WiFi Refugees

WiFi Refugees

RT (2017)

Film Review

This documentary explores the condition known as electrosensitivity syndrome, as well as the lives of three Americans struggling to adjust to the condition. Electrosensitivy syndrome, which has no known treatment, has emerged in the last decade with the massive increase in microwaves from cellphones, cellphone towers and WiFi routers that bombard all of us daily.

The various symptoms described by victims include dizziness, nausea, mental fogginess, fatigue, light sensitivity, headaches and pins and needles and/or burning sensations of the skin. Most sufferers spend two to three years going from doctor to doctor before accidentally discovering that they vanish when patients isolate themselves from synthetic microwave radiation.

Two moved into rooms lined with special metallic foil or graphite-rich Wi-Shield paint. A third moved to Green Bank West Virginia, a nationally designated Radio Quiet Zone. In Green Bank, microwave transmissions are strictly limited to facilitate scientific research and military intelligence.

The documentary concludes by examining scientific evidence linking heavy microwave to an increased incidence of cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, heart problems and DNA damage. The World Health Organization has classified synthetic microwave radiation as posing the same level of cancer risk as lead and asbestos.

Children seem to be especially susceptible. For this reason, France bans all WiFi use in kindergartens and primary schools and strictly limits its use in secondary schools.

Scientists are also concerned about weak regulations limiting microwave exposure. At present the US limit – of 500 microwatts per square centimeter per device – is more than 50 times that of all other countries for total microwave exposure.

Owing to heavy lobbying by the telecommuncations industry, the US government has discontinued all research funding into the health effects of microwave radiation. The advent of 5G technology – which would place a cellphone transmitter at street level on every third lamppost – is of special concern to researchers and activists.