Most people go about their day without thinking twice about possible health effects that may be caused by the Wi-Fi radiation that surrounds them. The majority of us can shop, work and engage in hobbies with ease.
However, that’s not the case for 63-year-old Mary Coales. She represents just one person among a growing number of people who are recognizing the detrimental health effects caused by Wi-Fi radiation.
Daily challenges of living in a Wi-Fi world with EHS
The Britain resident says she suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity intolerance syndrome (EHS), in which she experiences pain when she’s in Wi-Fi environments. The pain is so intense that she wears a special shirt over her regular clothing that’s designed to help protect against the dangerous waves. “At its worst,” Coales says, “it has felt like I’m being tasered inside my mouth.”
She explains how she must wait outside of buildings for appointments until the last minute when she’s called in, that trips to the supermarket are extremely quick and that she even avoids movie theaters, restaurants and airports – most of the things the average person does day in and day out – due to the pain she experiences.
“I’ve had to change my entire life to find ways to avoid being exposed to Wi-Fi and phone signals,” she says. “Wi-Fi is everywhere now, so it’s very difficult to avoid. It’s even more difficult to avoid people with mobile phones.”
The notion of health hazards cause by Wi-Fi radiation seem to be all over the board. Some argue that there’s no cause for concern, while others say there should be.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for example, notes that no scientific evidence exists to prove that cellphone use can cause cancer. They do mention, however, that they use radio frequencies (RF) which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified as a “possible human carcinogen.” Laptops, routers and the like have also been linked to cancer and other conditions or ailments.
So, which way is it?
Many people beyond Coales are adamant that the link between Wi-Fi radiation and ill health is irrefutable.
Ethan Wyman, a young New Zealand boy, was diagnosed with brain tumors just three months after he was given an iPod with a Wi-Fi connection. His parents, who later discovered that their child was sleeping with the iPod under his pillow, are demanding that the school Ethan attended rid their classrooms of Wi-Fi now that they’re convinced of the harm it causes. Ethan ended up dying less than a year after his diagnosis.
In the United States, where over 90 percent of adults own cellphones, Diane Schou made a significant lifestyle change to escape the problems she encountered with electronic radiation.
She moved from her hometown in Iowa to Green Bank, West Virginia where Wi-Fi is actually banned. The area’s been dubbed a kind of haven for those like her who have suffered from the effects of Wi-Fi sensitivity.
“I used to be sick all the time when I lived in Iowa. I was in constant pain. If anyone came near me with a cellphone or a device with Wi-Fi I would be in agony,” Schou says. “But since I’ve moved to Green Banks the illnesses have cleared up.”
It’s not just people that are impacted by Wi-Fi radiation, either.Plants, pets also impacted by dangers of Wi-Fi radiation. Ninth graders in Denmark conducted an experiment in which they planted seeds, some near routers that gave off about the same amount of radiation as a cellphone, others in a different room away from routers. The shocking results? Ones planted near routers didn’t grow. The other ones thrived.