|Jenny Fry, 15, killed herself after developing|
electro-hypersensitivity from Wi-Fi, according
to her parents. She hanged herself in June
complaining of exhaustion, headaches and
bladder problems that stemmed from the
wireless signals at her school.
by Jacqueline Cutler, New York Daily News,
30 November 2015
A British mother says her daughter committed suicide after suffering an “allergy” to Wi-Fi.
Jennifer Fry was just 15 last spring, when she hanged herself in the woods in Oxfordshire — and her parents Debra Fry and Charles Newman blame wireless signals inside her school.
The parents claim the signals caused Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, with severe headaches, nausea and fatigue as symptoms.
"I intend to carry on my campaign to highlight the dangers of Wi-Fi," she told an Australian news site. "I am not against a bit of technology but I do feel schools should be aware that some children are going to be sensitive to it and reduce its use."
They want Wi-Fi removed from preschools and schools and urge the government to research the syndrome.
Fry admitted she didn’t take Jenny to the doctor, fearful that she would have been institutionalized or given drugs that the mother was suspicious of because the family knew a boy who had committed suicide after being on antidepressants, according to the Mirror, a British publication.
It’s unclear whether “Wi-Fi allergy” exists. Neither the World Health Organization nor the Centers for Disease Control recognize Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome as a disease.
Neurologist Dr. Dexter Sun of Lexington Neurology Associates and a professor of neurology at Cornell University Medical College, isn’t sure, either, but he said he does have patients who complain of the ailments ascribed to EHS.
"The scientific community is still debating: is it real or not real," Sun said. "We should have more investigation and serious consideration for researching this field and we don't know why some people are sensitive to it."
He acknowledges that some people are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, and though previous studies of cell phones found that they were not an inducement for brain tumors, Sun also raised the spectre that no one knows the long-term effects of any of this technology.
"The issue is so hard to prove," Sun said. "People can have a lot of stress and depression. There has to be some evidence to prove it is Wi-Fi induced, otherwise it is very scary. It needs much more research. Maybe that girl was hypersensitive to a magnetic field. It is hard to prove and so far we don't have the scientific data to prove it."
John Harris, a Yale University physics professor, also did not discredit the syndrome, and notes how many of the symptoms are similar to stress. The sensitivity could be to a range of electromagnetic waves.
Some countries are more open to the syndrome as a quantifiable medical issue. France, for example, recently awarded a woman $900 a month in disability because of her ailments with electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
With Jennifer Szulman