For your Doctor

Your doctor, consultant or health professional may not recognise or make a link to EMR related illnesses or Electrosensitivity due to lack of awareness, lack of training, and much misinformation in this regard.

An Austrian telephone study of a cross section of 526 people by Schroettner & Leitgeb (2008), showed that an increasing number of people suffer from non-specific health symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbances, difficulties in concentrating etc and attribute their ill health to electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and electromagnetic pollution.  It showed an EHS prevalence of 3.5% compared with 2% estimated in 1994. A UK survey by Stacy Elititi In 2006 Bioelectromagnetics, aimed at a randomly selected group of 20,000 people found a prevalence of 4% for symptoms attributed to electromagnetic exposure.

Currently it is estimated that between 2.5% – 8% of the population could be suffering with a condition known as Electrosensitivity (ES). In Sweden, Electrosensitivity is officially regarded as a ‘Functional Impairment’. Patients with EHS/ES  are often unable to use their talents and capabilities to earn a living through denial of access to transport and places most people take for granted. With other forms of disability, society has taken the view that such a situation is unacceptable and legislated to ensure equal access and equal opportunities.

Unfortunately doctors in Ireland are not trained to recognise EHS and could be misdiagnosing patients and treating them with medication for conditions such as headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, memory deficits, irregular heart beat, sleep problems and depression etc, without identifying and targeting the root cause. 

There is a critical need to improve communication of the potential impact of electromagnetic effects on the physical health of our society, and to afford EHS sufferers proper recognition and supportive healthcare.

Please find some information below to share with your doctor to help them understand and to help you.

Important Information for your Health Professional

Dr Andrew Tressider ES-UK – Letter to Medical Colleagues, GPs, Psychiatrists, Neurologists and others 

Guidelines for Diagnosing & Treating Patients with Electrohypersensitivity – Dr Magda Havas & Austrian Medical Association

Talking to your Doctor – Weepinitiative Canada

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity – A Summary by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe

Electromagnetic Sensitivity – Typical Symptoms – Michael Bevington

Trials and Trends in Caring for Patients with EHS – Ontario’s Environmental Health Clinic

Your Patient is Not Crazy – Catherine Kleiber

Dr Andrew Tressider – Letter to Doctors (ES-UK) 

Prof Olle Johansson – Electrohypersensitivity Paper

Electrosensitivity : Fact or Fiction? – Stephen J. Genuis, Christopher T. Lipp

However, it is encouraging to note that many doctors worldwide are starting to realise the health implications of EMF exposure and a training hospital in Toronto became the first to recognise ES symptoms and train staff to recognise it. Read more… 

A number doctors and health professionals in the UK are aware of EHS and health effects of EMR and are educating, raising awareness and researching in this regard. PHIREMedical.Org  Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radition and Environment