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Anxiety ‘hitting British workers’

Posted by seumasach on June 2, 2009

In this BBC story about the health of British workers it is easy to see that many of these people may be suffering from the effects of exposure to electro magnetic radiation (EMR).  Although their anxiety and stress is being blamed on the economy and their jobs, it is more likely to be caused by exposure to EMR. Their symptoms are very similar to the known effects of microwave radiation exposure.  Perhaps if the British Government were to warn their citizens about the dangers of DECT cordless phones, Wi-Fi and microwave radiation, these workers could avoid EMR exposure in their homes and lead a safer and more productive life at work.
The government could go even further and stop (except in emergencies) the transmitting of wireless electro magnetic radiation at night during the ‘sleeping hours’ of 10:00pm to 7:00am.  That would improve the safety of millions and could help to improve the health of the entire country.

Martin Weatherall

29th May
British workers are experiencing panic attacks and insomnia because of stress associated with the economic downturn, a survey has suggested.

Norwich Union Healthcare polled 200 GPs, 200 business leaders and 1,000 employees for its Health of the Workplace survey.

Half the workers admitted to being stressed, while one in five is suffering depression.

A leading GP said people now had better access to talking therapies.

The annual Norwich Union healthcare study found workers are putting increasing amounts of time and effort into their jobs.

About half are going into work when they are ill and working longer hours, while just over a third are not taking lunch breaks.

We are seeing an increase in anxiety and stress due to the economic situation
Professor Steve Field, president of the Royal College of GPs

And 33% of the employees questioned said they were offering to take on more responsibility.

When the workers were asked about their illness, half said they were suffering from insomnia while a third said they were having migraines and 21% had anxiety attacks and palpitations.

Almost a third said they were drinking more and a fifth were smoking more. A third said they were comfort eating, and 11% said they were self-medicating with over-the-counter medicines.

Of the GPs questioned, almost half said they have seen their patients’ use of alcohol and drug increase, and 89% expect levels of depression and requests for anti-depressants to dramatically increase this year.

And more than nine out of 10 of the GPs and 80% of employers polled predicted that stress-related illness will be the most critical occupational health issue of 2009.

‘Far-reaching effects’

But even though 97% of business leaders agree the health status of staff impacts upon productivity, only 1% said they planned to introduce new health measures in 2009.

Dr Douglas Wright, head of clinical governance at Norwich Union Healthcare, said: “On top of the adverse mental effects of stress itself, an unhealthy diet, limited exercise and increased levels of smoking and drinking could have far-reaching and long-term effects on both the nation’s health and the UK economy.”

Professor Steve Field, president of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We are seeing an increase in anxiety and stress due to the economic situation.

“But we are very pleased that the Department of Health has invested in increasing access to talking psychological therapies because that means we’ll be able to help patients more than ever before.”

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