A Blog For Those Affected By Environmental And Invisible Illnesses Written By Fellow Survivors
As a multiple chemical sensitivity and allergy sufferer myself I can safely say that life hasn't exactly been a walk in the park. This is a sentiment with which I'm sure my fellow "canaries" would agree! However, I am also able to appreciate that things could be much worse for me than they are in 2007. If I had developed MCS in the 1980's for example, I'm sure my life
Having just returned from a trip overseas at Christmas, which involved a total of four long flights, I thought I would write about the considerable challenge that flying poses for those suffering from environmental illness.
I'm sure most people would agree that travelling by air in itself is a stressful experience. There's checking-in with the long lines and security interrogation and then there's the waiting around before it's time to board the plane.
I was watching an episode of 'King of the Hill' the other day in which the Hill family were told they had a mold problem in their home. While the episode was very funny (as always!) it put across the message that mold isn't something that needs to be taken seriously and that anyone suggesting your house has a mold problem is a conman. This attitude is very widespread with the public and even many healthcare providers often dismiss the possibility of mold being at the root of health issues. Unfortunately mold in reality can be the cause of
I had intended to write on a completely different subject today, something much more seasonal and light-hearted. Unfortunately I found myself on a website reading a rather heated debate between multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) sufferers and those who believe (or portain to believe) that MCS is a psychiatric disorder. As a result I felt compelled to write about MCS skeptics and analyse
The antiviral drug Ampligen has supposedly been the big breakthrough in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) treatment for 20 years. The long wait for patients looks set to continue and the reason ironically seems to be that clinical trial data submitted by Hemispherx Biopharma Inc., the drugs maker, is too old and doesn't meet new criteria.
Hemispherx submitted a New Drug Application (
With the holiday season rapidly approaching most of us will be thinking about getting a Christmas tree to bring the festive spirit into our homes. The trees are a source of joy for most but what about people who suffer from allergies?
There are currently reports circulating on the internet about a study showing that the electromagnetic radiation from wi-fi routers could contribute to the development of autism.
The study in question was conducted by Dr. George Carlo
I came across a story the other day about the Welsh professional golfer Ian Woosnam and his battle with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Woosnam hasn't played a European Tour event since July after being diagnosed with CFS, but plans to launch his senior golf career next March at the Barbados Open.
This story made me curious to find out about other celebrities who are suffering from chronic
In the news this week I discovered that the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) journal is getting a new editor-in-chief so I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a little bit about EHP for those who haven't come across it before.
Environmental Health Perspectives is a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS
The third edition of Dr. Joseph Teitelbaum's bestselling book 'From Fatigued to Fantastic!' was released recently. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the best known chronic catigue syndrome and fibromyalgia specialists and this title is basically all of his knowledge and experience
Earlier this week as I was browsing through news updates in my email inbox I came across a story which put a big smile on my face. It seemed that a member of the US House of Representatives was taking a stand against a medical board who were staging a witch hunt for doctors who dare to treat people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).
As someone who has suffered from severe
My ASI results indicated that my cortisol
I'd like to tell you about my experiences with LifeWave patches. After initial skepticism I can report that I am quite frankly amazed and excited by them.
For those who don't know, a company called LifeWave Inc has been promoting a range of skin patches, much like nicotine patches, which they claim have various specific effects on the body. For instance, there are patches for increasing
Yesterday I reported on a group of students at Stanislaus State College, California, who are campaigning for a campus ban on fragrances. That story can be read here:
As I mentioned in that story,
Last week I finally started studying for a bachelor's degree, 10 years after I would have done so if I hadn't been ill.
I am happy to report that I have now moved past feeling anger towards my situation and instead am glad my life has turned out the way it has thus far. I now have a new purpose in life that started with the founding of The Environmental Illness Resource and now continues
After more than 5 months of solid work I am delighted to welcome you to the new version of The Environmental Illness Resource!
When I decided it was time for a new site I really didn't appreciate the work it would involve. The original site which I started in 2004 had grown to a total of 1200 pages which all had to be copy and pasted to the new site once I'd got the design and database