OUR CHILDREN TRUST US AND WE TRUST OUR LEADERS TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH. RIGHT NOW, THAT TRUST IS BEING BETRAYED.
In the UK in recent years there have been two known suicides by Electrosensitives – one a woman and the second a relatively young man. There are doubtless many more suicides – unreported. Three years ago in Ireland, on the 19th May 2008, an ES/MS sufferer died shortly after he was forcibly exposed to non-ionising microwave radiation when a newly installed wi-fi transmitter overlooking his home was turned on. His death was witnessed and recorded. Many others have died from this radiation.
Their deaths are ignored or explained away by referring to causes other than radiation. Electrosensitvies have been committed to psychiatric hospitals. The Irish Government 2007 Report ‘Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation’ suggests that anyone who claims to become ill from mobile phone mast radiation has psychological problems. This government stance is based on a dishonest cloaking of the medical and scientific evidence ( see http://www.biointiativereport 2012 update) whhich in turn encourages intolerance from family, friends and the wider community, inviting disbelief and ridicule. No wonder some elecrosensitives see death as the only way out.
- What is ES/MS and why does it start?
This condition is called electrosensitivity in western Europe and America, and microwave sickness in Russia. In the West it is not a medical diagnosis; however in Russia, under the name microwave sickness, it has been accepted as a medical diagnosis since 1974. Sweden leads the world as a progressive and humane government in providing special housing for ES/MS sufferers. The first experiments with microwaves in 1924 showed adverse biological effects and the term ‘microwave sickness’ was first used in 1932. The condition comes about as a result of prolonged exposure to microwave radiation, or electromagnetic radiation emitted by electricity pylons, grids, power lines and electrical aappliances. In my case ES/MS began after exposure to microwave radiation from a Vodafone mobile phone antenna mast, so this article is written from my own experience of lilving with ES/MS which has been triggered by microwave radiation.
- What is life like llving with ES/MS?
When you become ES/MS life changes completely. An electrosensitive can no longer mix with family, friends or community, or stay too long in any public area where there is microwave radiation. Irish people lilke to talk and text on their phones more than any other European nation. The blessing of the ‘gift of the gab’ – in the context of mobile phone use – becomes a curse for electrosensitives.
Losing your job and not being able to return to work means loss of income and resultant financial stress, on top of the stress of social isolation, of not being able to attend family events, Christmas get-togethers, weddings, funerals, christeningts, going out for birthdays or just down to the pub with friends. You can sometimes succumb to pressure and make an effort to go to these events, but every minute is an ordeal as you pretend to feel fine, or if you do feel ok you pay the price afterwards. The radiation effect is cumulative, but it can zap you immediately or slowly build up so that after several hours exposure you are knocked out for days afterwards.
Existence becomes constricted to the home and lifestyle becomes monk-like. If the home is also polluted with radiation – and ubiquitous masts and disguised wi-fi transmitters ensure that this is the case in many homes – the electrosensitive does not have many options. You can try to move house and relocate to an area with low or no radiation but this is not possible for the great majority of people. Relocation also involves cost regarding measurements/readings taken at any possible new location to attempt to find a radiation free site with no guarantee that the new site will remain mast free. In one case a family moved eleven times, and masts followed them whereever they went.
In radiation polluted homes electrosensitives can die prematurely from ES/MS induced illness, or they can try to live beneath expensive protective tent type canopies, wearing protective shielding clothes which can restrict movement and vision. Such strategies can render life within the home pretty miserable. Even such limited measures are beyond the financial reach of those electrosensitives reduced to living on social welfare, who have to carry on with no protection. The majority of western governments (with the exception of a progressive country like Sweden where special housing is provided for the ES/MS) do not recognise the condition and therefore refuse to help.
To live with ES/MS you have to be resourceful and manage your life around it as much as you possibly can. Avoidance is the key strategy. Avoiding places at peak times, balancing days out with days in to recover, avoiding too much tv and time on the computer (impossible for many) are all measures which help. In a lot of cases you have to leave your old friends, family and community behind, where there is no understanding nor wish to understand. You have a choice, to join a new community, developing lasting friendships because they, like you, have suffered the same social isolation and lack of understanding in their attempts to live with this disabling and life-changing condition.
- Preventing our children from becoming electrosensitive/microwave sick.
Currently the Ministers for Communications and Education are overseeing the rolling out of Wi-Fi in schools and colleges across Ireland. Much of the work is already done. Children in Ireland start using mobile phones at a younger age, around eight years, and spend longer on their phones than their counterparts in Europe. Their exposure to radiation is already considerable as many children sleep with them under their pillows. Wi-Fi in schoolols will mean that children will be exposed 24/7 to radiation at a time when their skulls are thinner and therefore absorbing far more radiation than an adult. The radiation affects everyone, but some have a greater sensitivity and their body will develop symtoms immediately. If the Wi-Fi in schools policy is not stopped and reversed considerable numbers of children will go on to develp ES/MS and they too will be condemned to living outside society.
Having ES/MS means leaving your old life behind. It is gone. Survival means joining a new community in whatever way you can because this is your life now.
You have to make the best of what you have got but it is a condition you would not wish on your worst enemy. never mind a child. Do we really want this for our children ?
As is the case with a lot disabilities, the loneliness that having ES/MS engenders, of being unable to socialise in the normal activities of work and play that give meaning to our lives, is also the reason, paradoxically, for the fostering of bonds of friendship that develop in a united community fighting for recognition, medical and practical help and justice.
ES/MS is a heavy enough burden for adults to bear – adults who have had a radiation free childhood and young adulthood – without expecting the very young to be also burdened with this condition. Many children are now showing ES/MS symptoms in schools where there is wi-fi. The prospect of having an entire new generation of young children afflicted with ES/MS will be a tragedy which will cost society far more in the long term than we can imagine.
Knowing the damage this radiation can cause, in the light of yet more evidence, this time from the Bioinitiative Report Update 2012, do we have the right to inflict the life long loneliness and despair of ES/MS on the next generation?
Politicians do not have the right to expose our children to radiation never tested for safety, provided by an unregulated industry which is illegally operating without any public liability insurance because no insurance company will touch it due to the well known health risks.
We can act now to halt this process and undo the damage. Safe biological limits for exposure to microwave radiation need to be set and mobile phones and wi-fi need to be taken out of schools and colleges immediatiely as is already the case in the top private schools and colleges in Europe. We need to start writing to TDs and ministers to demand that this madness stop.
In a democracy the tyrannical imposition of a dangerous radiation on the public, especially our children, should not happen. And if it is happening then the Ministers for Health, Education and Communications should publicly engage with electrosensitives, their organisations, and parents to explain why they are ignoringt the scientific and medical evidence of harm – nine decades of harm – electrosensitives being the living evidence of the damage this radiation can do.
Our medical files are held in Wexford in government offices in the department of the Environment, along with the science report presented to the Irish Government – the Dr Neil Cherry Report of 2000, containing 120 research papers showing evidence of adverse health effects from microwave radiation – evidence which our individual medical files confirm.
The 850 million euro ( public money from an uninformed public purchasing phone credit, new phones and other gadgets and software) given to the government by the mobile phone industry before Christmas may be a lot of money but not one cent is worth destroying the life of a child.
It is time that the Irish government revealed to the public what they have known for decades – that this radiation is toxic and causes autism, cancer, fatal heart conditions, suicidal tendencies and all sorts of illnesses as it destroys the immune system and the body is unable to defend itself from disease. It has been known to cause cancer since the end of the second world war. It has been known to cause cell death, cancer and suicide since 1974.
It is time that the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte, and Minister for Education Ruari Quinn stopped polluting homes and schools with a carcinogenic radiation ( WHO decision May 2011 -microwave radiation a possible carcinogen – Italian Supreme Court decision October 2012 microwave radiation a probable carcinogen) and considered the evidence and the threat to public health that their reckless and uninsured policies are posing.
Our children trust us and we trust our leaders to protect their health. That trust is being betrayed.
The media blackout on this scandal should end as Ireland struggles with an epidemic of cancer, suicide and autism. The deception that this radiation is harmless is over.
It is time for Irish politicians to tell the public the truth.