A teenage girl committed suicide after suffering from years of headaches, exhaustion and incontinence that she claimed were the result of an allergy to WiFi signals.
Jenny Fry, 15, had symptoms of the allergy since 2012, symptoms that led her mother to remove WiFi from their home.
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“Jenny was getting ill and so was I. I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be so I had it taken out of the house,” Fry’s mother told the Oxfordshire Coroners' Court. "Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas. She was receiving lots of detentions, not for being disruptive in class or misbehaving, but often because she used to take herself out of the classroom to find another where she was able to work. She took her school work seriously.”
Jenny wasn't seeing a medical professional for her affliction, her parents said.
Leading theories as to what causes electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or “EHS,” point to a placebo effect, environmental conditioning or a combination of the two.
Additionally the allergy is not widely supported as being legitimate by the science community with The Washington Post even writing that ”hard evidence linking adverse health affects [sic] and WiFi signals is pretty negligible.”
That being said, Fry’s case and others around the world have rallied believers around the idea that WiFi and other electronic signals can affect people in adverse ways.
“An entire industry has grown up, in fact, around selling bracelets and blankets and blockers and pills that 'negate' or 'disrupt' electromagnetic energy,” the Post reported. “The great irony, of course, is that by hyping these so-called health risks, hucksters just make people more nervous — and thus clear new ground for EHS.”
H/T the Mirror
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