by Dave Ashton, 8 April 2016
(Warning: Some of the articles linked to below contain graphic images)
Diana is a member of the UK Electrosensitives group on Facebook, and she has bravely decided to publicise the shocking rash - or burn? - that she developed while staying close to a mobile mast / cell tower. Usually, there isn't much to see when it comes to electrosensitivity sufferers - the damage is internal, and hidden away - but this is definitely not true in Diana's case.
Her rash seems to be consistent with the rashes and burns experienced by some owners of other wireless devices, such as mobile phones, wearable fitness monitors, smart watches, laptops and tablets, and even virtual reality headsets. In fact, there is a legal action currently underway against Fitbit for this sort of "unexplained" skin damage.
In Diana's case though, it was proximity to a mobile mast that produced the rash.
This is what she says on her website:
"I have recently suffered a severe skin rash on my back, neck, chest and arms, some of which became burn-like lesions. I believe that this was caused by exposure to non-ionising radiation from a nearby mobile phone mast. I have suffered from electrohypersensitivity (EHS) for over 15 years."
She initially contacted her local paper, which published this article:
Welsh Newton woman voices concerns about phone masts after she developed severe skin rash - Hereford Times, 21st March 2016
Professor Olle Johansson from The Experimental Dermatology Unit at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden left this comment underneath the article:
Dear Ms Diana Boughton,
what you have experienced, and still are, certainly very much makes sense, although further studies are needed to scientifically prove your case.
You see, already in 2002 my Japanese colleague, Dr. Hajime Kimata, published a study [Kimata H, "Enhancement of allergic skin wheal responses by microwave radiation from mobile phones in patients with atopic eczema/dermatitis syndrome", Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2002; 129: 348-350] firmly linking together skin responses with mobile phone radiation.
This finding echoed particularly well with my own published data, having met several cases like yours, and already from the 1980ies I had been able to produce a series of scientific papers about the human skin and it's reaction to electromagnetic fields from computer and TV screens, both in normal healthy volunteers as well as in persons with the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity [see for instance Johansson O, Gangi S, Liang Y, Yoshimura K, Jing C, Liu P-Y, "Cutaneous mast cells are altered in normal healthy volunteers sitting in front of ordinary TVs/PCs - results from open-field provocation experiments", J Cutan Pathol 2001; 28: 513-519 and Johansson O, "Electrohypersensitivity: State-of-the-art of a functional impairment", Electromag Biol Med 2006; 25: 245-258].
As a reaction to dr. Kimata's article, I immediately tried to get him over to the Karolinska Institute for further detailed follow-up investigations.
Unfortunately, I was never able to find the needed economic support, but all the studies we planned are now - against your current experiences - even more important to commence.
With my very best regards
(Olle Johansson, associate professor The Experimental Dermatology Unit,
Department of Neuroscience,
Diana set up a website, to document her experience:
Burnt by a Phone Mast?
A follow-up letter from Diana was published in the paper:
More on my concerns about phone masts and possible health problems - Hereford Times, 29th March 2016
Following this, a letter from a sceptic was published:
Serious studies throw phone mast health fears into doubt - Hereford Times, 30th March 2016
Diana responded with another letter to the paper:
Research into phone mast health worries is flawed - Hereford Times, 7th April 2016
She also gave an interview to BBC Hereford & Worcester, which was broadcast on their morning radio show. This included a brief interview with Professor Olle Johansson just before the end of the show, and also an interview with someone from Public Health England, who sought to portray electrosensitivity as a psychological condition, unrelated to electromagnetic radiation.
Edited highlights of the show on YouTube:
The BBC radio programme put two posts on Diana's story onto their Facebook page:
MAST BURNS - 7th April 2016
Mast Radiation - 7th April 2016
Following the coverage on Diana in the morning, in the afternoon the same radio station had an interview with Richard Kimberley, another electrosensitivity sufferer.
This is the link to the radio programme:. As with the previous link to the morning show, this may only be available to people in the UK. Again, it's a long show, and the times to skip to are: 00.00.55, 00.39.33, 01.06.30, and 01.35.10.
Phone masts, Elgar and Worcester Warriors, Andrew Easton, 7th April 2016
This is the Facebook post:
This is Richard's blog, Beyond The Van:
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