I contracted Electrosensitivity as a result of working for nearly 10 years in an environment so disposed that eventually I was surrounded by 14 computing devices within arms length. Towards the end of this period I caught a viral infection (shingles).
I continued to work while infected. Perhaps this left me open to attack, since shingles is connected with the nervous system. Or it may have been connected to the anti-viral drug which was prescribed by my doctor to help to combat the infection.
It was after this drug that the symptoms worsened.
My doctor read out to me a list of about 13 known side effects of the drug. I had all of them except the last two ‘coma ‘and ‘death’. I am grateful for small mercies.
Whatever the exact cause, there are thousands of people like me throughout the world and over 90% of these people ‘know’ that their condition was caused by the ‘computer’.
What restrictions does my condition impose?
I cannot go near television, computers of any type, CD players, FM radio, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens, mobile phones, induced magnetic fields, power supplies (switched mode) or any modern device using intelligent control ie washing machines, modern cars (petrol or diesel) I cannot go (without becoming ill) into shops, garages, doctor’s surgeries, hospitals, other peoples homes (unless detached and all offending appliances are turned off) and commercial premises of any description, or institution. Such places are full of fluorescent lights, computers,TV’s, video’s etc. It also means I cannot travel by air or sea, for the same reasons.
Above all I can not go into a recording studio so I have spent years endeavouring to adapt my own studio so that I can try and work to some extent. This process goes on.
I would recommend that all people working with computers, or processing devices involving computing ability, to have regular breaks, to have regular fresh air, to have open windows, to cut down watching TV’s (more of the same), not to play computer games, to get rid of fluorescent lights (including energy saving bulbs), to treat microwave ovens with caution, to treat mobile phones with caution (never use them in a car – the effects are multiplied). Sip water after exposure to computing devices. The problem lies with the cumulative effect of the multitude of devices which abound today. Once your threshold is crossed there is no return. Once the sensitivity is raised you are stuck with it.
I have now had it for 11 years.
I know people who have had it for 13 years.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you and believe what it says.
Ricky Gardiner 2006
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Interview with Virginia Scott on the making of Lose a Life
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