Understanding Electro-Hypersensitivity (EHS)

Nurturing Empathy and Wellness in the Digital Age

In our modern world, where technology has seamlessly woven into the fabric of our lives, it’s important to pause and consider the challenges faced by those who grapple with Electro-Hypersensitivity (EHS). Let’s delve into this condition with empathy and insight, seeking to create a supportive space that harmonizes the benefits of technology with individual health and well-being.

Electro-Hypersensitivity, often referred to as EHS or electromagnetic hypersensitivity, refers to a condition wherein individuals experience adverse health effects due to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by electrical and wireless devices. While the scientific community continues its exploration into EHS, it’s crucial to recognize and extend empathy to those who endure its symptoms.

EHS symptoms can manifest differently from person to person, encompassing a range of experiences, such as:

Skin-related symptoms:  
Redness, Rashes, Burning or tingling sensations

Neurological symptoms:  
Headaches, Fatigue, Dizziness, Nausea, Difficulty concentrating, Memory problems, Brain fog

Respiratory symptoms:  
Difficulty breathing, Chest pain or discomfort

Sleep disturbances:
Insomnia, Disrupted sleep patterns

General discomfort:
Muscle or joint pain, Heart palpitations, Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Eye irritation


Experiencing one or more of these symptoms may indicate sensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). It’s important to note that these symptoms can also be influenced by other factors. Seeking guidance from a healthcare professional is a wise step to rule out other potential causes before addressing EMF-related concerns.

While EHS isn’t universally recognized as a medically diagnosable condition, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges the reality of the symptoms. EHS is characterized by a range of non-specific symptoms that can vary in severity from person to person.

In today’s tech-savvy world, EMFs are pervasive, making it challenging for those affected by their effects. Local sources such as WiFi routers and smartphones can present significant challenges, often leading individuals to retreat from crowded places to alleviate discomfort, often without understanding the underlying cause.

A larger concern arises from the lack of understanding and support from those who don’t experience these sensitivities. This can result in social isolation, compounding the difficulties faced by those with EHS.

The Centre for Building Biology recognizes the impact of modern electrical power and wireless communication on our living spaces, potentially contributing to health issues like EHS. Their mission is to educate and connect individuals, fostering the creation of healthy habitats.

Electro-Hypersensitivity is a condition that deserves our empathy and understanding. As technology continues to shape our lives, it’s important to consider the well-being of those who may be affected by EHS. The Centre for Building Biology is committed to promoting healthy living environments through education and resources, highlighting the importance of finding a harmonious balance between technology and well-being.

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    • WHO Fact Sheet on Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) (2015)

    • SCENIHR Opinion on Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (2015)

    • Rubin, G. J., Nieto-Hernandez, R., & Wessely, S. (2010). Idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (formerly ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’): An updated systematic review of provocation studies. Bioelectromagnetics, 31(1), 1-11.

    • Rubin, G. J., Das Munshi, J., & Wessely, S. (2005). Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: a systematic review of provocation studies. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67(2), 224-232.