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EMF Studies

02 April 2012

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-Related Health Problems and Illnesses

The Austrian Medical Association has published Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses, which was adopted at the meeting of its environmental medicine officers on 3 March 2012 in Vienna.  The Association has moreover called for application of the precautionary principle in regard to smart meters.  Following are extracts from the Guidelines, which can be seen here in their entirety.

“There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress-associated health problems that increasingly present physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis.  A cause that has been accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities, occurring in addition to chronic stress in personal and working life…

“The Austrian Medical Association has developed guidelines for differential diagnosis and potential treatment of unspecific stress-related health problems associated with electrosmog.  Its core element is a patient questionnaire consisting of a general assessment of stress symptoms and a specific assessment of electrosmog exposure…

“Physicians are often confronted with unspecific complaints without clearly identifiable causes.  It has been suspected that environmental conditions such as increasing exposure of the population to radio waves, emanating e.g. from cordless phones, mobile phone base stations, cell phones, GPRS, UMTS, data cards for laptop and notebook computers and wireless LAN (WLAN), but also exposure to electric and magnetic fields emanating from power lines, devices and equipment, may play a causal role…

“Austria is currently rolling out the fourth generation of mobile telephony (LTE), as well as smart metering (for electricity, gas and water consumption), resulting in additional EMF exposure of the population…
“New radio technologies and applications have been introduced without certainty about their health effects, raising new challenges for medicine…

“In Austria, there are no democratically legitimized limits to protect the general population from EMF exposure.  The recommendations of WHO, compiled by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP 1998), are based on a thermal model.  These recommendations were adopted by the EU in its Council Recommendation of 1999 and by Austria … without taking into account long-term non-thermal effects…

Recommended approach to diagnosis and treatment:

  1. History of health problems and EMF exposure:  a patient questionnaire to quantify stress-related health problems regardless of their causes.  This covers a list of symptoms, variation of health problems depending on time and location, and assessment of EMF exposure.
  2. Examination and findings:  carrying out of basic diagnostic tests followed by measurements of EMF exposure:  cardiac system, laboratory tests
  3. Measurement of EMF exposure
  4. Prevention or reduction of EMF exposure
  5. Diagnosis 
  6. Treatment:  a) Reduction of exposure to electric and magnetic fields and high frenquency electromagnetic waves;  b) lifestyle coaching (exercise, nutrition, addictive substances, sleeping habits etc.) and stress reduction measures as well as methods to increase stress resistance;  c) holistic treatments such as anti-oxidative and anti-nitrosative therapies, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids.

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