24 March 2014
Switzerland: "Waves Make Me Ill": Testimony of Electrohypersensitivity
(photo by Matthew Cavanaugh)
by Jennifer Keller, Femina, 23 March 2014 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)
Insomnia, dizziness, pain. Godeliève, 37, from Les Ponts-de-Martel, lived three hellish years until she understood the origin of her suffering. It is now one year since she has been given new life, thanks to a “biotuner.”
« It is still difficult to talk about this because the subject is taboo. Many people think it is psychological. They cannot conceive that cell phones, computers and other wireless devices, extremely practical and often tied to the notion of freedom, can be unhealthy. I myself would never have imagined the impact that they could have on health. It took me months of going from one doctor to another before understanding this.”
“It all started in spring 2010. My husband, who is American, and I were in Boston visiting his mother. We share life between the United States and Switzerland. We slept in a room where I had never really felt well. The level of electromagnetic pollution must have been very high there, in part due to the electric lines passing within several centimeters of the walls… My health deteriorated within several days. I could no longer sleep. I was seized by dizziness, suffered headaches and had the impression of being dehydrated. At the Boston hospital, I was diagnosed with a possible virus …
“The days passed and the symptoms grew worse. I started to have trouble breathing, felt tingling in my fingers and toes, experienced difficulty moving my limbs and thinking. My son being six months old, my doctor attributed it to fatigue… But this state continued, transforming my daily life into an obstacle course. I could no longer do anything. I could not drive, for example. Being an actress and co-director of a theater company, I had to cut down on my live performances and our work in schools. The situation was intolerable. I thought of stopping everything. My husband was at his limit. He had to take care of everything: our son, the house, our company.
“For months, I went from doctors to specialists in the hope of understanding what was happening to me in order to find remedies for my ills. Not knowing what I had and not being able to do anything about it were worse than anything, not to mention the lack of understanding of family and friends in the face of the sickness which plagued me. This was a very difficult period.
“I had to consult a kinesiologist in late 2011 in order to hear for the first time mention of the condition of electrohypersensitivity. She recommended a book, “Wireless Radiation Rescue” by Kerry Crofton. I had always thought that electrosmog was unhealthy. But it was at this moment that I realized that it could make one sick to the point of being handicapped. In order to verify whether it was indeed this, we camped outdoors, far from everything. After three days, I had returned to near “normal”.
“A geobiologist measured the electrosmog circulating in our home in the U.S. The levels were in fact elevated. We switched off the wi-fi and talked to our neighbors in order to reduce the waves coming from them. This was complicated to manage. We could have moved. But we had family and friends close by. We didn't have the heart to do this.
“When we returned to Switzerland, we moved into an apartment without wi-fi, on the edge of the village. On the second day, my symptoms increased with a vengeance. I thought I was losing my mind. We once again called in a geobiologist who detected stray electric current. For two months, we lived with electricity only in the kitchen in order to contain the current. This helped me a lot. In spite of everything, my health continued to deteriorate. The effect of waves is cumulative: the more one receives them, the more one becomes sensitive.
“I decided to go to a clinic specializing in integrative medicine. There, at the Paracelsus Clinic near St. Gallen, a check-up confirmed my sensitivity to electrosmog, which was a relief for me. Finally, my sickness was recognized by a professional! The doctor recommended a company making biotuners, a small rectangular casing placed on the fuse box in order to deactivate the harmful information from electrosmog present in the house. Once this was installed, the changes were immediate. I was no longer dizzy, I started to sleep deeply. Finally, I had a healthy place where I could heal.
“For a year, I have been living almost normally. Thanks to this installation, I can work again on a computer. We purchased a corded phone with a speaker so that I can again communicate. I changed my glasses which were metallic and therefore conductive and do not wear any metal jewelry. I take supplements to fortify myself.
“Going out remains a problem. In general, my husband does the shopping. It is difficult to take a train. When I am on the stage, if we manage to install the biotuner – which is transportable - I am okay. We ask the audience to switch off their cell phones. When we are with friends, we do the same. My daily life remains complicated, but in comparison to before, I am living again. I do not yet know how the future will be. I hope one day I will be better. We would like to have a second child and for that, my health must improve.
“I am not giving up. My husband and I are developing a new play with music that will start touring this fall. The purpose of the production, which is titled Innocenzo, is to show the repercussions that electromagnetic pollution can have on health, to break a taboo. To be aware of the problem is already a first step towards partly diminishing electrosmog. And I hope one day to again lead a normal life.”
For more information on Innocenzo : http://www.ptco.org/innocenzo
Original article in French (electronic version: pp. 34-35):