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31 August 2016

France : A Deputy Is Concerned about Electrosensitive People

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A Deputy is concerned about electrosensitive people this month of August
by jay, electrosensible,info, 30 August 2016 (translated by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

The issue of electrosensitivity does not generally inspire politicians despite its having been introduced through the Abeille Law where an article requests obligatory reporting by the French health agency ANSES, but apart from this, nothing new.

In spite of the flagrant lack of inspiration regarding this condition on the part of a majority of our representatives, the Deputy Jean-Claude Buisine put the question to the government at the beginning of August, for the attention of the Minister for Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine.

This Deputy from Somme wants to draw the attention of the Minister to our plight, which, it must be said, is not really glorious as he says, since some persons are obliged to abandon everything and face a kind of Kafkaesque wall erected in our society preventing us from being acknowledged, be it medically or socially.

Other populations at risk would also be concerned by exposure to radiofrequencies, such as schools where some children are more affected by this pollution and also retirement homes.

For those who are subjected to the discomfort of this technology, we are suffering from an allergy, even if in fact there is little chance that this is literally the case, and that we develop symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, and great fatigue.

This Deputy would thus like to know whether protective measures exist concerning electrosensitivity, the only hitch, as we've been hearing for too long, being that the policy of deployment of mobile networks in the Hexagon, and therefore, white zones, must be called into question...

More precisely, if scientific research is under way and if a reduction in limit values of exposure to electromagnetic fields is envisaged?

Knowing the manipulation of political cant of our dear ministers and especially that of the person to whom the question was put, it is most likely that the reply will provide no answer to sick persons just like the interview with the Secretary of State in charge of disabled persons and the fight against exclusion.

However, regarding exposure levels, in its latest report [July 2016], ANSES recommends lowering them because the norms which are intended to prevent the thermal effect do not protect the whole population against this effect, notably children.

But those who talk about lowering the exposure limits, also talk about reducing mobile coverage and adding supplementary relay antennas to close the "gaps", which would certainly not please the telecoms operators who practice their preferred sport of lobbying in their favor...

Concerning electrosensitivity, there is a possibility that the Cochin study and the ANSES report will be released in the meantime and that mass psychotherapy would be favored to meet the "expectations" of sick persons, or, failing this, the Minister for Health will always be able to replicate the reply of the Secretary of State, in any case, one thing is certain, the sick persons will be left on the sidelines as usual...

[Following is Mr. Buisine's statement, which we have translated into English]:
Mr. Jean-Claude Buisine draws the attention of the Minister for Social Affairs and Health to the situation of electrohypersensitive persons.  These persons are suffering from an allergy to electromagnetic fields.  In more serious cases, they are obliged to leave home and go live in camping cars or hovels in the middle of nowhere.  The development of Wi-Fi and 3G/4G presents real health problems for some of our fellow citizens, such as headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, and great fatigue, the origin of the symptoms hardly recognized medically.

In addition, many citizens and elected officials are worried about the consequences of electromagnetic wave emissions near schools, nurseries, and establishments for the elderly;  others are directly affected in their workplace due to their hypersensitivitiy to waves.  Without questioning the policy of digital coverage of the national territory, particularly necessary in rural areas, it is nevertheless important to look at protective measures regarding this allergy.  Consequently, he would appreciate her letting him know if medical research is committed to this issue and if the Government envisages lowering the limit values of exposure of the public to electromagnetic waves on the national territory.

Source of article in French: assemblee-nationale.fr (Mr. Buisine's query, 2 August 2016)

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