Electromagnetic sensitivity or allergy to WiFi is a disease that supposedly affects many people, but what is the truth in it? We analyze it.
Does it cause cancer the electromagnetic radiation caused by electronics? Although it may seem like it, it is not a new debate. Already in the 1990s there were several initiatives aimed at moving mobile phone masts away from neighborhoods; apparently, without any success.
Little by little, the debate about the effect that mobile phones and other radiation emitters have on health is back on track. To such an extent that this year it became the subject of debate in the European Parliament at the proposal of two deputies from Podemos, one of them Pablo Iglesias himself.
However, to resolve the question about whether there is a so-called allergy to WiFi or electromagnetic hypersensitivity , we only have to turn to scientific evidence. Of course there are those who think that this may be biased, but the absence of evidence is even more so.
If we deny the truth to scientific evidence, we have no choice but to rely on superstitions and sensations, misleading almost 100% of the time. In fact, there are not few who take the supposed headaches caused by WiFi or mobile phones very seriously , and even those same people go so far as to turn off all electronic devices at night.
Necessary? For a vast majority of Europeans, yes. According to a survey promoted by the European Union in 2010 , 70% of EU citizens believe that mobile phones are harmful if exposure to its waves is too long. We do not have more current data, although everything indicates that the percentage has increased.
What does the World Health Organization say?
In everything that has to do with diseases, the first reference to turn to is the World Health Organization (WHO) . Of course, defenders of the existence of electromagnetic hypersensitivity can argue that the WHO is being bought by shady corporations with an unknown end.
Faced with this accusation, the only thing left to ask is: aren’t the companies that exploit this alleged ailment also corporations? Is it more legitimate to base yourself on scientific evidence than to try to make money with a problem that does not exist?
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If we go to the WHO report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity , the answer that is drawn is blunt: there is no evidence of its existence. There is no evidence to show that radiation emitted by cell phones , WiFi routers or other wireless devices causes cancer in any short or long term.
Not only is the WHO who affirms that the allergy to WiFi has not been proven: so does the EU committee of experts, which also publishes an informative document in which all its arguments are perfectly explained.
There is no evidence to show that this happens and what is more likely: there never will be. In fact, there are already hundreds of reports that collect data from thousands and thousands of patients and no one has been able to challenge this claim.
The answer to this question is not new, far from it. It is pure and simple physics , and we have a long time to remove the information theory says yes, does that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is real .
It all comes down to a division between the types of radiation and their wavelength . Depending on the frequency in which an electromagnetic waves operate, they have the capacity to cause changes in cells or not.
In the case of WiFi or mobiles, these waves operate at frequencies that move between 2.4 and 5 GHz or even lower. It is impossible for these frequencies to cause changes in an organism.
The division was named ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and those that theoretically cause electrosensitivity are clearly from the second group . To cause damage to the most superficial layers of the skin, frequencies above 10 GHz would be required.
In the following graph on the Curiosando website, the division between the different types of wave can be seen more illustratively. Those in the lower spectrum – on the left – are non-ionizing and do not cause damage to the body. Those on the right can do it if the exposure is long.
Even claiming that exposure to these waves can have detrimental effects in the long run is misleading. It would be like saying that the light bulbs that we have been using for more than a century can cause cancer.
So, do those who claim to suffer from this disease lie?
People who say they suffer from electromagnetic hyper sensitivity number in the thousands or tens of thousands worldwide . And no, they are not part of a conspiracy to deceive us. Probably all of them really suffer constant pain that they attribute to their exposure to WiFi or mobile antennas.
Once again, you have to turn to WHO to see what is happening. Have all these people agreed to suffer a disease that does not really exist? Of course not. The problem is that they do not have any special sensitivity that allows them to detect – and suffer – the waves that surround them: it all comes down to the mind.
The brain is a powerful organ that can induce suggestion. It is enough that you believe that you are going to have pain for the pain to appear. This means that when we talk about electromagnetic hyper sensitivity we are not talking about a real physical disease, but about a psychological problem.
That leads to an even more thorny question: to what extent is it legitimate to give wings to a disease that needs help from specialists with false arguments? Which companies are benefiting from the problems of people who should seek help from professionals?
Once again, the answer lies in science. If it weren’t for her, we would still be burning witches at the stake for guessing the date of the next eclipse . It would not be possible to have the comforts that we enjoy today were it not for the fact that we base our actions on scientific evidence.