Hello, everyone. I’m Brandon Green, the voice behind the Let’s go Brandon green.com podcast. Today, I’m sharing a deeply personal narrative about a condition that’s both controversial and misunderstood: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). My experience with EHS was brief but intense, and it’s a story I believe needs to be heard.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to My EHS Journey
- The Shocking Reality of EHS Symptoms
- The Medical Community’s Response to EHS
- The WHO’s Stance on EHS
- The Tilt Phenomenon: A Personal Account
- EHS and Its Relation to MCAS
- The International Recognition of EHS
- Conclusion: A Call for Awareness and Research
Introduction to My EHS Journey
I suffered from EHS for less than six months. This is rare. Most people with EHS find themselves battling it for much longer. I tried numerous remedies, from brain retraining to various supplements, but it’s hard to pinpoint what helped get me out of that flare.
The Shocking Reality of EHS Symptoms
My symptoms were severe. I couldn’t sleep on my bed due to the pain caused by the bed springs. I had to resort to sleeping on the floor. It’s worth noting that many with EHS, like myself, are often sensitive to other stimuli as well.
The Medical Community’s Response to EHS
The response from the medical community was disheartening. My doctor didn’t believe my symptoms were real and suggested I see a psychiatrist. This disbelief is a common reaction among healthcare professionals, which only adds to the struggle of those suffering from EHS. I wrote a children’s book about being locked up because of this chronic illness.
The WHO’s Stance on EHS
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges the symptoms of EHS but doesn’t fully endorse its legitimacy. I’ve learned to take their words with a grain of salt, especially after discovering what we have all endured from them in these last few years, but a member of their board had EHS, so that’s likely the only reason why it is acknowledged by them.
The Tilt Phenomenon: A Personal Account
I experienced what’s known as the “tilt phenomenon” or “toxicant-induced loss of tolerance.” This happened after a significant chemical exposure from sunscreen, which led to a heightened sensitivity to the sun and other environmental factors.
EHS and Its Relation to MCAS
EHS is often linked to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a condition that’s gaining recognition despite its controversial nature. Both conditions involve an abnormal sensitivity to various environmental triggers.
The International Recognition of EHS
Despite the skepticism, some European countries like Spain, Sweden, Germany, and Austria recognize EHS and related conditions as disabilities. This recognition is a beacon of hope for many who feel invalidated by their local medical systems.
A Call for Awareness and Research
I urge the medical community and the public to approach EHS with empathy and an open mind. More research is needed to understand this condition and how to effectively support those affected by it.
List of My Personal Coping Strategies for EHS:
- Avoiding known triggers as much as possible.
- Seeking out healthcare professionals who acknowledge and understand EHS.
- Connecting with others who have EHS for support and advice.
- Continuing to educate myself on the condition and potential treatments.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support overall well-being.
In sharing my story, I hope to shed light on the reality of EHS and encourage a dialogue that’s informed, compassionate, and driven by a genuine desire to understand. Let’s not silence the voices of those affected; instead, let’s listen and learn from them.
I can only hope innocent people stop being sent to the psyche ward, while suffering from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, a real condition.