Can You Be Allergic to WiFi?

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Everyone’s got a cell phone, compact fluorescent
lights are the norm, and we cook our dinners in the microwave every night. Or at least
I do. Could all these electromagnetic waves whipping around be harmful? Hi everyone, Julian here for DNews. A recent
article by Ed Cumming in the Guardian describes a tiny hamlet in West Virginia with an array
of massive radio telescopes looming over it. Telescopes like this are extremely sensitive;
this year in Australia what was originally thought to be a major breakthrough in the
search for life was actually just bursts of radiation emitted when someone was opening
the microwave in the break room before the timer went off. So in order to pick up radio
waves from the edges of the universe clearly, the town has to be an electromagnetic dead
zone. That means no cell signals or radio, and if you have wifi in your home, occasionally
some nice men and women from the telescope will come ‘round and ask you to turn it
off. While this sounds like my own personal version
of hell, to others it’s a safe haven. Not from the barrage of facebook and twitter,
which I totally get and by the way you can follow me @JHug00, but from the electromagnetic
waves themselves. Diane Schou is one of the people seeking peace in Green Bank because
she claims she’s electrosensitive. Schou says she moved there after she started
getting severe headaches, blurred vision, and skin rashes. She describes her symptoms
as radiation sickness and attributed it to a US Cellular tower by her home, but she’s
also sensitive to fluorescent lights and electric fences. She’s not alone either, and since
she moved to Green Bank, 40 other electrosensitive people have joined her. But is it real? Can the invisible little waves
that constantly surround us have an effect on our bodies? Science says probs not. First consider Schou’s
own account. She says she was sensitive only to US Cellular towers, and specifically said
she didn’t react to AT&T. The problem with that is US Cellular uses frequencies around
850 MHz and 1900 MHz, and so does AT&T, so right away her claim is looking suspect. She
also likens her symptoms to radiation sickness but there’s a problem there too. Just because
“electromagnetic radiation” has the word radiation in it, doesn’t mean it’s going
to cause radiation sickness. Radio and microwaves have less energy than visible light, and substantially
less energy than x-rays or gamma rays. These higher energy waves, along with particles
emitted from from nuclear radiation, can damage tissue and cause radiation sickness by stripping
electrons off atoms. Microwaves? Not so much. Most people who report electromagnetic sensitivity
also have a wide and varying range of symptoms, which makes their case harder to substantiate. There’s also the fact that Schou says she’s
sensitive to fluorescent lights. Fluorescents do emit more UVB radiation than incandescents
but UV radiation is at wavelengths that are orders of magnitude smaller than radio or
microwaves. They’re on the other side of the spectrum as visible light. So why isn’t
visible light also irritating? Plus the falloff of radiation from compact fluorescent lights,
or CFLs, is so steep that at just 4 feet away it’s equivalent to background radiation.
CFLs are different than incandescents because they flicker, and you might guess the flickering
from fluorescent lights is giving Schou headaches. But that’s unlikely because modern fluorescent
bulbs flicker at 10,000 to 40,000 cycles per second, and that is way too fast for the human
eye to see. Studies have looked into the claim of Electrosensitivity
too, and they haven’t turned up any concrete evidence it’s a thing either. A double blind
study from 2006 observed 60 self-reported sensitive people as well as 60 non-sensitive
control participants. They were exposed to a 900 MHz pulsing signal, a non-pulsing signal,
and a condition with no signal present. The sensitive subjects reported symptoms when
a signal was present 60% of the time. They reported symptoms when a signal wasn’t present
63% of the time. Soooo… Doesn’t seem like they can really tell. That’s not to say the symptoms aren’t
real. But the cause is probably not electromagnetic frequencies, it’s the belief that it’s
electromagnetic frequencies. It could be another case of the placebo effect’s evil twin,
the nocebo effect. So despite the abundance of invisible waves carrying phone calls and
dirty snapchats past you in the air, it looks like you’re going to be A-OK, so long as
you think you’re going to be OK. If you’re not terrified of radiation, good
news, you can also use it to wirelessly charge your phone. Yay less wires and more radiation!
Trace explains how it work here.

100 thoughts on “Can You Be Allergic to WiFi?

  1. I would like that you guys make a vid about how animal venom is being used in medicine and how it can help the human body.

  2. Prove that I'm allergic to republicans so we can get them outlawed by the FDA and sent off to the FEMA camps lol.

  3. I saw this a while back I just thought what a bunch of junk.
    1. These are EM radiation witch is not the same as like radiation from nuclear material.
    2. As a pwerso nthat deals with computer networks and electronics almost every product in some form is regulated. These things all often impacted by FCC, UL, IEEE, CSA, ISO. All these things go through many stages of testing and certification.
    3. At least for me I don't really care if it will reduce my life by 5YRS I like this stuff to much to care about that.

  4. I've been getting rashes every time i go to work (and fade dramatically after being off premises for over 2 hours) so i could possibly say i'm allergic to McDonalds

  5. Is this a channel about science? Probs not. 1:35

    Is this a channel that sells propaganda for big industry? Definitely.

  6. Fluorescent lights can cause (at least some) people with autism to react to the flickering and buzzing(which normal people cant even see or hear) negatively. It could be possible that some people without autism could have similar sensitivity to them, or maybe people who report the sensitivity have some mild form of autism, which just hasn't been diagnosed.

  7. I think electromagnetic fields will have an effect on living tissue.  But I doubt very much that it's a detrimental effect or even a noticeable effect, or we'd have people being sick because of Earth's natural electromagnetic fields.

  8. Well, of course you can't be allergic to Wi-Fi… -_-
    A clever question to ask would be "Is Wi-Fi harmful ?"
    Electrosensitivity looks like a placebo effect, but still, a lot of people can hear a disturbing sound when an old TV is turned on, and even get goose bumps. I do not say it is harmful, but one can not deny it has an effect on us.
    As for Wi-Fi, one should look at the effect in long-term. It is belevied to be the cause of cancers. We do not really have the hindsight necessary to prove this right or wrong yet (and even if we had, business would prevent anyone to lead a serious study, anyway), but this is definitely probable.

  9. Wasn't a study done by school kids about wireless routers? Along the lines of plants not growing near wifi. Does the new smart meters from the power company effect bees?

  10. I have a really weird question that I wanted to know for a long time why does some sounds like scratching a styrofoam gives (some ) of chills , shivers or goosebumps?

  11. U cant charge ur phone with WIFI geez. The energy densitiy is so low it only works for micro chips in a watch or something like that.

  12. Wifi signals kind of sound like noise to me. I can feel them. It sucks. I can even feel microwaves when anyone in the house uses that damned contraption. It's fucking annoying. Electrical hums bother me too but only really in cities.

  13. My wife claims that simply smelling perfume, fabric softener, and other pungent smells are what causes her body to break out in hives. It also seems to have a psychological effect on her. Making her very irritable and angry.

    Does this have any scientific foundation behind it?

  14. Why would I want to use a less efficient process to charge my phone? Unless we find that mysterious dimension of infinite electrical energy, I'm going to stick with wires…

  15. "Microwave" ovens use X-Rays when they were first being invented they were called "Radar" ranges. They don't use the spectrum of light called microwave.

  16. biased report here by you…. There is a reason for why on your phone license has mentioned to "not to keep phone in contact to your body"… why is that there? why? go check your facts

  17. if you can be allergic to sun why not radio waves? I'm not saying self diagnosis is necessarily right, or that it's common but seems plausible. Thankfully I like to cuddle with my wifi and LTE signals. Mmmmmmm! Sweet as honey!

  18. my grandmother who was born in Haiti and pretty much computer illiterate. we installed a WiFi router right next to her room and she felt itchy sensations on her body and felt strange. when we shut it off at night she feels much better. she has no knowledge or concept of WiFi yet she is clearly affected. which is why I believe it.

  19. Also you can't be allergic to wifi unless you have a chip or a electromagnetic field in your brain and they could have used a brain scan to find out

  20. Fluorescent, and halogen lights drive me nuts, but sunlight is fine. It has to do with my eyesight, from what i hear it is pretty common for people on the autism spectrum.

  21. According to WHO EHS does not exist. I met someone claiming to have it, she was Full of Crap as she said she could tell RF from WiFi was on even though it was down at the time and even then it was inside a shielded room. You need to cover IEEE C95.1

  22. There are all kinds of research and information on the contrary to what this video is saying. It's quite odd that thousands of scientists have found emf to be harmful to humans and nature and the NIH have named it a possible cancer causing carcinogen. So that alone should be very reveling to all and the fact that every cell phone has a warning in the settings about how the phone should never be put against the body. Also studies on mice show a myriad of health problems when subjecting them to these frequencies. It would be wise for everyone to do their own homework on this specific topic and not rely on some guy in a video to put out the truth. I mean technology and the cell phone business is a billion dollar industry and they will do whatever they have to do in order to keep selling their products no matter the effects on humans. They have about a billion reasons to sweep studies under the rug, discredit any research besides their own, and sell you something that is slowly killing us all. Think about that

  23. I believe there is something to this that is likely beyond what the scientific method is capable of studying at the moment. Personally I can distinguish the wavelength of light being shined on me by the feeling it produces on my skin or in my joints. Infrared at 880nm causes a gentle vibration. Were as red light at 630nm causes a painful tingle. If I can feel light like this it doesnt seem so far fetched that a sensitive person could feel a wifi signal.

  24. certain people have different body chemistry is there more sensitive than others so she might not have been lying or had the illusion

  25. Science proves that certain people react to certain things differently or the same. this did not prove that that woman did not have sensitivity to that Tower.

  26. You're wrong about the science. And your "science" is very weak. The real science goes back decades, involving Russian government studies, and US government (NASA and the US Army) which all DID show human effects from microwave RF. In fact, the US uses microwave RF in their "Active Denial System" weapon. I believe you need to continue seeking, Seeker.

  27. In my school we have a cellphone tour, does that give you radiation btw on our classroom we have almost all headaches

  28. To say Science says no is B.S. you didn't research anything .You just regurgitated government statistics and propaganda.Like they always tell the truth smh! I wish just once I could see real journalism YouTube or not!

  29. It's an anxiety-related issue, people have been around electromagnetic fields for many decades and there is no proof what so ever of any physical effects unless you're standing right underneath a very large and powerful active source for an extended period of time. Speaking from the perspective of a sufferer of severe anxiety (where mine manifested as hypocondria among other things) I suggest if you suffer from this "illness" that you should see a shrink and get proper treatment instead of living in the delusion.

    Yes, it Is your BRAIN causing it. If I can get such pains in my abdomen that I'm screaming for an ambulance, or have my pulse snap up to 200 bpm in mere moments making it feel as if my heart is about to burst then these symptoms of tinnitus, rashes, heart palpitations, headaches or whatever else is attributed to EHS can easily be caused by an anxiety disorder.

    Get help – PROPER help in form of a therapist, psychiatrist, doctor and medications.

  30. There always has and always will be flaws in science. For example. I'm sat in my house and i decide to switch the WiFi back on in the day, as it's off at night. But as soon as i put it on, i start getting a headache. So i switch it off and it eases away. Case closed. Wifi is affecting us and i don't need no science buffs to tell me otherwise. Science is wrong a lot of the time. Its just a guideline to explain things, not the answer to all questions.
    If i put my hand in the oven and it burns, i pull my hand away. Simple.

  31. People that claim this problem with wifi are not suffering with an allergic reaction but what they feel is a reception to the signal. Anyone suffering with this has been exposed to metal toxins building in the system for an extended amount of time.  I feel this sensation myself so I went to ky allergy and was tested for metal allergies. I showed 4 metal allergies. Do not judge what you don't understand.

  32. Things that trigger this.1. Wifi signal strength2. Texting while holding phone flat in palm of one hand and typing with the other3. Holding the tv remote in your hand to long.4. Wireless mouse, resting your hand on mouse while reading or extended use.5. Being to close to the TV. 6. Walking around super store in electronics section.7. List goes on.

  33. Sharing the science behind why is it unlikely that wifi made this woman sick is all fine and good, but naming the placebo/nocebo effect as the cause is super lazy! History has proven time and time again that when science isn't advanced enough to explain an illness, a psychological diagnosis is always assigned. Years pass, advancements are made, yet no apologies are made to those who were labled as crazy. The Vapors is a good example, or even Homosexuality. Should we still consider Homosexuality a psychological disorder or has our understanding grown? Something made this woman ill. It may not be wifi, but I don't believe it was simply her ill will towards a cell tower and believing really hard that it was the cause of her headaches.

  34. I don't use a microwave, haven't used a microwave for over 20 years. Rarely use a mobile phone, it's rarely on, I only have one for emergencies. However, I have started to get headaches and eye pain in recent days.

  35. here is better argument for why it is harmful. Unlike this industry supported misleading info.

  36. even more scientific evidence verifying indeed pulsed electromagnetic radiation has major harmful side affects. Do your research.

  37. Wifi has been changing our DNA… Ever since the 1940's we have been bombarded with Radiation, Electrical and Radio waves, and then there was Cell phones in the 80's and 90 's, and now constant bombardment by WiFi, add to all of this the always present Chem trails that I think started in the 60's till now, and add to this Genetically modified foods!… No Wonder we are getting Cancer and all kinds of fucked up and weird diseases that we were not getting prior to the 50's.

  38. I’m allergic to all because my allergic is different it changes every time like today I’m allergic to egg and the next day I’m not allergic to egg I’m allergic to shell foods well my allergy isn’t permanent it changes every time that’s why I said all because the doctor didn’t know what allergy do I have it’s kinda crazy

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