile phone base stations were unable to work due to the severity of the symptoms. They also led a very restricted social life, feeling like ‘prisoners’ in their own homes, which were not always comfortable places for them to be either.
Even cars have electrical and electronic equipment (power wiring, fan motors, computerised controls and dashboards) that can disturb electrically hypersensitive people, especially in the front seat.
Many trains, railway stations and planes now contain wireless computing systems, so that passengers can access the internet ‘on the move’. City centres are being covered by WiMAX systems, making access for EHS sufferers ever more difficult. Neighbours who are ‘ham’ radio operators can, even unwittingly, make an EHS neighbour’s life almost unbearable. A nearby lamp-post height mobile phone mast can make a house uninhabitable by an EHS person. They may not even be able to go down a road where one of these masts is situated. This makes living a ‘normal’ life almost impossible in severe cases of EHS.
It is generally accepted that probably between 3% and 7% of the population are EHS to some degree and maybe up to 35% show some mild indications of electro-stress.
Murray Bridge, South Australia
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