There’s a thing called WiFi allergy and it can apparently make you unwell.
The condition, also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity, reportedly causes acute headaches and itchy skin that leads to nosebleeds, dizziness, heart palpitations and nausea. Although science is nowhere near convinced that it actually exists, several self-diagnosed patients have come forward in the recent years.
Though medically unrecognized, the symptoms to this enigmatic allergy are all too real. In fact a Massachusetts family has resorted to suing their son’s school because they believe the child’s headaches and nosebleeds are caused by the Fay School’s WiFi system.
Apparently, the unnamed student started experiencing headaches, itchy skin and rashes in 2013, which got even worse as the years progressed. The mystery illness always seemed to disappear during weekends and holidays, but would return as soon as he would go back to the classroom.
When the doctors failed to identify this bizarre sickness, his parents “commenced research” of their own and concluded that their son had EHS, based on the fact that while he had been a student in the school since 2009, he only started showing symptoms after the school installed a stronger wireless Internet in 2013.
Upon self-diagnosing their son, the parents filed a 45-page complaint demanding Fay to switch to Ethernet or find a way to lower emissions in order to accommodate the student’s EHS, which according to them, is a disability.
The head of the school has responded to the lawsuit on Fay’s website, explaining that they brought in an independent technology firm called Isotrope (recommended by the parents) to test the school. The firm concluded that the school’s WiFi emissions were “substantially less than one ten-thousandth of the applicable safety limits (federal and state).”
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As bizarre as the case is, the fact remains that approximately 5% of Americans believe they suffer from EHS, which they say is caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields created by mobile phones, WiFi and other electronic equipment.
It may come as a surprise, but this is also not the first time someone has taken this condition to the court of law. Just a few weeks ago, a French woman won a disability grant of $895 (per month for three years) after telling the court she suffers from an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets.
There have also been other instances where people reportedly had to change their entire lifestyle due to this condition. For instance, a West Virginia woman Diane Schou had to live in a shielded cage to protect herself from the electromagnetic radiation caused by waves from wireless communication.
Researchers and health officials don’t dispute over these symptoms being unreal or that patients are making them up. EHS is even considered a real syndrome by World Health Organization that claims the symptoms are “certainly real” and can cause people to “cease work and change their entire lifestyle.”
The basic reason doctors don’t know much about this allergy is because its symptoms are extremely common, which can indicate a variety of problems.
In addition to that, multiple double-blind studies have suggested that EHS has no relation to electromagnetic or radio-frequency signals. The WHO claims that there’s no known “medical, psychiatric or psychological” cause for the syndrome and even suggested renaming the illness to “idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to EMF” during a conference in 2004.