Regular SFR readers may remember the name Arthur Firstenberg. He’s the “electrosensitive” activist who has campaigned against wi-fi in public buildings and, more recently, against digital television broadcasts.
Firstenberg claims that the low-level electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and other modern gadgets makes him, and others “sensitive” to radio waves, suffer terribly. The side-effects of exposure, he believes, include “nausea, vertigo, diarrhea, ringing in the ears, severe headaches and body aches, crippling joint pains, insomnia, impaired vision, impaired muscular control” and other ailments, some potentially deadly.
In the past, he has taken his case to City Hall, where he found a polite if unreceptive audience.
Now, Firstenberg wants a judge to stop his neighbor from using her iPhone, her wireless internet and her laptop charger, saying the radiation has forced him from his home.
He also wants $530,000 in damages, including $100,000 for pain and suffering.
The lawsuit was filed Jan. 4 at the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Firstenberg’s attorney, Lindsay Lovejoy, Jr, is a graduate of Harvard and Yale, as well as a former Assistant New Mexico Assistant Attorney General who has argued cases alongside now-US Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM.
As SFR reported last summer:
Not only do Firstenberg’s claims lack scientific backing, they don’t make logical sense. People complaining of DTV-related health problems “don’t understand the difference between digital and analog,” Dave Thomas, founder of New Mexicans for Science and Reason, says.
I’ve got the ringing in the ears and the insomnia, but I had those before my iPhone. I suppose these symptoms might be blamable on EMF bombarding me from everywhere… but I haven’t read any evidence to support that idea.