Demyelination Exacerbated by Home Wi-Fi router

Demyelination Exacerbated by (Xfinity) Home Wi-Fi router with Public Hotspot feature

Johansson O, Redmayne M, “Exacerbation of demyelinating syndrome after exposure to wireless modem with public hotspot”, Electromagn Biol Med 2016, 29:1-5  Paper is attached below.

Summary: A woman who had contracted neuroinvasive West Nile Virus in 2003 became disabled from nerve damage brought on by demyelination.  (Myelin is the protective layer around nerve cells, analogous to the plastic coating insulating electrical wires.  Damage to the myelin leads to neurological problems.

In August 2014, she suddenly developed symptoms very much like her acute West Nile infection, including seizures, vertigo and headaches. Her blood count looked normal so  there was no obvious infection. When she left her apartment for any length of time, the symptoms stopped. She found out that a new type of wireless modem (from Xfinity), enabled for both personal use and functioning as a public hotspot designed to reach up to 100 m, had been installed in the flat under hers.

After her neighbor replaced the modem with a router without the hotspot feature, the seizures stopped immediately, and the other symptoms faded gradually, after which she was fine and again could sleep well. Later, when another activated hotspot was installed in an adjacent flat, she once again noticed symptoms.

A possible association between electrohypersensitivity, myelin integrity and exposure to low-intensity radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) has recently been proposed. Since the West Nile virus attacks both the nerve cells and the glial ones, one explanation to the above observed case effects is that the initial virus attack and the wireless modem’s RF-EMF affect the nervous system through the very same, or similar, avenues, and maybe both via the oligodendrocytes.

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