HYPERSENSITIVE TO ELECTRICITY
While cleaning up my files I found the following article
Swedish firm LIBEREL. This company designs IT office work
into account environmental pollutants, including office equipment
chemical emissions and EMFs.
HISTORIES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HYPERSENSITIVE TO ELECTRICITY,
EXPOSURE TO LOW LEVEL HIGH FREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN SAID TO TRIGGER OFF SYMPTOMS
Andersson, Leif Westlund, Lars-Erik Eriksson
Department of Technical Research, LIBEREL AB*
Persons who describe symptoms of hypersensitivity to electricity
overreact especially to certain types of electrical equipment.
of our study has been to document the kind of EMF that is
exposing the person to these symptoms. Our study shows that
with strong harmonic generating electronics is often pointed
being the cause of irritation.
Several studies have shown that stress hormones such as testosterone,
prolactine, thyroxine, etc., affect people who are hypersensitive
electricity. This is why the subjective irritation felt by
are hypersensitive to electricity is, in some cases, given
Other studies have shown that low level radio frequency fields
affect the same stress hormones. (2) A summary of scientific
in Russia shows that the central nervous system, the autonomous
system and the cardiovascular system can be affected by EMF
in the VLF
Persons who have been troubled by skin irritation (prickly
and red spots) as well as subjective symptoms derived from
nervous system (fatigue, weakness, headaches), have described
when their symptoms arise. They have noticed that when certain
or lighting is turned on, the symptoms become stronger. When
equipment is turned off, the symptoms are not so strong or
Measurements have been carried out in order to document which
EMF the equipment in question is generating when it is turned
when it is turned off. In several cases the electromagnetic
been screened off. The person has then described how the symptoms
changed depending on the measures taken.
This study has been carried out at many work places throughout
during a period of six years.
Measurements of the electromagnetic fields were done with
from Radians Innova EMM-4, equipped with probes for both the
ELF and VLF
frequency ranges. The signal was monitored on a digital oscilloscope
via a portable computer stored on a diskette for later analysis.
The case histories we have chosen and accounted for here
are typical for
the greater number of work places we have studied.
The Swedish Patient Association and studies that have been
this subject, both in Sweden and abroad, describe the symptoms
the same way as the persons we have examined.
The equipment documented in different environments shows
that people who
are hypersensitive to electricity experience greater irritation
connection with strong harmonic generating equipment. We noticed,
example, that ordinary electric bulb lighting with a strength
of 50 Hz
did not normally cause any irritation. But when a thyristor
connected to the lighting or it was replaced by high-frequency
fluorescent tubes, the symptoms got worse.
It was quite common for people to be able to point out which
pieces of equipment that was causing more irritation without
they differed technically, although they were similar in appearance.
Measurements showed that the equipment indicated as causing
irritation contained harmonic generating electronics whereas
equipment did not.
The results show that the intensity of the symptoms felt
by a person who
is hypersensitive to electricity coincides with how much they
exposed to low level radio frequency fields generated as harmonics
modern electronic equipment. Such equipment; for example,
terminals, fluorescent tubes including those with high-frequency
ignition, radio transmitting equipment, etc., is often described
giving strong symptoms by persons who are hypersensitive to
People are being exposed more and more to high-frequency
fields in modern offices. Radio communication and unscreened
high-frequency electronics are being installed at a fast pace.
It is not
unusual for workers to have difficulty in finding the FM band
radio in Swedish offices, especially at the time of day when
there is a
lot of traffic on the computer network.
Studies have shown that the nervous system can be affected
exposed to low levels of high-frequency EMF. Our study shows
who are hypersensitive to electricity experience symptoms
when they are
exposed to such equipment. Older electrical environments,
mainly of EMF in the 50 Hz range are not felt to give the
same degree of
It stands to reason that low level harmonics and electrical
frequencies should be taken into account in epidemiological
vitro/in vivo studies.
Correspondence to: AMA-Konsult AB, V. Falktrasket 16, 931
Skellefteå, Sweden. Fax no: +46 (0)910-777348. e-mail:
and ALS - is there a link?
There is a recent study, which shows the correlation:
Association between occupational exposure to power frequency
electromagnetic fields and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis:
Li CY, Sung FC.
Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, Fu-Jen Catholic
University, Hsinchuang, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan Republic of China.
BACKGROUND: For the past two decades, there has been concern
electromagnetic exposure and human health. While most research
focused on cancer and reproductive outcomes, there is interest
relationship between electromagnetic fields (EMF) and neurodegenerative
METHODS: We review epidemiological findings and evidence
association between occupational exposure to power frequency
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Medline was searched
related to occupational hazards and ALS, literature reviews
RESULTS: Nine out of the ten epidemiological studies that
conducted on the risk of ALS in relation to occupational exposure
show moderate to strong relative risk estimates that supported
between them. Although data from these studies was consistent,
causal inference to a link between EMF exposure and ALS is
mainly due to the lack of direct information on EMF exposure
incomplete consideration of the other potential risk factors
for ALS at
workplaces. For instance, electric shock, in particular, is
in electrical occupations than in any other occupations.
CONCLUSIONS: This review concludes that further studies should
investigating the separate effect of EMF exposure and electrical
to make more specific interpretations. On-site measurements
should be conducted to include information on EMF exposure
residences as well as workplaces to improve exposure assessment.
Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Am J Ind Med. 2003 Feb;43(2):212-20.
I think you will find all further references in this study.
Omega: see also http://www.grn.es/electropolucio/omega114.htm
Blood flow changes Japanese study 2003
Dear Klaus: In regard to Dr. Miguel Muntane's question about
Japanese study regarding blood flow changes and his question
whether there are other ways to check for sensitivity, I would
offer the following comments:
Dr. Roger Coghill from the UK is well-known for his studies
changes in white blood cells, more specifically in "lymphocytes"
exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF's)/electromagnetic
Dr. Andrew Marino, Louisiana University, conducted studies
pigs that consistently showed changes in lymphocytes in regard
Dr. Duane Dahlberg along with veterinarians conducted studies
that consistently showed changes in lymphocytes (I think also
neutrophils) -- "The 1994 Minnesota Herd Study"
-- as result of EMF/EMR
As a "victim" (not an expert) of high voltage powerline
conducted studies in my own home on guinea pigs that correspond
above studies that were done (I did not know the other studies
at the time, however).
Findings in my guinea pigs included asthma and significant
and severe neutropenia as well as other problems such as epicarditis
amyloidosis. Sensitivity in both guinea pigs and humans in
greatly increased when subjects were in close proximity to
meters. Two grandchildren had rare immune deficiencies as
chronic asthma and chronic sinus infections.
As with the recent findings in the Japanese study regarding
changes, the other studies I mention support other information
in existing literature to the effect that blood and bone marrow
particularly "radio-sensitive." Since it is possible
changes to occur in a time-period of approximately two weeks,
to emphasize the importance of evaluating the white blood
(including differentials) as an early indicator of electrosensitivity.
Joanne C. Mueller
Guinea Pigs R Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W.
Minneapolis, MN 55448 USA
Klaus: In response to "old trumpet," regarding
EMR exposure and ALS (Lou
Gehrig's Disease), there are many who know that the 2002 California
Study does confirm a connection to brain cancer, childhood
Information regarding the California Study can be found on
Conant's website: http://www.powerlinefacts.com
Since my husband and I have been battling two high voltage
over 30 years and my husband has "profound and unusual
(most likely Alzheimers), I would appreciate hearing directly
trumpet" in regard to his or her ALS and his or her proximity
power lines. Thanks. Joanne Mueller (JCMPelican@aol.com)
Re: Dr. Miguel Muntané,
"There has so far been no method to test for hypersensitivity
I have been working with EM hypersensitive patients since
1982 and at
the age of 73 I would be delighted if someone else would also
interest in these unfortunates. EM hypersensitivity is found
with on-going multiple chemical sensitivities. If the chemical
can be cured, the electrical problems usually go too. Society
eventually have to choose between chemical and electrical
the environment, it may not be possible to have both.
My first publications on EM sensititvities were:
Choy RYS, Monro JA , Smith CW. Electrical Sensitivities in
Patients. Clinical Ecology 4(3): 93-102, 1987.
Smith CW, Choy RYS, Monro JA. The Diagnosis and Therapy of
Hypersensitivities. Clinical Ecology 6(4): 119-128, 1990.
If you give me your e-mail address, I will send my full bibliography
Regards to all,
phones, etc: industry muzzles and punishes those who dare
are dangerous to health
Experts investigating biological effects of cell phone radiation
to shut up or quit jobs
Antenna Website Launch
The URLs for the National Antenna Consultation website are
(English) and http://www.antenneexamin.ca
(French). Thank you very much.
David A. Townsend
Professor of Law
University of New Brunswick
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radiation levels in Iraq -- denial continues
Dangerously High Levels of Radiation Measured Around Baghdad
Sep 01 2003 15:05:42 ET
EXPRESS [LONDON] // please note: doc contains my titles,
comment at the
end for original refer to http://www.drudgereport.com/flash4.htm
The deadly impact of uranium munitions as well as even larger
busters is grossly underestimated in the article. Numbers
flawed. 5,000 of them chronically ill and almost 600 dead
- instead of
330,000 chronically ill and 12,000 dead, in USA only, according
Douglas Rokke (see my Brussels paper).
These numbers do not include UK, Canada, Australia, Syria,
The death toll in Iraq is estimated 5 to 10 times higher than
numbers; more than one million might already be chronically
Moritaki-san's group from Hiroshima measured up to 4,000
radiation levels than normal in places in Baghdad.
Victory? Who's Wrong Now, Mr. Rumsfeld?
must be aware that they have won themselves an everlasting
hatred of Arab states
in Iraq Is Home Grown
War Eroding World's Post-Sept. 11 Sympathy for US
Resist Aid To Iraq
Says US Soldier In Iraq Dies Of 'Acute Leukemia'
Informant: George Paxinos
and Help us in Iraq,' U.S. Soldiers Urge World
is building a world order'
on US Personnel in Iraq Rising