Those with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) are acutely vulnerable

EHS is a multisystem medical condition characterised by physical symptoms associated with anthropogenic electromagnetic field exposure. Similar constellations of symptoms may also be seen in the general population where exposures to RFR are higher. Some have suggested a ‘nocebo response’ (symptoms induced by fear of exposure) as the mechanism behind the reaction. This explanation does not withstand scientific scrutiny. EHS is proven to be a physical response under blinded conditions1,2, biomarkers are being identified3 and mechanisms that may explain the reaction are evolving 4,5,6,7. Guidelines for EHS diagnosis and management have been peer-reviewed and published which make clear that the mainstay of medical management is avoidance of anthropogenic electromagnetic fields 8,9,10. Disability and compensation cases for those with EHS are already being won and will continue to escalate. 

Santini Line Graph

Thanks to: Santini R, Santini P, Danze JM, Le Ruz P, Seigne M. Enquête sur la santé de riverains de stations relais de téléphonie mobile: I/incidences de la distance et du sexe [Investigation on the health of people living near mobile telephone relay stations: I/Incidence according to distance and sex]. Pathol Biol (Paris). 2002 Jul;50(6):369-73. French. doi: 10.1016/s0369-8114(02)00311-5. Erratum in: Pathol Biol (Paris). 2002 Dec;50(10):621. PMID: 12168254.

Triggers for the symptoms can be any EMF exposure, but classically it is a reaction to the pulse modulated fields associated with mobile telephony and Wi-fi. Some individuals will also suffer symptoms from the lower household electrical (ELF) fields.

EHS can progress quickly in some individuals, rendering them incapacitated by their severe symptoms and unable to tolerate even minute exposures to certain frequencies. Unfortunately as very few doctors have been educated regarding the condition and internet sources are often factually inaccurate or subject to bias, it can be very difficult for individuals to receive appropriate support to improve their health. The mainstay of management is to avoid the EMR triggers, but this can prove extremely difficult given the ubiquitous nature of Wi-fi and mobile phone radiation now pervasive in society. As well as creating a general public health decline, this is also raising serious human rights concerns, and unsurprisingly, the condition appears to be rising in response to increased exposures. For more detail regarding Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, please see the EHS section under the ‘resources’ tab above.

Estimated prevalence of EHS in various countries

Thanks to: Hallberg, Örjan & Oberfeld, Gerd. (2006). Letter to the Editor: Will We All Become Electrosensitive?. Electromagnetic biology and medicine. 25. 189-91. 10.1080/15368370600873377.


1. Rea et al., 1991. Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity. Journal of Bioelectricity, 10(1&2), 241-256.

2. McCarty et al., 2011. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: evidence for a novel neurological syndrome. Int J Neurosci.  Dec;121(12):670-6.

3. Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P., 2015. Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder. Rev Environ Health. 2015;30(4):251-71. doi:10.1515/reveh-2015-0027.

4. Stein, Y., Udasin, I., 2020. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS, microwave syndrome) – Review of mechanisms. Environmental Research Vol 186, July 2020, 09445.

5. Lai, H. 2019. Exposure to Static and Extremely-Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields and Cellular Free Radicals, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 38:4, 231-248, DOI: 10.1080/15368378.2019.1656645

6. Panagopoulos D et al., 2000. A Mechanism for Action of Oscillating Electric Fields on Cells. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 272, 634–640 (2000)

7. Dimitris J. Panagopoulos, Andreas Karabarbounis and Lukas H. Margaritisa, 2002. Mechanism for action of electromagnetic fields on cells. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 298 (2002) 95–102

8.Belyaev et al, 2016. EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses. Rev Environ Health. 2016 Sep 1;31(3):363-97.

9. Austrian Medical Association, 2012. Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses (EMF Syndrome)

10. Belpomme, D., Irigaray, P., Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(6), 1915;