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Towards Better Health - Toulouse: The long, hard battle of Mélody, electrohypersensitive, to pass the baccalaureate - by Fabrice Valery
"I am 18 years old and electrohypersensitive" by Melody
We are publishing here a long letter written by Melody for a better understanding of her situation.
I am 18 years old and electrohypersensitive (EHS). I am studying through a distance learning program with the CNED. It was when I was 13, on the terrace of our home on 27 May 2010 towards 4.30 in the afternoon, that I found myself covered with giant hives from head to toe for no apparent reason. On the tower opposite our house, Orange had had an antenna installed on 21 May 2010. We did research to try to understand what could have caused the hives, called "cholinergic". The conclusion was objective and clear. We understood that I had an allergy to electromagnetic waves.
The relay antenna, 66 meters [216 feet] high, located 280 meters [918 feet] from our house, was making us sick without knowing it, each time an important change occurred on the antenna. The discovery of my electrohypersensitivity was a relief, because for years, my parents and I had had many health problems without understanding the origin of these painful ailments which neither we nor the doctors could name. Today, this affliction which sticks to the skin has a name, but I am extremely worried about the future, for ours as well as that of today's and future children, and for the people who are still ignorant about the potential danger of electromagnetic waves.
We are far from being against modernity, but we do not want to be sacrificed, like they said at a meeting of the Regional Health Agency (ARS). I was only 13 years old at the time, and to my great disillusion, an engineer told me: "In any case, we prefer sacrificing the electrohypersensitive people rather than depriving the world's population of their cell phones". I was shocked to hear this. Afraid of having misunderstood, we had him repeat the word "sacrifice". He replied, "Yes, sacrifice" without hesitation and without any qualms. I know full well that we must make progress in modernity but without danger to humanity.
We must not doubt the danger of this new scourge. What is the future of an EHS child? These new wireless technologies: Invisible, Intangible, Odorless, Silent, Tasteless, have many consequences for health. Much proof has already been established in France and in the world. Is money more important than human lives on this magnificent planet?
My affliction often results in headaches (very strong compression on the skull like a vise), continuous tinnitus, at times, more brutal and intense, a lack of concentration, memory problems like forgetting the words one means, backaches, tingling in the neck (like an electrical current), muscular aches, especially in the mornings when the body has remained sedentary during the nighttime, stinging of the eyes and sometimes red, dry eyes that itch, burning sensation in the stomach and sometimes vomiting. The nights are at times short, with insomnia from 2 to 4 in the morning. All these painful ills do not come at the same time, but some occur daily. What makes this physical (not mental!) ailment worse is to not be taken seriously and to be considered a hypochondriac.
We would very much like to move, but where? We like our city and to move does not mean being safer. More relay antennas have to be installed without lowering the threshold... they are even more powerful in the countryside. The exposure to waves is more and more dangerous and stronger since 4G. We are developing more and more new invisible wireless technology. However, a cell phone can function with less voltage, and one can lower the threshold to 0.4 V/m instead of 60 V/m. We live with this ill daily, all the while trying to find a solution to survive day to day, because we love life.
This sensitivity to electromagnetic waves is for me the sixth sense of our body. We feel invisible pulsations. If some people are not sensitive like us, the waves are still going through them. It is here that we can become aware that the invisible on this earth may be as dangerous as the visible. I would like to live a normal life like everyone else, to be a young lady who is free to go everywhere without being confronted by these electromagnetic waves. I am trying to have a social life like everyone else. Often I pretend that there is nothing, but unfortunately I pay for it when I have become too exposed.
In the courtyard of my school, there is also a 33-meter-high relay antenna [108 feet]. During this time, I was suffering unbearable headaches. I remember that it was only beneath a protective covering in the school playground that I felt some relief, without knowing why.
This wireless technology is a new addiction worse than drugs because it starts much earlier. It is not too late to react!
Original article in French:
Boutet - Salmon Arm Observer
" . . . "The right to have a clean environment is being taken away from us and we can't really realize it."
Boutet took her convictions to a recent all-candidates meeting on microwave radiation, where she was asked to speak of her experiences.
Her family moved away from the Lower Mainland to escape all the pollution from cell phone towers and Wi-Fi that spills nearly everywhere because of the density there. Her husband had to stay, though, in order to make a living.
After several moves, Boutet's family is living in the Shuswap. She was pleasantly surprised to find people here who take the issue seriously and whose homes are accessible and welcoming.
"This is a better place for us as we have people who understand."
Published on Dec 5, 2013
This is an excerpt from a short film I'm making about people who suffer from controversial condition Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).
A version of this video and my photographs were shown on the Guardian website and the story and my photos were published in the Weekend Magazine on the 30th March 2013.
You can view the portraits from the project on my website - thomasballphoto.com.
For details on future screenings and exhibitions keep a look out on my blog thomasballphoto.wordpress.com
"Nokia's former chief technology officer (CTO), Matti Niemelä spent 10 years developing technology used in your beloved Smartphone devices before he fell ill as a result of exceptionally high levels of accumulative exposure to cell phone radiation. Now he's warning consumers about the health hazards attributed to microwave radiation absorption - it's to late for him, but it might not be too late for you or your loved-ones!
"Matti was a young healthy man when he was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man quickly advanced to become Nokia's Chief Technology Officer, and was involved in developing the world's first cell phones, memory sticks and WLAN [Wi-Fi] connections. The first symptoms appeared within a year of his employment at Nokia. His executive level job required that he traveled around the world with a communicator [early model smart-phone] in hand - "exposure to radiation was very strong from morning to night, and even at night", says Matti.
"The symptoms of cell phone radiation breaking down Matti's blood-brain-barrier got worse year by year. The more intense the phone radiation exposure, the more his speech slurred. Finnish news sources quote Matti's symptoms like coordination difficulties being directly affected by cell phone usage. . .
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation
In Memory of police officer Roger Carlstrom
"We have received the sad news that Roger Carlstrom from Trelleborg, Sweden has left us. He died on October 3, only 8 days before his 50th birthday, from the brain tumor he was diagnosed with in December 2011.
"Roger worked as a police officer for over 25 years and was at the time of the onset of the brain tumor field officer at Trelleborg Police.
"Roger Carlstrom was our friend. His courage was unique and he cared genuinely for other people. These characteristics prompted him to openly talk about his illness and what caused it. He was convinced that it was caused by the new police radio system Tetra. Roger wanted to warn others so that they would not be injured as he was.
"He told me in 2012: "I am absolutely sure that it isTetra that caused my tumor. I am extremely concerned that other officers or persons in the emergency services will also be affected." . . .
"But it was not enough for him to just warn the police force. Roger realized that other wireless technologies can be equally damaging, especially wireless networks, wifi. He got the same symptoms from wifi as from Tetra. . . .
Former Nokia CTO's multiple sclerosis and... Nokia's patents to prevent it?
" . . . Nokia's former Technology Chief, Matti Niemela, was involved in the development the world's first mobile phones, but fell seriously ill himself from mobile-phone microwave radiation.
"In addition, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that radiation may increase the risk of even MS.
"For Tampere-based Matti Niemelä, age 44, life was like in the movies when he as a young man was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man quickly advanced to become Nokia's Chief Technology Officer for ten years, and was involved in developing the world's first mobile phones, memory sticks and WLAN [Wi-Fi] connections.
"In 2007, Niemela's career hit a brick wall as his health finally failed. Today, he is only able to move using a walker. Niemela refuses to use a wheelchair.
"The irony of this is that I'm no longer able to use any of those devices that I had been developing, Niemelä says with a smile. . . .
Dr. McDonald is a scientist, mathematical modeller who investigates the impacts of various human and natural forces on ecosystems. He uses mathematics and statistics to build electronic models to show what might happen at various trophic levels in the ecosystems that are affected.
Victoria Protest Rally June 14, 2014
Robert was one of the first people in BC to get involved with the electromagnetic pollution issue, first Cell Towers, then Power LInes, Wi-Fi and Smart Meters.
Personal accounts from Michigan, USA
Leslie's Story of Meter Removal:
"I am writing this letter in hopes of reaching out to everyone who is thinking about taking the smart meter off their home. Do it! . . .
Caroline's Story of Meter Removal:
"On the fence about whether to remove the smart meter from your home? So were my husband and I. But the continued deterioration in the health of my family, especially mine, led us to take the only safe option--replacement of our smart meter with an analog. . .
A briefing on EHS for Health Professionals, Research Scientists, Government Officials and concerned members of the Public - November 27, 2013
I felt compelled to write this personal case study because through my own personal experiences I have found that there is a serious lack of understanding of what Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), also commonly referred to as Electrosensitivity (ES), is and its cause. For some people, EHS can be completely disabling and in some extreme situations, can lead to hospitalisation due to aggravation of pre-existing medical condition(s), development of tachyarrhythmias, which at times can result in a loss of consciousness, and other acute effects on the neurological system.
"The main problem being faced by people who are suffering from EHS is that they are left in a tenuous position where there is a complete absence of government support. EHS is declared to be "not a medical diagnosis"  by the WHO and so sufferer's symptoms are ignored and often misdiagnosed by the medical profession. This then can lead to the prescription of unnecessary and ineffective medication. Only Sweden recognises EHS as a functional impairment while the Austrian Medical Association has provided guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related illnesses 
"My hope in writing this case study is to dispel misconceptions some members of the scientific community, government bodies and the general public have on this functional impairment. I also hope that by detailing my own personal experience with EHS that I can help those who may be suffering similar symptoms recognise the cause and help them understand how they can manage their condition, and to some degree, protect themselves. . .
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