What the heck is electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome, and why is a Massachusetts couple suing their son's school over it?
The parents of an unnamed 12-year-old boy claim he became sick after sending him to a private school with a particularly strong Wi-Fi signal.
The young boy apparently suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) in which the electromagnetic radiation from wireless tech can cause symptoms such as nosebleeds, headaches and exhaustion.
Even though EHS was acknowledged by World Health Organization in 2005, it's still not widely recognized in the medical community and beyond.
The boy's parents and doctor, however, insist there is no other plausible explanation for the symptoms which became apparent in 2013, around the same time as his school strengthened its wireless signal.
“It is known that exposure to Wi-Fi can have cellular effects," the boy's physician, Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch, wrote to the Fay School.
"The complete extent of these effects on people is still unknown. But it is clear that children and pregnant women are at the highest risk. This is due to the brain tissue being more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is small.”
The school instructed an independent company to measure radiation levels, which were found to be within federal safety limits. Notwithstanding the tests, the parents are suing the school for $250,000 in damages and demanding that the school lower its signal or switch to Ethernet.
What do you think of this lawsuit? Is EHS real or do you think the boy's symptoms stem from something else?