A boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts has been sued after a child appeared to develop symptoms of EHS as a result of the installation of an industrial-strength Wi-Fi system.
The 12 year old boy and his parents have sued the Fay School, claiming that staff failed to co-operate with them to reduce the child’s exposure to the Wi-Fi system which they believe is making him ill.
Shortly after the school installed a Wi-Fi network across all classrooms in spring 2013, the boy began to complain of headaches, itching skin and rashes that would get better whenever he was not in school. Over the summer holidays he was symptom-free, but on his return to school after the break his symptoms worsened.
The parents were not allowed into the school to test Wi-Fi levels in their child’s classroom, and were denied their request of having the school Wi-Fi replaced with an Ethernet system. As a result of this, the family sued the school under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What is EHS?
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (also known as electrosensitivity) is a condition that is becoming gradually more and more recognised. It is a reaction to the electromagnetic radiation emitted by modern devices such as mobile phones, powerlines and Wi-Fi, which can cause debilitating physical and mental symptoms. According to the charity ES-UK, it was first noticed among radar and electrical workers in the 1930s and since the advent of wireless technology has gradually spread into the general population.
Characteristic symptoms can include head or ear pain when using a mobile phone or when exposed to electrical and wireless appliances, insomnia, heart palpitations, fatigue, skin redness and tingling.
ES-UK suggest that up to 30% of the population are slightly sensitive to electromagnetic fields and radiation.
A growing concern
An increasing body of research is starting to show a link between the kind of electromagnetic radiation emitted by modern devices and technologies, and adverse short and long term health effects.
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has even classified powerline and radio frequency radiation as “possible carcinogens” (cancer-causing agents).
Click the link to read our article ‘Is Radio-Frequency Radiation Safe?’
At The Healthy House we believe that EHS is a very real and debilitating condition, and that it is important to raise awareness of it.
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