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We’ve all become accustomed to having constant exposure to cell phones, computers and electronics in our day-to-day lives, but what if they were making us sick? A growing group of people who say they are painfully affected by the radiation from our gadgets have settled in a small town in the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone, in Green Bank, West Virginia.  The residents say they all suffer from some form of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), and have decided to turn back to the simpler days, and shed their cell phones and other gadgets for good.

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The U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-mile area near the National Radio Astronomy Observatory that bans most radio signals, from cell signals to radio and TV broadcasts. There, the sufferers of EHS say they feel most safe, and many live with minimal or no electricity.

The symptoms, caused by the radiation from devices, that the residents of Green Bank say they suffer from are plunging heart beats, nausea, sever headaches or chest pains, so severe that it has caused dozens of them to pack up their former lives and move to the tiny town. But the scientific community isn’t buying it, and refuses to recognize EHS as an actual disorder. That hasn’t stopped the Green Bankers from abandoning their former lives, as many have said that the town’s low radio frequencies have made it the only place they don’t feel sick, with some refusing to ever leave.

Could a life of hours in front of the computer and chatting on cell phones have serious effects on our bodies? The people of Green Bank think so, and are willing to shirk the modern world in order to have piece of mind.

Via Slate

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