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zonereyrie
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Shenanigans!
I call shenanigans.

As others have said, scientific confirmation of this kind of condition should not be hard. If she has such reactions, a simple double-blind test would be enough. I'd like to see her in a shielded room with a hidden WiFi access point - first off, then on - and see if she reacts. Better - tell her it is switched on and don't do it, and see if she reacts - if so, then it is psychosomatic.

If she really reacted to 2.4GHz band radiation, then she'd have trouble in most any urban environment, as WiFi is prevalent. You don't need to go into the Starbucks to receive the radiation, just nearby. And if mobile phones effect her - that radiation is *everywhere* outside. It isn't like the phones and towers communicate with line of site, tight beams - it is basically omni-directional.

Oh, and I loved the 'gamma rays' comment. Lady, if your TV put out *gamma* rays, you had some REALLY strange gear.

Unless and until this is properly tested, I say hoax. '500', or whatever, other people claiming to have the same condition is meaningless. You could *make up* a condition, post all of the symptoms online, and have a few hundred people claiming to suffer from that condition. There are many people ready and willing to believe they're suffering from *something*. And just believing they are can cause psychosomatic symptoms to develop. The mind can do incredible things to the body. It works pretty much like a cult - give people something to believe in and they can convince themselves it is real.

Picked up from Gizmodo.

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z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 22nd, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I would be willing to believe that cathode-ray tubes produce miniscule amounts - I mean really miniscule amounts - of gamma radiation. But then again, you know, so does the ground, so...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 22nd, 2007 12:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, OK, sure - a lot of things produce trace amounts of gamma. :-)
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shogunhb From: shogunhb Date: March 22nd, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Her symptoms sound like hives, a common allergic reaction to just about everything, often stress related. Anti-histamines work wonders.
mcv From: mcv Date: March 22nd, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Too bad she's in the UK. I'd love to see someone like this in the USA get diagnosed as having a handicap. Then they could sue that their rights were being violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your use of a cellphone, or the building nearby of a celltower would be a violation of their rights.
qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: March 22nd, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Maybe she's allergic to gamma particles! Y'know... photons. She should watch out for excess groups of photons held in place by vacuum pockets.
roninspoon From: roninspoon Date: March 22nd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That is straight up horseshit.
sweh From: sweh Date: March 23rd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
In related news.... which includes:

Another conjecture is that some people have "electromagnetic hypersensitivity," or EHS. People claiming to suffer from EHS have a strange assortment of symptoms, including skin disorders, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, heart palpitations, and even digestive problems. However, according to the World Health Organization, EHS doesn't stand up to double-blind testing and could be attributable to anything from poor ergonomics to stress to psychiatric conditions.
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