French court awards woman disability grant for electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as mobile phones.

The 39-year-old applicant, Marine Richard, hailed the ruling a ‘breakthrough’ for people afflicted by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).

The condition is not recognised as a medical disorder in most countries, including France, but sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, wifi routers, televisions and other gadgets cause them anything from mild discomfort to life-ruining disability.

Scientific studies have found no evidence linking electromagnetic exposure to the symptoms – tingling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, or palpitations.

Richard, a former radio producer, lives a reclusive life in the mountains of southwest France, in a renovated barn without electricity, and drinking water from the well.

In a ruling last month, a court in the southern city of Toulouse decided she can claim a disability allowance – about 800 euros ($A1280) per month – for a period of three years.

The ruling accepted that Richard’s symptoms prevent her from working, but stopped short of recognising EHS as an illness.

Her lawyer Alice Terrasse said the decision could set a legal precedent for ‘thousands of people’ concerned.

‘It’s a breakthrough,’ Richard added.

The World Health Organisation lists EHS as a condition, but says there is ‘no scientific basis’ for linking the symptoms to electromagnetic exposure.

Sweden and Germany have classified it as an occupational disease.

Via: Sky News

 

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7 Responses to French court awards woman disability grant for electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

  1. Anonymous says:

    The condition is not recognized as a medical disorder in most countries. Its a disease, not a disorder and its man made.
    Scientific studies have found no evidence linking electromagnetic exposure to the symptoms – tingling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, or palpitations.
    Scientific studies have found lots of evidence linking EMF exposure and symptoms.
    The World Health Organisation lists EHS as a condition, but says there is ‘no scientific basis’ for linking the symptoms to electromagnetic exposure.
    Its a disease not a condition and the WHO has scientific evidence. They conducted a workshop over 10 years ago in Prague.The report is nearly 200 pages long and what they do is take very small parts of it and cal it a fact sheet, when its not all facts. If you look at the fact sheet and the report quite a lot of important stuff is missing.
    The W.H.O should be shut down. I would never believe anything they say especially after reading the full report and the fact sheet. Its not a fact sheet. Its i will put in what i want.

    • Dain says:

      I think that the WHO is just a propaganda machine aimed at controlling the message on health issues at the global level. Their intention with respect to wireless radiation seems to be to string the world along for as long as possible, ignoring major studies. Anyone with a scientific mind cannot think that what the WHO does even remotely resembles science.

      I also wanted to say that precedents set in the French court can be used in Australian courts, especially when there is very little Australian case law on a particular topic.

      • Anonymous says:

        The W.H.O is just an organization made up of men and women, they aren’t any smarter than my neighbors cat. I don’t think that anyone, not even experts have much faith in this organization.I wonder if those in denial also privately think the W.H.O is a big pathetic joke?

  2. Eric says:

    Man doesn’t own the science, he is part of it.

  3. Eric says:

    People can just be dropping dead like flies before their very eyes and it wouldn’t matter because “……there is no scientific evidence”.
    What matters is reality and not whether egotistical and pathetic man who is the most limited creature of all can elevate himself to conquer the science.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Paul, I think that saying no scientific evidence exists, just means that they have only looked at tests that show no health effects and therefore they can say no evidence exists, because they don’t or won’t look at the scientific evidence that does show health effects.
    Of course they are not going to tell everyone that they pick what they want.It does not matter what they say, evidence exists. Their eyes are open, they see money and prestige.This clouds everything else.

  5. Paul R says:

    I wish that they would stop saying ‘No scientific evidence’. Maybe they should open their eyes and look!? Evidence is there. Oh, that’s right, I forgot… saying that there was evidence would not be financially profitable.

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