Riding the waves

Adapting our bodies to new technologies can be a challenge

from wireless to hard-wired phones and computers, swapping fluorescent lights for incandescent, installing analog utility meters rather than RF, turning off breakers in the bedroom at night and always using a headset with cellphones.

Not everyone is sensitive to EMFs and RFs. Experts estimate that about one-third of the population is mildly to moderately sensitive, with 3 percent being highly sensitive.

Deborah Gordon, an Ashland physician and homeopath who treats electromagnetic hypersensitivity, says a study done in Spain found that 30 to 60 percent of people living close to a cell tower experienced sleep problems.

"We don't know why EMFs affect some people and not others," says Gordon.

"Most people don't know what to think until it happens to them," says Ashland resident Paula Baker-Laporte, an architect and building biologist who specializes in healthy building design and consultation.

Because of the wide variety of symptoms and a general lack of understanding about EHS, recognizing and healing the condition can be challenging. Avoidance is a big key. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms related to electromagnetic triggers, avoiding all wireless and high EMF technologies for a few days to a few weeks may bring relief.

For more information, the "Bioinitiative Report" can be seen at www.bioinitiative.org.

To reach James Haim, call 541-488-0916. Information about his services can be seen on the website for Hidden Springs Wellness Center in Ashland. Go to www.hiddenspringswellness.com and click on his name under "About Us."

Paula Baker-Laporte can be reached through www.paulabakerlaporte.com.

Deborah Gordon's website is at www.madronahomeopathy.com.

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