EM Hypersensitivity Awareness Month, Harbour Grace NFL

January 19, 2010. Don Coombs, Mayor of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, proclaimed January 2010 as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Awareness Month. Click here for Proclamation.

This is the now the forth mayor in Canada who has recognized that electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a serious health concern that requires greater awareness . Mayor Coombs follows in the steps of Mayors David Sanders of Colwood BC (August 2009); Dennis O’Keefe of St. John’s, NFL (August 2009) and Fred Budgell of Norris Arms, NFL (October 2009).

In 2009, Governors in Florida, Connecticut, and Colorado, made a similar proclamation, although Governor Charlie Chris (Florida) withdrew his proclamation shortly after releasing it without a clear explanation for his decision.

Health Canada also recognizes that “Certain members of the general public may be more susceptible to harm from radio frequency and microwave exposure” (Safety Code 6 Guideline, page 11).

Despite this, those who are sensitive to electrosmog and are unable to work are often denied compensation for their illness. This is due, in part, to the absence of reliable ways to diagnose this EHS, which takes multiple forms. It has been estimated that 35% of the population in industrial countries may have moderate symptoms of EHS and that 3% may be severely disabled by electromagnetic fields and radiation. Funding to promote research in this area is lacking and currently there are no formal programs to inform medical professionals about the health effects of electrosmog and ways to help those who are suffering.