Letters: Reverse placebo effect?

Letter writer comments on cell phone towers and the health concerns

You’ve got to be kidding — a town without cellphones?Maybe, internet and Wi-fi.

To all those people who are worried about radio waves affecting their health, I would suggest googling neutrinos, cosmic rays, and plastic off gassing. If this doesn’t cure them of their hypochondriacal fixation on radio waves, nothing will.

One might wonder to oneself, why there are people who clearly experience symptoms living near radio transmitters. I propose that it is a reverse placebo effect. People believe something is causing a problem, and so they exhibit symptoms, just as in the placebo effect. People believe they are receiving curative medicine, and so their symptoms disappear. It is hard to imagine an entire town susceptible to reverse placebo effect, but then again it is hard to imagine Salem, Massachusetts.

P.S. I myself find that I have very little tolerance for vestiges of the 17th century seeping into the 21st century. However quaint, the idea may appeal to some.

N.E. MacNab

Shirley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle crash in Langford sends one to hospital Monday morning

Driver sent to hospital with unspecified injuries

Recent arrests skim surface of Victoria’s human trafficking problem

Port city makes desirable place for traffickers flying under the radar

Victoria Canadian Forces member honored with exceptional Rotary Club award

Capt. Jacqueline Zweng is the Western Canada Ambassador of Wounded Warriors Canada

Oak Bay athletes rule the slopes at Island ski and snowboard series

Oak Bay boys take top ski, snowboard honours

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

Most Read