A young mother of one, Hannah Metcalfe (34) has had to move out into a rural community in the UK in order to live her life away from the hazards of technology. Metcalfe has a rare allergy to Wi-Fi. She gets headaches, stomach cramps and flu-like symptoms when exposed to the electromagnetic waves of Wi-Fi.
Chairman of the Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of South Africa, Tracey-Lee Dorny says that it is in fact possible to be allergic or react to Wi-Fi as well as to all forms of wireless technology. This includes cell masts, cell phones and tablets/iPads.
The condition is called electro-sensitivity or electro-hypersensitivity. Dorny says that most people won’t even realise that they're being affected. They however suffer consistently with the following symptoms: headaches, shooting pains in their muscles, neck or shoulders, blurry vision, sore ovaries, difficulty in sleeping, short-term memory loss or difficulty in concentration, gastric disturbances, rashes or itching and burning skin, disrupted thyroid, liver or kidney function and more increasingly tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and immune suppression.
“According to studies, exposure to modulated frequencies can have an impact on brain function, fertility and thyroid and hormone function, in addition to the possible long-term impacts of cancer and DNA damage. Pregnant women should never work in a Wi-Fi environment as it can have an impact on the foetus and there is the chance of losing the child before term,” says Dorny.
Dorny states that the only way to prevent these side affects is to remain hardwired in your home, office and schools. If you are unable to do this then insure that you take regular breaks and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This will give you some relief but the risk of long-term effects will remain.