Health and Electromagnetic hypersensitivity

Can EMR affect our health?

What can we do about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)?


Many peer-reviewed scientific studies show that exposure causes harmful effects on the body, including:

  • DNA damage
  • changes to neurotransmitters and hormones, including a reduction in melatonin
  • changes to cell behaviour, including increased levels of heat shock proteins and calcium ion efflux
  • breaches of the blood-brain-barrier and
  • cell proliferation.

Among the health problems most closely linked to exposure are:

  • brain tumours
  • cancer
  • leukemia, especially childhood leukemia
  • neurodegenerative diseases and
  • sperm damage consistent with infertility.

Exposure to magnetic fields and radiofrequency (RF) radiation are also linked with a range of unpleasant symptoms that often clear up when exposure is reduced. They include: 

  • headaches
  • sleep problems
  • fatigue
  • concentration and memory problems
  • nausea and digestive problems
  • pain
  • behaviour problems
  • depression
  • anxiety

Both magnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation have been classified as Class 2B carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Many scientists now believe there is enough evidence to classify RF radiation as carcinogenic.

When considered with recent animal experimental evidence, the recent epidemiological studies strengthen and support the conclusion that RFR should be categorized as carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 1).
Miller, AB et al, ‘Cancer epidemiology update, following the 2011 IARC evaluation of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (Monograph 102)’, Environmental Research, Volume 167, November 2018, Pages 673-683 

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), a global standard for diagnostic health information for health practitioners, lists exposure to radiofrequency radiation as a classifiable condition here. 

If you believe that the effects of WiFi, mobile phones, or mobile phone tower base stations have caused injury to yourself, your child/children or a friend, you are not alone. The increasingly widespread use of WiFi across business and government (especially in schools) is a move that goes against the rapidly mounting body of credible scientific evidence which makes increasingly clear that exposure to even low levels of electromagnetic radiation (also known as EMR), which includes WiFi, on an ongoing basis has a wide range of serious adverse health effects.

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You will find summaries of many scientific studies that have found health effects from exposure in our Blog section.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is the experience of adverse symptoms from exposure to electromagnetic fields. 

Many people experience symptoms such as those listed above; some people experience extreme discomfort, paint or even disability to the point where they are not able to tolerate exposure.

We have information about EHS and what to do about it in our free EHS White Paper that you can download FREE here.

Click here to download our free EHS paper here.

Other resources on EHS

  • You can find criteria for diagnosing EHS here.
  • You can see a presentation by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe here. Dr Mallery-Blythe is Founder of PHIRE (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment), Trustee of the Radiation Research Trust, Medical Advisor of the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA), Medical Advisor at ES-UK, and Head of UK Non-Ionising Radiation and EHS Research Team.
  • You can listen to Lyn McLean's radio interview on electromagnetic hypersensitivity for the 2016 Environmental Sensitivities Symposium, with Lucinda Curran here.
  • You can see the IN THE KNOW video series on EHS here.
  • You can see ARPANSA's 'Analysis of EMR Health Complaints Register Data 2021-2022 here.
Scientific articles for on EHS
  • Belpomme D and Irigaray P, 'Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It', Int J Mol Sci, 2020 Mar 11;21(6). pii: E1915. doi: 10.3390/ijms21061915,.  EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses. Reviews on environmental health. 31. 10.1515/reveh-2016-0011.
  • Carpenter, D.O. et al, ‘Idiopathic environmental intolerance’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 207–207, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0065, November 2015;
  • Lena Hedendahl, ‘Electromagnetic hypersensitivity – an increasing challenge to the medical profession’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 209–215, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0012, September 2015
  • Bested, A.C., ‘Review of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and management by clinicians’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 223–249, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0026, November 2015
  • Mortazavi, G and S.M.J. Mortazavi, ‘Increased mercury release from dental amalgam restorations after exposure to electromagnetic fields as a potential hazard for hypersensitive people and pregnant women’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 287–292, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0017, November 2015.
  • Redmayne, M and Olle Johansson, O, ‘Radiofrequency exposure in young and old: different sensitivities in light of age-relevant natural differences’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 323–335, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0030, November 2015
  • Dr. Riina Bray MD and David Fancy PhD (Eds), 'Clinical Practice Guidelines for EHS - Proceedings from a Symposium on the Impacts of Wireless Technology on Health' ; 

Managing environmental sensitivities

Andrea Webber has developed on online/printed course for managing environmental sensitivities called 'Self-empowered Sensitivity Management Program'. You can see details here.