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07 November 2012

Young Electrosensitive Person Commits Suicide

We must do all we can to raise awareness of the condition of electrosensitivity (ES) which is little understood by the general population and health professionals. This includes sharing experiences of ES with journalists. Faye Dobson is writing an article on ES and would like to hear from persons in the UK who could/would help (faye@catersnews.com). Martyn Halle, who writes on health for national newspapers, has approached ES-UK after reading the news about Michael Nield’s death. He hopes to publish a story about ES in the Mail on 11 November (m.halle@blueyonder.co.uk). 

‘Zapping in head’ from mobiles led son to kill himself
by Jordan Day, Cambridge News, 6 November 2012

A university graduate committed suicide after a lengthy battle with a sensitivity to mobile phones, an inquest heard.

Oxford graduate Michael Nield suffered with electro sensitivity – the term used to describe someone who has an unhealthy sensitivity to a particular source of electricity.

In Michael’s case it was mobile phones and phone masts. He had to sleep with a microfibre tent over his bed to reduce the radiation.

He sometimes even had to wear a micromesh body suit when he was out, and his parents, Clive and Barbara, had to move from their home in Herefordshire to the small village of Wardy Hill, near Ely, where there was less exposure to mobiles and phone masts.

Barbara too suffers with the same sensitivity, although it is not as extreme.

On Sunday, June 3, 36-year-old Michael, who was living with his parents in Main Street, Wardy Hill, took his own life, William Morris, coroner for North and East Cambridgeshire, has ruled at an inquest.

Michael’s father found his body inside a car parked on a grass track near their home.

Michael, a gifted musician, had drunk a bottle of vodka and taken an overdose of tablets.

Speaking at the inquest, his mother, a volunteer at Ely Cathedral, said her son had “tried everything” to improve his quality of life.

She said: “Unless people have electro sensitivity they just don’t realise what sort of effects it has. He tried everything to get better. He sought help, he ate a specific diet and he tried so hard.”

She said he sometimes wore a micromesh suit or a hat with mesh to cover his face in a bid to keep phone radiation away.

She said: “He would just get constant zapping in his head. I know the feeling as I get it myself, although not on the level that Michael did.

“That’s why we moved to Wardy Hill as it’s so remote. He did still sleep with a microfibre tent over his bed though, which did help.

“We saw it as a positive step but looking back it was his way of making a last-ditch attempt to be normal and put his illness aside. But that was obviously something he couldn’t do.”

Sarah Dacre, a trustee of ElectroSensitivity UK, said: “It’s extremely upsetting to hear of Michael’s death. I knew him, having received a number of emails from him.

“Sadly the condition is not recognised by the NHS [National Health Service], but it is very real, and we get an average of one suicide a year among those on our books.”

Mystery over condition

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines electrosensitivity and similar conditions as ‘symptoms that are experienced in proximity to, or during the use of, electrical equipment, and that result in varying degrees of discomfort or ill health in the individual and that an individual attributes to activation of electrical equipment”.

But the organisation adds that while patients suffer from real health problems “there is no known biological marker or any diagnostic test” for it.

WHO has also warned about using commercial products which claim to help reduce symptoms and against home measurement of signals, and says added psychological issues such as stress caused by the introduction of new technologies could be a causative factor.

Research into electrical sensitivity has been increasing in the past five years.

A spokesman for the charity ElectroSensitivity UK said its objective was to get ES recognised and find the best ways of easing it.

See www.es-uk and www.radiationresearch.org.




  1. Electro Sensitivity Cure

    To Whom it may concern

    I have recently suffered from this but have also found the cure.

    The problem is an imbalance/deficiency in the body's electrolytes.

    An electrolyte is the medical/scientific term for salts, specifically ions. Ions are atoms molecules in which the total number of electrons are not equal to the total number of protons, giving the atom a net positive or negative electrical charge.

    Your body fluids, blood, plasma, interstitial fluid (fluid between cells) and the fluid within every cell, contains different types of electolytes.

    Our bodies electrolytes are as follows:
    sodium (Na+)
    potassium (K+)
    chloride (Cl-)
    calcium (Ca2+)
    magnesium (Mg2+)
    bicarbonate (HCO3-) (This made within the body itself)
    phosphate (PO42-)
    sulfate (SO42-)
    Electrolytes are important because they are what our cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.
    The electrical magnetic charge from iPad and iPhone etc will find the line of least resistance within our bodies, the nervous system, and a build up of electrical charge in the nerves and brain tissues can cause pain.
    Our kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in our blood constant despite changes in our body. For example, when we exercise heavily, we lose electrolytes in our sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of our body fluids constant. So, many sports drinks have sodium chloride or potassium chloride added to them. They also have sugar and flavourings to provide your body with extra energy and to make the drink taste better.

    You are what you eat so eat what you are: 

    Below are the top 16 elements by % that make up our bodies. 

    Element % 
    Oxygen 65 
    Carbon 18 
    Hydrogen 10 
    Nitrogen 3 
    Calcium 1.4 
    Phosphorus 1.1 
    Potassium 0.25 
    Sulphur 0.25 
    Sodium 0.15 
    Chlorine 0.15 
    Magnesium 0.05 
    Iron* 0.006 
    Fluorine 0.0037 
    Zinc 0.0032 
    Silicon 0.002 
    Rubidium 0.00046 

    After Water, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen the next top 7 elements are all electrolytes. 

    Here are their % by volume: 

    Element % 
    Calcium 40 
    Phosphorus 33 
    Potassium 8 
    Sulphur 8 
    Sodium 5 
    Chlorine 5 
    Magnesium 2 

    I have been taking the above elements since I took the salt, which literally dissolved the pains away within hours, (just like a dose of salts). I then bought different electrolyte products; here are the ones I think have been most helpful.

    Maldon salt, most supermarkets. Contains Sodium and chlorine. (dissolve in water)
    Lo Salt - from any shop. Contains potassium and sodium. (dissolve in water)
    Epsom salts - Boots. Contains magnesium and sulphur. (dissolve in water)
    Phosphorous tablets - On line from Welwda.    
    Calcium tablets - Holland and Barrett.
    MicroMins - On line from NutriPLUS. Contains Magnesium, Chloride, Sulphate, Potassium and Sodium.
    ZERO Highs sports drink - Holland and barrett. Contains Magnesium, Chloride, Sulphate, Potassium and Sodium.

    I always take them with plenty of water after lunch or dinner. I'm still avoiding use of iPad or iPhone, but am able to use them without much of a problem, but am still occasionally noticing some effects from them, but nowhere near as much as before. 



    Hope this helps

    1. Thank you. Your interesting comment is much appreciated.


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