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27 July 2015

Switzerland: Testimonies of Electrophypersensitive Persons: Godeliève, Léonard, and Sosthène

Godeliève and Léonard Richard, siblings, are both
electrohypersensitive and shield themselves against waves
from Wi-Fi and smartphones, mainly by using wired
phones and protective cards on their cell phones.
(Christian Galley)
"[Electrohypersensitive people] do not know where and how to live.  I believe that society has a duty to assist them.  They have a right to life, health, and respect, like everybody."

Electrosensitive, they shield themselves
by Sylvia Freda, L'Impartial, 27 July 2015

(translated by the Editor of this blog)

Godeliève and Léonard Richard have a difficult time.

Even if wireless devices are extremely practical and tied to the notion of liberty, as soon as they are near Wi-Fi and cell phones, Léonard and Godeliève Richard, siblings living in Ponts-de-Martel, suffer from them.  And not just a little.  They don't experience insignificant dizziness or ordinary complaints. "It's much worse, at times!  I reached a stage where I believed I was going crazy because I could no longer think", says Godeliève.  "I was constantly dizzy, as on a boat, I had tingling in my fingers and toes, difficulty moving my limbs, headaches, concentration problems.  Always tired and agitated, I could not sleep."

For far too long, after spending time on his computer, Léonard Richard, who has had professional training, including as a civil engineer, "had regular nosebleeds.  The electromagnetic waves deeply depressed me, sapped my energy, to the point where I didn't want to do anything.  My energy level, measured with a device, was near a state of death".  Godeliève and Lèonard have a device for measuring frequencies around them, and flee those which harm them.

For two and a half years, Godeliève searched for the origin of her symptoms, until finally she diagnosed this affliction.  "I understood that I was electrosensitive three years ago, thanks to a kinesiologist who was herself electrosensitive.  I noticed that I felt better outdoors in nature, far from all electrosmog, but did not make the connection to the absence of electromagnetic pollution."

She tells how, at her mother-in-law's in Boston, she was a victim of dizziness.  "I even vomited.  At the hospital, they thought I had contracted a virus.  I was sent from doctor to specialist.  They looked at me suspiciously, like I was a psychiatric case..."

She experienced the greatest liberation in Argovie at the Paracelsus Clinic, specialized in bio-integrative medicine.  She learned of its existence from reading a work which the kinesiologist had recommended, which put her on the trail of electrosensitivity.  "A medical examination confirmed my sensitivity to electrosmog, which was a real relief for me.  Finally, a professional recognized my affliction.  The doctor recommended a Swiss company making biotuners, a kind of box placed on electrical current in order to deactivate the harmful electrosmog present in the home."

Once this was installed, the changes were immediate.  "No more dizziness.  Finally, I could once again sleep peacefully and deeply!"

"Still taboo"

With her husband and child, she lives far from the village, without Wi-Fi.  On the door, a sign invites visitors to put their cell phone in airplane mode.  "I use a wired phone with a speaker.  If not, the receiver next to my ear quickly gives me a headache."

She and her husband have a small theater company, the Piti Théâtre Company.  Together, they have created a play, "Innocenzo", which will be presented in September at the ABC in La Chaux-de-Fonds.  "It shows the repercussions that electromagnetic pollution can have on health."

Since Godeliève has realized that waves make her sick, everyday life outside is difficult, almost impossible, for her.  She has met a number of EHS (electrohypersensitive) people.  "They often do not know where and how to live.  I believe that society has a duty to assist them.  They have a right to life, health, and respect, like everybody."

Godeliève does not talk to everyone easily about this hypersensitivity, so much is the subject still taboo.  "Breaking the silence will help raise general awareness of this issue.  I am not the only one to suffer from this!"

At home, Léonard has also changed everything in order to live better.  He also uses a biotuner.  In thinking about his youth and school, he recalls that each Thursday, after the computer course, he came home with a fever.  "Regularly!  This was crazy!  In realizing other flashbacks of my life, I understood my electrohypersensitivity and took measures, one of which was to change professions!"

To be taken more seriously

Dr. Nathalie Calame, who holds consultations mainly at the Health Prevention Center in Colombier, is one of the rare doctors in French-speaking Switzerland to belong to the Swiss association, Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, based in Basel.  "As an FMH doctor and homeopath for a long time, I consider the effects of the environment on my patients.  I listen very attentively when they talk to me about their symptoms and it is thus that I have understood that many problems are linked to electrohypersensitivity."

In medical circles, is this affliction taken seriously, according to her?  "Still not enough.  The reason is that we have not taught doctors to recognize the signs and do not teach this to young persons entering the profession.  The syndrome is recent.  Immediately, they think that people who call themselves "electrohypersensitive" are fantasizing, having psychosomatic problems etc.  It is mostly independent researchers like Professor Belpomme in Paris who can, thanks to a special scanner, demonstrate that these problems are real and treat them.  Leading universities, associations, and patients' groups are also dealing with this.  Thus, things are moving but not enough on the part of traditional medicine."

"I go out, wearing a hood"

Sosthène Berger, engineer, lived in La Chaux-de-Fonds before moving to La Neuveville.  "I started to suffer from electrosensitivity in 2011.  With insomnia and chronic headaches, heart palpitations, as well as occasional fainting.  My blood platelets were plummeting.  All these symptoms have been recognized by traditional medicine.  Trained in environmental medicine, Dr. Nathalie Calame drew up several medical certificates."

He and his family live in survival mode, shielding themselves as much as possible.  "We have experienced some crises.  Instead of going to the movies, we have a projector at home.  Instead of going to a restaurant, we organize picnics in different places.  But we would prefer that the authorities do their job and that people be protected from this harm."  When he goes out, Sosthène Berger wears a hood "made of a tissue that creates a Faraday cage.  On the inside of the hood, I am quite protected."

He knows about 40 electrohypersensitive persons with whom he organizes meetings in his home, "because, for me, it is really difficult to bear going out.  Everywhere it is so electromagnetically polluted!  Having people come to the house is an opportunity to show them how, at home, one can guard against low frequency electromagnetic fields, for example, from the electrical power supply."


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