EHS Complete accessibility: is the Swedish approach the most appropriate to provide accessibility to the electrohypersensitive?

EHS Complete accessibility: is the Swedish approach the most appropriate to provide accessibility to the electrohypersensitive?


Day by day, with the proliferation of technologies and the unstoppable advance of telecommunications, the number of electrohypersensitive people has also grown. But what is being done to help these people? We tell you about our approach.

As we have discussed in previous articles, electrohypersensitivity is part of the new conditions that have arisen in developed societies. It is a recurring discomfort caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields. Being electrohypersensitive implies having a set of symptoms that are activated or intensified when you are near electrical appliances, electric stations, mobile phone antennas, or other sources of radiation. However, the affected person does not appear to have any problems as long as they are not exposed to electric fields.

Now, what is the approach of governments and public organizations regarding EHS? Considering that many people and organizations still do not believe in the existence of this condition or simply do not give the necessary importance to it, there are not many approaches that can be discussed. However, today we want to tell you about the Swedish approach and our approach.

The Swedish approach

In Sweden, electrohypersensitivity is recognized as a functional disability, which implies that only the environment is to blame. The Swedish vision gives people with this disability maximum legal protection, entitles them to obtain accessibility measures free of charge, as well as government subsidies and municipal financial support, provide them with special Ombudsmen (in the municipality, the EU, and at the UN level, respectively), the right and financial means to form disability organizations and allow them to be part of national and international counterparts, all with the simple and sole objective of allowing people with functional disabilities like electrohypersensitivity live a normal life in a society based on equality.

However, it is very important to note that these people are not seen as patients and do not have a medical diagnosis, but rather the patient is the environment that surrounds them and is potentially toxic. This does not mean that a symptom of a functional disabled person cannot be treated by a doctor, as well as obtain sick leave from his workplace, financial compensation, and as early as 2000, such symptoms were identified in the Internal Code of Diagnostics version 10 (ICD-10; R68.8 / now W90), and have been ever since. But the underlying cause is still only the environment.

What is a functional disability?

Functional disability is defined as difficulties that substantially interfere or limit the functioning of a person in one or more important activities of their life, such as, for example, their basic abilities to eat, shower, dress; instrumental skills like housekeeping, managing finances, taking medications; or its normal functioning in social contexts.

In terms of health, any loss or abnormality in physiological, mental, or anatomical functions, whether permanent or temporary, is considered a functional impairment. The existence of a medical condition does not necessarily restrict functional capacity, but it may be part of the underlying cause of its deterioration. Obstacles in the environment around us that result in everyday functional disabilities are much more common.

Human beings, and children in particular, often encounter situations in which the environment presents obstacles and difficulties, such as language barriers, educational impediments, physical, chemical, or physiological blocks, or comprehension problems. None of these causes makes anyone a patient; we all remain normal and healthy people, as well as citizens, and with correct avoidance or adaptation reactions to a specific environment.

Dr. Olle Johansson’s approach

Dr. Olle Johansson is considered a world figure in the field of radiation by electromagnetic fields (EMF) and its effects on health. He was Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, and Head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, as well as Visiting and Adjunct Professor of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has published more than 600 original articles, reviews, book chapters, and conference reports in the fields of basic and applied neuroscience, dermatology, epidemiology, and biophysiology.

Various surveys showed that between 230,000 and 290,000 Swedish men and women (out of a population of 10,000,000) report a variety of symptoms when they come into contact with sources of electromagnetic fields. In 2000, the Swedish government officially recognized the diagnosis of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) as a disability (not a disease) that can interfere with daily functioning and qualifies for both medical care and the provision of a free work environment. of electrosmog. Generally, doctors have nothing to do with this and it is something that only concerns the organizations and public officials that deal with functional disabilities today.

“And as you have noticed I am functional impaired. I cannot speak Spanish and this is the United Nations definition meaning that every person in his or her life many times will be functional impaired… In Sweden, people with electrohypersensitivity have their handicap organization which is called the Swedish Association for Electrohypersensitivity. They are also included in the very big Swedish disability Federation and a lot of law texts apply to them. In Sweden, the municipalities follow what is called the United Nations 22 Standard Rules on the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities, and since 2007 it has to be upgraded into the United Nations Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Functional Impairments.”*

According to the approach of Dr. Johansson, all people with a functional disability such as electrohypersensitivity have the right to have a normal life in a society based on equality. This is also based on what the United Nations have written, stating that one of the most important principles to achieve is that of full accessibility. Therefore, people with different disabilities should have access to everything, regardless of the type of disability they have.

“In Sweden impairments are viewed from the point of the environment. That means that no human being is in itself impaired there are instead shortcomings in the environment that cause the impairment that’s, it is the environment that should be treated, not the people, and the people are completely normal and healthy but they react to inferior environments.”*

This approach has many implications, for example, forcing a person to quit their job or move out of their home is a very serious legal violation. The same happens with children since it is not allowed to discriminate against their educational rights. So, in essence, with a functional impairment like electrohypersensitivity, people should simply enjoy their Human Rights… nothing more and nothing less.

* Dr. Olle Johansson. Health Effects of EMF: A Neurocientist’s Views. Barcelona, Spain. 2013.

NOXTAK’s approach

Our team has taken as a basis the criteria of Dr. Johansson and the Swedish approach for our research and creations. We fervently believe that electrohypersensitivity should be managed globally with the Swedish approach, which defines it as a functional disability and not a disease, and which, furthermore, seeks total accessibility for everyone through environmental control.

At Noxtak we have the standard for creating spaces free of electromagnetic pollution to guarantee the free movement of electrohypersensitive people. That is why we provide the service of creating clean emission areas through the “Eco-WiFi Zones” approach, which consists of creating certified environments with an electromagnetic cleaning standard, and that makes them suitable for everyone.

We believe that we do not have to treat electrohypersensitive people as patients, but we must treat the environment and clean it so that it is suitable for everyone. With this in mind, we have created SPIRO technology, which allows us to clean the environment without the need to interfere with telecommunications signals or the operation of all the equipment necessary for our daily lives. We want the electrohypersensitive to be able to enjoy and take advantage of technology as much as everyone, without suffering discomfort or consequences for it.

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EHS cases Aruba

SPIRO results: 5 EHS case studies in Aruba

SPIRO results: 5 EHS case studies in Aruba

EHS cases Aruba

For years, we have studied the effects of our SPIRO technology to counteract the symptoms of electrohypersensitivity. Here we tell you more about what we have found.

Since 2014, we have been conducting extensive EHS research in Aruba. Our investigations have continued to be enriched by the experience of multiple allies from other areas of knowledge and various independent cases that have emerged over time.

At Noxtak we have evaluated different cases based on the questionnaire with the 29 common symptoms associated with EHS, a material we created based on testimonies from multiple organizations in Europe, such as the Dutch Federation of Electrohypersensitivity and other scientific documents on the subject, such as those written by Prof. Olle Johansson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Below, we will detail 5 specific cases of EHS in Aruba in which our SPIRO technology was a key in helping the symptoms disappear.

CASE # 1: The electrical panel in the bedroom

An electrosensitive woman of more than 70 years living in the Savaneta sector. The woman suffered from Tinnitus, sleep problems, general tiredness, and pain.

From the study of her home, we found that the main source of contamination was the main household electrical panel, which was located inside the bedroom (this is very common on the island of Aruba, where many households have electrical panels in the main room). Additionally, the home had a high rate of dirty electricity and standard exposure to mobile phone waves.

Solution: In this case, a double correction was applied with 100% emission control efficiency: a SPIRO CARD L2 filter for the mobile phone, and a SPIRO CARD L4 for the electrical panel.

CASE # 2: A high concentration of electronic devices

A family home located in the San Nicolás sector: A 62-year-old electro-sensitive woman presenting moderate tinnitus, headache without a known cause, general tiredness and sleep problems. In the annex house, a 30-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman, and a 1-year-old baby. The baby had allergies and the young couple had sleep problems.

We found general dirty electricity issues around the house, there also was a cordless phone with multiple bases and multiple earphones with 6.2 GHz transmission, plus an electrical panel in the main bedroom. In the annex house, right in the baby and couple’s room, there was a high concentration of electronic equipment and a video game console near the baby’s crib.

Solution: With 100% contamination control efficiency, multiple SPIRO CARD L2 and SPIRO CARD L3 were applied here. Changes in electrical connections, extensions, and types of light bulbs in the home were also suggested.

CASE # 3: Dirty electricity and alternating fields

A 73-year-old woman living alone in the Eagle area. She suffered from headaches, general fatigue, and tingling in the limbs. The origin of these conditions was due to contamination from dirty electricity and alternative fields from the electrical panel near the main bedroom.

Solution: The solution applied with 100% control efficiency was a SPIRO DISC L4 in the Electric Panel, a dirty electricity filter STROOM MASTER in the main bedroom, a SPIRO CARD L3 in the kitchen, and a SPIRO CARD L2 for the mobile phone.

CASE # 4: A severe exposure zone

A 61-year-old man with a medium level hypersensitivity who lives alone in a family home in the Cumaná area.

This individual is one of the most pronounced cases of electromagnetic exposure due to various factors in the vicinity of the house: power lines, mobile phone radio lines, proximity to the airport, among others. This led us to classify his case as a very severe exposure zone of the three sources of contamination from nearby fields, both by electronics and household appliances and by extremely high dirty electricity and a highly significant microwave signals.

Solution: In this case, the corrective measures necessary to control 100% of the contamination in that house involved drastic measures to change irregular electrical connections, adequate holding, change of energy-saving light bulbs, installation of 5 dirty electricity filters STROOM MASTER, and 3 SPIRO L5+ (today is known as SPIRO DISC 5G).

CASE #5: The most severe case of advanced electrohypersensitivity

A 75-year-old woman living alone in a family home in the Seroe Blanco area. This is, so far, the most severe case of advanced electro-hypersensitivity that NOXTAK has studied on the island of Aruba. This person had 25 of the 29 common symptoms with frequent or permanent manifestation.

In the study, we were able to verify that her residential area contained a high level of contamination from high frequencies of microwave signals with peak power densities 10 times higher than other areas of high contamination on the island.

Solution: For 100% control of electromagnetic contamination, the lighting system was replaced, inadequate or defective electrical connections were removed, and 4 SPIRO L4 discs and 3 SPIRO L5 discs were installed.

Follow-up: In this specific case, household measurements were followed every 12 months from the first implementation in 2014. For 3 years, no update was required; but by 2017, certain areas of the home required an extra update, and 4 Stetzerizer filters were implemented in areas far from the bedroom since the woman also presented sensitivity to the fields associated with these electronic filters.

In the 2018 measurement, we found an increase in outdoor pollution due to an industrial facility that was built in front of the woman’s house. This required the placement of 2 SPIRO L5+ discs.

Then, in the 2019 measurement, we found that Stetzerizer filters were no longer able to filter the dirty electricity, so they were replaced by STROOM MASTER filters. On this occasion, these filters were added to the bedroom, since they do not cause any disturbance for the electrohypersensitive people. Finally, in March 2020, the SPIRO L5 solutions were updated with the new SPIRO 5G.

The nocebo effect

Of the numerous cases we have detected during our studies, there were 8 specific cases that, according to the symptoms manifested in the questionnaire, indicated having a level of severe electrohypersensitivity, the highest possible of the 6 established levels. 3 of these 8 cases showed continuous adverse reactions during 2 weeks when faced with contaminating devices, such as a WIFI router, cell phones of close people, or even proximity to mobile phone antennas. These individuals had a nocebo effect just by seeing or knowing that they were close to these technologies because they knew that these things were harmful to their health.

On more than one occasion, we visited these subjects and, with measuring devices, we demonstrated that they were not exposed to harmful fields at the time. Only after these technical demonstrations, these people began to stop associating negatively all electromagnetic sources.

These specific cases were very useful in our investigation since they showed us that some of the individuals who present symptoms associated with electromagnetism can develop a paranoia with the simple presence of electronic devices. Unfortunately, these cases have also led doctors to the erroneous conclusion that all EHS cases are mental.

In our experience, we have shown that most cases of EHS are individuals who do not believe or know that electromagnetic radiation can produce some type of harmful effect on their health or a temporary negative biological effect. Additionally, we know that there is not much preparation on the characteristics of electrohypersensitivity in health professionals, which causes people to be treated the wrong way and feel affected by other diseases that they do not have.

Without a doubt, SPIRO has proven to be an effective solution to combat EHS symptoms. Our technology is the only solution to filter electromagnetic waves without blocking their path. We have been certified by different independent laboratories and, also, our technology has been awarded multiple times. We continue to defend the position that electromagnetic pollution can be filtered and balanced while continuing to use technologies.

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EHS Symptons

Electrohypersensitivity: what is it and what are the most common symptoms?

Electrohypersensitivity: what is it and what are the most common symptoms?

EHS Symptons

Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a highly controversial and poorly understood condition. Here we explain to you a little more about it.

Electrohypersensitivity (EHS), also known as electromagnetic sensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity, is a syndrome in which an individual experiences physical discomfort as a result of wireless technologies, electrical devices, telecommunications towers, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, cordless phones, or magnetic fields caused by electricity lines.

Until recently, this condition was developed only in a small group of people exposed to electromagnetic radiation. Individuals suffering from it usually had a pre-existing genetic condition with tendencies to diverse hypersensitivity.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it a disease, there are currently dozens of associations in more than 20 countries that have dedicated themselves in the last decade to studying and helping people who claim to have EHS.

Understanding more about electrohypersensitivity

EHS is presented as an alarm in the body of those who suffer from it, a kind of painful warning that indicates the body is reaching its limit of tolerance to artificial electromagnetic fields (EMF emanating from man-made sources) at the cellular level. The explanation for this is that our cells exchange electrical and magnetic charges that pass through the cell membrane. So changes in microtubules, especially in calcium ion channels, lead to cellular electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

The EHS is then expressed as a conditioned reflection of radiation of this type that is in the environment and carries enough intensity to be able to produce electrical stress in the cells. The intensity of the radiation and the frequencies that most easily induce this cellular stress response varies in each person with an EHS degree.

Prof. Olle Johansson, a member of the dermatology department of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, was one of the forerunners in the study of this strange EHS condition since 1980. According to his studies, this condition turns out to be like an “allergic” reaction to a hostile environment. That is, it is not a disease, but a condition of hypersensitivity to waves; for example, in Spanish programs and documentaries they call it the «Allergic to WIFI».

Symptoms associated with electrohypersensitivity

The symptoms presented by people suffering from this syndrome are very diverse and nonspecific, so its early detection or diagnosis is usually atypical and complicated. For example, one or more symptoms could arise or intensify when located near electrical appliances, transformers, and high-voltage lines, mobile phone antennas, Wi-Fi router, among other devices.

In our case studies and emission control projects, we have found that a percentage of people who claim to have EHS have a nocebo effect on radiation. That means they are individuals who suggest themselves negatively and express discomfort or pain just by seeing the presence of an electronic device. These people are not considered to have EHS, they are just terrified and influenced by all the information they see in the media.

We have also observed subjects with a condition of psychological paranoia; people who stay with electromagnetic field meters and who are continually “hunting” these waves. This is also not considered EHS.

A person with EHS is someone who experiences symptoms that in medicine have no known cause. These are people who even ignore the existence of electromagnetic waves or Electrosmog and yet, they are still affected.

From the various investigations that we have done, we have gathered 29 specific symptoms of this syndrome:

1. Fatigue (General Fatigue)

2. Sleep problems – Insomnia

3. Sleeping excessively

4. Irritability

5. Nervousness

6. Skin problems (rashes, itching, others)

7. Abnormal heart rhythm – Tachycardia (Arrhythmia)

8. Blood pressure problems

9. Irritable Colon

10. Hearing loss

11. Pain in the ears

12. Ringing in the ears

13. Noise in the ears

14. Bells in the ears

15. Pain in the eyebrows

16. Blurred Vision

17. Dizziness

18. Concentration problems

19. Memory problems (short term)

20. Headache

21. Redness on the face

22. Facial swelling

23. A sensation of heat on the face

24. Numb feeling in the head

25. A feeling of pressure in the head

26. A feeling of a tight band around the head

27. A sensation of pricks on the skin

28. A feeling of pressure in the chest

29. A feeling of lack of oxygen

What are the types of EMF exposure that induce electrohypersensitivity?

There are two types of artificial electromagnetic exposure that can cause this syndrome:

1. The one that comes from the electricity, usually by dirty power (many EMI interferences in the wiring) of the home or office, or by industrial exposure to high voltage fields.

2. The one that comes from exposure to electromagnetic impulses from telecommunications, especially from WIFI and mobile telephony, or from “industrial” exposure, as in the case of employees of mobile telephone operators with continuous tasks at the base stations of the mobile phone towers.

Electrohypersensitivity today

Many scientific organizations claim that EHS does not exist using the argument that waves do not carry enough energy to affect cells, this is based on the view that waves only affect if they produce thermal effects. However, various studies carried out directly by dozens of laboratories on DNA, at the level of dermatological effects, at the level of the brain, the nervous and endocrine systems have proven that there are athermic effects that induce alterations in all these physiological levels.

Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in EHS cases. Suddenly they have multiplied exponentially and each time the levels of intensity of suffering and pain are higher. It appears that we are reaching a saturation level of electromagnetic exposure that has caused even people without preexisting conditions of hypersensitivity to begin developing an EHS degree.

Governments like those of France, Spain, and Sweden today consider EHS as a functional disability that a percentage of the population lives when it is added to a high level of electromagnetic radiation contamination; such as the one that is present in urban areas, technology offices, homes with nearby industrial exposures (radio mobile phone bases, high-voltage lines, electrical substations)

At NOXTAK we have worked directly with 37 case studies showing symptoms of EHS and, indirectly, with another 1,000 cases through our scientific and commercial allies. These individuals have fully recovered their normal lifestyle and today have been able to use modern technologies with complete normality. That is why we defend the position that electromagnetic pollution (EMF Pollution) can be filtered and balanced while continuing to use technologies.

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