Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) are conditions where people experience symptoms when exposed to electromagnetic fields or chemicals. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and skin irritation.
To better understand these conditions, scientists have gathered data from over 2000 people who have self-reported experiencing EHS or MCS since 2009. They found that EHS and MCS have some similarities, such as low-grade inflammation and autoantibodies against a protein in the body.
Additionally, studies have found that 80% of people with EHS have signs of an objective illness in their blood, specifically indicating signs of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can cause damage to cells and DNA. This finding suggests that EHS may be a real and diagnosable condition.
Furthermore, researchers have used doppler and ultrasound-based scans to identify issues in the brains of people with EHS. They found that there were vascular defects in the middle cerebral artery and a deficiency in the temporal lobe capsulo-thalamic area. This suggests that EHS could be a neurological disorder.
Given that EHS is becoming increasingly widespread and affecting millions of people worldwide, scientists are urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider classifying it as a neurological disorder. This would help increase awareness of the condition and may lead to better diagnosis and treatment options for those who suffer from it.