EMF Syndrome: The New Multiple Syndrome Disorder

While many people are aware they are Electrically Sensitive, it is only recently that Physicians have come to understand this new phenomenon.

The Physicians leading this understanding are from Austria and are members of the Austrian Medical Association. This Association has been the first to coin the term EMF Syndrome and authored a paper entitled Guideline for the Austrian Medical Association for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF Related Health Problems and Illnesses (EMF Syndrome)”.

In this paper, the Doctors discuss their findings of a new type of  ‘stress’ affecting patients and the realization that this new ‘stress’ was coming from the massive increase in people’s exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs).

The paper states:

“There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress associated health problems that increasingly present Physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis. A cause that has accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities…It correlates with an overall situation of chronic stress that can lead to burnout.”
As the aim of the paper is to present Physicians with guidelines on how to treat this new syndrome, the Doctors give a background of the average person’s exposure to this new form of pollution:

Many people are increasingly exposed, to various degrees, to a combination of low and high frequency electric fields (EF), magnetic fields (MF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) of different signal patterns, intensities and technical applications for varying periods to time, colloquially referred to as electrosmog.”

The paper goes on to state that patients presenting with unspecific complaints could be experiencing symptoms from exposure to EMFs from various sources:

Physicians are often confronted with unspecific complaints without clearly identifiable causes…It has been suspected that environmental conditions such as increasing exposure of the population to radio waves, emanating from cordless phones, mobile phone base stations, cell phones,…data cards for laptop and notebook computers and wireless…but also exposure from electric and magnetic fields emanating from power lines, devices and equipment, may play a causal role.”

The paper concludes stating that EMF Syndrome should be counted among the various Multiple Syndrome Disorders that affect modern man. It seems that EMF Sensitivity has earned its place amongst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

So, if your Physician is still among the doubting Thomas’s when it comes to EMF Sensitivity, they have not kept up with advances in their industry, as the Austrian Medical Association has been the first to understand the complexity of this new health complaint and to label it a new Syndrome.

Much as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome dominated the healthcare scene of the 1980′s, EMF Syndrome is the Multiple Syndrome Disorder for the New Millenium.