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Volume 28, Issue 2-3


Radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system1)

Magda Havas
Published Online: 2013-11-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2013-0004


Exposure to electrosmog generated by electric, electronic, and wireless technology is accelerating to the point that a portion of the population is experiencing adverse reactions when they are exposed. The symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), best described as rapid aging syndrome, experienced by adults and children resemble symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s and are well described in the literature. An increasingly common response includes clumping (rouleau formation) of the red blood cells, heart palpitations, pain or pressure in the chest accompanied by anxiety, and an upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system coincident with a downregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system typical of the “fight-or-flight” response. Provocation studies presented in this article demonstrate that the response to electrosmog is physiologic and not psychosomatic. Those who experience prolonged and severe EHS may develop psychologic problems as a consequence of their inability to work, their limited ability to travel in our highly technologic environment, and the social stigma that their symptoms are imagined rather than real.

Keywords: electrosmog; radio-frequency radiation; rouleau; tachycardia; WiFi; Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome


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About the article

Corresponding author: Magda Havas, PhD, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, K9J 7B8 Canada, E-mail: ; www.magdahavas.com

Received: 2013-04-23

Accepted: 2013-07-24

Published Online: 2013-11-06

Published in Print: 2013-11-01

Presented at the Corporate Interference with Science and Health: Fracking, Food, and Wireless, Scandinavia House, New York, NY, March 13 and 14, 2013.

Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 28, Issue 2-3, Pages 75–84, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2013-0004.

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