Multiple Sclerosis and Electrohypersensitivity

January 18, 2011.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder and many of the symptoms overlap with electrohypersensitivity (EHS).  Indeed some individuals with EHS may be misdiagnosed with MS and some may have both “diseases.”

In a study we conducted a few years ago, we found that some people diagnosed with MS improved when power quality was improved in their home environment. Subjects documented better sleep, more energy, clarity of thought, improved balance and motor coordination, better mood among other symptoms.   Changes were documented within a matter of days and weeks. However, not everyone who participated in this study noticed benefits.

One might expect that people who have a compromised nervous system and an impaired immune system may be particularly vulnerable to electromagnetic energy.  MS patients have both.  The myelin sheath around nerves cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged and this is believed to be an autoimmune response.

More research needs to be done in this area to determine what percent of the MS population is electrically hypersensitive and what frequencies they may be responding to.  By reducing their exposure to radio frequency  radiation and other forms of electrosmog and by practicing good electromagnetic hygiene they may be able to get relief from their symptoms and some may be able to delay, halt or reverse the progression of this disease.

Here are some tips on how to practice good electromagnetic hygiene.

1.  replace cordless phone with corded phone

2.  replace WiFi with ethernet cable for computer

3.  use cellphone as little as possible & only in speaker mode

4.  do NOT use compact fluorescent light bulbs

5.  do NOT use electric blankets or water beds

6.  keep alarm clock radios at least 2 meters from bed

7.  measure radio frequency in your home & install radio frequency-reflecting window film or fabric to shield from external sources

8.  measure dirty electricity in your home & install filters if values are above 50 GS units.

9.  ask utility to install “wired” smart meter (not wireless)

10. do not live in a home within 100 m of transmission lines or within 400 m of cell phone antennas

Click  here for peer-reviewed publication:  Havas. M.  2006. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity:  Biological Effects of Dirty Electricity with Emphasis on Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis.  Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 25:259-268.

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