A woman with a self-diagnosed allergy to WiFi now fears the roll out of 5G across the UK may kill her.
Rosi Gladwell, 70, has spent thousands of pounds protecting herself against the wireless internet in the belief the electromagnetic radiation leaves her feeling weak, short of breath and with pins and needles in her face.
She sleeps in a £400 sleeping bag woven with silver and copper has a protective sheet she wraps around her body and a £200 hand-held radiation detector.
Rosi, from Totnes, Devon, said:
I’m actually quite frightened about the future.
At the moment, I’ve managed to make myself safe by being fortunate enough to live in a house in the countryside where there are no measured electromagnetic frequencies.
But if they introduce 5G then I don’t know what the future will bring. It’s a really scary issue.
Since diagnosing herself with a sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, Rosi has spent hundreds on special equipment and spends most of her time in the family holiday home in the Spanish mountains.
The 70-year-old wears the sleeping bag and protective sheet for the duration of the 30-hour ferry trips she makes with her husband to Spain.
Rosi self-diagnosed herself with EMF sensitivity six years ago after she felt better 10 minutes after turning off the WiFi and cordless landline phones in her home.
Back then people would think of you as being weird if you said you suffered from EMF sensitivity, but I don’t think that’s the case now.
There’s no way I would go into a big town anymore because the signals are getting stronger.
If I go to a cafe I try to sit outside and if we go out to dinner I take my meter with me and then I can decide which seats have the least radiation and sit there, because it varies so much in a room.
If I am exposed for too long I have to come home and have two days with everything turned off and not watch TV.
Rosi is a leading member of the Electromagnetic Field Awareness Totnes group, whose members meet up to watch films and documentaries about the effects of radiation.
We have about 12 members who come to meetings, but there may be many more EMF-sensitive people in Totnes who feel so weak they can’t come.
Scientists say four per cent of people worldwide are suffering from EMF sensitivity and that’s probably an underestimation.
A lot of people now aren’t feeling very well, everyone feels exhausted and stressed out, and some of it is, in my view, down to the extent of radiation.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.