Erica Mallery-Blythe, BSBM

Founder and Director PHIRE - Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (U.K)

Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, founder of PHIRE (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment), is a UK trained medical doctor with a decade of experience within hospital medicine of various disciplines. Emergency Trauma Medicine is her area of expertise in hospital, and in training for this specialty she has a broad base of medical experience including surgery, anesthesiology, obstetrics, pediatrics and intensive care (both neonatal and adult).
In 2008, she began researching biological effects of non-ionizing radiation. This research included copious literature appraisal and conducting her own research including provocation testing of those with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). She has provided expert witness testimony regarding EHS and been invited to discuss the public health concerns of non-ionizing radiation exposure at the highest political level both in the UK, and in Europe.

Abstract

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a multisystemic condition characterised by increased sensitivity to electromagnetic fields of increasingly broader frequency ranges and lower intensities. There is awareness and / or adverse symptomatology in response to even extremely weak (orders of magnitude below current safety levels) electromagnetic fields of multiple types, in terms of frequency, intensity and waveforms. Classical symptoms include headaches, insomnia, heart palpitations, tinnitus and mood disturbance, but as to be expected from a radiation induced condition, every system can be affected. The reaction is physical, not psychological, and this is now recognised by credible medical doctors’ groups and scientific panels throughout the world.

EHS is currently a clinical diagnosis, that is, diagnosis is based on the clinical history and examination. There are other objective parameters such as specific blood tests and other adjunctive tests which can be helpful, especially for monitoring, but these are not yet validated in large scale studies. Peer reviewed, published guidance explains to doctors how to diagnose and manage the condition with advice to urgently reduce exposure. Avoidance is the mainstay of medical advised management. General health optimisation with the aim of reduction of total body toxic load, oxidative stress and inflammation and optimisation of nutritional status, circadian rhythm, grounding, hydration and immune system is a sensible on-going measure in addition. Some more invasive therapies are being practiced in specific, specialist environmental medical clinics but these are yet to be validated on a large scale in order to prove that they are more effective than avoidance alone. Avoidance can be extremely difficult given the ubiquitous nature of modern exposures and therefore more and more individuals seek adjunctive therapies in hope of relieving their suffering.

In the general population (including children), the signs and symptoms associated with EMF exposures from e.g. mobile phone base stations, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, visual display units (VDU), radio / TV broadcasting transmitters, smart meters, MRI scanners and other RF sources reveal that the general population (not known to be EHS) can experience the same constellation of symptoms and signs as are noted in EHS. In some of these cases a ‘dose response’ relationship has been demonstrated.

EHS is recognised under the disability act in some countries and cases have been won for long term disability pensions / compensation for this condition.

It is likely that many children are currently affected, but undiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed with alternative conditions. Children are likely to be more vulnerable to developing EHS since their relative exposures are higher, and outcomes may be worse given their developing systems and greater time for latent effects.

There are obvious contraventions of the Human Rights Act, Equalities Act, Children and Families Act, Rights of the Child and Nuremburg Code etc regarding the non-consenting exposure of a person to anthropogenic EMFs, and these breaches can be shown to be especially dramatic for some of those with EHS. It is essential ethically as well as medically, that urgent actions are taken to support this vulnerable group more appropriately in both medical and social forums.

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Friday 29 January 2021

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

CME

8:00 - 12:00 PM

Saturday 30 January 2021

Session 3 - Part 3 Prevention, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

Moderator

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Saturday 30 January 2021

Session 3 - Part 3 Panel Discussion/Q&A

Moderator