December 19th, 2012
Violinist Michael Nield, tragically committed suicide because of an allergy to cell phone radiation. Nield, 36, was an educated man, a graduate of Oxford, and a victim of what could be called an allergy or extreme sensitivity to the radiation which emits from all cell phones.
Nield took his own life. Why? Nield believed it was the only way out. Suicide was seen as a relief from the agony he lived with on a daily basis. Electrical sensitivity, a condition associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields from sources, including cell phones, cell phone towers, WiFi, cordless phones, etc. affects increasing numbers of people around the world.
Nield took extreme measures to stop his pain; ones he thought were possible solutions to his dilemma. These measures included relocating over 100 miles away, living in a body suit constructed of microfiber because of an allergy to cell phone radiation, and sleeping in a microfiber tent by night. Extreme as these solutions might seem, they were clearly ineffective at eliminating the never ending “zapping” Nield experienced on a daily basis.
Validation in the courtroom
Even though electrosensitivity is not recognized as a “real” condition by the medical community, many people, just like Nield, claim they suffer from it. The Supreme Court in Italy recently vindicated these claims by awarding Innocente Marcolini, a financial manager, worker’s compensation for a tumor that was proven to stem from Marcolini’s cell phone usage at work. Marcolini’s tumor, while benign, was located on the fifth cranial nerve; the nerve which dictates sensation in the face and is responsible for specific crucial functions, e.g., biting, and masticating.
After an initial rejection and then an appeal process in his favor, Marcolini was finally vindicated by the Italian Supreme Court as they stood by the appellate court’s ruling. The ruling is final and therefore, untouchable. This ruling sets a real precedent for others and their health concerns which are associated with using cell phones and the radiation that emanates from them.
Radiation exposures exceed guidelines
Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, author, and founder and leader of the Environmental Health Trust since 2007 asks the question, “Did you know that cell phones come with warnings?” The warning (in fine print), which Dr. Davis is referring to, tells us the radiation from the phone may exceed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exposure guidelines for body worn operation if positioned fewer than 15 mm from the body, e.g. carrying the phone in a pocket.
While living with a constant barrage of obvious electrosensitivity complications like the “zapping,” what Michael Nield had to endure was tragic, is it any less tragic to live with exposure you are unaware of? Exposure which may ultimately dictate your demise? This is exactly what consumers are doing when they practice dangerous behaviors, (i.e., keeping a cell phone close to the body), which seem harmless.
A 39-year-old woman with invasive multiple primary tumors in her breast wore her cell phone in her bra four hours a day, every day, for seven years. A coincidence? Dr. Davis isn’t sure; however, Dr. Davis is sure electromagnetic radiation damages DNA, disrupts the blood-brain barrier, weakens and damages sperm, and changes brain metabolism.
Further concerns arise when a BlackBerry is held against a pregnant woman’s abdomen and the radiation exposure is measurable. Research in Motion, the manufacturer, sells the smartphone with the warning, “Do not keep near the pregnant abdomen.”
Whether painfully aware or blissfully ignorant, cell phone users have a wake-up call and they need to answer it right away.
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About the author:
Lloyd Burrell has spent the last 10 years researching the effects of electromagnetic fields on health, after becoming electrically sensitive in 2002. He now offers practical advice on “healthy living in our electromagnetic world”. You can download his free EMF Health Report and subscribe to his newsletter by visiting his website www.ElectricSense.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 5:25 am