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EU committee finds ‘no conclusive evidence’ to connect EME exposure with electromagnetic hypersensitivity


 
 
  The European Economic and Social Committee prepared the Opinion

There is no conclusive evidence connecting exposure to electromagnetic energy (EME) with the condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), according to a new policy statement by the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted on 21 January 2015.

  
“The overwhelming medical and scientific opinion is that there is no conclusive evidence to link the wide range of symptoms described as EHS to electromagnetic or radiofrequency exposure,” said the Opinion on Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (doc), an official statement of the Committee’s policy.  

“Overall there is evidence that exposure to radio-frequency fields does not cause symptoms or affect cognitive function in humans.”

“The great majority of independent trials to date have found that self-described sufferers from EHS cannot distinguish between exposure to real and false (meaning zero) electromagnetic fields. ‘Double-blind’ experiments suggest that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a zero exposure, as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields,” said the Opinion.

The EESC acknowledges that EHS sufferers experience real symptoms, and recommends that they should receive support and treatment, however, the Committee explains that these symptoms are likely to be psychologically self-induced and stem from a perceived threat rather than an actual public health risk.

“There remains the issue of public perception. For some individuals the prevalence of EMF is seen as a threat – in the workplace, to their families and in public spaces. Similar groups are equally concerned over multiple chemical exposure, widespread food intolerance or exposure to particles, fibres or bacteria in the environment. Such individuals need support, not only in dealing with actual illness symptoms but with the concerns they express about modern society.”

 

Published 7/4/2015

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