This past year and a half, I watched a friend struggle with painful symptoms that doctors couldn't diagnose like burning sensations in the head, hands, feet, and a ringing in the ears. Eventually through trial and error and doing her own research, she realized it was the wifi in her house (and fluorescent lights) that were causing so much pain. It turns out she has a rare condition where wifi causes visceral pain- there are about 7000 people in the world with this condition; however, doctors in Regina (and elsewhere) weren't very supportive of her findings, and hinted it was all in her head. Her friends knew her, saw the struggle she was going through, and we knew differently.
It turns out scepticism is the dominant attitude among doctors and scientists about wifi's effects on our bodies- that the waves can't affect us physiologically. In contrast to this, just three days ago, the World Health Organization published its findings on Electrohypersensitivity and recommended it be included in the International Classification of Diseases.
The vast majority of us are lucky- we can be around wifi and it doesn't hurt us. But given that doctors now know and have confirmed that wifi rays do have a physiological effect on the body, I believe we're only at the beginning stages of understanding what this means for filling in some gaps in our understanding of terminal illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer's. I'm also concerned with how long it might take for this knowledge to reach the general public, given the stake that cell phone companies have in their industry. Apple is set to become a trillion dollar company this year, after all.
If you're so inclined, please pass this post on to your friends so they can do their own research and make their own decisions about how much wifi radiation they want to let into their lives. We don't always have to have the wifi on- it is easy to turn it on and off- you can simply unplug the router before you go to bed, or when the family is relaxing around the supper table.
Once again, what a great (and painful) reminder that just because doctors have degrees on their walls, it doesn't mean they know everything. Don't forget it was the inventors and stakeholders inleaded gasoline that told the general public for decades- despite knowing the science said otherwise- that lead didn't have any health effects, a terrible choice on their part, as it had terribly toxic effects on the atmosphere, is permanently stored in the body, and caused all sorts of neurological health problems. Let's not let another "lead" story happen to us.
Here is the press release: http://appel-de-paris.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Press-Release-EN1.pdf
And a short article about it: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/09/electrohypersensitivity-and-multiple-chemical-sensitivity.html