Woman wins disability payments for Wi-Fi allergy

French court recognizes sensitivity to electromagnetic fields
as an obstacle to working.

Toronto Star


Marine Richard was awarded renewable monthly payments of 800 Euros (about $1,200 CAD) over three years after a French court said she was unable to work due to sensitivity to radiation emitted from sources including cell phone towers.

A French court has awarded disability payments to a woman who claims cell phones and Wi-Fi routers make her sick.

Marine Richard was granted renewable monthly payments of 800 Euros (about $1,200 CAD) over three years after the Toulouse court said she was unable to work due to a condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

“It’s almost like they are being electrocuted, but very slowly,” said Lucienne Cendrier, spokesman of Robin des Toits, a French organization that wants EHS recognized, about the condition’s impact.

While an appeal has been filed and the payments are frozen until the case is heard, Richard’s lawyer said the decision brings hope to many in France suffering from the same problem.

“It doesn’t help the situation for the time being. But it’s a first and it gives hope to many people with electro-hypersensitivity that they will finally be recognized,” Alice Terrasse told the Star.

EHS is not formally recognized by the French government, and experts are divided over what causes the condition. Some believe exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from computers, mobile phones and cell phone towers, TV screens, radios, Wi-Fi connections, cordless phones and other technology are to blame.

While difficult to diagnose, the most common symptoms exhibited by individuals suffering from EHS are dermatological and include redness of the skin, tingling and burning. Other effects are headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, digestive problems and heart palpitations.

As with chemical sensitivities, people with EHS suffer from “a range of non-specific symptoms that lack apparent toxicological or physiological basis or independent verification,” according to the World Health Organization. It says about 10 per cent of EHS cases are severe.

Robin des Toits wants EHS to be formally recognized and for the French government to establish national regulations to limit exposure to electromagnetic waves.

Cendrier said he estimated between 1 and 3 per cent of the French population suffer from some degree of EHS. “When they’re at home, people should use wired (Internet) connections. It allows them to be modern and in good health,” he told the Star.

“You have to be aware that for a small comfort you could have serious health problems. People need to be conscientious to adapt their consumption, knowing that in some cases it can make people hypersensitive.”

Terrasse said her client first noticed a problem in 2010 when she began having memory loss, vertigo, itchy eyes and fainting. Richard’s eventual diagnosis with electro-hypersensitivity, Terrasse said, “was a descent into Hell for her.”

First, the former radio journalist and playwright sought refuge in the secluded Pyrenees mountains. Richard now lives in a very modest home, several kilometres from the nearest village, Terrasse said.

But experts are unsure EMF can be directly linked to EHS.

The WHO says “research has not been able to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and self-reported symptoms, or ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity.’”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a WHO-affiliated body, classified electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans in 2011.

Sweden officially recognizes electrohypersensitivity as a functional impairment. Between 230,000 and 290,000 citizens suffer from various symptoms of EHS in the country. In 2012, the Austrian Medical Association set out guidelines to help doctors diagnose EMF-related health problems.

Health Canada has set limits on exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The agency says the only adverse health effects come from acute exposure relate to tissue heating and nerve stimulation from exposure in the range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz.

Other acute, chronic or cumulative health problems, Health Canada says, “suffer from a lack of evidence of causality, biological plausibility and reproducibility” and cannot be used as a scientific basis for other measures.

Last December, Oakville MP Terence Young introduced a bill that would make companies put warning labels on cell phones. The labels, Bill C-648 reads, “will serve to increase awareness among Canadians of the potential health hazards linked to the use of radio apparatus.”

Selected Comments by Adjunct Professor Curtis Bennett on:

'Woman wins disability payments for Wi-Fi allergy'

Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
10 September 2015 at 11:18 Eastern Time

Derek Ward, This comment of yours is disrespectful to your own father and your own family. You are not scientifically qualified in any opinion and you do not bring forward professionals of any kind to technically disqualify me. In regards to who hires us?

I will start where your father worked. Do you have any idea what it takes to be cleared by the Defense Minister to consult on a vulnerability that includes the Navy? They clear you and the credentials and do everything you haven't before they even speak of the problem.

Once again I do not fly in front of the Navy with my cape; we are there providing technical support they didn't have but required. As for who hires us and who we have worked for? Here are a few for you: Syncrude, Suncor, Esso Resources, Petro Canada, Dow Chemical, CIL, Sherritt Gordon, oilfields across the board, electrical utilities across the board including one FortisBC just bought, Lumber mills, Mines, Insurers, Municipalities, Fire Departments, Forestry, Hydrologists, Engineers across the board, medical professionals including clinical environments, military, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Universities, Agriculture, etc, etc, etc. Once again Derek, our team works with their team to get the job done. Can you understand what it means when billion dollar industries schedule shutdowns based on our reporting? In your one post you refer to your father's work and service to the country but slam Jerry Flynn who worked for the same Navy? FYI I just attended a meter swap in the Okanagan so FortisBC sent the tech boy with 5 months training and a manager who is an electrical engineer. He was there to deal with me technically and that didn't happen. He spoke over his area of expertise and was there supervising a job he isn't qualified to do or supervise. Quit acting like a fool and man up, step up or shut up. This is affecting you, your family, your home, your pets, investments whether you understand it or not.

Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
9 September 2015 at 12:31 Eastern Time

Derek Ward, With respect to your father's service, get your head out of your butt. You are right electronic warfare is about surveillance but in order for that to happen RF EMFs have to be deployed and we are not electrically compatible with them. That is defined in exposure codes. FortisBC and BC Hydro as 2 utilities are not involved in warfare but have unleashed a frequency and biological weapon as applied. I don't agree with everything Jerry says technically but your father would be proud of this retired Captain with over 20 years experience stepping up. Jerry is retired and in his late 70s, he is doing what should be done or he wouldn't waste his, yours or my time.
Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
8 September 2015 at 18:30 Eastern Time

Derek Ward, If you are going to put information in here, put it all. First off Jerry Flynn is a retired military officer with over 2 decades of electronic warfare. For FortisBC lawyers to dismiss him at all is ridiculous. Jerry doesn't have to explain the mechanisms linking the RF EMFs to adverse health effects, that is his tech support's job and requires an electrical professional. The fact Jerry got FortisBC to admit under cross examination that their particular smart grid used 900 MHz per building and the range of that antenna was 3 kms, 1.8 miles or over 9800 feet substantiated causality linking the RF EMFs to adverse health effects. Pacemaker manufacturers warn recipients to stay 2 feet away from an induction oven, FortisBC is inducing 3 kms. Mark Warren stated under cross examination that FortisBC will cover 17,000 sq. kms of their territory confirming causation. In regards to me it is ridiculous for the BCUC to write such a conclusion. In regards to health effects, physics, engineering and their "phenomena" reference to BC Building Code Rule They dismissed my Building Engineering credential which is all aspects of construction from contracts to completion. Between the electrical and engineering it is all engineering and physics. Regarding health effects of RF was easy. Health Canada's Safety Code 6 states that experimental studies show EMFs trigger nerves. Dr. Bailey, FortisBC expert admitted under oath that triggering nerves was to be avoided and that the nervous, hormonal and immune systems work together at the same time. Ask your doctor what happens when your nervous, hormonal and immune systems stop working? When it comes to exposure standards the higher the power density the stronger the electrocution will be. It is Biology Instructors that stated a .2 microvolt(millionths of 1 volt) increase in cellular voltage changes White Blood Cells and FortisBC is inducing Biology increasing cellular voltages. The BCUC Panel was way over their head technically and BC Hydro had been allowed to bypass the BCUC application. The Chair of the panel actually questions my line of questioning because he isn't technically qualified and that is in those transcripts as well. My 35 year Thermal Radiation background is specific to ALL atoms and molecules in existence above Absolute Zero. Here are questions I got to ask FortisBC on cost of wireless versus wired meters. The questions relate to all I have said here and the BCUC allowed FortisBC not to answer because it was outside the scope of cost until Mark Warren admitting radiating 17,000 kms. http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2013/DOC_33530_C19-11_WKCC_IR-3.pdf Here are the 5 pages of questions asked of me by FortisBC lawyers to discredit me. http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2013/DOC_33705_C19-13_WKCC_Resps-FBC_IR-1_Intvr-Evidence.pdf Here are the energy issues including code rules related to the energy smart meters are supposed to address. The meters will not save one watt of energy, they are billing you on a 2 tiered system for the massive energy waste. http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2012/DOC_32604_C19-6_WKCC-Submission-RDCK-Nelson-Creston_Suspension.pdf Derek you need to take this up with the powers that be, FortisBC did not qualify the safety of their program. Their electrical expert said it would be his duty to revise his report if critical info was left out, where is the revision? The BCUC will have to answer to the law on what they did what they did but I knew the ForisBC application would pass or the BCUC would have had to reverse BC Hydro's illegal smart meter program. We will all answer for what we did or did not do.
Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
8 September 2015 at 15:52 Eastern Time

Derek Ward, You need to do some real research including reading declarations provided for US courts under threat of perjury. It is the diversity of my education that allows me to consult in those capacities. I am just a member of a team whether consulting on electrical/mechanical/refractory/energy/buildings/groundwater/medical/military/fires, etc. Having a 35 year Thermal Radiation background as it pertains to all matter allows us to bring sight of temperature where otherwise the whole world's academia is effectively blind to temperature. Temperature is a critical component related to everything except it is calculated. There are no circumstances where we overstep boundaries or areas of expertise. In consulting for Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Biologists, Hydrologists, Forestry on groundwater, we provide sight of groundwater for them as the applicable professionals where otherwise they were blind. It didn't matter to us that groundwater is called Nature's hidden treasure, groundwater is a different temperature than mainstream temperature. Consulting at Operation Levels has nothing to do with me personally, it is the reality of our work and team. FortisBC lawyers asked me if I am a doctor and I said no BUT we lecture them in accredited medical education. When asked if I work in clinical environments the answer was yes. Whether using non invasive radiology for difficult diagnosis or representing magnetism use to increase nerve conduction, we are technical support for the medical professionals. Giving them sight of inflammation, progression of infection or effective treatment allows them sight where otherwise they are blind. All of that took many years and millions of dollars to substantiate. Why do you we do work for industry and insurers at the same time? We work with their professionals isolating problems they can address before failure. There are savings across the board for all. Go to page 12 of this link and you will see extremely low frequencies(60 Hz) creating a dangerous electrical problem with the EMFs interacting with the metal cabinet of the Motor Control Center. A micaboard or insulating board put in when the cables were put in would have avoided this problem. This small mistake could have caused a catastrophic electrical problem that could have been expensive and deadly. This validates EMF interactions happen. Go to page 13 and see how the RF EMFs apply to building interaction. http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Response-to-FortisBCs-Daily-Courier-Article-Advances-Meters-are-Safe-and-Smart.pdf
Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
8 September 2015 at 12:23 Eastern Time

Derek Ward, Once again and I apologize if you have trouble comprehending what is being typed or the whole BCUC process. I was a Registered Intervener in the FortisBC application for smart meters. I was there to get the science supporting what they are doing. That is part of my job in medical education, consulting for industries, insurers, governments including a wide scope of science professionals. My opening statement for the BCUC says I was there in the best interests of all including FortisBC. You can ask FortisBC why they chose not to cross examine me and Jerry Flynn but Jerry and I cross examined FortisBC "experts". What FortisBC "experts" admitted to technically was blanket radiation when the RF EMFs are not supposed to hit people. Once again Derek as I have explained this to you before, FortisBC "experts" didn't technically disqualify me. They dismissed me. FortisBC Professional Engineer Mark Warren called electromagnetic induction a hypothesis when that is how FortisBC produces electricity. Mark Warren dismissed BC Building Code Rules, stated people were safe a few steps from their meter but then admitted to their radiation coverage being 17,000 sq. km. Once again Derek I would ask you to sit down with a technical professional you trust and go through the same transcripts you refer to of the BCUC. It is a legal precedent because these are the transcripts and evidence of the BCUC with experts under oath. FortisBC "expert" accountant Tom Loski dismissed me when he isn't qualified an any opinion. FortisBC "expert" Electrical Engineer Yakov Shkolnikov confirmed under cross examination the induction and high speed oscillations associated with the 2 antennas. As an Electrical Engineer he should have been alarmed at the induction of currents into people but Shkolnikov was basing the induction on the plastic head with water in it used for the SAR. FortisBC "expert" of Exponent Inc from the US admitted they left ALL bio-electrical information out of their Risk Assessment Report. I have kept this simple for you where you can read the transcripts and I refer you to the line and page number. There is also imaging of connections associated with meter bases as well as 60 Hz EMFs creating a catastrophic electrical problem and the images are from FortisBC territory and the utility they purchased. Here is that information responding to local media and it is addressed to Kelowna City Council. Read the transcripts and follow the links so you can see what FortisBC did not do. This doesn't include FortisBC's electrical division endangering their gas division with unrealized liability. You can't induce electrical charges that will set off a gas explosion. That is the reason we wire classed areas with explosion proof construction. http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Response-to-FortisBCs-Daily-Courier-Article-Advances-Meters-are-Safe-and-Smart.pdf Derek, if you could get someone to save this and copy it someplace for you, I wouldn't have to type for every forum you rant in. Same old garbage from you and I say that without malice. You would never be cleared to be where we work but if I had anyone talk this crap in front of me I would have you removed and arrested if you persisted. That is only to safe your life.
Curtis Bennett
Curtis Bennett
7 September 2012 at 12:12 Eastern Time
Derek Ward, I know you are not technically qualified in any opinion so I will explain it to you one more time. 60 Hz EMFs are used for electrical circuits where we have insulated known conductors. RF EMFs are an uninsulated wireless electrical circuit and requires great consideration because of what the EMFs interact with. Do you have a pacemaker or know someone that does? Pacemaker manufacturer's specs tell recipients to stay 2 feet away from an induction oven because it can trigger the pacemaker. FortisBC admitted under cross examination that the 1 antenna in their smart meter reaches 3 kms which is over 9800 feet. FortisBC and BC Hydro didn't clear any of that with manufacturers, they consulted no one nor did they inform anyone. It was the FortisBC application where we found out the BC Legislature allowed BC Hydro to bypass all regulatory process. In regards to Dianne Knight, why don't you let her interview you and any experts supporting your opinion. Derek Ward I look forward to you being accountable for your misinformation and your continued trolling on the internet. Your own Cardiologist requires CME credits for ongoing medical licensing, you have dismissed medical education, electricity, engineering and everyone when you are not qualified in any capacity. Derek Ward, it can be arranged where you and your professionals can do a radio interview with a moderator. They can ask any questions they want and I don't need them up front. I will ask them questions they can answer in their capacity and represent the plastic head with water used for the science on safety. Dave Ashton I don't know who moderates this page but Derek needs to be kicked off this as he has done with others.

'Error or Omission In Health Canada's Safety Code 6'

Dianne Knight: 'Error or Omission In Health Canada's Safety Code 6',
February 8, 2011,
"Since the reported error or omission in safety standards was reported to Health Canada, the laws have changed and Wi Fi is illegal in schools according to Safety Code 6.

Safety Code 6 says excitation of tissue is to be avoided but the reality is tissue is excited with RF interaction with humans. Safety Code 6 says heating of tissue is to be avoided but tissue is being heated."

~ Adjunct Professor Curtis Bennett

"Subtle Electrocution"

Dianne Knight: In reality, "subtle electrocution" is the correct medical and electrical terminology, as lectured by Adjunct Professor Curtis Bennett. who teaches in Continuing Medical Education Programs where health professionals obtain credits required for ongoing medical licensing.

Adjunct Professor Curtis Bennett is also a Red Seal Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician and a Building Construction Engineering Technologist and a Thermal Radiation consultant since 1979.

Please see the letter: 'Washington State Department of Health Responding To Wi-Fi Safety Concerns in Our Schools':


"Subtle Electrocution"

'Error or Omission In Health Canada's Safety Code 6'


"Subtle Electrocution"

'Error or Omission In Health Canada's
Safety Code 6'

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