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Allergic to Wi-Fi? Go to West Virginia

 |  |  |  |  September 16, 2011

The condition called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (or EHS for short) is pretty controversial. If you believe that it exists, then symptoms might include headaches, skin burning, muscle twitching and chronic pain. Those who believe they are afflicted by it blame it on exposure to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other equipment.

Others are not so sure this condition even exists. Maybe there is something to it, or maybe it is Psychosomatic. Either way, about 5% of Americans believe they suffer from it. And they have now found relief in the form of a place where they can be free of electromagnetic fields. That place is Green Bank, West Virginia, a certified radio-free zone. It’s part of the US Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless is banned across 13,000 sq miles. This prevents transmissions from interfering with radio telescopes in the area.

I don’t know if EHS is a real illness or not. This world is full of strange things and it works in mysterious ways, so I wouldn’t dismiss is completely. I just hope they don’t all drop their tin-foil hats at the border on the way in and make a big mess, because the place looks lovely.

[via BBC]