Many down to earth Dutch will frown in surprise if you ask them seriously whether they think radiation can make you ill. Perhaps, after some hesitation, they will answer: "Well, it might, if you live under a high voltage cable..." And yet there are many thousands of people in The Netherlands who will confirm from personal experience that radiation can cause sickness. Or in other words, who have health problems that they themselves associate with the presence and/or use of mobile phones, transmission masts, computers, fluorescent lights, home appliances and otherwise.
The most frequent health problems range from itching, dizziness and headaches, to skin rashes, abdominal pain, (chronic) fatigue and insomnia. Sceptics, however, assume that imagination plays an important role in the development of these complaints and talk about a “nocebo effect”. This is the opposite of the placebo effect: causing symptoms instead of curing them.
Radiation is no imagination
The picture that has emerged in recent years is pretty much that of scientists squabbling with each other about the yes or no to possible harm caused by radiation. But one thing remains uncontested: the existence of electromagnetic radiation is most certainly no imagination. Without this radiation our wireless controlled devices simply would not work. Even wired electrical devices such as PCs, alarm clocks, fluorescent tubes, and the like, can distribute an electromagnetic field. It is just that with wireless devices we are more aware of the radiation, because we experience how it goes through walls and windows, which makes it easy to imagine it going through your body too.
The key question, however, remains: Can radiation make you ill? Research shows that there is no clear answer. In fact: many studies contradict each other. And yet we can discern a clear tendency, which is that governments and other agencies increasingly initiate or participate in the research of radiation. While the official story remains that we definitely should not worry and can all sleep peacefully at night, behind the scenes researchers are feverishly looking for evidence that contradicts the harmful effects of radiation, or rather proves them. In the meantime the amount of radiation around us is steadily increasing, as well as the number of people who report health problems related to radiation. So for the institutions who monitor our health this apparently remains a cause for concern.
Floww keeps you informed
Floww International shares this concern and aims to inform everyone as transparently as possible about new insights from ongoing and future research. Therefore both studies on radiation, as well as research into the effects of Floww® Health Technology will be published on this website (see 'Research'). If you want to be informed more directly about new publications on research and other radiation-related developments, follow us on Twitter and Facebook