Public School Teacher is Granted a Health Accommodation For Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
Anura Lawson hates WiFi. She claims that she began to feel sick once the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power installed a wireless smart meter on her home in 2012, according to The CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. She complained of dizziness, migraines, and heart palpitations, and she is placing the blame squarely on the electromagnetic fields generated by this smart meter, along with other devices such as cell phones and iPads.
Those who are self-described with electromagnetic hypersensitivity report responding to non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (or electromagnetic radiation) at intensities well below the maximum levels permitted by international radiation safety standards. A systematic review in 2005 showed no convincing scientific evidence for these types of symptoms being caused by electromagnetic fields. There have been many double-blind experiments published since then, each of which has suggested that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields.
In March of 2014 the school at which she teaches installed WiFi systems for the classrooms. Regardless of the lack of scientific evidence to support Lawson placing blame with WiFi signals, Lawson complained that she started feeling sick at school shortly after the WiFi system was implemented, and she successfully lobbied to have the system turned off in the classroom where she teaches. Now, she is believed to be the first public school teacher in the U.S. granted a health accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
And now Lawson has begun a petition to get rid of all WiFi in all California classrooms. One person’s perceptions might impact the reality of 39 million other people in the state.
That is the power of anti-science.