Normally when I see a utterly cranky article in a newspaper or online I politely ignore it but there was one article in the Guardian on Thursday that really got to me. In a nutshell, the article concerns a woman in her mid-to-late-40s presenting with “a bewildering array of symptoms” including hair loss, severe headaches, memory loss, insomnia, dizziness, heart palpitations, tinnitus and digestive problems. Sarah, for that is her name, went on the internet, decided she was suffering from “electrosensitivity” and promptly wallpapered her house in tinfoil.

Now I have had no medical training whatsoever so I may be on thin ice here, but to me those symptoms sound remarkably like the kind of symptoms that you might get during the menopause … not entirely unusual for a woman in her late 40s and certainly not something that requires the use of NASA-designed tinfoil curtains (no, really). Obviously the menopause isn’t going to explain the symptoms for everyone claiming electrosensitivity but, if there was some ev0l effect due to electromagnetic radiation, you’d think over 30 studies would have established a positive link by now, wouldn’t you?

The Guardian manages to keep something of a grip on things (and this isn’t always the case for them) by pointing out that there’s no scientific evidence for anyone needing tinfoil wallpaper, but the real *headdesk* moment comes when you get to the classic statement: Magda Havas, of Trent Unviersity in Ontario, Canada, says that scientists are demanding impossibly high standards of studies.

Well, quite. How foolish of those silly scientists to focus on things like facts and evidence and scientific trials! Perhaps they should try some Holistic Pulsing instead, my current favourite “batshit crazy” site. Essentially: Rashana Sound Essences work on a vibrational level, similar to a flower essence or a homeopathic remedy. The water molecules carry the vibration of the sound, which then resonates with your body when used.

You couldn’t make that crap up, could you?