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Is Wi-Fi and Mobile Phone signals making you ill?


Some people believe that signals from mobile phones, from wi-fi and even the electro magnetic fields surrounding electricity pylons make them ill and this illness is known as electro-sensitivity.

All in the Mind?

Of course, there are also studies which claim that these illnesses are psychosomatic, that is, they are all in the mind and that the illnesses are being caused by the person's own fears of technology.

Ray Repelling Paint

One woman in the UK is having her house painted with ray repelling paint so that te rays from Wi-Fi and mobile phones cannot get into her house.

Broadband is OK

She says broadband is ok and believes schools should use broadband instead of Wi-Fi, as the Wi-Fi signals are "cooking" children's brains.

USA Radio Quiet Zone

There is a place in America where no mobile phones are allowed, because they would interfere with the giant radio telescopes in use there. or Some people with the condition, also known as Electromagnetic hypersensitivity have gone to live there to get away from these signals.

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bestwriter wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:06 AM

There is an element of truth in this. Nothing can produce such miracles as connecting the world with something that we cannot see and that which we cannot see cannot be that innocent :)

Kasman wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:09 AM

Wifi doesn't affect me but I do get a shiver down my spine every time I drive under a high tension electricity cable!

Scorpie wrote on October 26, 2014, 8:26 AM

I think all creatures are affected by electromagnetic radiation. In my opinion the degree of exposure is the issue. Our planet supports life greatly in part because of our super strong magnetic field that blocks solar radiation so it can't be all bad. If there are 500kv power lines going over your house such as in parts of Long Island and parts of Pennsylvania then yes you are going to die of cancerous tumors. If you can stand under a power line near your house on a quiet morning and hear it humming then you need to move.

I do not believe that cell phones and wifi pose any threats. A lifetime of cell phone radiation is still less than one x-ray at the dentist.

paigea wrote on October 26, 2014, 9:08 AM

Well, since I'm not sick, nothing is making me sick right now. As far as I know.

Ellis wrote on October 26, 2014, 10:25 AM

There are definitely effects but whether these are harmful or not I have no idea...

SLGarcia wrote on October 26, 2014, 10:29 AM

My daughter used to believe that. She insisted she did not sleep well if the internet connection was left on in the house at night. I have a mother-in-law apartment in her basement. At the beginning of summer she discovered it was actually a mold problem in the house that was causing all or illnesses, etc. The mold problem has been alleviated and she is now healthy. We now have the internet connection on 24 hours a day. She had been convinced of the internet connection problem by a friend. Personally, I don't believe it.

LoudMan wrote on October 26, 2014, 10:05 PM

" bestwriter ...Nothing can produce such miracles as connecting the world with something that we cannot see and that which we cannot see cannot be that innocent :) "

So glad you said this. Remember it at the next mass. emoticon :smile:

bestwriter wrote on October 26, 2014, 10:11 PM

"So glad you said this. Remember it at the next mass." This can only come from an atheist :)

AliCanary wrote on October 27, 2014, 3:32 PM

Ray-repelling paint? Hmmm, lemme go get my tinfoil hat.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:53 AM

Reading through the article you linked, I notice that it's all based on anecdotes and mud slinging. I like to see something more than stories of individual people whose symptoms are presumed to be caused by a certain phenomenon. And when the best a cause can do to prove its own theory is to say that research disproving it is flawed, really? What about their own research?

nbaquero wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:16 PM

MegL RF (Radio Frequency) signals carry Electro-Magnetic energy. As Engineer, I do think that long term exposure to those signals would cause secondary effects on humans. However since the power levels are levels of most of the devices we deal with on a daily basis (Cell Phones, Wi Fi Routers, etc) are low (in the range of milli-Watts) , one would think that those effects are negligible. There is a measure called SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) which measures the absorption of RF energy by the Human Body, but is not really indicative of any harm this energy can cause the body.

Finally, I do think that the cumulative effect of RF radiation over the years and with the increased number of sources we are exposed these days will eventually cause damage. That is just my opinion and is not based in any study or concrete facts.

MegL wrote on November 12, 2014, 9:13 AM

Ruby3881 I too like to see evidence based research, however, every piece of research starts off with someone noticing a connection between one thing and another, such as Galileo suggesting that the Earth revolves around the sun, rather than what was accepted in his day - the sun revolving round the earth. He was put under house arrest for publishing his views. The connection noticed by someone may be real or it may be just coincidence (or even just wishful thinking), and which one it is, (real or coincidental) always has to be proved by research but without someone noticing a possible connection, no research is done. I quite agree that some people push their theories ad nauseam and any time something comes along to disprove their theory, they always say "more research is needed". In some cases, this is true, often because the type of research that might be needed could be unethical and someone needs to devise an experiment that is NOT unethical. I posted this article because it seemed like one that might interest a number of people and possibly bring in readers from outside the Persona Community. It's the kind of article that catches my attention and hopefully catches other people's attention too, even if the premises are not necessarily scientifically sound. emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 3:47 PM

I would hardly compare Galileo - who supported his theories with scientific observations and stated them in terms of positive assertions - with the likes of these folks!

My issue is that they don't put forward anything ABOUT their own research. They make a lot of claims, but then instead of supporting them with specifics from their own research as Galileo did, they simply say that the research that called their studies into question was flawed. If so, why not actually share their data and let people come to their own conclusions? Doesn't this mud slinging tactic strike you as suspicious in the least?

I admire you for wanting to share something that you feel can improve people's quality of life. I'm just saying that when "scientists" are hiding their research and instead condemning those who find fault with it. they probably don't have anything solid to share. Otherwise they'd be wanting us to read their original work.

As a public, we need to insist that research - whether mainstream or off the beaten path - is shared without being pre-digested for us by the media or the people who conduct the experiments. We need to think for ourselves.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 3:53 PM

By the way, the reason that scientists often say more research is needed is simply that this is the nature of science. Very often an experiment answers one question, but raises several others. Science is a slow and painstaking process. (And yes, there are plenty of ethical ways to carry out most experimentation. And when there isn't a review of the literature often yields satisfactory results.)

Even when the answer to that one question seems quite conclusive, it's important that the results be replicated. Otherwise there's no way to tell the difference between a fluke, a result that was heavily influenced by the fact that the lab technician ate a peanut butter sandwich at his workbench before mixing the chemicals, and a discovery that gives consistent results. It's frustrating to those of us waiting on the news, but the only way to come to a reliable scientific conclusion about anything is to make sure the results can be replicated.

scheng1 wrote on December 8, 2014, 7:43 AM

I think it is about the intensity and not just imagination. If we are in a small room with so many waves in the air, we will get sick soon.