Friday, April 27, 2012

Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome)

The Austria Medical Association represents 40,772 doctors in Austria - 100% of their medical workforce.

Consensus paper of the Austrian Medical Association’s EMF 

Working Group ( AG-EMF)

Adopted at the meeting of environmental medicine officers of the Regional Medical
Association´s and the Austrian Medical Association on 3rd March 2012 in Vienna.

"Many people are increasingly exposed, to various degrees, to a combination of low and high frequency electric fields (EF), magnetic fields (MF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) of different signal patterns, intensities and technical applications for varying periods of time, colloquially referred to as electrosmog.

"Physicians are often confronted with unspecific complaints without clearly identifiable causes (Huss and Röösli 2006). It has been suspected that environmental conditions such as increasing exposure of the population to radio waves, emanating e.g. from cordless phones, mobile phone base stations, cell phones, GPRS, UMTS, data cards for laptop and notebook computers and wireless LAN (WLAN), but also exposure to electric and magnetic fields emanating from power lines, devices and equipment, may play a causal role (Blake Levitt and Lai 2010). For the medical profession, this raises new challenges in diagnosis and treatment. A central issue for the causal attribution of symptoms is the assessment of variation in health problems depending on time and location, which is particularly relevant for environmental causes such as EMF exposure..."

Full text of the Consensus Paper: