Wensleydale, as you will have gathered from my previous blog, is delightful but…
Do not assume that just because you are in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales you are any safer from electromagnetic radiation than you would be in the heart of a city. I don’t know where it was coming from (I had not taken any of my ‘measuring’ meters with me) but tit ws certainly in evidence around Hawes and the Stonehouse Hotel.
As many of you will know, I am electrosensitive and have been for nearly ten years. (See here for my original ‘story’.) For a couple of years I was super-sensitive and was all but a prisoner in the house even though I had taken all recommended measures to reduce my exposure. Then our good friend John Scott suggested a book on oxygen therapy to me and I started to treat myself with food grade hydrogen peroxide. I will not go into it here but if you want to find out more about both the protective measures I took and the oxygen therapy, see here. I subsequently discovered Aerobic Oxygen and have continued to take that ever since.
As a result of both the strict avoidance protocol and the oxygen therapy, my sensitivity improved pretty dramatically. So, for the last four or five years, although I continue to live a very EMR ‘clean’ life (no wifi, no hands-free phones, no smart meters, only using a mobile/smart phone to text and keeping it on ‘airplane mode’ except when I am using it, clearing my sleeping area of all electricity and electromagnetic radiation etc) I have been able to lead a pretty normal life – travelling, going to people’s houses/offices even the they used wifi etc etc. However, I was always aware that, apart from radiation in general, I could have a problem with titanium as one of the strongest EMR reactions that I had in my sensitive days was to a new pair of glasses with titanium frames. As soon as the titanium frame was replaced with plastic, they were fine.
Titanium is meant to be a totally inert substance, which is why it is widely used in medical implants such as hip joints and dental implants. In theory titanium is totally non-allergenic but Melisa testing suggest that around 4% of all patients tested for titanium are allergic to it. Moreover, according to environmental medic.s such as Dr William Rea at the Environmental Health Centre in Dallas, any metal implant, no matter what the metal, will act as an antenna in someone who is electrosensitive. (Well, it will in everyone but only those who are electrosensitive will suffer the fall out.)
Before Christmas some dental issues which had been brewing for some years finally came to a head and I had to have some molars removed. An excellent job was done by an excellent dental surgeon but the issue was, what to do next. The obvious answer in this day and age, is a dental implant – or in my case, several. However, I was nervous as the material of choice for dental implants is titanium as other material can shatter or sheer, neither of which is a good idea when they are embedded in your gum! My dental surgeon, who, like most mainstream practitioners, knew nothing about ES, pointed out that if I was worried about having metal in my mouth – I already had truck loads of it in there! A lingering amalgam filling (of which I was not even aware) and metal linings to a number of crowns – which was true. The ever-wise webmaster did point out that they were all on the surface of teeth not bedded into the gum which could be a different matter. However, I have been so much better that I decided to go ahead with one experimental implant. Bad idea….
Everything was fine for about four weeks – which makes sense as, given how my sensitivity had receded, it would take some time for it to build up again. And then suddenly, literally over night, I started reacting to my phone when I turned it on. ES, like allergy, works on the bucket with the hole principle – you are fine as long as you do not put more water into the bucket than can escape through the hole, but as soon as you do, it overflows. And once it has overflowed, you then become much more sensitive.
So, as soon as I started to react (and you do not mistake reactions with ES) I knew it had to be the implant. Absolutely nothing else had changed during that period so what else could it be? And I knew that I needed to get it out fast as once the bucket has overflowed the sensitivity can ramp up very quickly. Although she still did not really accept that this was possible (‘no research evidence….’) my lovely dental surgeon reacted immediately and within 24 hours, the implant was gone. But, as I had feared, my sensitivity levels have been dramatically lowered and it will, no doubt, take me some time to build them up again.
Which brings us back to Wensleydale…..
Two months ago I do not expect that I would have noticed the radiation levels in the dale at all, but last week, I was very aware that in some areas (such as Hawes village and some parts of the hotel) the radiation was quite high. (In the ‘old days’ I would have taken my meters with me so that I could have measured where it was and was coming from and taken avoiding measures.) And since I have come back, I am uncomfortable in my local supermarket where the ceiling is low and they still use low energy light bulbs, or when I go too close to a phone mast or I am in a room where there is a wifi router.
I am sure that all of this will improve over the next few months if I am careful and sensible but – anyone out there who is also electromagnetically hypersensitive – be warned. Even if you have got the condition under control, it has not gone away, it has gone underground and is just waiting for a chance to pounce….
So, for now, no more visits to Wensleydale, no matter how tempting the cheese or cute the lambs!!
PS. 3th July. Anyone who is electrosensitive – do read the helpful comments on this blog. Also, as I mentioned in a reply, if you have suffered from ES for sometime and have been unable to crack it, you might be interested in oxygen therapy. I know it is only anecdotal (what isn’t in this area?) but I had great success with ingested oxygen treatment. It is cheap, harmless and, as far as I was concerned, was very helpful. You can read about it here on the FoodsMatter site.