• Sweden edition
 
Hospital splashes cash on 'electro-allergy' room

Hospital splashes cash on 'electro-allergy' room

Published: 05 Jan 2012 14:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Jan 2012 14:05 GMT+01:00

Since the remodeling was completed about eight months ago, only one patient has used the room, sparking criticism that the money has been wasted.

"It feels like the money could've been used in a better way," paediatrician Mats Reimer told Sveriges Radio (SR), suggesting that it would've been more appropriate to help these people to overcome their belief that their symptoms have anything to do with electricity.

Three percent of Swedes claimed to suffer from electro-oversensitivity when a national survey was conducted in 2007.

Local politician Jonas Andersson is sceptical that the condition really exists, he still felt it's reasonable to satisfy the needs of this "vulnerable group of people" since they clearly suffer, he told SR.

And he's not the only one who thinks that way, according to SR. A number of hospitals around the country have also taken steps to provide havens for those who claim to be sensitive to electricity.

The Local reported in November on a man in the Dalarna region whose alleged allergy almost caused the local authority create a mobile phone "dead zone" in the area near his home, despite experts saying that there are no scientific studies showing that there is such a thing as electro-oversenstivitiy.

Now, eight months after having put in the expensive insulation in the room, critics are saying that the initiative was a waste of the taxpayers' money, but also that it can be considered a disservice to those it's suppose to help.

Reimer claims that giving in to these imagined needs will only exacerbate peoples' irrational fear of electricity.

"This kind of evasive behaviour may give them temporary relief but i the end you are only helping to fan the irrational fear and in the end they will end up in a trailer in the woods with candles and a lantern," he told SR.

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:24 January 5, 2012 by Scepticion
Well, now that the money is spent, keep the rooms, but do NOT label/mark them specially, keep it secret. Then do blind tests with people who claim to be electro sensitive, let them stay in such a room, and another room. Afterwards they should tell if any of the rooms was better, and which one.

In another type of experiment, the a non-isolated room should be labeled as electo-isolated WITH awareness of the patient, and again, after staying in the room and comparing with another, sufferers should report if the room worked.
16:42 January 5, 2012 by zooeden
Soooo typical Sweden!!! but in that hospital they prefer to cut on staff...
16:52 January 5, 2012 by Nomark
This is absolutely ridiculous. They could have used the money for something proven to work, such as a MRI scanner, or a nurse. People die needlessly when health resources are misallocated. This is a scandal (or should be).

The person who approved this purchase should be held accountable and made to publicly justify his/her decision to spend tax payers money in this way. However, this being Sweden, I'm sure that the hospital will simply see over its routines.
17:06 January 5, 2012 by tadchem
A million kronor will buy a lot of aluminium foil hats.
17:37 January 5, 2012 by Frobobbles
Electro can be quite horrible as a genre
18:06 January 5, 2012 by Michael Whitfield
Wasteful spending! Sounds like Sweden is getting some pointers from US govt. Spending money they don't have to buy something they don't need.
18:10 January 5, 2012 by mikewhite
You can buy foil-backed wallpaper for heat insulation or damp-barrier purposes ... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Proof-Lining-Paper-Backed/dp/B0020I0DZW

Must be a big room to cost that much !

Or maybe they used copper foil ... http://uk.farnell.com/3m/fe510093332/1181-copper-foil-50mm-x-16-5mtrs/dp/1776398
10:06 January 6, 2012 by Da Goat
As tadchem and mike white said it does not cost very much at all to achieve an electro black room they could also just use a metal fly screen in the walls to do it too or simply send the sufferers off to a cave with some candles !

I hope they don't have light in their special room that would defeat the purpose! LOL
11:45 January 6, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Interesting... I wonder if the 'decision process' in all this was perhaps secretive, and dominated by a small number of unrepresentative, possibly ill-informed people?

In some environments, ideas are floated to see what the response is and either 'dropped' or followed through - before the money is spent
11:50 January 6, 2012 by riose
The common sense is the less common of all the senses :P
18:26 January 6, 2012 by godnatt
Don't question the electro-sensitive or you are a Nazi.
20:53 January 7, 2012 by D. ane
'...despite the fact that the allergy hasn't been scientifically proven to exist.'

There have been many scientific papers showing that the allergy exists. Mast-victims.org can guide you the some of these and the news site is worth looking at. Often these are suppressed by the mobile phone companies which have much to lose, if people think their technologies are dangerous.

'Allegy' is probably not the right word to describe how people feel and many more who don't know they have it are probably affected, if the bad temper people display these days is anything to go by!

I think the 'sensitivity' that people feel is mainly due to the microwaves emitted by the wireless technologies that have sprung up especially the last 10 years.

German doctors back 2002 noticed certain deseases that seemed to have increased and they signed the 'Freiberger Appeal' informing the government and people that we should be more careful usng wireless technologies. They appear to cause certain neurological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, agitation, insomnia, hyperactivity in children and possibly heart palpitations - anything really that involves the nervous systen can be affected.

People are not noticing cause and affect, largely because their microwave technologies are in constant use and they cannot make the connection that their anxiety, depression or bad temper is due to their mobile phone WiFi etc.

And of course now it is so difficult to get away from these microwaves since they are everywhere.

So if you suffer from anxiety, depression, bad temper try doing without your mobile phone and your Wifi you may surprise yourself - you might just get better!
Today's headlines
National
Sweden Democrat led biker gang chapter
Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat led biker gang chapter

A senior Sweden Democrat in Svenljunga municipality in western Sweden has a long criminal past and has previously served as a chapter head in the notorious criminal gang Bandidos. READ  

Swedish rockers dice with death in coach fire
Photo: Deathstars

Swedish rockers dice with death in coach fire

Swedish industrial rock band Deathstars narrowly avoided a serious tragedy in the early hours of Saturday morning when the tour bus in which they were travelling caught fire in the Austrian alps. READ  

Winter
Clocks go back for Swedish winter time
Photo: Charlie Rydell/AP

Clocks go back for Swedish winter time

Sweden switched over to winter time in the early hours of Sunday morning meaning that you just enjoyed an extra hour of sleep. READ  

National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Photo: TT

Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains

Torrential rains in western Sweden have left some towns submersed as water levels have risen to 1.5 metres above normal for the season with forecasts indicating that is worse to come. READ  

Ebola crisis
Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund
Photo: TT

Sweden pledges new aid to UN Ebola fund

Sweden has offered a new sizeable contribution to the fund set up by UN chief Ban K-moon to fight the Ebola outbreak. READ  

Society
'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme
Photo: Lars-Göran Thuresson/Älgriket

'Dark forces' target refugee hunting scheme

The Swedish hunting association runs a project to encourage young asylum-seekers to learn about hunting, a move which has proved controversial among some far right groups. READ  

Business & Money
American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg presents the third-quarter earnings report at the company's headquarters in Kista. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets. READ  

Interview
'Too many concerts feel the same'
Sofar hosts secret gigs in Swedish apartments. Photo: Sofar

'Too many concerts feel the same'

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Business & Money
US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks' powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2014. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
Blog updates

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

976
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN