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Avoid Chemical Exposure: Neurotoxic Injury Not Treatable


by Lourdes Salvador

The Journal of Neurological Science published a review from the Department of Neurology, USF Health, University of South Florida entitled The allegory of a mountain: An environmental introduction to neurotoxicology on August 29, 2007.

Neurotoxicology is the science which investigates the relationship between exposures to chemical or physical agents and adverse effects on the nervous system. Most studies of neurotoxicology are carried out on animals and mammals.

Prockop, the researcher at the University of South Florida, states, many of the substances to which humans are being exposed are relatively new to the environment, i.e., the products of a sophisticated industrial development. As a result humans are exposed to volatile organic compounds not previously present in our environment in significant amounts and the effects of these VOCs on the human body has not been thoroughly studied.

Industry is important to the world as we know it in that it has provided for the niceties of life and the economic growth of society. Unfortunately, industry often requires the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) which have negative effects.

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Student group pushes for fragrance ban on college campus


A student group at a California college are calling for a ban on perfumes and colognes on campus due to possible health effects.

People have generally seen synthetic fragrances in the form of perfumes and colognes as a good thing. There is a huge industry behind these products and a never ending stream of celebrities endorsing them and launching their own lines has helped them to become highly desirable. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to smell nice?

The fact that these fragrances are concocted from a vast array of highly volatile chemicals that could cause various unpleasant symptoms and lead to ill health never enters the minds of most who wear them.

This however is slowly changing as awareness grows of people having unpleasant reactions to such products and the growing number of people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).

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Poor research fails to make case that multiple chemical sensitivity is psychological


EIR: The American Chronicle reports on biased research being published about multiple chemical sensitivity which seeks to dismiss the condition as psychological.

Researcher Overlooks the Proven Science Behind Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Lourdes Salvador

It is disheartening when a researcher publishes a review which examines or attempts to prove a viewpoint about a condition that is contrary to literature at large. Das-Munshi J, Rubin GJ, and Wessely S (2007) of Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry did just that in Multiple chemical sensitivities: review. Das-Munshi’s review looked mainly at psychological studies on MCS to support her viewpoint. She completely failed to consider the biological studies in literature, which outweigh psychological studies approximately 2:1. Her review was therefore incomplete, misleading, and inaccurate.

The first section "diagnosis and epidemiology" contradicts itself by using "absence of specific biological tests" to downplay the existence of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), while at the same time stating lymphocyte depletion and immunological differences present in MCS are also present in somatization disorders and depression, both of which also have an "absence of specific biological tests" themselves. By the authors implication that MCS does not exist, neither does somatization disorder or depression! In many cases, somatization disorder and depression are not actual mental illnesses, but rather symptoms caused by toxic chemical injury or an undiagnosed underlying medical condition and hence may have a biological origin.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Triggered by Food Dyes in 5yr Old Girl


Japanese researchers believe repeated exposure to artificial food dyes in sweets may have caused multiple chemical sensitivity in a 5 year old girl.

The case is reported by researchers at the Department of Environmental Immuno-Dermatology, Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan. It is one of only a handful of reported cases of multiple chemical sensitivity affecting a young child, with most involving adults.

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), sometimes referred to as environmental illness, renders sufferers acutely sensitive to tiny amounts of volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) commonly found in household and personal care products. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, dizziness and faintness, irregular or rapid heartbeat, asthma/breathing problems, short-term memory loss, and poor concentration.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Expert Releases Updated Book


Pamela Reed Gibson, PhD., has released the 2nd edition of her excellent book Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide has been a must read for all MCS sufferers since it was first published in 2000. Now a new version of the book has been released with substantially updated content.

Pamela Reed Gibson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is the author of numerous journal articles and regularly presents papers on MCS and environmental health topics.

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