Thanks for the post and welcome to the group. I had read that article before about you but hadn't realized that it was indeed the you who had recently joined our group. Personally, I had what you call in England, "ME" (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) but misleading and inappropriately dubbed by the CDC as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) in the USA. (It is interesting to note that CFS first became widespread in the USA in 1984 the same year that the first (1G) cell phone networks were also set up in the USA.)
After being extremely sick and incapacitated for about six months with this horrible condition - which is closer to AIDS in its symptomology than chronic fatigue - I started to suspect EMR (esp. microwaves emitted by cell phone towers, cell phones, WiFi, etc) as perhaps being the culprit. There were four 3G microwave cell phone towers within a kilometer of my apartment, two of which were within 300 kilometers. Most of my neighbors had WiFi, which will bleed microwaves into your apartment; I had just (reluctantly) bought a cell phone (though seldom used it); and my office at Kyushu University, where I worked, was extremely electropolluted (as measured with a meter) since it was on the 6th floor and in line-of-sight of a number of microwave and radio towers.
In spite of the fact that I wasn't able to sleep, I did feel a lot better at night. Initially, I mistakenly attributed my feeling worse during the day to my moving around and stimulating pathogens etc. However, I now know that this was in fact due to all the traffic ( i.e. information) being carried on the microwave carrier waves. I also would have these unexplainable anxiety attacks at specific times of the day, usually from 8 AM, 12 Noon, and 7 PM - which I was later able to correlate with peak cell-phone usage times in Japan, where I was living at the time. Finally, I noticed that I felt better or worse in certain places - with lower or higher electromagnetic radiation levels. Basically, what I had would be more appropriately called Neuro-Endocrine Immune-Dysfunction Syndrome (or rather Microwave Sickness), since my brain was not working properly, my hormones were out of whack, and my immune system had completely broken down. I was completely incapacitated. I couldn't concentrate, I couldn't remember things, I couldn't sleep without sleeping pills, my body was infected with a number of pathogens: viruses (Epstein Barr Virus, Cytomegalio Virus, Coxsackie Virus etc.), mycoplasma, molds, candida, and so on. My lymph nodes were constantly swollen, I had constant stomach problems, and I developed a multitude of allergies. (These are all common symptoms of CFS.) I also was unable continue working at the time.
I finally found a log house up in the mountains of Saga Prefecture, Japan, where there was no cell phone nor television coverage. After just staying up there for three days I would say that 50% of my incapacitating symptoms disappeared. I decided to continue my stay and ended up staying up there for approximately four months to let my body heal away from the radiation. However, as I did start to recover, I became extremely sensitive to EMR, especially microwave radiation from cell phone towers and cell phones. I would start to feel sick as we were driving and would approach a cell phone tower - even before I was able to see it. I would become sick if in a room with people with cell phones (and still do). In areas of high EM radiation like Fukuoka, I would even get heart pains.
When I finally became well enough to travel (about 90% recovered), I left highly electropolluted Japan and traveled around southeast Asia looking for a place to live away from the electrosmog. I traveled to Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Yunnan Province in China. However, when I returned to Japan from this trip, my heart and lungs became infected with toxic mold. We decided to move out of our apartment and I left my position at Kyushu University and moved in with my in-laws. It took two months of daily acupuncture treatments to get my body back to a reasonable normalcy. I then took off again but was having allergic reactions to mold in any humid country I visited. I finally settled for the city of Kunming in Yunnan Province China because it is relatively clean and relatively dry - and though heavily electropolluted (every idiot and their mother has a cell phone attached to their brain), my allergies (except for ES) cleared up due to the climate. Unfortunately, people here (the foreigners included) are completely unconscious about cell phone use and most people walk around with the cell phones stuck to their heads.
My health was destroyed, my career ruined, my finances exhausted, my social life in tatters (since it is extremely difficult to be around people with cell phones, and most people do not understand and nor do they want to), and my family broken up because of this technology and the unconsciousness of the people using it.
I also find it very difficult to maintain a positive attitude towards the people who are carrying around the cell phones (i.e. what are for me, electromagnetic weapons) making me and others sick. What I also find even more difficult to stomach is the stupid ridicule and blind skepticism of people that would rather not accept the fact that their cell phones and WiFi might possibly be making someone else sick. Finally, what I find completely and utterly unacceptable are the people who are so lacking in compassion that they even have the gall to become angry and accusatory towards someone because they are actually trying to increase awareness and do something about this serious problem. I was told that I was "making people uncomfortable." Well, that is exactly the point: Make people uncomfortable and shake them out of their complacency. (Isn't that what finally happened with Apartheid? There was finally a critical mass when enough people finally said we are not going to accept this any longer.) I was told that I see things in "black and white." Well, yes, some things I do see in black and white: child prostitution, murder, manipulation, slaverly, Apartheid, global warming, the Iraqi War and, "Yes," "the indiscriminate microwaving of our planet ."
It will take maybe five to ten more years but when enough people get sick (and they will) and if they are smart enough to connect their illnesses - not to the disinformation being spread around by the WHO and other governmental agencies but rather - to the having their brains and bodies fried with microwaves and other EMR, then things will have to change. With all these people walking around all day with their cell phones stuck to their heads and the increasing radiation that 3G and 4G phones give off, my guess is that we will start seeing people dropping like flies of brain tumors in the next five to ten years - and it is already starting to happen. Unfortunately, that is what it is going to take to actually shake a lot of these unconscious people out of their shells of complacency.
On 5/24/07, Sarahdacre@aol.com
I am a new member and suffering from ES caused by too much time spent on my mobile, two DECT phone systems at home, laptop working by mains power and a microwave burglar alarm. I am unable to work at my chosen profession. Instead I advise HESE-UK and ES-UK.org about media coverage, I also write articles and ensure that I am participating as much as is possible with ES in this great debate on EMR and linked ill health. My mission is to voice concerns to ensure that ES is widely understood and its core triggers avoided where possible.
I have decided to raise my head above the parapet and voice my own personal EHS case far and wide. I have been written about and appeared on TV. Being visible is so important. We can write to web sites and blog all we like but until we change public opinion and make ES a daily topic we will always be marginalised and ignored. The most comprehensive article was published in the UK Daily Mail at this link:
I have also appeared on the BBC twice, presenting my own case of EHS; BBC Breakfast was sympathetic; BBC Newsnight was fairly dismissive, and yes I have made my comments known.
In the UK we have now had the 30 minute BBC Panorama programme on WiFi Health Dangers (21.5.07) which has reintroduced the topic of WiFi and EHS/ES back into main stream debate.
A UK colleague, Mr David Baron made the following comments which struck me as particularly poignant:
"As we all know there has been a considerable amount of gerrymandering in respect of the Panorama programme on WiFi in schools transmitted on Monday.
First we had various self-important people being wheeled out of their caves to denigrate the programme before it was aired - Professor Malcolm Sperrin (Director of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust), Professor Will J Stewart (Royal Academy of Engineering, University of Southampton and previously chief scientist with Marconi), Dr Paddy Regan (Centre for Nuclear Radiation and Physics), Professor David Coggan (Medical Research Council) and Mr Bill Thompson, to name but a few - all less than celebrated individuals but well-known when it comes to denigrating fears about emfs and the effects thereof. Afterwards, the Guardian went into overdrive to present the programme in the worst possible light, the voting system on the BBC's Panorama web page appeared to be mendaciously in favour of those who consider there to be no problem and the corporation's website 'Have Your Say' clearly decided not to accept reasoned comment from honest, and scientifically qualified, people who wrote in questioning WiFi safety. But none of this really matters.
Whatever you might think of him, Professor Sir William Stewart is Chairman of the Health Protection Agency (which, of course, incorporates the Radiological Protection Division). As Chairman of the NRPB, he was responsible for the report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) issued in 2000, since known as the 'Stewart Report', and it was on his watch that the Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) produced a follow-up appraisal issued in January 2005. His comments when interviewed on the programme:
Stewart (on the results of research). "We found firstly that there may be changes in cognitive functions; secondly that there may be cancer induction and, thirdly, some molecular biological changes."
Stewart (when confronted with Sylvia Wilson who is electro-magnetically hypersensitive). "I sympathise with Sylvia because I suspect a problem. We do not know. It might not be worth worrying about. Or (people like her) might by the human canaries of the future".
Interviewer "The World Health Organisation says categorically that there are no adverse health effect from low-level long term exposure. Is that an accurate reflection?"
Stewart "I think they are wrong."
Interviewer "Why do you think it?"
Stewart "It is not an accurate assessment."
The interviewer went to great pains to express incredulity that HM Government should be taking the word of WHO and others against that of its own principle adviser.
It is the part played by Sir William that is the centrepoint of the debate, not the second-class 'scientists' who stand ready to criticise him at the slightest opportunity nor the number of votes registered on the Panorama website nor the nerds who use 'Have Your Say' as little more than a talking shop to expound their illiterate views. All attempts to cloud the issue by introducing peripheral aspects should be fiercely resisted. It is what the Chairman of the HPA has to say, and the decision by HM Government to ignore him, that matters - and this is what we should be shouting from the rooftops.
There are many other UK based initiatives and we are discovering that weekly media releases are important. We have just circulated the attached which genarated another national piece on EHS in today's SUN on Ryan Warne, who had to give up work because he could not tolerate the new WiFi system. (we don't yet have a link for this piece).
So keep writing to your media - It does work and coverage will raise the profile of EMR health damage further until we are not ignored.
with kind regards
Sarah Dacre MSc ACIB