‘The Quiet House’ : A Lesson on EHS and Invisible Stressors

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In a world dominated by screens and signals, screenwriter and author Mike Bender unveils his personal journey, chronicling his battle with Lyme disease, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), and the tireless pursuit of a home free from invisible stressors. His narrative unfolds as a cautionary tale, urging us to reconsider the often overlooked impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on our well-being.

For years, Mike found himself caught in a maze of undiagnosed symptoms, desperately seeking answers. Eventually, he connected with a doctor who pointed to EMF exposure as a potential contributor to his debilitating health challenges. This revelation became the catalyst for change, propelling Mike on a mission to build a sanctuary from the increasingly pervasive influence of excessive electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Mike’s Journey

Mike’s captivating article for Men’s Health details a man’s experience of Lyme disease, environmental toxins, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

More and more of us can relate to the struggle of searching for answers in our health journeys. Mike’s story serves as an example of how a multitude of invisible stressors, such as EMFs, play a role in our physiological and emotional well-being, even for those of us who do not experience acute reactions.

Who is Mike Bender?

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Mike Bender is a well-known screenwriter and author who hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list. In his seemingly normal life, he never expected that a series of mysterious ailments and symptoms, beginning in his 20s, would lead him on a complicated journey to discovery and relief.

Years and years of visits to every type of doctor, specialist, and healer only brought more questions. The wide variety of symptoms and sensitivities, and the lack of results from trying everything prescribed and recommended, left Mike’s sanity in question. 

After a diagnosis of Lyme disease, Mike was hopeful to begin his journey to healing not only with the normal treatments but also by changing his environment. Yet, it still wasn’t enough. Mike even eventually began suffering panic attacks, ultimately exacerbating his physical symptoms. Doctors were stumped and he felt hopeless. 

Regaining Hope and Health

Finally, Mike met with an M.D. who gave him the answer he had been seeking for decades. This doctor had years of clinical experience treating people who also failed to find an explanation for their symptoms. For Mike specifically, the combination of Lyme, exposure to mold, and the extensive trauma to his body from the various ailments, resulted in his immune and limbic system going into overdrive. His body remained in a persistent state of fight-or-flight, reacting to just about everything as a stressor and impacting the normal regulatory responses. Now that Mike had his answer, the next phase of his journey began.

Finding Solutions in Health Optimization

The next steps required not only immediate physical treatments but also the optimization of a healthy environment for Mike’s long-term health. In addition to changing his diet and improving the water and air quality in his home, the doctor also suspected that Mike was experiencing electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and suggested that he reduce excessive EMF exposure as a means to mitigate his symptoms.

Mike writes that he had only ever associated EHS with “that guy wrapped in tinfoil”, but his doctor provided insights as to the validity behind this diagnosis and how these electronic devices might be affecting his health. According to his doctor, when the limbic system becomes overreactive, as in Mike’s case, external stressors, like EMFs, even in small amounts, can act as a trigger for exaggerated bodily responses.

A Cautionary Tale and Inspiring Example

Mike’s story is a lesson for all of us. Many people experience symptoms in a very similar way to Mike and other varying degrees, most living their lives without any diagnosis let alone any treatment or preventative measures taken.

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EHS and other sensitivities are often overlooked since the root cause is something that we can see in our day-to-day lives. While EMFs may not always manifest such debilitating symptoms for everyone, Mike’s story is proof that there is a physiological response to the radiation from our everyday technology and the infrastructure that supports it. Mike needed to take extreme steps to reduce the EMF exposure within his home, but there are things we can all do (like using Aires Tech) to minimize the growing impact of technology on our well-being.  

To read more about Mike’s story and the steps he took to build his a safer home, check out his article in this month’s issue of Men’s Health

Updated February 29th, 2024

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