A meeting of doctors and scientists on electrosensitivity at the University of Paris Feb. 11 said that "It is finally time to discuss this major public health issue."
More than 50 doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals signed a document calling for research to "better understand and recognize electro-hypersensitivity."
The meeting expressed disappointment that the disease is still not recognized by French authorities.
"This pathology is complex and multifactorial," said the declaration. "We are clueless about the victims of hypersensitivity, whose physical suffering is real. Although scientific controversy remains in some respects on the subject, such patients exist and responses must be made to alleviate their suffering."
Translating the document from the French to English was U.K. electrosensitive campaigner David Ashton. He discusses the subject in a 16-minute YouTube segment.
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"Second stage" victims of EMF, says the document, may experience "severe cognitive disorders including attention deficit and loss of concentration and loss of short term memory; chest tightness and heartbeat irregularities; insomnia, chronic fatigue and possibly depressive tendency."
Especially vulnerable are children, the meeting concluded.
They may experience headache and sleep disorders, dyslexia, attention disorders and lack of concentration, loss of memory, and behavioral problems.
"Electromagnetic fields appear to partly explain the appearance of these disorders," the meeting concluded.
Scientists and doctors who met at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels in May 2015 signed a declaration that electrosensitivity is a "true cause of debilitating conditions," the Feb. 11 meeting noted.
A conclusion of the Feb. 11 meeting was that "An independent and thorough research should be conducted on the subject and electrosensitive persons should be able to take refuge in 'white areas.'"
The absence of treatment and protection measures results in "progressive constitution of pathologial lesions, totally irreversible delirium, absences, spatial disorientation or temporal state of dementia resembling Alzheimer's disease which also may occur in young subjects."