Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a condition in which people develop various symptoms when exposed to certain types of EMF fields. While many European countries recognize EHS as a legitimate health problem, countries such as the USA still consider it to be primarily a psychosomatic condition.
However, a 2013 research paper published by Dr. Magda Havas might change the way EHS is viewed amongst the medical professions.
A Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University in Canada, Dr. Magda Havas is one of the leading researchers in the field of EMFs. Her recent study on those experiencing EHS proved that physical changes occur in the body after exposure to certain types of electromagnetic fields and radiation.
Some of the more significant changes were seen in the heart, blood and autonomic nervous system.
In the heart, exposure to EMF fields resulted in irregular heart beats as well as pain and pressure in the chest.
In the blood, exposure to EMF fields resulted in the clumping of red blood cells, known as rouleau formation. This clumping of red blood cells makes the blood more viscous, thereby impeding circulation. The clumping of red blood cells is often seen in states of disease.
When exposed to EMF fields, the sympathetic nervous system upregulates while the parasympathetic nervous system downregulates. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the "fight or flight" response, while the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the "feed and breed" and then "rest and digest" response.
In short, exposure to EMF fields puts the body in a state of stress, while simultaneously lowering the body's ability to nurture and nourish itself.
Dr. Havas concludes that the symptoms of EHS experienced by people are firmly rooted in physiological changes in the body and are not psychological in nature.
She also compares the documented symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s through the 1960swith those experiencing EHS today and concludes that the symptoms are the same.
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