What is an EMF Refugee?
It is one of the many thousands of people around the world who are seeking places to live that are free of man-made microwave radiation and electrical pollution. Many have had to give up their career, home, school, community and family in order to find a safe place to exist in our modern world that is now filled with EMF pollution.
Most of us think of refugees as people of the third world escaping famine, drought, war and political oppression. However, there is a growing amount of refugees’ right here, right now, in the wealthiest countries in the world. They are people who have become sensitized to the very commodity that our modern world runs on – the microwave radiation that powers our wireless digital technology economy.
Throughout the developed world, ex-accountants, medical doctors, attorneys, school teachers, computer programmers and CEO’s are seeking wilderness areas, farms, far-off communities, caves, remote beaches, secluded valleys, basement apartments and radio-free white zones where they can live without pain. Places where they can sleep and wake without the common EHS symptoms of headaches, heart palpitations and extreme fatigue. These electro-hypersensitive (EHS) individuals are the canaries in the global coal mine of wireless technology and electrical pollution. Will we begin to recognize the message they are conveying?
This short film “Searching for a Golden Cage” shows to what length EMF refugees will go to find a safe place to live:
Why haven’t you heard about EMF Refugees?
There are a few reasons:
First, once someone becomes severely EHS, they cannot be on a computer or “smart” phone. In our social media obsessed culture – this is like dropping off the map. Thus, someone who was once active with email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs or weekly cell phone calls may essentially have to drop all communication. Most people will think their Facebook friend is being distant and unfriendly. However, in reality they are trying to heal in nature. Some EMF Refugees can recover over time, but many others spend the rest of their lives outside of society.
Second, the percentage of severely affected people is currently low – less than 1% of the population. So, the odds of one of your close friends or family members being an EMF refugee are not high (at least for now). However, 3-5% of people are moderately affected and another 25%-30% are being sickened by microwave radiation and electrical pollution, but many have not yet connected the dots. With the amount of EMF pollution in our lives growing exponentially every day, many more people will be affected in the near future. We are at the very beginning of what could be the health crisis of the 21st century. There is no telling who will be affected. A close friend or family member could be next. It could even be you.
Third, although some intrepid reporters have begun to cover the growing number of EMF refugees, the huge national media conglomerates often do not touch the subject (out of sight, out of mind). This is likely because of the enormous economic implications of this growing social justice issue. If they have reported on EHS, it has been in a way that incorrectly paints EHS as a psychiatric condition. There are always going to be psychiatrists or even physicists (with industry ties) to interview that will say EHS is a psychosomatic or nocebo-effect reaction to a perceived threat. However, if one asks a biologist or medical doctor who has studied this issue, you can learn that there are measurable physical and genetic biomarkers that show EHS is real and a clear and present danger for society.
Canaries in a Coal Mine?
EMF Refugees are the canaries of our time. Just as miners would take canaries down a coal mine to alert them of dangerous gases, electro-sensitive people are alerting society to the profound health consequences of our collective addiction to wireless technology. We should welcome their message and thank them for showing us something that would otherwise harm the entire society over the long-term. What EMF Refugees have is not contagious, but if you rely heavily on wireless technology, live next to a cell phone tower or have a smart meter next to your bedroom, EHS could affect you or a family member at any time. From that point forward, your life may change in ways you cannot currently fathom.
There are many steps you can take to make sure that you do not become an EMF Refugee. And if you know someone who is starting to get headaches from their cell phone, Wi-Fi, computer, smart meter or local cell phone tower, share these treatment options with them. The more you learn about this potent toxin and its impacts, the more you will help the growing number of EMF Refugees in our society.
The following are stories about EMF Refugees that have made it into the press. There are likely tens of thousands of additional stories that will never be told. At the bottom of this page, there is a guide to the potential areas around the world that may be suitable for those seeking EMF asylum.
This news story eloquently describes what EMF refugees are experiencing:
The Stories of EMF Refugees
CEO of a $1 Billion UK company speaks out on being EHS: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/ceo-brian-stein-i-am-emf-sensitive/
BBC story on three electrically sensitive people in the UK: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-51281856/electrosensitivity-i-didn-t-believe-people-had-it-then-it-happened-to-me
Former Nokia Chief Technology Officer has had his health destroyed by cell phone radiation: http://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/former-nokia-technology-chief-mobile-phones-wrecked-my-health/
Businesswoman, writer and newspaper editor forced to give up her career in order to seek refuge from EMF pollution. Here is her letter to the editor.
Former Montreal City Councilor who was injured by a cell tower on the roof of her building.
IT professional can no longer work at the firm he owns and moves into a van to work remotely: http://www.beyondthevan.com/about-us
Up to a million people in the UK may be EHS – Here is Mary Coales’ story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2846494/Could-Wifi-harming-health-Thats-growing-number-people-believe-triggering-headaches-nausea-crippling-pain.html
TV Producer has to give up career and home because of EHS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1195551/It-happened–Im-allergic-modern-life.html
Notre Dame grad and New York City writer becomes EMF Refugee: http://magazine.nd.edu/news/67946-i-am-an-emf-refugee/
Former Ericcson cell phone engineer is now forced to live in the woods: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-02/disconnected
Priest who committed suicide after becoming an EMF Refugee: http://ehsfighback.blogspot.com/2014/02/when-priests-commit-suicide.html
Surgeon who became an EMF Refugee: http://www.electrosensitivesociety.com/2010/06/01/the-dr-carlos-sosa-m-d-story/
Swiss mother who is EHS: http://emfrefugee.blogspot.com/2014/03/switzerland-waves-make-me-ill-testimony.html
English Medical Doctor and mother of four who has been affected by EMF’s. Click here to read her story.
Dr. Dominique Belpomme is treating 1,200 patients in Paris who are EHS / MCS. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is also treating thousands of patients at his clinic in Washington State, The Sophia Institute.
Richard Conrad is a PhD in Biochemistry that had to give up his career in the Bay Area after become EHS / MCS. You can read more about his experiences with EHS here.
Toronto woman who became electro-sensitive after a cell tower was placed on her apartment roof: Click here to read her story.
BBC Documentary that shows dangers of WiFi and shares stories of EMF refugees in Sweden.
34-year-old mother can no longer even run errands because of EHS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2158015/Allergic-modern-life-Pregnant-mother-sensitive-electromagnetic-waves-use-iPad-make-mobile-phone-trip-town.html
Canadian family is on the run from Wi-Fi because daughter is EHS: http://www.saobserver.net/news/283129211.html
Former famous Ibiza DJ can no longer be in public spaces because of EHS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1201896/Allergic-wi-fi-How-electrosmog-leaves-Afterlife-DJ-agony.html
Former UK fitness trainer who cannot leave his home: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-means-peter-lloyd-7948249
EMF Refugees in Sweden: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Forced-to-Disconnect-Electrohypersensitive-fugitives.pdf
Realtor, Builder, Teacher and Families that have become EMF Refuguees: http://electroplague.com/ehs-stories/
Child with EHS is forced from school because of Wi-Fi: http://electroplague.com/2013/07/30/jeske-family-langford-bc/
Nikola Tesla, the grandfather of electrical engineering, was also affected by EMF pollution. Read more here
Australian Physics Professor James McCaughan has become EHS and had to stop teaching. He now has to do his work from inside a faraday cage (see pic). You can watch a news report on him here:
Physics Professor James McCaughan works from inside a Faraday Cage because he is EHS.
School Principal forced from school/career because of Wi-Fi sickness: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/dr-marietherese-gibson-resigns-from-tangara-school-for-girls-over-wifi-health-worries/story-fni0byb4-1226729172333
Family forced from their home by a smart meter: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/smart-meter-shock-forces-family-out/story-fn7x8me2-1226181915461
Former sound technician now lives in the woods to escape EMF pollution: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jul/20/man-living-alone-woods-escape-wifi-mobiles
Computer Programmer discusses what it is like to be EHS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izwY-cO_qoY
Cancer survivor is now EHS after chemotherapy: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1387972/Woman-allergic-electricity-Cancer-survivor-sensitive-gadgets-lives-candlelight.html
EMF Refugees in Arizona being interviewed: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/95056
Australian Scientist forced from work by Wi-Fi sickness – receives compensation: http://www.news.com.au/technology/csiro-scientist-dr-david-mcdonald-wins-compensation-for-wifi-pain/story-e6frfrnr-1226729178281
Another news story about EMF refugees:
Parent keeps children out of school because of Wi-Fi installation: http://www.news.com.au/technology/louise-brosnan-pulled-her-boys-out-st-kevin8217s-primary-school-at-geebung-after-wifi-was-installed/story-e6frfrnr-1226729175598
IT Consultant loses job because of EHS: http://english.cri.cn/6966/2013/10/08/2361s791153.htm
Microwave sickness is creating a new wave of environmental / EMF Refugees – see Page 17 here: http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/silentwirelesspring.pdf
Swedish book with interviews from over 400 EMF Refugees: http://www.feb.se/feb/blackonwhite-complete-book.pdf
EHS Individuals in England speak out on the condition: http://electromagneticman.co.uk/index.php/case-studies/electrosensitivity-sufferers
Smart Meters causing EHS around the country: http://kfor.com/2013/07/23/customers-says-oge-smart-meters-making-them-sick/
Women who are suffering from EHS in the UK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2331369
Swedish Documentary Film on EMF Refugees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QxAzzicjn4
UK Guardian Video on EHS: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2013/mar/29/electrosensitivity-is-technology-killing-us-video
Woman hurt by smart meter: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/northcote-resident-says-smart-meter-caused-her-tinnitus/story-fnglenug-1226696426024
Canadian author commissioned to write book on EMF Refugees: http://electroplague.com/2013/04/20/nanaimo-author-gets-grant-to-research-wi-fi-sickness/
Stories of people being affected by wireless pollution: http://electroplague.com/ehs-stories/
Hundreds of people share how smart meters have made it impossible to be in their home: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=2292
A primer on the psychological and societal impacts of EHS and MCS: http://www.ei-resource.org/articles/multiple-chemical-sensitivity-articles/identity,-self,-and-psychology-in-multiple-chemical-sensitivity/
Global EMF Quiet Zones for EMF Refugees:
If you are an EMF Refugee, certain areas and countries throughout the world are starting to recognize the need to create Low-EMF zones for people with EHS. The following is a basic guide:
United States (Green Bank, West Virginia):
United States (Arizona) – EHS & MCS Community near Snowflake, AZ:
EHS Sanctuary in Snowflake, Arizona (Photo by Delaney Hall)
United States (Colorado):
United States (California):
http://www.harbin.org/ Although not a true white zone, it is a good place for moderately affected individuals in a protected valley with no smart meters, wi-fi or nearby cell towers. There is also a no-cell-phone policy on property. Camp down by the creek and this can be a good short-term solution to help you heal. You can stay for up to one month.
http://thequietdome.com/ A new research facility in the Sierra Nevada Mountains above Grass Valley. This place is expensive, but is free of EMF and chemicals. It is meant to help provide research for building codes that will help those affected by EHS and MCS. The area has nearly zero man-made RF.
The Quiet Dome in Northern California (Photos by Rob States)
United States (Wisconsin):
Contact: Lynn Knapp
Message: I have dealt with EMF for 10 years and finally purchased a 22 acre in SW Wisconsin that is a safe zone, feels wonderful there! Looking to create small community with like folks that are dealing with EHS. Please contact Lynn @ 608 794 2619
United States (North Carolina): These are not perfect EMF safe zones, but very close:
Going off-the-grid safely for EMF Refugees:
Global Map of Radio Quiet Zones:
Additional EMF Quite Zones (Canada, US and Europe):
International EMF Quiet Zones/EMF Refugee Help:
The Austrian Medical Association also has medical guidelines for diagnosing and treating EHS. You can download here: Austrian Medical Association EMF Guidelines
Here is an article from Klagenfurt, Austria about people with EHS: http://www.kleinezeitung.at/kaernten/klagenfurt/klagenfurt/3733618/stillen-opfer-handy-wlan.story
Switzerland: EHS & MCS housing in Switzerland:
Video on EHS in Switzerland: http://vimeo.com/24514653 (watch at minute 13:30)
http://vimeo.com/80616221 (French Film on EHS)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWGV2luddzE#t=69 (Video of French woman who is EHS)
http://vimeo.com/24514653 (at minute 1:40 – withdrawing Wi-Fi from public spaces)
EHS Officially recognized: https://beingelectrosensitive.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/spain-ehs-legally-recognised.html
http://electroplague.com/2013/04/20/nanaimo-author-gets-grant-to-research-wi-fi-sickness/ (see videos in comments section)
Documentary Trailer on EHS:
Video on EHS in Spain:
Belgium (movement to recognize EHS):
Dutch Foundation on Elektrohypersensitivity https://stichtingehs.nl/english-summary
Sweden (recognizes EHS and has a village for EHS affected people outside of Stockholm):
Canada (recognizes EHS as a disability, but does not provide safe zones yet):
http://vimeo.com/24514653 (watch at minute 1:40 – CA recognizes EHS)
Russia – builds EMF-safe rooms for hospital patients:
http://vimeo.com/24514653 (watch at minute 15:40)
Africa / South Africa: Read the comment at the bottom of this article about EHS being officially recognized by government doctors:
Columbia, South America – Dr. Sosa is creating a Low-EMF refuge for affected people:
Here is a story about EMF refuge being created Victoria about 100 miles outside of Melbourne. Please note that this location is not working for many of the affected people who are visiting.
Visit this page if your health has been affected by EMF pollution.