It looks like certain people are particularly affected by microwave
radiation from various devices, and the number of people so affected
seems to be growing. New scientific research shows that some
individuals suffer from a hypersensitivity to electrical fields like
those from cell phones, cordless phones and wireless routers.
Dr. Magda Havas, who is an associate professor of environmental and
resource studies at Trend University in Peterborough, Ontario,
presented her findings on Sunday. She says one of their tests exposed
electrically-sensitive people to a cordless phone that radiates
microwaves as soon as it's plugged in. The test subjects weren't on the
phone and weren't aware when it was on or off.
"One individual's heartbeat was 68 beats per minute. When we plugged in
the phone into a live outlet, it jumped to 122 beats per minute, and as
soon as we unplugged the phone, it went down to 66 beats again."
Dr. Havas says previous research has shown links between wireless
radiation and brain cancer, but their research broadens the concern to
include other systems in the body.
She says that, just as an increasing number of people are becoming
sensitive to things like peanuts, shellfish or certain chemicals,
there's also a growing population of people with
electro-hypersensitivity. She says the symptoms resemble rapid aging.
"They include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, body aches and pains, dizziness, problems with thinking and remembering."
Dr. Havas says many people showing the symptoms of
electro-hypersensitivity feel like they're having a heart attack, and
often get the wrong treatment.
"These individuals go to their doctors complaining about this, and
they're over-medicated with heart medication when there's absolutely
nothing wrong with their hearts; they're simply responding to an
Camilla Rees collaborated with Dr. Havas on the report, and also on a
book titled "Public Health SOS - The Shadow Side of the Wireless
Revolution." Rees says potential links have also been found between
microwave radiation and increased rates of autism and the disappearance
"Further research on this is necessary, and it is urgent that our
government start to pay attention to the disruptive effects that
wireless technologies are having on people and on nature."
Phone companies and manufacturers of phones and other communications
devices using microwaves say their products are safe and dispute
research to the contrary.