Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sat-Navs For The EHS ?

As one of the very few independent surveyors performing electromagnetic investigations across Britain, I frequently have to navigate to new client locations. The early Christmas present I gave myself, now four years ago, has proven to be one of the best things I’ve ever bought.

In a previous life I had run a number of courier companies so when Sat-Navs first came out I realised instantly how indispensable an innovation they were to become. Available in recent years at a reasonable price, the cost had become low enough for me to take the chance. Price was however not my first consideration. Would I be able to tolerate the elctrosmog they would inevitably give off?

The first thing I did when I got mine home was to disable the Bluetooth. Nevertheless, as I practiced with all its neat features, I must have spent a couple of hours with it in my hand. It made me nauseas.

Was it the fire retardants, the 2.4 GHz processor, the 1.2 or the 1.5 GHz satellite decoders, the touch screen? I did not know. What I did know was its ability to help me carry out my work made it indispensable and I had to find a way to tolerate it.

I persisted. The answers were as simple as they were obvious. By only having it on when I needed it, my exposure was reduced. By sticking it to the windscreen as far as I could safely reach, I also reduced my exposure. By programming in the destination and calculating the route the day before I set off, I could minimise the effect it had on me on the day. Does it still consume my EMR tolerance? Yes, surely. Do I still struggle to cope with the mobile masts and other microwave sources along the way, as indeed I do with the car itself? Yes, but would I be without my Sat-Nav?

If I had a navigator with me, I think I would still use the Sat-Nav because it does things like post-code lookup, time to destination and a whole lot more besides. If I could no longer tolerate it and had no navigator to guide me, I think I would go back to the simple digital car compass I used before. It is not nearly as good but with its small LCD screen and lower emissions, at roughly a third the price, for self navigation it remains a useful tool that produces significantly less emissions.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas - A Special Peril - EHS

When I was a kid, it was a standing joke in my family that by Christmas Eve I would be unwell. The less charitable put it down to youthful excitement and anticipation, though none of us understood why it was a recurring pattern I did not seem to grow out of. That was until a couple of years ago when I had Christmas at my sister’s.

One of the strings of Christmas tree lights had packed up and I offered to fix them, as I had frequently done as a youngster. No sooner had I reached into the tree than I was overcome by an intense feeling of nausea. Like a light bulb going on, for the first time in over 40 years I suddenly realised that it was the electric field from the Christmas lights that was affecting me so significantly. Recollections of Christmas Past suggested what we had all failed to grasp at the time, a time way before anybody in our family understood anything about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - EHS. It was electromagnetism that was making me sick and spoiling my Christmas each year.

After Christmas Dinner, we’d all settle down in the sitting room to open presents. It was our job as children to dive under the tree and distribute parcels and this of course further added to my repeated exposure. By the time all the presents were unwrapped, I was typically feeling jaded, ill, perplexed and not very happy.

Between Christmas and New Year, when everyone is playing with their new gizmos, many EHS find it particularly difficult to cope. Often they have no idea what is affecting them. With the excitement of many new things and the season’s festivities, it is easy not to make associations between cause and effect.

Electromagnetic emissions (Electrosmog) from new wireless / mobile devices, electronic toys, even Christmas tree lights may affect some people. If it is unclear why some of your friends and family are unhappy at Christmas-time, could it be because of novel forms of electromagnetic exposure?