LETTER TO DISCOVERY LIFE
28 January 2021
E.C. Wessels ID No: 5703040143087
Discovery Health Membership No: 140 959 702
Discovery Essential Life Policy No: 5130575032
It is with sincere regret that I am forced to declare that I have reached the unfortunate position where Discovery Health and its policies and protocols can offer me NO satisfactory medical help or assistance for my specific chronic health condition.
Thus, I am forced to terminate my long-standing membership of both my Discovery Health and Discovery Life policies in order to find the best national/international help and solutions available for my specific problems since I developed an acute allergy/adverse reactions (EHS) to modern wireless technology – specifically the so-called smart cell phones, cell phone towers/structures and uncontrolled, unregulated electro-magnetic frequencies currently permeating most towns and cities.
I am turning 65 on 4 March 2022 and instead of being subjected to a further array of timeous and expensive medical tests, procedures and experiments – all with the same outcome, namely to AVOID the cause and REMOVE yourself from the trigger – I respectfully request Discovery Life to honour its policy mandate and pay me the balance of my Life Policy funds towards which I have been contributing for MANY years to provide for exactly an unfortunate medical condition like this.
Since NO conventional medical doctors/specialists in SA’s mainstream medical practice is trained or experienced in the intricate field of electro-magnetic smog/radiation and its potential devastating and varied effects on health, I was obliged to seek expertise help and information from international doctors specializing in it, as well as in health practitioners specializing in energy healing, naturopathy and homeopathy. Eventually, even military doctors assisted me to help find the CAUSE of my weird and seemingly unrelated, but persistent health issues.
The lack of knowledge, information and experience in the field of EMF biological effects in the SA medical fraternity is quite shocking considering the overwhelming increase in EMF-related illnesses worldwide and the amount of ongoing medical research and peer-reviewed studies/findings in numerous acclaimed medical journals on this specific issue since the 1970’s.
Before 2000, when independent investigative journalism and specialist “journalistic beats” such as environmental, medical, crime reporting, etc. were part of the mainstream media’s professional informative role, topics like EHS, etc. in medical journals would have been highlighted by the media as part of their informative duty. Unfortunately, that fell away in 2000 already and thus the SA public is totally unaware and uninformed about such issues.
As a healthy, fit 64-year-old woman practicing a healthy lifestyle with outdoor activities since young, I have very seldom needed medication or medical intervention. After experiencing atypical reactions to even common medication such as antibiotics and dental anaesthesia many years ago, I learned early to avoid such chemicals and to rather find alternative solutions in conventional complementary or alternative health modalities which proved to work 100% without any negative side-effects.
My unfortunate 18 month nightmare and journey with EHS started around August 2020 in the most UNLIKELY place – a small, pristine coastal town Bettiesbaai between Kleinmond and Pringle Bay along the Kogelberg mountains in the Overberg where I stayed during the Covid-19 lockdown.
I suddenly started to experience the weirdest and seemingly unrelated health issues such as heart palpitations, muscle cramps, skin rashes/burns, piercing ear ache and moments of disorientation/brain fog at different times. As these symptoms alternated and none of them ever lasted longer than a few hours, I initially ignored it and contributed it to possible underlying anxiety/stress due to the overwhelming Covid19-scare. I concentrated on keeping healthy and fit and boosting my immune system against any viral infections – including Covid-19.
It soon became apparent that these symptoms ONLY appeared when I was at home and mostly during the night. I would wake up from the worst muscle cramps in my legs and stumble outside to stretch my muscles to find relief. When I developed a severe and inflamed skin rash on my chest, I sought help at the Kleinmond Pharmacy where the nursing sister treated the inflamed skin with antibiotic salves and ointment. I upscaled my health regime, and although the skin rash eventually healed, the other weird and unrelated symptoms persisted when I was at home along the mountain.
(It was only months later that I made the connection and realised I was lying with my cell phone on my chest while sunbathing outside.)
As a copywriter/journalist who works full-time from home, I sought help/advice from various medical doctors and acquaintances, but nobody could give a medical explanation for the weird and unrelated symptoms that occurred haphazardly and occasionally in an otherwise perfectly healthy person.
It was only after I published some photos of the weird skin burns and discolorations that appeared suddenly out of the blue on my arms, face and upper-legs, on social media that I was contacted by a few people – including a military person and a medical doctor, Dr John Gardner – who advised me to check my wireless rooter and nearby cell phone towers.
It was the beginning of a long, tiresome and eye-opening journey that lead me into the controversial relationship between medical advancement and wireless technology without any specific enforced health regulations or monitoring.
I learned that the house where I resided was in the middle of two main cell phone towers along the Kogelberg mountain where Vodacom/Huawei was testing 5G. I learned that my weird “symptoms” ONLY occurred when I was at home and the EMF “spikes” like electricity spikes way above acceptable levels.
I learned to test the EMF and sent the screenshots of the EMF that occasionally spike right into the 90’s (45 is the recommended safety limit on the device) to Vodacom’s head office. Two Vodacom spokespersons from head office eventually confirmed that my location was situated right between the towers. They also confirmed the 5G testing in the area and the haphazard spiking of the EMF and said although they are aware of it, there is nothing they can do but to switch the towers off.
Which they could or would not do:
“We cannot switch the towers off every time the EMF spikes as it takes 6-12 hours to reset the tower during which time nobody will have internet access. Direct your complaints to your local Councillor or ICASA.”
There was nothing I could do, but to relocate, since my EHS became worse and I never knew when the EMF would spike and how to protect myself when it happens. Switching off my cell phone and rooter helped some, but I needed to work to meet deadlines and work-related Zoom meetings, while the weird symptoms became so bad that I became scared. Even entering shopping malls became a risk as I sometimes would suddenly become faint or break out in a skin rash.
Since then I have literally been roaming around to find “safe havens” AWAY from huge cell phone towers and structures, but it has become increasingly difficult to find “EMF safe havens” as the technology has even been rolled out on farms, coastlines and hospitals to cover the entire planet.
I have now become a “human EMF meter” and symptoms and skin rashes appear whenever I enter an environment with uncontrolled EMF readings – the first warnings before the other symptoms appear.
I also cannot DARE to switch my cell phone location app on as it almost always results in this weird skin reaction, almost like chemical burns or rashes, and other symptoms appearing immediately or shortly afterwards.
The marks on my skin appear out of the blue whenever I am exposed to 5G or EMF radiation near cell phone towers or any place with EMF smog. Sometimes I will get a tingling feeling on my scalp/face as if an insect is crawling over it, just to find I was zapped again with an EMF leaving the dark discolorations on my skin. No ointment or cream helps, but I have discovered that seawater helps to heal it faster. It normally disappears again after a week or two IF I can manage to stay away from all cell phones, towers and wireless equipment – a very difficult feat!
I have since acquainted other people in the Western Cape who suffer from EHS and was astonished to realise how MANY there are who have been suffering from EHS for YEARS without having any other option than to “AVOID” areas with high EMF smog/radiation and cell phones/wireless technology. One of these sufferers, Alwyn Lewies, has for years been forced to abandon his family to live/sleep in his bakkie in remote areas for most of the day/night as his EHS symptoms became unbearable.
A registered naturopath, Dr Charl Durandt, who has been treating patients successfully for 20 years for various serious health conditions, claims people suffering from EHS symptoms have increased by tenfold in the last two years. The only true solution thus far is to boost their immune system and to avoid wireless technology and areas with highly concentrated EMF pollution . . .
I do not know what the answer is, but until the medical and technological entities reach consensus and find a workable solution and international safety standards for this growing health concern, EHS sufferers like myself and millions of others are increasing dramatically worldwide and are thus far basically left in the cold to fend for ourselves.
The impact of this condition has devastating effects on every single aspect of one’s life – health, financial, social and psychological – as one has to find ways to avoid highly populated areas, wireless technology and try to build cabled internet networks for communication and to do one’s job in a world that has become mostly online via the internet of things.
As an online copywriter/journalist dependent on good internet services, my journey with EHS has been a nightmare thus far, adding stress, anxiety and enormous financial strain as deadlines cannot be met and work-related Zoom-meetings are missed due to unregulated wireless technology that has severe health impacts.
Seeing that the corporate medical world can offer no help or solutions at this stage, I am forced to find ways to protect and help myself and I trust Discovery Health/Life will assist me in this regard.
Elsa (E.C. Wessels)
084 240 1540
In the light of all the tonnes of research, scientific studies and the latest findings and recommendations of the International Advisory Committee on EMF, it is incomprehensible that the SA medical fraternity has not yet addressed this serious issue and most doctors apparently have no knowledge or experience of EHS ?
Here are SOME of the research and peer reviewed studies that have been ongoing since the 1970’s which I came upon in my research:
World Health Organization - International EMF Project - International Advisory Committee (IAC) - 25th anniversary of the International EMF Project and the
10th Optical Radiation meeting, South Africa National Report 2021 World Health Organization - International EMF Project, 2021
Similar to findings in IT, FR, and the NLs, a number of individuals have reported a variety of health problems that they relate to EMF exposure at home and in the workplace. Rulings have acknowledged that EMF-related health issues could result in workplace-related accidents or illness. The biggest obstacle to date has been identified as the miscommunication of, and the misunderstanding of the specific interactions between EM and biological organisms. Different EM spectrums can bring about different symptoms. Population vulnerability and bio-adaptation vary between mt DNA haplotype groups.
The use of the term Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) has brought about further confusion and miscommunication. This is a result of bodies not adhering to the Climate Change Framework scientific-technical analysis for compensation mechanisms which defines the parameters of classification as Sensitivity, Adaptability, and Vulnerability.
This has been further explored in the 2017 SA govt. published study. The organs of state reviews have endorsed efforts toward adaptability strategies so that vulnerability can be reduced by strengthening adaptive capacity. It is for this reason that the decision has been taken to help update the teaching curriculum in medicine with biophysics in an effort to address these misunderstandings.
The study into the model development surrounding “EHS” has not only brought about better understanding but also advanced cost-effective treatments into other epigenetic and genetic disease models.
In SA, the capacity of EMF to affect biological functions has been investigated and confirmed in reviews of the Ombudsman, Commission, Magistrate, and High Court. The WHO health and disabilities publication uses “disabilities” as an umbrella term to cover a wide range of conditions.
The term “disabilities” covers impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in life situations.
Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body (including physical, mental, neurological) and features of the society in which he or she lives.
Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.
This makes it clear that people must be able to participate in society, function independently, and remain in their own living environment for as long as possible. Multiple international regulations confirm municipalities must promote this by virtue of providing facilities, assistance, and support. The government’s strategy toward bio-adaption solutions is not only showing promise for persons with “EHS” type complaints but also has benefits in other spheres as well.
* The BioInitiative report 2012 includes sections on the evidence for effects on: gene and protein expression, DNA, immune function, neurology and behavior, blood-brain barrier, brain tumors and acoustic neuromas, childhood leukemia, melatonin, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, fertility and reproduction, fetal and neonatal disorders, autism, disruption by the modulating signal, EMF medical therapeutics, as well as sections on: statement of the problem, the existing public exposure standards, evidence for inadequacy of the standards, the precautionary principle, global public health examples, key scientific evidence and public health recommendations, and summary for the public and conclusions.
As it is mostly neglected as a health hazard, the European Environment Agency compared the risks of non-ionizing radiation (EMF) to other environmental hazards such as asbestos, benzene, and tobacco, urgently recommending to implement a precautionary approach regarding EMF (35). This position was confirmed and elaborated more comprehensibly in further publications in 2011 and 2013 (36), (37).
Most comprehensive summary:
Published online 2020 Mar 11. doi: 10.3390/ijms21061915
Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7139347/ RESEARCHGATE.NET (PDF) INTERNATIONAL EMF PROJECT: International Advisory Committee (IAC)25th anniversary of the International EMF Project and the 10th Optical Radiation meeting PDF | On Jun 24, 2021, James Lech and others published INTERNATIONAL EMF PROJECT: International Advisory Committee (IAC)25th anniversary of the International EMF Project and the 10th Optical Radiation meeting | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGatePlease help or assist?
Most comprehensive summary:
Published online 2020 Mar 11. doi: 10.3390/ijms21061915