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Peter Lloyd can’t use mains electricity for heating or lighting and washes with water heated on a gas cooker. He has no electric gadgets, cannot watch TV, listen to a CD, access the internet or use a telephone. Visitors have to leave mobile phones and watches outside because they would cause a severe reaction. And he is unable to go out because of the likelihood of encountering someone with a mobile phone, a passing car, a power drill or a wifi zone. These extraordinary living conditions are because Peter, 42, suffers from a rare and cruel condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
The term "electrical hypersensitivity" was first used in 1989, while "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" - EHS for short - was coined in 1994 to reflect sufferers' sensitivity to magnetic as well as electric fields. As early as the 1930s, however, EHS symptoms were observed in people working with radio and electricity, and with military radar in the 1940s. Environmental EHS appeared in the general population from the 1970s with computers. It increased in the 1980s with mobile and cordless phones, and with WiFi from 2000. Thousands of people are now linked with EHS support groups in 30 countries.
My Testimonial About Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
I bought my first cell phone in 2002. Let me tell you what... coming from the age of beepers, answering machines, and street-corner payphones, the affordable advent of the cell phone really changed my reality.
After a couple weeks of toting my new cell phone around in my pocket, I noticed that I could "feel" my cell phone. No matter what pocket it was in, the type or fit of the clothing, or while standing, sitting, or lying down I could "feel" the cell phone.
It Feels Like....
The feeling I get is very hard to accurately explain because I have no other precedent of this type of sensory perception. Wherever the cell phone is on my body, I get a direct and focused feeling in the exact area. It feels like a soft, internal pressure under the skin on the muscular layer. It feels like combined aspects of a bruise, numbing, tingling, and shocking but without pain. The feeling is constant. Though not painful, the uncomfortable feeling causes me to switch my phone from pocket to pocket. If I place the cell phone in a left-side shirt pocket for an extended amount of time, it induces heart palpitations and a slight sharp pain in the heart itself. All of the sensations associated with my EMS lingers for hours, and even days after the cell phone has been removed.
The sensation became more intense when I upgraded to a smart phone, and the sensations have become almost intolerable now that I have one of the "newest and best" smart phones out there. Regardless of the known health dangers, I can not physically tolerate the phone in my pocket for longer than a few minutes before becoming incredibly uncomfortable.
I'm an average guy, and since childhood I have always carried stuff in my pockets. Guys don't carry purses, so we have to put our stuff in our pockets. And to be completely honest, in all my life I've never got an abnormal feeling from anything in my pockets no matter how stuffed they were.