The Canada Council for the Arts has given a grant to Kim Goldberg to write a book about people who are now sick because of their exposure to wireless devices. She said, “I am glad that this project is being funded.” Goldberg has secured a degree in biology and has removed all wireless devices from her home. She says that this problem is deep rooted and exists all over the globe, so both time and work is required to deal with it.
People are contacting Goldberg and complaining about their illnesses, job loss, children getting sick in classrooms with Wifi, relocation to remote settings, sleeping in homemade Faraday cages etc because of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the wireless technology. “What do you do when an unseen matrix surrounding the world is making you ill?” asks Goldberg.
Goldberg is shocked by the frequency and intensity of the stories that people are sending her. She thinks that all those people affected by electromagnetic radiation and the special sanctuaries cropping up around the world to keep them safe, may be a precursor of a future we are all being plunged into. According to Goldberg, Canada and the US have not been able to identify the risks associated with constant exposure to wireless transmissions from mobiles, phone towers and Wifi. Hence they have not taken steps to protect the public from these risks like Europe has done.
“The electro-sensitive people living in England were first diagnosed by their own doctors. In Canada, it is impossible to find a doctor who considers electro sensitivity as a medical problem and diagnoses it,” says Goldberg.
As Goldberg’s research progresses, she will be providing links and information related to a number of sanctuaries to people afflicted with electro sensitivity and will also tell how such people can live their lives. One sanctuary is present in Greenbank, West Virginia, which is not a formal Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Sanctuary (EHS) but a small community located in the US National Radio Quiet Zone and established in 1958, it shields the radio astronomy telescopes from radio interference.
Slate has reported that since mid 2000s, West Virginia’s Radio Quiet Zone has become the centre for hypersensitivity: “People have discovered this reality through EHS groups, conferences or by reading news reports of previous years. By now, 36 people have started living in and around small towns to protect themselves from radiation, as estimated by Diane Schou.”
In 2007, being sick of the persistent headaches from radio frequencies, Diane Schou came to live in the Radio Quiet Zone along with her husband. Slate reported, “She found out about the Radio Quiet Zone in 2007. She felt better when she visited it, so she and Bert sold half of their farms in Iowa and bought the unfinished house in West Virginia. Since then, they have installed wiring with thick insulation to protect themselves from radiation. Bert still goes to their farm in summers to carry out corn research, only because he had milder symptoms of EHS. Living without electromagnetic radiation for some time has decreased Diane’s sensitivity and now she can be around devices without causing her much pain. Schou and her husband use a landline and internet on their computer (not Wifi). They haven’t had much luck finding a fridge that emits low levels of radiation, so Schou makes do with an icebox which she daily fills with ice. Leaving Radio Quiet Zone, even for a while results in her headaches returning.”
The Slate article also focuses on the origin of EHS, its existence and reviews research. It states that even though the research supports the existence of EHS, scientists reject it calling it pseudoscience.