We Are The Evidence – Lean Chorcorain, Kilkenny

When did you first start to develop EHS/Microwave sickness, or make the link that your symptoms were caused by RF/EMFs?

I first started to develop microwave sickness towards the end of October or beginning of November 2004. I did not take much notice of the exact date as I put the health problems down to natural causes which could be dealt with, not realising that my life from then on was going to change forever.  For the six months that I was plagued with these strange symptoms that seemed to come out of nowhere I was trying to find out what was triggering them, as was my GP who sent me to the hospital several times for extensive tests – all of which were inconclusive.    Finally in April 2005, after six months of hell, I discovered that there was a small, insignificant looking mobile phone mast antenna (Vodafone) on the roof next door, 22 metres from my bedroom wall  When I later discovered that it had been switched on six months earlier, coinciding with the beginning of my health problems, I made the link that microwave pollution of my home from the antennae mast was the cause of my health problems

What are your symptoms?   

Headaches, microwave hearing (environmentally induced tinnitus), insomnia, exhaustion, brain fog, nausea, malaise, dizziness, depression, eye pain and inflammation, eye and body cysts, permanently damaged vision, chest pain, fibromyalgia flare-ups, blood clots in fingers and toes and bleeding under skin.

How does it affect your life on a day-to-day basis – home, work, socially?

There is no aspect of my life that is not affected by microwave sickness. Everywhere is blanketed with a thick smog of microwave radiation – there is no escape.  The workplace, community facilities, libraries, hospitals, GP waiting rooms, public transport, coffee shops, shopping malls, there is nowhere for us to go – no place which is free of wi-fi. Even visiting family is problematic as all of their houses are wi-fied, so levels of radiation are sky-high.  Moving house was not an option for practical reasons but also because there is now nowhere free from this pollution.

What changes have you had to make in your life to reduce your exposure to RF/EMF radiation (eg, moving house, leaving work, shielding)?

I had to leave work, refuse invitations and stop visiting family and friends.

Shielding also posed difficulties as there are many cases where shielding the house made the situation worse than it already was.  Friends who have shielded their houses are now back to square one as the levels of pollution have strengthened so that even stronger shielding is necessary.  It is also very expensive and if done incorrectly is even more costly to remove.

The only way for me to manage with microwave sickness/EHS is to avoid traveling and shopping at peak times, so I try to go on quieter days of the week and at times when the shops are mostly empty.  Work is out of the question, as is volunteering.  Social invites have to be refused although sometimes I do go to an event – however I pay the price later on with more illness.  Meanwhile you just have to get on with life as best you can.

How do your family and friends respond to your situation?

In general, there is a sympathetic response but is largely coloured by the following sentence in a government report which states that I am mentally ill:

‘… these symptoms (microwave sickness/EHS) may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about EMF health effects, rather than the EMF exposure itself.’

Extract from ‘Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields’ a 2007 report written by an expert group funded by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, whose chairperson was Michael Rapacholi, an ‘independent’ expert on record under oath as testifying that he has worked for the Energy and Telecommunications industry for many years – See Testimony of Michael Rapacholi.

How does your doctor, health professional respond to your condition?

With a few exceptions the general response has been sympathetic, but attitudes are largely influenced by a government directive issued to all GPs in April 2007 at a meeting held in the southeast of Ireland.  The directive applies to doctors treating medical card patients and was directly lifted from the above 2007 report – repeating the lie that patients with the disability microwave sickness were mentally ill and could only be offered cognitive behavioural therapy.  The later 2015 report ‘Electromagnetic Fields in the Irish Context’ commissioned by the Department of Health, Welfare and Sport does not refute that lie. The result for me, and thousands like me, is extreme difficultly accessing medical services – that is if we can access them at all.

What do you think our government and decision makers should do?

Our government should tell the truth about what microwave radiation is doing to public health.  It should abandon the lies and the fraudulent guidelines of ICNIRP, a small pro-industry group of self-appointed people like Rapacholi and his pals, all on the payroll of Industry, and acknowledge the scientific truth which has been known by world governments for many decades, specially the American Government:

‘Personnel exposed to microwave radiation below thermal effects experience more neurological, cardio-vascular and haemodynamic disturbances than do their unexposed counterparts’.  Effects include …’Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, menstrual disorders, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety…’

Extract from the US Defense Intelligence Agency – confidential memo to military – document number DST-1810S-074-76.

We have one of the highest microwave emissions levels in the world, based on thermal heating only. Sub-thermal effects are ignored. New guidelines based on biological effects, as suggested in the Bio-Initiative Report should be implemented immediately.  The most damage is being done to the most vulnerable in our society, namely our children, via wi-fi in schools. It should be removed without delay before even more children go on to develop EHS/microwave sickness, along with cancers and all the other adverse health effects known to be caused by microwave radiation since 1932.

Meanwhile if the government purports to follow ICNIRP guidelines, then it should be protecting children by following those guidelines:

‘…children, the elderly and some chronically ill might have a lower tolerance for these microwaves and will need SEPARATE GUIDELINES.’. page 546 ICNIRP Guidelines

‘Decision makers need to read recent scientific literature and determine appropriate reduction factors below the levels which are causing illness’ . page 547 ICNIRP Guidelines

The 2007 report cited earlier makes a mockery of all disability legislation. It is a shameful document cynically labeling those with microwave sickness as mentally ill.  No government with a conscience would stand over it.  It is an indictment of government failure to protect the public whilst lying to protect Industry.

A new corrupt-free report should be commissioned. It should have two panels only, one consisting of those living the chronic disability EHS/microwave sickness, and the other panel formed by doctors and scientists with an in-depth knowledge of the biological effects of microwave radiation, who should be appointed by the patients to ensure there is no interference from Industry.  They should be listening to the problems faced by children and adults disabled by this and addressing them.  It is time for the exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination against this rapidly growing disability group to end.

How do you feel about the roll-out of further 4G, 5G, smart meters and LED street lighting in your area and across the country?

Regarding 5G and the new hi-speed fibre-optic cable to the home (FTTH), this hi-speed cable is a Trojan horse for wireless 5G frequencies and the internet of things which will irradiate homes 24/7 with weapons grade frequencies.

The Irish Government, encouraged by the EU is blanketing the entire country with a radiation it knows to be genotoxic, not only for men, women and children, but for the eco-system upon which we depend for sustenance and survival.  Apart from the illness, misery and premature deaths it is causing, it will continue to decimate the environment, creasing vast profits for the few but leaving behind a wasteland for the rest of us.

The government should protect its people, not encourage a growing addiction to a dangerous technology, based on the lie that it is safe

I am hopeful that with growing awareness more people will realise that it is not just 5G which is the problem, but that all their devices based on microwave radiation is doing them irreparable harm.  If the price we have to pay for our addictive toys is sickness, sick children and early death, then surely that price is too high.