"Musician and sufferer Ricky Gardiner, 66, who played guitar for Iggy Pop and David Bowie in the Seventies, now lives a quiet life in rural Carmarthenshire, West Wales with his wife, Virginia. His symptoms began in the late Eighties, and he believes they were caused by five computers he used to produce music. Although Ricky feels he is managing his condition, he is angry that EHS is not taken more seriously. ‘The telecoms industry is the biggest money-spinner the world’s ever known, so it’s easier to dismiss us as nutcases than question whether it’s right for us to be bombarded with electromagnetic waves,’ he says.
"Sue Brown, 53, a married mother of two from Gloucester, would agree. She resigned as a teacher at a prestigious independent school three years ago after wifi was installed there, and has taken early retirement. ‘I’d always been very healthy, but then, for no apparent reason, I started to find it difficult to sleep at night,’ she says. ‘I developed terrible pains in my head and sometimes I’d feel nauseous. ‘My doctor gave me strong painkillers, but nothing worked. He wondered if I might have a brain tumour — but in the school holidays, the symptoms would almost disappear. ‘I loved my job, but had to resign. Later, I discovered from the school’s IT technician that wifi had been installed at the same time as my symptoms started.’ Sue’s symptoms eased after she left work, but returned when she had a new broadband hub installed in her home. ‘Now, I can hardly go anywhere, because wifi is so widespread. The symptoms are horrendous, but, when I talk about them, people look at me as though I’m mad.’
My experience so far of discussing the EMF issue (in the UK) is that people in general may be much more open to the possibility of harm than the relevant industries would like.
When I spoke to me daughter - who's a science student at a UK university - about it, she told me the university accommodation she lives in supplies an internet connection to all rooms but WiFi is not available and is not allowed. Some students complain about this but have been told firmly that this is not going to change.
I suspect someone within the university might be both EMF-aware and litigation-conscious?
____________________ MP start May'12 (no breaks) | CFS | fatigue, depression | IBS | probable AS | last 25D=9 ng/ml Feb 2016