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There is a kind of discomfort some people face called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). If you’ve seen ‘Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World’, a film about the internet by Werner Herzog, you’ll know that apart from the history of the internet, the film depicts many other aspects of it, including the issues of people who suffer from sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. It was also a running theme throughout AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’.

What is Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)?

Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a controversial ‘allergy’, caused by electrosmog or electromagnetic radiation present in the vicinity of all kinds of electrical appliances.[1]

In the middle of the last century it was identified as an ‘occupational disease’, these days it’s not only a problem for those who work in places where the electromagnetic radiation level is high. In fact, a lot of people claim to be sensitive to radiation, to some extent.

There are people, however, who are hypersensitive to it and suffer even when the electromagnetic field is weak.

What are the electrohypersensitivity symptoms?

We can’t detect electromagnetic radiation using our senses — we can’t see it, hear it or feel it. What we can observe are the signs of those with sensitivity towards it, although there is no scientific basis and it is not a recognised medical diagnosis.

In 2005 the WHO stated that there are a number of non-specific symptoms that people with electrohypersensitivity (EHS) associate with their illness. They include mainly dermatological problems, such as redness, tingling, and burning sensations, but also fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation or digestive disturbances.[1]


People who feel as though they are suffering from electrohypersensitivity (EHS) exclude themselves from social life. In Green Bank, West Virginia, the U.S. government banned the use of wireless devices due to an operating radio telescope.[2]

As a result, the town has become a refuge for electro hypersensitive people. If you’re interested in this topic, here’s an article we recommend: The town without WiFi. If you’re wondering what the life of a person who suffers from electrohypersensitivity (EHS) looks like, read an article about Peter Lloyd: Court hearing for man ‘allergic’ to electricity fighting for a suitable home or Per Segerbäck: The Man Who Was Allergic to Radio Waves.

Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) in Sweden

Over 300,000 people in Sweden get benefits due to electrohypersensitivity (EHS).[3] In 2000, the Swedish government officially recognized electrohypersensitivity (EHS) as a disability which may interfere with daily functioning.[4]

Swedes affected by electrohypersensitivity (EHS) are provided full health care and can count on the understanding of both employers and doctors, who ensure conditions for life and work in an environment free from electrosmog.

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