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Help electrically sensitive programmer Joel get a shielded computer
Jamaica Created: 17 Oct 2014
Let's Build A Low Radiation Computer for Joel Dean, The Electrosensitive Man.

My name is Joel Dean and Iím a 21 year old electrically sensitive software engineer who needs your help to build a low radiation computer so that I can work and communicate again.

Help raise funds for a low-radiation computer here:

Who Am I?
Graduate - of Northern Caribbean University, class of 2013, Bachelors in Computer Science Cum Laude (3.61 GPA).

How Did I Become Allergic To Technology?

Last June I borrowed a 4G modem from a friend. One night I fell asleep with it on, right beside me. The next morning when I woke up I experienced some unusual symptoms; notably a tingling, prickly sensation on my skin. I soon realized that I only felt this way when I was close to the 4G modem. After my initial denial, I researched my symptoms online and learned that these symptoms are often attributed to a condition called electrical sensitivity. The responses I got from doctors and close friends led me to believe that this condition was non-existent and purely psychological. So I continued my life, using cell phones, Wi-Fi, and computers until one day in December the unthinkable occurred- the symptoms came back. This time I knew electrical hypersensitivity was real. I started doing in-depth research and was startled by my findings. Buried in forums and new archives were the cries of thousands who had become sensitive and were experiencing these unusual symptoms. Before I could seek any help I fell terribly ill, had to quit my job, and had to leave my home, friends, gadgets- my whole life behind to get away from all the technology that was making me sick. Since then I have been all over Jamaica seeking relief and now am at a remote location in Guts River, Manchester which is relatively safe.

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Source: Indiegogo, Joel Dean / Dwayne Samuels, 22 Sep 2014

Electric blues - Rare allergy drives tech guru into seclusion
Jamaica Created: 15 Oct 2014
IF TWO years ago this young lad, who lived for computers and application creation, was told he would become extremely sick from being around everyday gadgets, Wi-Fi and cell towers, he probably would have had a hearty laugh and thought, 'oh, that's a good one' - But what he may have thought was a joke, is now his reality.

Twenty-one-year-old Joel Dean, a trained software engineer, had to move from urban living nine months ago to being ensconced in a hut by the river after being diagnosed with electrical sensitivity.

Electrical sensitivity is as an extreme allergic reaction to electromagnetic forces from mobile phones, computers and other wireless appliances. One may experience symptoms of headaches, burning or tingling sensation in the face or body and a rash while in the presence of these gadgets.

Dean first noticed this allergic reaction to technology last year after borrowing a 4G modem from a friend and fell asleep with it on. He woke up with unusual tingling sensations on his skin. He immediately researched the symptoms online.

Purely psychological

"At first, the doctors I visited and my close friends thought it was purely psychological and I went on using cell phones, Wi-Fi and my computer, but in December of last year my life changed forever when the symptoms reappeared," Dean told Rural Xpress.

He fell ill and was forced to quit his job, leave his family and friends, and take several trips with his father, Herve, across the island to find an environment conducive for his well-being.

"My father has an electromagnetic field metre that helps to tell us where electromagnetic forces are present and absent, and in February of last year, we found this location - Guts River."

The former user of all social media networks and owner of several pieces of gadgets is now reduced to using fishing, swimming and playing with reptiles as means of entertainment, and writing letters (mostly to his girlfriend) as means of communication.

"Having graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, won the Digital Jam 2.0 mobile app competition for creating a pothole positioning system, worked with Grikly - a business partnership with Microsoft, being sent to Chile as a delegate and developed the Aerion student management system for Northern Caribbean University, it's hard to be reduced to this life, to just simply leave my passion, but I am convinced there are better days ahead," a hopeful Dean told Rural Xpress.

Dean's sister, Danielle, who along with some of his friends collect the handwritten letters with information for social media posts and for keeping people informed, says it is no easy task.

Faith in God

"I felt sad knowing my brother with whom I'm so close had this unexpected turn after doing so well, but I have faith in God, and I'm leaning on His faith that things will get better," Danielle said.

With the ability to still read his programming books and write down ideas for future coding, Dean is still firm in the notion that he will be able to have a normal life if he receives a low radiation computer.

"There is someone in Hawaii by the name of Richard Conrad who makes these special computers and these computers are basically a system with little or no electromagnetic fields. They consist of an electromagnetic field mouse, keyboard, shielding, monitor and projector," stated Dean.

"If I had one of these, I would be a software engineer again. I would first create a 'thank you' app. I would be empowered with the tools needed to be an ambassador for electrical sensitivity and lobby proper guidelines for wireless distribution because about 2.5 per cent of the population has this illness, but I need your help," he added.

With a minimum cost of US$10,000 (J$1.1 million) to build and ship this special computer, Dean had his family and friends launch a campaign where donations can be made and more information on his status be received. Persons may go to to make contributions or email electrosensitiveman @ for other details.
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Source: Jamaica Gleaner, Tamara Bailey, 11 Oct 2014

Uncovering those 'phoney' truths - How mobiles affect your health
Jamaica Created: 10 Mar 2008
Less than 100 years ago, doctors regularly advised patients to take up cigarette smoking to aid in weight control. The notion that inhaling tobacco smoke could be harmful was regarded as alarmist, unfounded, almost superstitious.

A few generations later, lung cancer and several other cancers, and smoking-related heart disease, have become among the top causes of death. Smoking is now universally recognised as deadly. Now we shake our heads at our earlier stupidity.

There are now close to two billion cellular telephones in use around the globe, with Jamaica boasting more than its fair share. Here, everyone seems to have at least one cellphone. Question: Are cellphones safe, or are they the cigarettes of the new millennium?

Cellphones are highly compact ultra-high-frequency transceivers with antennas that just happen to be situated directly above the ear when the device is in use. Like cigarettes in the last century, the safety of the long-term use of cellphones has not yet been demonstrated.

In May 2005, a legal precedent was set in the US. California resident Sharesa Price, whose job involved using a cellphone several hours each day, developed a brain tumour. The courts awarded her US$30,000 for medical expenses and she may be the first person to convince a judge that her illness was caused by radio-frequency radiation from a cellphone. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 2, 2005).

In 1993, Dr George Carlo, a public health scientist, was given US$25 million by the cellphone industry to do research that would reassure the public about the safety of their products. When his studies began revealing worrying trends, he was dismissed. His book Cell Phones - Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age should be compulsory reading for our local health and technology leaders. Here are some of his findings:


The brain is extremely sensitive to chemicals and, to survive and maintain brain function, humans have developed specific protections for the brain. One such protection is a special filter that keeps harmful chemicals from entering the brain. It is called the blood brain barrier. Radio frequency radiation (RFR), emitted from the antennas of mobile phones, interferes with the blood brain barrier and allows toxic substances access to the tissues of the brain.


There is conclusive evidence from several researchers that radiation from cellphones causes genetic damage to human blood cells. This damage leads to an increased risk of cancer.


The more one uses a cellphone, the greater the occurrence of headaches, dizziness and general feelings of discomfort. Increasing the use of these instruments from less than two minutes to more than 60 minutes per day, for example, made symptoms worse by over 600 per cent.


Studies in the US, Canada and Poland on people exposed to RFR indicate an increased risk of brain, lung and blood cancers. The experts, however, agree that more specific research on cancer in cellphone users is urgently needed.


There is a statistically significant increase in the risk of death because of motor vehicle accidents among users of mobile phones regardless of whether the phone was hand-held or had an external antenna.


The radiation that emanates from a cellphone antenna penetrates much deeper into the heads of children than adults. Once it penetrates children's skulls, it enters their brain and eyes at an absorption rate far greater than it does in adults. These differences are profound and signify potentially serious health risks to children. Sadly, this did not prevent major players in the cellphone industry from mounting major advertisement campaigns targeting children.


Safety first! Restrict cellphone use/use a headset.

Minimise radiation exposure when using cellphones as much as possible.

Keep the antenna away from your body by using a phone with an earpiece or headset. Everyone should routinely use a headset with his or her cellphone.

If you must use a phone without an earpiece, extend the antenna as much as possible. When the antenna is recessed inside the phone, the entire instrument functions as the antenna - and the radiation is emitted from the entire phone into a wider area of your head, jaw and hand.

Children under the age of 10 should not use wireless devices of any type.

When the signal strength is low, e.g., inside some buildings, do not use your phone. The lower the signal strength, the greater the radiation emitted from the antenna.

Do not use hand-held phones while driving a vehicle.

Add up the number of minutes you spend using a cellphone daily and try to cut down by 30 per cent or more.

Increase your body's resistance to radiation

Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Supplement with the antioxidant ACES - vitamins A, C, E, the mineral selenium and the omega-3 fatty acids.

Supplement with the herbs - schizandra, rosemary, green tea, ginkgo biloba, pycnogenol and garlic.

Avoid cigarette smoke, alcohol, chemical pollutants and other sources of radiation like microwave ovens.

Get lots of fresh air, clean water and sunshine - natural healing tools.

Do a detoxification/cleansing programme every three to four months.

Remember, your health is in your hands, especially when you are holding a cellphone. The more powerful a tool, the greater its potential to help as well as harm.
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Source: Jamaica Gleaner, Dr Anthony Vendryes, 10 Mar 2008

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