Electromagnetic sensitivity (ES), also known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), electromagnetic intolerance (EMI), and in cases of wireless exposure by an older name, “microwave sickness”, is any sickness, acute or chronic, that is caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

When people with ES are exposed to EMF and EMR from wireless and electrical sources – cell phones, Wi-Fi, cell towers and antennas, tablets, cordless phones, wireless “smart meters”, powerlines, appliances, and imbalanced home wiring among others – they experience signs and symptoms of adverse health effects.

The most common symptoms are:

  • headache
  • tingling in the hands and legs
  • pain in the head and ears when using a cell phone
  • cognitive problems
  • brain fog
  • heart palpitations
  • difficulty breathing
  • sleep disturbances
  • exhaustion
  • tinnitus
  • nose bleeds
  • dizziness
  • nausea

The signs and symptoms that are associated with ES may indicate serious physiological harm.

A recent study by Prof. Dominque Belpomme (2015) was conducted on about 700 people who have developed ES. The data indicate serious physiological damage to the blood-brain barrier, hypothalamus and immune system, as well as neurodegeneration. Numerous other scientific studies have also established a correlation between the signs and symptoms experienced by people who have developed ES and exposure to EMR and/or EMF.

With exposure to wireless technology radiation increasing exponentially, the number of adults and children who have developed the sickness is growing rapidly. Surveys conducted through 2006 indicate that 10% of the population was suffering from ES. Considering the increase in use of wireless technologies in the 10 years since, it is safe to assume that the percentage of people who have developed ES is higher and at epidemic scale. While there are other conditions which have been associated with exposure to wireless radiation, it is clear that ES is the most widespread and the quickest to manifest.

Anyone can develop ES.

Human bodies are electromagnetic in nature and thus are affected by wireless technology radiation and EMF. People are not born with ES but develop it as a result of exposure to wireless radiation and artificial EMF sources. With the increase in personal and environmental exposure to these fields and radiation, rapidly increasing numbers of people are developing ES. This increase – documented by surveys – shows the falsity of suggestions that those who suffer from the condition are a small fraction of the population.

The higher prevalence among hi-tech and wireless industry workers is yet further proof that there is a dose-response relationship: Matti Niemelä, Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer; Per Segerbäck, Ericcson mobile phone engineer,  and Dr. David McDonald, CSIRO senior scientist – all senior-level employees in the wireless industry – have developed the condition.

The only known effective “treatment” is avoidance.

However, with the proliferation of wireless technologies, this is becoming increasingly difficult and is nearly impossible. As a result, many people are forced to leave their homes, families and jobs, and become refugees with nowhere to go.

Since most scientific studies are funded by the wireless industry, which is doing its best to discredit the connection of the sickness to wireless technology, there are very few studies about the potential mechanisms involved in its development. Sadly, no official cure can be offered at time.


An increasing body of objective diagnostic tests and guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the condition exists. Most recently, the EMF Working Group of the European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) published the European EMF Guideline 2016 for the diagnosis and treatment of ES. These guidelines follow after earlier guidelines issued by the Austrian Medical Association.

The Guideline relies on three principles:

  1. the ability of a person to correlate between cause and symptoms, which is the most important tool for every medical diagnosis;
  2. objective bio-markers and diagnostic tests; and
  3. elimination of other potential causes.

The EUROPAEM EMF Guideline has been adopted by doctors around the world.

Numerous international organizations, medical associations, doctors and hospitals in several countries and countless courts have recognized ES.

The European Parliament recognized the condition and its correlation to EMR in 2009 as part of a “Resolution on EMFs and Health“.

In 2011, the Council of Europe recognized ES. Following an extensive and unbiased investigation that resulted in a report entitled “The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment”, the Council concluded that “…A syndrome of intolerance to electromagnetic fields (SIEMF) does exist and that those people are not feigning illness or suffering from psychiatric disorders.”

Most recently, a court decision in France ordered disability payments to a woman for an “allergy to Wi-Fi” and in August 2016 a decision in Spain awarded an Ericsson engineer disability payments for developing ES.

Despite its epidemic scale, the wireless industry and other interested parties are doing whatever they can to suppress the problem. They make baseless claims that the problem is psychological and they fund subjective provocation studies rather than physiological studies. Governments clearly have a vested interest to avoid dealing with this problem for as long as possible. These factors contribute to the lack of awareness and information available to doctors; as a result many people are misdiagnosed and receive the wrong treatment.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, physician, former Director-General of the World Health Organization and former Prime Minister of Norway.