EHS: Electrohypersensitivity, what is it and what can you do about it?

EHS: Electrohypersensitivity, what is it and what can you do about it?

Electrohypersensiveness? This means that you are sensitive to radiation and that you can even have health problems. It is an environmental condition that many people are not aware of yet, but half a million Dutch people suffer from it. What exactly does it mean? What signs and symptoms are there? Is EHS more common in combination with other sensitivities, diseases, and conditions? And what can you do about it? In this article, we explain what it is, where you can find more information, and above all: what you can do to (hopefully) be less bothered by it.

EHS: health complaints due to radiation

More than 500,000 people in the Netherlands are hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields. These ‘fields’ are caused by different devices, such as mobile phones and computers. EHS is also another name for electrostress: that is a physical stress response to these fields.

When people with EHS are exposed to radiation sources, they can develop symptoms that are very similar to stress. Many people who suffer from the condition do not realize this themselves. Doctors also often mistake these symptoms for ‘normal’ stress. EHS is really a disease of our time: there is a clear link between the introduction of wireless devices and the onset of the condition.


EHS: Electrohypersensitivity, what is it and what can you do about it?

The characteristics of signs and symptoms are:

The above complaints and symptoms are experienced by patients as the greatest complaints and symptoms. The EHS foundation applies the following rule:

Source gone, complaint largely gone.

Combination with other sensitivities, diseases, and conditions

We often see that EHS often occurs in combination with other sensitivities, diseases and conditions such as:

  • high sensitivity: one in five people is highly sensitive;
  • MCS, hypersensitivity to chemicals;
  • CPLD, hypersensitivity to light;
  • hyperacussis, hypersensitivity to loud noises;
  • food allergies, such as gluten, lactose and so on;
  • hay fever, hypersensitivity to pollen and pollen
  • ME/CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;
  • fibromyalgia, soft tissue rheumatism
  • autoimmune diseases;
  • metabolic diseases.

Do I have EHS or not?

EHS: Electrohypersensitivity, what is it and what can you do about it?

It is difficult to determine. But there is still a way to see if you are sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Turn off all devices that emit radiation day and night (as much as possible) for a week. Think of televisions, computers, mobile phones, smoke detectors, fluorescent tubes, dimmers for incandescent or halogen lighting, DVD players, and kitchen appliances. But don’t forget the WiFi and the wireless house phone. If the complaints decrease during these days, there is a good chance that you are hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields and therefore have EHS.

I have EHS, what now?

The EHS Foundation has 10 tips to make life with EHS as pleasant as possible.

  • Switch off the wireless home telephone (DECT) at night. Or replace it with an Eco DECT, this phone only shines when a call is made.
  • Turn off the WiFi and only turn it on when you use the internet. There is also an Eco-wifi router on the market, which emits much less radiation.
  • Do not use the mobile phone or use it as little as possible.
  • Unplug electrical appliances from the socket and use the appliances for as short a time as possible.
  • It is better to switch off equipment around your bed at night.
  • Turn the light on or off with dimmers. In the other positions, they give a lot of interference signals to the mains.
  • Use a battery-operated alarm clock.
  • Make sure your PC or laptop is grounded. Turn off built-in WiFi on the laptop.
  • Call in recognized measurement specialists for advice on improving the living situation.

Are you looking for more information or do you want to share your experiences with others? You can find a lot of information and current research and publications on the site of Stichting Elektro Hypersensitivity. If you prefer to read offline (less radiation), the EHS Foundation also publishes folders and a Bulletin so that you can read quietly. We also recommend our book tip below in which experience expert Jolanda van Dam shares her findings and experiences.

Is this piece recognizable to you? Do you also experience headaches or discomfort near appliances or have you even moved to a different place to feel better? Share it with us in the comment below.


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