Monday, February 10, 2014

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: A Myth?

         After doing homework for hours with my laptop, I tend to feel discomfort in the joints of my knees. Sometimes the pain is worse than others and I have noticed the pain to occur if I leave my cell phone on my legs as well.
        I conducted research and luckily found that I am not the only one with this bizarre problem. The condition is called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. In the 1970’s it was referred to as microwave sickness or radiowave sickness. The symptoms, which occur when dealing with wifi or other electronic wave currents, include skin sensitivity and blemishing, light sensitivity, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches, joint pain, dizziness, and a whole array of associated symptoms. There is said to be no cure except for completely isolating oneself from any electromagnetic devices. 
      This article claims that the symptoms could easily be those of stress, not Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. The author wrote, "The ability of a human brain to convince itself of just about anything is not to be underestimated. If you are experiencing stress (and just about everyone is experiencing some stress), whatever you attribute it to will inevitably create more stress whenever you encounter it. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe yourself to be electrosensitive, then you will be, quite literally, whenever you perceive the presence of electromagnetism." This is related to correlation and causation aspects we discussed in class such as a arthritis pain and the weather.
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