EHS Day is observed every year on June 10, in an attempt to raise awareness about electromagnetic hypersensitivity (E.H.S.) syndrome. There has been very little research done into this syndrome’s symptoms and effects and so it is not classified as a medically diagnosable condition. But many international doctors and scientists recognize the debilitating effects this illness can have on some people. The syndrome is born out of increased sensitivity to the electrical environment which can include mobile devices, Wi-Fi, and other electronics. This sensitivity can only get worse as we incorporate more and more electronic devices into our lives.
History of EHS Day
EHS Day was founded by the company DefenderShield in 2020 to raise more awareness about this little-known illness that is likely to keep rising as we increase our dependence on electronic devices. Because of the low awareness, this condition can often go undiagnosed. People are left wondering for years what the cause of their symptoms could be, as few have even heard of E.H.S. Some studies have even shown that one in five people may have E.H.S. It is fast becoming clear that technology has many unwanted ill effects on people’s lives. While its negative effects on mental health are well-recorded, the physical aspect has been researched much. The social isolation many of us experience as a result of our dependence on these devices is also associated with depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. It also adversely affects A.D.H.D. and learning disabilities.
People afflicted with E.H.S. can display a variety of non-specific symptoms, which they attribute to electromagnetic field sources. Several studies have shown biological effects at the cellular level of E.M.F. at magnetic and radio-frequency frequencies in very low intensities. Many of the mechanisms described for multiple chemical sensitivity (M.S.). may also apply here with modification to E.H.S. And so, repeated exposure could result in sensitization and consequent enhancement of response. A number of hypersensitive patients appear to have impaired detoxification systems that have become overloaded by extreme oxidative stress.
However, it must be remembered that the research is not yet conclusive. There are many other studies that indicate that E.H.S. individuals cannot detect E.M.F. exposure any more accurately than individuals without E.H.S. Well-controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that E.H.S. symptoms were not correlated with exposure to E.M.F.
EHS Day timeline
Luigi Galvani, a professor at the University of Bologna, shows the presence of electricity in frogs through experiments.
Electronics’ history begins with the invention of the vacuum diode by J.A. Fleming.
The junction transistor is invented and goes on to win the Nobel Prize.
Apple launches its famous iPhone and changes the game forever.
EHS Day FAQs
What are the symptoms of E.H.S.?
The most common symptoms include redness, tingling, and burning sensations on the skin. Some other symptoms are fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances.
Is E.H.S. real?
E.H.S. is mainly a self-reported condition and hasn’t been proven by science. It’s defined by unpleasant symptoms, like headaches, pain, fatigue, e.t.c., triggered by exposure to electronic devices. Recent research, however, has found no solid evidence that E.H.S. exists.
How do we block E.M.F. in our life?
Turn off your wifi router at night. Some routers even have built-in settings that can be programmed to shut down the Wi-Fi to shut at the desired time and turn it on again at a pre-programmed time. Avoid unnecessarily using Bluetooth devices like wireless keyboards, mouses, microphones, and speakers. Try wired versions instead.
How to Observe EHS Day
Lower your dependence on electronics
Consider deleting certain apps from your phone if you find yourself wasting too much time on them. Also, monitor your phone usage and try to cut down on the time if you find it to be high.
Take care of your health
Remember to look after yourself side-by-side while you’re on a no-electronic gadget detox. All of our actions are interconnected and eating better, drinking more water, and sleeping well can aid with your E.H.S. recovery.
Go touch some grass, literally. Being out in the open surrounded by nature is great for your physical and mental health.
5 Facts About Electronic Devices That Will Blow Your Mind
Ancient Egyptians knew about electricity
Long before electricity became a necessity, ancient Egyptians were aware that lightning and shocks from electric fish were incredibly powerful.
World’s biggest light bulb in New Jersey
The bulb is 14 feet tall, weighs eight tons, and sits atop the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower.
Electricity is everywhere
Electricity can be generated using water, wind, the sun, and even animal waste!
Our bodies have electricity
Our nerve cells use electricity to pass signals to our muscles.
Electricity is sometimes used as electroconvulsive therapy
In E.C.T., patients are given electrically induced seizures to treat psychiatric disorders.
Why EHS Day is Important
It has adverse effects on our bodies
While E.H.S. is not a medically accepted illness, there’s no denying that electronic devices have a range of negative health effects. Using them too much can lead to and exacerbate depression, anxiety, and obesity among other things.
It is little known
Given how ubiquitous phones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices are in today’s tech-obsessed world, it is crucial that we understand its effects better. There must be more research and studies done in this field.
Electronics are everywhere
There’s simply no getting away from electronic devices, even if you want to. Our school, college, and work lives all revolve around the computer, while our social life centers around the phone.
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