Electromagnetic hypersensitivity

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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a claimed sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, to which negative symptoms are attributed.wikipedia
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Nocebo

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Since then, several double-blind experiments have shown that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields, suggesting the cause in these cases to be the nocebo effect.
Evidence suggests that the symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity are caused by the nocebo effect.

Better Call Saul

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In the fictional television crime drama Better Call Saul, the character Charles "Chuck" McGill is depicted as experiencing the symptoms of EHS.
At the same time, Jimmy takes care of Chuck, who claims to have electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a condition that makes him physically ill in the presence of anything with an electrical component and has caused him to take an extended leave from his firm and regular law work.

Chuck McGill

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In the fictional television crime drama Better Call Saul, the character Charles "Chuck" McGill is depicted as experiencing the symptoms of EHS.
Chuck has become semi-reclusive and believes that he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Alpine Shepherd Boy

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In the episode Alpine Shepherd Boy, a skeptical doctor surreptitiously operates a switch controlling the electronics in Chuck's hospital bed.
Chuck refuses to open the door because of his electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Chicanery (Better Call Saul)

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A similar instance of Chuck's symptoms being objectively psychosomatic is seen on the episode Chicanery.
Because of his EHS, he previously had all the electronics removed from his house.

United States National Radio Quiet Zone

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The United States National Radio Quiet Zone is an area where wireless signals are restricted for scientific research purposes, and some people who believe they have EHS have relocated there seeking relief.
The area has also attracted people who believe they suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Wi-Fi

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Devices implicated include fluorescent and low-energy lights, mobile, cordless/portable phones, and Wi-Fi.
A review of studies involving 725 people who claimed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, "...suggests that 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity' is unrelated to the presence of an EMF, although more research into this phenomenon is required."

Arthur Firstenberg

Firstenberg did not complete medical school due to illness, which he attributes to electromagnetic hypersensitivity brought on by receiving over 40 diagnostic dental x-rays.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

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Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway and Director general of the World Health Organization, claims to suffer from EHS.
Brundtland has claimed to suffer from electrical sensitivity which causes headaches when someone uses a mobile phone near her.

Mobile phone radiation and health

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Those who are self-described with EHS report adverse reactions to electromagnetic fields at intensities well below the maximum levels permitted by international radiation safety standards.
WiFi had been anecdotally linked to electromagnetic hypersensitivity but research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity has found no systematic evidence supporting claims made by sufferers.

Medical diagnosis

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EHS has no scientific basis and is not a recognised medical diagnosis.

Electromagnetic field

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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a claimed sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, to which negative symptoms are attributed.

Provocation test

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The majority of provocation trials to date have found that such claimants are unable to distinguish between exposure and non-exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Systematic review

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A systematic review of medical research in 2011 found no convincing scientific evidence for symptoms being caused by electromagnetic fields.

Blinded experiment

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Since then, several double-blind experiments have shown that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields, suggesting the cause in these cases to be the nocebo effect.

Air pollution

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the WHO recommended that people presenting with claims of EHS be evaluated to determine if they have a medical condition that may be causing the symptoms the person is attributing to EHS, that they have a psychological evaluation, and that the person's environment be evaluated for issues like air or noise pollution that may be causing problems.

Noise pollution

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the WHO recommended that people presenting with claims of EHS be evaluated to determine if they have a medical condition that may be causing the symptoms the person is attributing to EHS, that they have a psychological evaluation, and that the person's environment be evaluated for issues like air or noise pollution that may be causing problems.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful in managing the condition.

Alternative medicine

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Some people who feel they are sensitive to electromagnetic fields may seek to reduce their exposure or use alternative medicine.

Symptom

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There are no specific symptoms associated with claims of EHS, and the reported symptoms range widely between individuals.

Medically unexplained physical symptoms

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Many such reported symptoms overlap with other syndromes known as symptom-based conditions, functional somatic syndromes, and IEI (idiopathic environmental intolerance).

Somatization disorder

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Many such reported symptoms overlap with other syndromes known as symptom-based conditions, functional somatic syndromes, and IEI (idiopathic environmental intolerance).