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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: the story of a person ‘allergic’ to electricity and mobile networks

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Bruno Berrick, 48, suffers from an unusual disorder. He is forced to be locked at home every day with the lights off, without television or internet. He can’t even talk on the phone because he claims to be allergic to electricity.

Briton Berrick led an ordinary life, full of love and happiness. He is an ex-boxer, a builder by profession, he has a wife and three daughters. But at one point everything changed.

He began to feel bad four years ago when he experienced strange symptoms of burning sensations that exploded in his head. His eyes were beginning to sink, he was physically shaking and feeling anxious.

“I had a clicking and popping sensation in my head when there was electricity on, and a burning face when I went outside”

as quoted by Wales Online

Along with this, he began to lose weight and feel delirious fatigue that made his condition worse because he simply did not have the strength to do anything.

“I was like a bag of bones. I was in bed for six months with chronic fatigue but nobody knew what it was,” says the protagonist. 

He went to many doctors but none managed to diagnose him with a specific disease. He claims to have spent a whopping £ 200,000 ($ 265,000) traveling the world in search of a cure.

After years of “absolute hell”, he began to discover the root of his illness. His urine test revealed that he was poisoned with pesticides. He lived near a field where “they were spraying but nobody knew what it was.” According to him, it was basically what destroyed his immune system and “infection after infection and it’s turned into this.”

However, Bruno was not sure what was wrong with him until he met Geoff Simmonds, another person who suffered from the same. Simmonds warned him that it would not improve unless he was completely shielded from all kinds of electromagnetic waves: WI-FI, mobile networks, electricity.

“I didn’t know what it was. We had the internet in the house, wi-fi, a smart TV, all of this and I went to bones,” says Berrick.

After learning this, the family decided to leave their home and go live in a caravan for half a year, without any type of device that required electricity.

“We were there for about six months and he started to really pick up. He started to gain some weight and he was able to play with the kids again which he didn’t do in the whole four years at all. He couldn’t even read a book or anything”

says Berrick’s wife Lisa Chambers, 34.

At the end of the trip, they decided to move to a new house and make it as safe as possible for Bruno: no electricity, no lights, no heating, no internet, no telephone or television. They even painted the entire building with protective paint against 5G networks.

In the winter months, to solve the problem of electricity needed to heat the house, the family built a special shelter for Bruno in the garden heated with firewood and has a pool table.

Despite being able to keep his symptoms at bay, Bruno is now trapped in his sheltered home.

“All these people on the TV and in the papers and saying ‘they’re just 5G idiots’ and all this but if you put me in front of somebody with a mobile phone or put electricity on you see what happens to me”.

Berrick’s strange condition is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity also known as Electrosensitivity or Electromagnetic Field Intolerance Syndrome. It is a set of symptoms that those affected attribute to electromagnetic fields such as telephony antennas or high voltage lines. It is not a medical diagnosis, according to WHO, but the organization recognizes that “it can be a disabling problem for the affected individual”.

This disorder has reached the general public thanks to a character from the well-known series Better calls Saul from Netflix, who suffers from it in its first season.

Because official World Health Organization studies rule out the direct influence on health of electromagnetic fields, experts tend to attribute their symptoms rather to an anxious psychological disorder similar to a phobia.

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