A whole series of articles came out recently in the national newspapers talking about Steve Miller’s allergy to electrosmog. Who is Steve Miller you might ask? There lies the crux of the problem.
One of my favorite reads is Michael J Fox’s autobiography “Lucky man”. Michael J Fox needs no introduction. When Michael J Fox came out of the closet in 1998 and declared publicly that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition, this was a shock to the world.
Parkinson’s disease existed before Michael J Fox came along, but what he did was bring it into the limelight. At that time, Parkinson’s disease was seen as being an “old people’s disease”, because it was usually diagnosed in people between 50 and 65 years of age. His symptoms showed up in his late 20s. But Michael J Fox was, at the time, a young man and much more importantly he was seen to be a young man. This created a landslide in people’s perception of the disease.
People began to learn and understand what exactly the disease was and they began to understand that if it could happen to somebody like Michael J Fox, then it could happen to them.
When Michael J Fox publicly announced that he had Parkinson’s disease he did a massive service to fellow sufferers. Michael J Fox put Parkinson’s disease on the map, he made it newsworthy. Later on he came to be its most passionate advocate giving testimonies to Senate committees in Washington and founding the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research.
Fame And Electrosmog
What has this got to do with electrosmog? Quite a lot actually. You see when DJ Steve Miller, well known for having played at the Pacha Club in Ibiza, made the headlines in the national dailies, this got people talking about electro-sensitivity and electro-smog for the first time. What is unfortunate is that DJ Steve Miller does not have the public stature of Michael J Fox.
Before DJ Steve Miller, former Norway Prime Minister and Director-general of the World Health Organization Gro Harlem Brundtland declared publicly to be suffering from an allergy to electrosmog. But then I bet you have never heard of Gro Harlem Brundtland either.
So we have a recognition problem.
Another problem we have is one of funding. To quote Michael J Fox “in the 1990′s, the National Institutes of Health were spending an estimated $2400 per case each year on HIV/AIDS research, $200 on breast cancer, $100 on Prostrate cancer, $78 on Alzheimer’s disease, $34 on Parkinson’s disease, and only $20 each on diabetes and coronary disease. ” I don’t know how much is spent on electrical sensitivity but I am sure it is much less than $20 per case. Yes we are short of cash, but the mobile phone operators have plenty of it. So for every study we bring out that clearly identifies a link between electrodes and cancer, they bring out 20 more to show that there is no link.
What can we do? there is not a lot we can do, but eventually the truth will be known, I’m sure of this. I would not wish electrosensitivity on anybody, but if a high profile figure was to become a sufferer then this would be a tremendous boost to our cause.