Woman claims Wi-Fi is making her sick

“There are those who claim that exposure to wi-fi is making people sick, and some people don’t even know it,” CBSNewYork reports. “‘Brain fog. That’s my worst problem. A brain fog,’ Suzanne Hoyt said.”

“Hoyt said that nothing prepared her for the rush of symptoms that she suddenly developed,” CBSNewYork reports. “‘Headaches, perspiration, pain in my jaws and my heart. It’s like physical expansion of the heart,’ she said.”

“It’s called wi-fi sensitivity, and doctors say it’s a very real condition with serious consequences. Dr. David Carpenter, an Environmental Scientist and expert on wi-fi’s effects said the scientific link between wi-fi and health is clearly emerging,” CBSNewYork reports. “Dr. Carpenter said it’s a significant problem for about 5 percent of the population, many of them have no idea that wi-fi is to blame.”

“Other doctors counter that the evidence connecting wi-fi to illness just isn’t there,” CBSNewYork reports. “‘It’s a psychological phenomenon,’ neuropsychologist Dr. William Barr said. Dr. Barr said some people may have symptoms, but what causes them is something else altogether. He said the power of suggestion may play a role.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Brain fog? Who diagnosed that, Dr. Ellison? Suzanne should expect a visit from Samuel Graynamore any minute now. Our advice to Suz: Stay away from volcanoes!


    1. Have you done any research? Is there background besides her? What kinds of people are saying this is real?

      Or are you just jumping to a knee-jerk statement?

      I’m not saying either way. I’m just asking if you have done any research. The same kinds of statements have been made about lead in gasoline, tobacco and numerous other dangers.

      1. This sort of bogus anti-science bullshit has been around for ages. It’s never been valid, always been quackery, and never, just never, accepts the fact that there is no possible physical process that could cause these symptoms. Here’s just one of perhaps thousands of references -http://www.badscience.net/2007/07/essex-electrosensitivity-study-results/#more-470


        Groot wouldn’t like it in my building:

        Studies on the impact of wireless radiation on humans are endlessly inconclusive, but a recent study on the effects of Wi-Fi radiation on trees–yes, trees–indicates that our woody friends may be much more vulnerable than we are. And trees can’t even enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi. It’s all very unjust.

    2. This seems highly unlikely to me. Billions of people have been exposed to a variety of radio frequencies for decades. Wi-Fi uses 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. In the electromagnetic spectrum, those Wi-Fi frequencies fall into the high end of radio or the low end of microwave. Current cell phones use a variety of frequencies up to 1.9GHz, so they are in a similar range.

      Show me the results of well-designed, double-blind experiments executed in shielded rooms and I will be glad to listen. Until then…

  1. We used to have this posted up on the wall when I worked for a university IT department:


    A lot of the foreigners, who lived in on-campus apartments, often with their children, were convinced that WiFi was bad for them, and would unplug the access points. Then we’d get call from neighbors saying that they couldn’t access the Internet. Ugh.

    1. Reminds me of a story that made the rounds a decade ago about cell towers (different EM waves, same claims about sensitivity). A carrier was installing a new cell tower on the roof of a building, and nearby residents concerned about cell phone sensitivity made a huge fuss when they found out about it, but they couldn’t stop it from going ahead.

      For a week or two after the announced go-live date, those residents complained of headaches and other new ailments that coincided with the tower being switched on.

      Unfortunately for them, the carrier then reported that regulators hadn’t actually given them the go-ahead to turn it on at the original date, and the tower had been offline the entire time, and any claims of ailments were totally unrelated to nearby cell tower transmissions.

        1. To anyone of reasonable intelligence, that phrase clearly means I have no idea if it’s true or not so take with a grain of salt.

          It’s leaps and bounds more honest than acting like the story is totally true.

    1. Or anything in the non-visible electromagnetic spectrum range, which includes radio and wifi. She was always being bombarded, but here’s the thing. The amount of noise in the WiFi range has increased dramatically and that’s an understatement for sure.

      I wish I could show you the pull down for my WiFi menu! It’s at least 100 devices deep. That’s 100 broadcasting devices that are strong enough for me to pick them up. Not to mention the airport on my desk.

      I use to live in a house, in the hills, and there wasn’t much of anything around. Since buying a place in this building I’ve had very restless nights. I never seep very deeply, lots of crazy dreams, and I’ve always kinda wondered…

      I dunno. It’s wacky sounding I know… correlation is not causation, but I swear when I’m sleeping I can see ads now…

      1. Maybe you have good hearing.
        And late at night, when it is quieter than normal, your sleeping brain is hearing the sounds from the videos using WiFi streaming late at night, or what those people are doing while the video is playing.

      2. Radiation can definitely cause sickness, but there’s different types of radiation, and different intensities. Apparently wifi is in the class of “safe” radiation that doesn’t mutate or cells.

        1. “Radiation” not only comes in different types, that word is used to describe two completely different THINGS. Like saying a flashlight and pistol are two means of “projection.”

          In typical human exposure, electromagnetic radiation ranges from ultraviolet, through the visible range of light, to radio waves. If you go to the hospital, you may be exposed to a small dose of X-rays (above UV) for some exams. Microwaves are above radio. This kind of radiation is generally not harmful, except in extreme scenarios, such as getting 10 consecutive CT scans in one hour, or rigging a microwave oven to run without its door closed (and sticking your hand inside), or being out in the hot sun (without skin protection) long enough to get burned. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation constantly. Being exposed to WiFi (normal radio waves), which is toward the low end of the wavelength scale, is no more harmful than sitting in a room with the lights turned on.

          Particle radiation is completely different; what is being “radiated” are subatomic particles. This is where the word “radiation” gets its negative connotation; its completely different from electromagnetic radiation. If a nuclear power plant fails and releases radioactive material, people nearby are exposed to this kind of radiation at harmful levels. At very low levels, even this radiation is all around us. Bananas are radioactive because they contain potassium. But it is obviously harmful at high levels.

    2. Brain fog? The doctor should have prescribed that she stay off the hooch and psychedelics!

      Wonder if she ever visited a typical Starbucks with one dozen WiFi stations going at once?

  2. “Suddenly developed”? As if wi-fi was just turned on yesterday instead of having been around for how many years now? And is she twice as sensitive to the 5GHz band as she is to the 2.4GHz band? What about microwave ovens?

  3. If she’s truly affected by WiFi, it should be simple enough to test. See if she can tell whether the WiFi is on or off in a room without being told. I’ll bet you she can’t. I’ll bet you she gets sick if she thinks the WiFi is on. This reminds me of “multiple chemical sensitivity”, another “reverse placebo effect” disease where patients would manifest symptoms if they thought they could smell something.


  4. One thing is KNOWN – we’re all awash in EMR (electromagnetic radiation) all the time.

    Plucking out the effects of your wireless signal sounds like a real needle in the waveform haystack.

    1. Could be – like the chemicals in carrots don’t hard you while the chemicals in cigarettes does.

      Or like the digitalis from foxgloves can help a heart attack – or quickly kill you if you take some more.

  5. Apple launched the first available WIFi kit, Airport, in July 1999. If she’s more than 16 years old she should have been having this problem for a LONG time. I have 21 WiFi networks visible to my MBP. When I walk around with my iPhone, it is almost always showing someone’s WiFi network. Every store, cafe, bar, restaurant has one. This poor person must be in a constant fog. And, on top of that, she is bathed in RF and has been since birth: radio, tv, radar, cellular networks, microwaves, wireless phones, etc.
    Why don’t we hear more of these health issues?

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