FAMOUS PEOPLE with EHS
 
 
 
Nikola Tesla
Technological Genius and Inventor


 
     Described by many as a "genius," Tesla is still recognized as one of the greatest technological scientists of all time. Tesla suffered late in his life from a very severe illness believed to be due to intense neurological damage from exposure to high levels of various electromagnetic fields induced for his experiments. The Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography of Tesla, written by his close friend John O'Neill, described his extreme sensitivities:
 
     ''To doctors he appeared at death's door. The strange manifestations he exhibited attracted the attention of a renowned physician, who declared that medical science could do nothing to aid him. One of the symptoms of the illness was an acute sensitivity of all the sense-organs. His senses had always been extremely keen, but this sensitivity was now so tremendously exaggerated that the effects were a form of torture. The ticking of a watch three rooms away sounded like the beat of hammers on an anvil. The vibration of ordinary city traffic, when transmitted through a chair or bench, pounded through his body. It was necessary to place the legs of his bed on rubber pads to eliminate the vibrations. Ordinary speech sounded like thunderous pandemonium. The slightest touch had the mental effect of a tremendous blow. A beam of sunlight shining on him produced the effect of an internal explosion. In the dark he could sense an object at a distance of a dozen feet by a peculiar creepy sensation in his forehead. His whole body was constantly wracked by twitches and tremors. His pulse, he said, would vary from a few feeble throbs per minute to more than a hundred and fifty. Throughout this mysterious illness he was fighting with a powerful desire to recover his normal condition."1
 
    Tesla died in 1943. Today medical science would recognize his symptoms as multiple sensory up-regulation which is very common in acute cases of EHS.2  The most common conditions of sensory up-regulation are:
 
1.  Photophobia and/or Scotopic sensitivity syndrome (visual sensitivity)
2.  Hyperacusis (heightened sense of hearing)
3.  Hyperosmia (heightened sense of smell)
4.  Hypergeusia (heightened sense of taste)
5.  Hyperesthesia/Photosensitivity (heightened skin sensitivity) 
6.  Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (extreme sensitivity to environmental chemicals)
7.  Vibroacoustic Disease (VAD) (systemic pathology from low frequency noise)

 

Per Segerback
Former Ericcson Engineer for Mobile Technologies
 
 
 
     Per Segerback is a Swedish technology engineer who lives in the Swedish outback to better cope with his extreme electromagnetic sensitivity. He is seen holding a special suit which protects him from falling unconscious when exposed to any type of electromagnetic radiation.  Popular Science magazine reported:

     "Segerbäck was once an elite telecommunications engineer.  He worked for Ellemtel, a division of the Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, for more than 20 years, leading an engineering group that designed advanced integrated circuits for prototype telecommunication systems. He used the newest and most advanced computer and telecom equipment available, the kind of stuff only Ericcson and the Swedish military had access to. He was, as a result, up to his eyeballs in a non-ionizing radiation bath, from computers, fluorescent lights and the telecom antenna located right outside his window. He noticed his first symptoms -- dizziness, nausea, headaches, burning sensations and red blotches on his skin -- in the late 1980s, a decade into his telecommunications research work. All but two of the 20 or so other members of his group reported similar symptoms...." 3

 
 
 Guglielmo Marconi
Italian electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission,
 often credited as the inventor of radio
 
 
 
 
     By the turn of the Twentieth Century, Marconi had developed the world's first permanent radio station on the Isle of Wright. Marconi was extremely ill throughout his adult life concurrent with his unrestricted exposure to powerful radio waves of many frequencies. Family members who lived with him also suffered extreme illnesses. Here is a synopsis of their suffering:
 
"As  early as 1896, after a year and a half of experimenting with radio equipment in his father's attic, the previously healthy 22-year-old youth began running a temperature which he attributed to stress.  These fevers were to recur the rest of his life.....On March 16, 1905, he married Beatrice O'Brien....Looming over the house, two hundred antenna wires stretched out from a center pole like the spokes of a great umbrella more than one mile in circumference.  As soon as Beatrice settled in her ears began ringing. After three months there she was ill with severe jaundice. When Marconi took her back to England....she was pregnant....Her child had spent most of its nine months of fetal life bombarded with powerful radio waves and lived only a few weeks, dying of "unknown causes." About this time, Marconi himself collapsed completely, spending much of ...1906 feverish and delirious. Between 1918 and 1921, while engaged in designing short wave equipment, Marconi suffered from bouts of suicidal depression.....Between 1924 and 1937, while helping to develop microwave technology, he suffered as many as nine heart attacks, the final one fatal at age 63." 4
 
 
 

Matti Niemela
Former Nokia Technology Chief in Finland
 
 
 
     Niemela is a European engineer who was involved in the development of the world's first mobile phones and Wi-Fi connections. After working in Finland as Nokia's Chief Technology Officer for ten years, Niemela developed intense illness from microwave radiation and was eventually diagnosed with MS, which he believes is a result of his radical occupational exposure to electromagnetic exposure: "The irony is that I'm no longer able to use any of those devices that I had been developing." 
  
     Extremely interesting about Niemela's story is his fear of going public with his illness. This fear is undoubtedly experienced by countless other people who sufffer EHS symptoms in silence for political or economic reasons.  Niemela says: "I'm scared to talk about this in public, because I do not want to be labeled as crazy."  While working for Nokia, he felt that he had to remain silent: "You couldn't talk about it within the company. Yet, among the staff, it was speculated whether the radiation could cause damage.  However, no one dared to bring it up, because it could get you fired....These things have been kept silent for too long.  I hope it will become possible to discuss the symptoms openly, and without fear." 5