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A Dr. looks at Environmental Illness by Dr. Ann McCampbell, M.D.

Are You Chemically Sensitive? by John Bower 1991.

Assessing Patients with Medically Unknown Symptoms American Academy of Family Physicians. June 1, 2000. "Medically unknown symptoms include various symptoms and diagnoses that change as medical knowledge advances. These include illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, environmental sensitivities and chemical intolerances (or chemical sensitivities) ..."

Brain Mapping the Chemically Sensitive by Donald L. Dudley, M.D., Seattle. Dr. Dudley is the Medical Director of the Washington Institute of Neurosciences. Seattle, Washington. He has published 100 articles, some on brain injury, some disorders, and psychiatric diseases.

Chemical Injury and Disorders of Porphyrin Metabolism by Albert Donnay of MCS R&R.

Chemical Sensitivity Connection Symptom Comparison For Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Fibromyalgia (FMS), Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Compiled by Jackie Burkhead.

Chemical Sensitivity -- It's a Serious Problem More Often Than You Think by Adrienne Buffaloe, MD ... "There are over 70,000 chemicals commercially produced in the United States today. many of which were developed after World War II. The long-term, low dose effects of many of these chemicals have never been investigated. In fact, the term 'low dose' is misleading, implying low concentrations are harmless. But many chemicals are harmful in very low doses, like the herbicide 2,4, 5-T which is harmful in parts-per-trillion. Unless generated by the body (formaldehyde, pentane), the body's level for chemicals should be non-detectable, and not 'low level'".

Chemicals and Your Health: How Toxic Is Your Home? Article in Awake! , a publication of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania December 22, 1998.

Chemically Induced Diseases: Synergistic Effects and Cumulative Injuries caused by Toxic Chemicals -- Understanding the Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity by Richard Alexander, The Consumer Law Page.

Defining Chemical Injury A Diagnostic Protocol and Profile of Chemically Injured Civilians, Industrial Workers and Gulf War by G. Heuser, M.D.,Ph.D. , P. Axelrod and S. Heuser, M.A.

Environmental Aspects of Chemical Sensitivity (The) by William J. Rea, MD, FACS, FAAEM. Dr. Rea is the director of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas and holds the First World Professorial Chair in Environmental Medicine, Robens Institute, University of Surrey, England.

Environmentally Caused Illness: The Negligence Continues Meryl Nass, MD. April 15, 2002

Experimental Approaches to Chemical Sensitivity Environmental Health Perspectives, EHP Supplement, Volume 105, Supplement 2, March 1997. Clinical Perspectives, Theoretical Perspectives (including Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance "TILT", Experimental Methods and Working Group Reports.

FedupFeds: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Frequently Asked Questions About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity by Bob Michaels, Independent Living Research Utilization at TIRR. (Includes ten recommendations to make a facility accessible to most people with MCS/EI.)

Has My Environment Adversely Affected Me? by Bonnye Matthews, MCS survivor and author of books on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and a member of FedupFeds.

Introduction to Multiple Chemical Sensitivities by Cyndi Norman, May 2003.

Interagency Workgroup on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (The) Predecisional Draft, August 24, 1998.

The Medical Denial of Environmental Illnesses Harold E Buttram, MD. See in particular: Environmental Illness - Deficiencies in Basic Science and Safety Measures: "In my opinion, the second area of misdiagnosis is the common approach of mainstream medicine in dealing with environmental illness and its related condition of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). In contrast to the American Medical Association, which denies the existence of MCS as a valid diagnosis, there is a group of physicians in the field of environmental medicine who believe that millions of Americans are being made ill and sensitized in various degrees to toxic airborne chemicals from a class of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) ..."

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, MCSDanish Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Project no. 988, 2005. The report is based on a study of the scientific literature on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, MCS, in Denmark called odour and chemical hypersensitivity. It is concluded that MCS - a new health disorder which has been described during the last 20 years - is a real condition. MCS differs from the common scientific understanding of illness because the condition is always manifested by multiple non-specific symptoms from different organs at the same time and because these symptoms may occur after exposure to chemicals at very low concentrations.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Paula Thivierge.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP). "Chemical-based products are all around: in the clothes we wear, in the food we eat and in the air we breathe. It is not possible to escape exposure. Many people have become sensitized to the chemicals around them. It is estimated that as much as 15% of the population has become sensitized to common household and commercial products. For some people the sensitization is not too serious a problem. They may have what appears to be a minor allergy to one or more chemicals. Other people are much more seriously affected. Such people have a condition known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS."

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Primer or MCS For Beginners (The) Where to start looking for information about MCS. This site is designed for people who have recently figured out that they have multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and need some guidance on finding resources to help them cope with the syndrome.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A 1999 Consensus

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) A Disorder Triggered by Exposures to Chemicals in the Environment by Tracy First.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity The End of Controversy by Martin L. Pall. Professor of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS): What It Is, What It Is Not, And How It Is Manifested. Sheila Bastien, Ph.D. (Neuropsychologist).

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Under Siege by Ann McCampbell, MD, Chair, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Task Force of New Mexico.

Novel Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Theory Finally Produces Detailed Explanations for Many CFS Observations by Martin L. Pall. Professor of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University.

Overlapping Disorders: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Gulf War Syndrome by Albert Donnay, MHS, Executive Director, MCS Referral & Resources. Based on testimony submitted to the CDC's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Comm., 29 May 1997.

MCS Debate: A Medical Streetfight (The) by Eric Nelson, The Free Press.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals This first edition of the Report presents levels of 27 environmental chemicals measured in the U.S. population. These chemicals include metals (e.g., lead, mercury, and uranium), cotinine (a marker of tobacco smoke exposure), organophosphate pesticide metabolites, and phthalate metabolites.

October Is National Environmental Illness Awareness Month Canadian content site Peace and Environment News, November 2000. "Little of Consequence Has Been Done By Provincial and Territorial Governments For The 15% of Canadians Affected By Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) ..."

Perceived Treatment Efficacy for Conventional and Alternative Therapies Reported by Persons with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity by Pamela Reed Gibson, Amy Nicole-Marie Elms, and Lisa Ann Ruding, School of Psychology, James Madison University. Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 111, Number 12 September 2003.

Profile of Patients with Chemical Injury and Sensitivity Grace Ziem and James McTamney, Environmental Health Perspectives 105, Supplement 2, March 1997. ... "It is thought that patients with chemical sensitivity have organ abnormalities involving the liver, nervous system (brain, including limbic, peripheral, autonomic), immune system, and porphyrin metabolism, probably reflecting chemical injury to these systems. Laboratory results are not consistent with a psychologic origin of chemical sensitivity. Substantial overlap between chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome exists: the latter two conditions often involve chemical sensitivity and may even be the same disorder."

Proving Chemically Induced Asthma Symptoms Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome, A New Medical Development by Richard Alexander, Consumer Law Page.

Understanding Chemical Intolerance by Don Richard Paladin.

What is Neurotoxicity? William J. Rea. "Neurotoxicity is the damage to the brain and/or the peripheral nervous system from toxic chemicals. These chemicals include insecticides, solvents, lead, mercury, cadmium, car exhaust, formaldehyde, chlorine, phenol and thousands of others. Our environment has become polluted with large doses of these. It is difficult for the individual to avoid exposure. Symptoms for the brain toxicity are short term memory loss, loss of circulation, imbalance, and flu-like symptoms. For the peripheral the symptoms are numbness, tingling, loss of sensation and movement ... " Additional research by Dr. Rea

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