Despite the fact that ever greater numbers of people are suffering from Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS), there are still relatively few mainstream medical doctors or medical facilities who are aware of this disease.
Women’s College Hospital in Toronto is an exception and, in fact, is way ahead of its time. The Environmental Health Clinic at the hospital has been treating patients with EMS for a number of years now. Unfortunately, they have a nine-month waiting list.
Electromagnetic Sensitivity Symptoms
Both scientific literature and clinical research produced by the hospital show that EMS features a wide variety of symptoms, including:
• Chronic headaches
• Sleep disorders
• Mind fog
• Digestive disorders
• Depression and Anxiety
People with EMS experience any combination of these symptoms (and more) when they are exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by wireless devices, such as cell phones and cell towers, and by electricity, appliances, and power lines. Some people are more vulnerable to EMFs than others, due to compromised immune systems and other genetic and environmental factors.
Workshop on Electromagnetic Sensitivity
The hospital hosted a workshop on the subject of EMS, inviting physicians, experts, and patients to participate in a series of interactive lectures.
Medical Director, Riina Bray, stated:
“We need to create more awareness about this condition. Health-care practitioners need to better understand EMS so they can help their patients prevent and manage their symptoms. The public needs to know how to protect themselves from the broad range of health impacts electromagnetic fields have on their minds and bodies.”
Is EMS Psychological or Physiological?
Featured expert on EMS, Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource studies at Trent University, gave a talk entitled “Electromagnetic Sensitivity: Is it Psychological or Physiological?”
Dr. Havas challenged critics’ suggestion that symptoms are merely psychosomatic. Providing real examples of patients whose symptoms subsided when wireless technology was removed from their environment, Dr. Havas presented concrete evidence of physiological responses to electrosmog exposure.
EMF Safety Guidelines Needed
Dr. Havas also reviewed scientifically-sound guidelines for EMF safety. She noted that the guidelines set up in the US and Canada fall abysmally short. Other, more forward-thinking governments, such a number of European countries, India, and China, have produced guidelines that are much more realistic.
Dr. Bray was optimistic about steps being taken in the right direction. She summed up the purpose of the workshop offered by the hospital with these words:
“Women’s College Hospital is leading the way by hosting workshops like this. Working together is the first step to creating a mutual understanding of electromagnetic hypersensitivity and being able to care for and treat patients in the best way possible.”