Health Care Women Int. 2006 Aug;27(7):571-84.
Environmental issues and work: women with multiple chemical sensitivities.
Lipson JG, Doiron N. School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.
Multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) is an acquired condition in which exposure to low levels of chemicals causes symptoms in multiple organ systems. Some 12%-16% of the U.S. population has some level of chemical sensitivity, 80% of whom are women. Attempts to reduce chemical exposures leads to enormous life difficulties at home, school, and workplace. We base our article on an ethnographic study of MCS in the United States and Canada. We describe here themes related to work issues in terms of a general trajectory of becoming sick from work exposures, coping with toxic physical environments and dealing with coworkers and, when unable to continue working, applying for workers' compensation, or disability status, or both.
PMID: 16844671 [PubMed - in process]