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Man 'allergic to technology'

Posted on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments

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Phil Inkly is forced to live in a caravan in the woods because exposure to technology makes him ill.

The former computer technician is unable to withstand being around wi-fi, cell phones, microwaves or anything else electrical. The condition, known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, has cost him his social life and his livelihood. He now lives in a remote part of England in a small caravan to be as far from modern technology as possible.

"I'm always ill and can only handle being in remote areas with little radiation so because of this, money is tight," he said. "I've been passionate about technology from childhood, previously working as a sound engineer and tutor of music technology. I frequently repaired computers for family and friends -- all was fine until things started going wireless."

"Imagine if you were a food critic and suddenly developed a wheat/dairy/corn/carb/fat allergy."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by rashore on 25 July, 2012, 15:50
Here's another article about this guy, complete with photos- including one of him using a laptop!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 25 July, 2012, 15:55
Look at his face in the laptop shot ! He's so pissed they took his picture . Oh,what a putz.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mikenator on 25 July, 2012, 20:57
Why doesn't he jus live with amish people they have no technology at all pretty dumb that he didn't think of that first I'm sure theyd let him stay there and be amish there pretty nice I heard
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb on 25 July, 2012, 21:00
Looks like he is 'allergic' to the barbers too... He looks familiar, didn't I see him on a crab somewhere?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Framling on 26 July, 2012, 2:37
There are some Amish collective farms north of where I live. They use cell phones, computers and even...(gasp) drive cars or tractors from time to time. I wonder if he's getting disability from the Guv?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ryu on 26 July, 2012, 17:34
That would be the Mennonites..not Amish. Mennonites are far more open and liberal and even wear colors too. Anyways..while I can understand, to some degree, his issues if he suspected there was a problem then why didn't he use his technology to research his problems before they became a insurmountable problem? Something doesn't seem right now even being near a building that uses phones causes him agony? maybe not all of his complaints are totally physical?
Comment icon #18 Posted by JonathanVonErich on 26 July, 2012, 18:09
You know who else was "Allergic to Technology" ?? The Unabomber. I'm scared now.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Thomas Dialante on 26 July, 2012, 23:28
Anything that makes life easier is technology. Clothes are technology. If he is "allergic" to technology, dump him naked in the woods. Good riddance.
Comment icon #20 Posted by csspwns on 27 July, 2012, 0:57
lol nice one
Comment icon #21 Posted by Framling on 27 July, 2012, 3:16
We have Mennonites too but these folks are definately Amish. The tractors they use have metal wheels. Cell phones and travel by auto are usually reserved for certain community/business leaders who deal more with the outside world or something like taking someone to the hospital. Technically the community collectively owns these things, not any individuals.

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