Category Archives: EHS

Podcast: Kim Goldberg on Electrosensitivity

People First Radio Interview with Kim Goldberg about wi-fi and health effects… Apparently the high schools that have installed wi-fi see students with heart attacks, but instead of removing wi-fi, they buy defibrillators!!!???

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I was interviewed earlier today on People First Radio (CHLY, Nanaimo BC) about electrosensitivity, Wi-Fi sickness, smart meters, and more.

Here is a link to the podcast of my 15-minute segment of the show:  http://www.columbiancentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/473_may_09_2013_sm.mp3

People First Radio is produced by Columbian Centre Society in Nanaimo, BC, and airs every Thursday, from Noon-1:00 pm on Radio CHLY 101.7 FM.leaves

 

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Group of parents upset Peel schools may install Wi-Fi

Children’s health is being affected by WiFi  

“Frank Clegg, Citizens 4 Safe Technology and former president of Microsoft Canada, says Wi-Fi is an unproven technology and until it’s considered safe, we shouldn’t be using children as a science experiment.”

Global News

Steve Miller says he expected the worst as a parent when months of testing at Sick Kids Hospital lead to no diagnoses for his six-year-old son Jalen.

Jalen’s vision was distorted, mostly at night and no doctor could explain why. After several trips to doctors and psychiatrists that led nowhere, Miller brought a company called EMF Solutions Canada into their home. The specialists studied the level of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) to test if they were linked to Jalen’s nighttime visuals.

“We figured out his bedroom was a hot spot for Wi-Fi,” says Miller. “We shut that off right away and also turned off all our technology, including the home base for our wireless phones and blue tooth.”

Jalen was diagnosed by an environmental doctor with hyper sensitivity to electro-magnetic fields, says Miller. It was only four days after turning off their wireless technology that his symptoms disappeared.

But…

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Guest Post: Personal Protection Against Electromagnetic Waves

Another danger from wireless technology,  discussed a bit here in the BioInitiative Report is that of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) /aka electromagnetic sensitivity, or one of the many potentially disabling “sensitivities” falling under the broader term Environmental Sensitivities (ES).

As the use of wireless technology increases, more and more people around the world are becoming disabled by, or “sensitive” to electromagnetic waves, and must find ways to survive and cope in the world, since safe sanctuaries are not yet available and life of some sort must go on. Some people are discovering special materials that can be used to make protective clothing, hoods, capes etc. Note that care must be taken to keep the waves from bouncing around inside the material.

Ryozo posted this account of what he must wear to his fb page and he agreed to share it here.

He lives in Japan and has MCS and EHS. He was a teacher by profession and now works to raise awareness about these conditions whenever he is able. He is a member of the Japanese organization CACP – Citizens Against Chemicals Pollution.

My way to protect from electromagnetic waves

by Ryozo Tamakoshi

Points to keep in mind

The causes and the conditions of chemical sensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity are very various. My method is not always effective for all people. Ultimately, it may be important to find your own way. Please note that metal allergy could affect ability to use these protective clothes. Summer is so hot, this way is impossible. (This is only the protection from electromagnetic waves.)

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Canadian Recognition of MCS/ES (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/Environmental Sensitivities)

The Canadian Human Rights Commission

Policy on Environmental Sensitivities

Individuals with environmental sensitivities experience a variety of adverse reactions to environmental agents at concentrations well below those that might affect the “average person”. This medical condition is a disability and those living with environmental sensitivities  are entitled to the protection of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. …

UPDATE 2013: see Canadian Human Rights Documents Archived

Ontario’s Human Rights Code

What is disability?

“Disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some not visible. A disability may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time. There are physical, mental and learning disabilities, mental disorders, hearing or vision disabilities, epilepsy, drug and alcohol dependencies, environmental sensitivities, and other conditions.

The Code protects people from discrimination because of past, present and perceived disabilities. For example, the Code protects a person who faces discrimination because she is a recovered alcoholic. So is a person whose condition does not limit their workplace abilities, but who is believed to be at greater risk of being able to do less in the future.

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/disability-and-human-rights

CERA the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

…While environmental sensitivities are not well understood by the general public, they are recognized by Health Canada, the Canadian Health Network, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canadian and Ontario Human Rights Commissions, the Ontario Medical Association and the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians – among others….

http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/?page_id=674

Environmental Health Clinic

The Environmental Health Clinic is a unique multidisciplinary clinic, and the only one of its kind in Ontario. It was established in 1996 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to be a provincial resource in promoting environmental health, and to improve health care for people with environment-linked conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities.

The Environmental Health Clinic is the clinical part of a joint clinical and research program of Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto.

http://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/programs-and-services/environmental-health-clinic469/

This post is in response to a request.

If anyone can provide other links, including the sources mentioned by CERA, I will add them.  Thanks in advance.

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief for People with Chemical and Electrical Sensitivities

(Thanks to Mary Lamielle)

Providing Services for People with Chemical and Electrical Sensitivities (CS/ES) in Emergency Management

Educate yourself and your agency or organization about the needs of people with chemical and electrical sensitivities (CS/ES).

Identify and work with the CS/ES in your community to determine how to best meet their needs.

Provide notification to people with CS of any toxic event so that they can take precautions or evacuate as necessary.

Establish a registry as a means to provide advance notification.

Keep the needs of those with CS/ES in mind as emergency preparedness plans are developed.

Work to ensure emergency services and shelters are accessible for people with CS/ES.

Be prepared to respond to any emergency affecting the CS even if the balance of the population is not significantly affected.

Provide for the safe evacuation, if necessary, for those who cannot use public transportation.

Provide outreach to people with CS/ES who are unable to get to or be accommodated in a shelter.

Prohibit smoking in the vicinity of people with CS and protect those with CS from exposure to combustion sources including gasoline and diesel exhaust, propane, and similar exposures.

Use least toxic/allergenic cleaning and maintenance products and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices with least toxic/low impact products, if necessary.

Adopt and promote best practices policies that restrict the use of fragrances and the purchase and use of fragranced and scented products in emergency services.

Restrict the use of cell phones, smart phones, and similar devices in the vicinity of people with ES.

These tips were provided by Mary Lamielle,
National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, Inc.
“Addressing the Needs of People with Chemical and Electrical Sensitivities and Fragrance-Free Policies in Emergency Preparedness,”
New Jersey GAINED, January 25, 2012.

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Diagnosing Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and “The effects of invisible waves”

The Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto recently held an educational event on the environmental health condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EMS, aka EHS). Dr. Ray Copes, chief, environmental and occupational health, Public Health Ontario, Dr. Magda Havas, associate professor of environmental and resource studies, Trent University, and Dr. Riina Bray, medical director, Environmental Health Clinic, WCH were among the speakers.

“We need to create more awareness about this condition,” said Dr. Riina Bray. “Health-care practitioners need to better understand EMS (EHS) 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.”

Recognition of EHS is slowly growing as more people are affected. The number of wireless devices is growing, and it’s difficult to avoid exposure. Smart meters on every house, cell phones in nearly every pocket, cell towers in every neighbourhood, wifi in every other café and home… Never before in human history have we been exposed in this way.

I personally am lucky that compared to some people, my EHS symptoms are mostly mild to middling, although they have been severe at times.

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