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Nutritional Supplements - Good or Bad?

This week a major review of scientific research into whether certain antioxidant supplements improve health and extend life caused another debate on the usefullness and safety of nutritional supplements to erupt.

Scientists at Copenhagen University, Denmark, who are part of the respected Cochrane Collaboration looked at 67 studies on beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium

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    Patrick Holford makes money from selling nutritional supplements and is not a state registered dietitian. Some of what he peddles
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    Nice post, thanks for sharing this wonderful and useful information with us. Green Tea Weight Loss
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    Great blog! There’s plenty of useful information and motivation. I’ll definitely be back. Check
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US cities to avoid if you suffer from Spring allergies

Nasaleze

As a hayfever sufferer in the north of England it is the early Summer months of June and July that bring on a sense of dread. In the UK by far

the biggest cause of hayfever is grass pollen whose levels skyrocket at that time of year.

In other countries

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The Environmental Illness Resource Joins MICAGO Initiative

MICAGO MemberI am proud to report this week that The Environmental Illness Resource has joined the MICAGO initiative which is the brainchild of Gordon McHendry, a multiple chemical sensitivity sufferer and founder of the MCS International campaign and website.

MICAGO stands for MCS International Coalition of Allied Groups

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    Hi Matthew, Thank you for joining our growing international MICAGO Initiative and for your most welcome blog entry on it here on
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Allergies also affect mental health

If you suffer from respiratory allergies such as hayfever I'm sure you know that symptoms aren't limited to the obvious sneezing, itching, runny nose and watering eyes. Of course these are very annoying and often distressing but what those who don't have allergies don't realise is that mood disturbances such as depression, irritability and insomnia are also a common result of allergic reactions and can be equally or more distressing than the obvious allergy symptoms.

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Mar
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What's in your drinking water?

Have you ever wondered how clean your drinking water really is? Or maybe it's something you've never given a second thought. A recent investigation by the Associated Press has uncovered the disturbing reality of municipal water supplies.

Would you willingly drink water laced with antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones? According to the AP at least 41

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    Great piece. I learned why things in low doses can be more toxic then taking a bath in pure chemicals. When you study how they m
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Candida link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome needs proper investigation

New research to be published in the April issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics relating to dietary intervention in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had me very frustrated this week. The research was supposedly an attempt to determine if an anti-Candida diet is beneficial in those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The researchers note that Candida has been linked to CFS in many books and anecdotal reports but little scientific evidence exists for such a link. I couldn't agree more, good quality research that really gets to the bottom of this issue is required, unfortunately the research in question here does nothing to further scientific knowledge and to my mind is of very little value.

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Support for World Trade Center related illness

Ground Zero   For many of those who were in or around the World Trade Center on that fateful day of September 11, 2001, life has never been the same. Not only as a result of the obvious psychological trauma but also because many have been left with a host of physical symptoms and illnesses that the medical profession in many cases is unable to explain or effectively treat.

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    To all those in 9/11 rest in peace x x x x
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    I just found this link when researching for a rebuttal to Nightline march 20, 2008 that said Environmental Illness treatments are
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    For the past 12 yrs I work close to WTC/ground zero and volunteered in the evenings after right after 9/11 working with Family mem
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Natural Alternatives to Antidepressant Medications

Natural Antidepressants There has been a flurry of media activity in the UK this week after researchers from the University of Hull published a study showing that for mild to moderate depression antidepressant drugs show no clinically significant benefit over placebo. In other words they are pretty much useless. It turns out that pharmaceutical companies have been 'selectively reporting' studies on the effectiveness

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How to avoid wasting money when self-treating environmental illnesses

Whether you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or any other illness which we cover on The Environmental Illness Resource, the treatment options available from conventional medicine are extremely limited or totally non-existent.

When I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 1990 at the age of 11 I was given two treatment options by my doctor and various hospital specialists.....psychiatric treatment and 'graded exercise'. To cut a long story short, the psychiatric 'treatment' involved a grumpy old man suggesting that the only things wrong with me were that I didn't want to go to school and I had problems at home. Neither of these suggestions was even close to the truth, I loved school and was deeply upset about having to miss days because I was too ill. I also had a very happy home life and have a fantastic family. This is besides the fact that if I had problems at home AND wanted to avoid school, surely I would not have spent the days I had off school....at home in bed!

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Recovered fibromyalgia sufferer plans hike to raise awareness

I came across an amazing story this week of an ex-fibromyalgia sufferer who is planning to hike 800 miles across the state of Arizona in the United States.  The 'Arizona Trail' stretches from the state's borders with Mexico and Utah and includes terrain from lowland desert to pine forests.

The woman in question is 33 year old Sirena Dufault, who after a slow recovery from

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    A few months back something changed for me. I accepted my illnesses. I researched my illnesses, the drugs available (which I still
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Looking for alternatives to chemical air fresheners

To those of us who have been affected by multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and related conditions, fragranced products are a major menace. I feel those products rather amusingly called 'air fresheners' deserve special attention because of the way they are advertised to the public.

Manufacturers of 'air fresheners' make out that these products will make the air in our homes

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Towards a fair disability test for chronic fatigue syndrome patients

As a chronic fatigue sufferer who has gone through the process of applying for disability benefits I can say without a shadow of a doubt.....the assessment procedures are not set up for conditions such as CFS. I'm sure most CFS patients out there will have come to the same conclusion.

Here in the UK (and I'm sure it's similar in other countries) to apply for any benefits based on you being sick or disabled you must first complete the

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Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's Newsletter Content to be Featured on EIR

Dr. Jacob TeitelbaumI'm delighted to let you all know that after interviewing Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum about the use of Lyrica for fibromyalgia the other day (read article), he has graciously given his permission for us to publish his fantastic weekly CFS/FMS newsletter on The Environmental Illness
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    Publishing news letter is hard work for people with EI/MCS and you guys are doing wonderful job. I thank you for it.
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    i was hit very hard with a racquet ball in my neck 1 year ago and now suffer with a stiff neck constantly. can you suggest some h
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How things are getting better for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and allergy sufferers

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

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The Challenge of Flying with Environmental Illness

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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.

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    How true! Actually I never leave my place without the 3M carbon activated mask I use. Not that I leave much either I'll check out
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Could Mold be Causing your Health Problems?

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

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Dec
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Portrait of the Skeptic

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

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    Thank you all for the nice comments. It makes all the work worth it when I get a reponse like this Zil, I hope your SSI hearing
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    I couldn't agree more! As an MCS sufferer with a sensitive soul, I am profoundly grateful to folks like you who can "take it up" w
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    Thank you! I'm up for my hearing with SSI and I wish I could read this article to the court room. Keep writing.
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Will Ampligen ever be approved for chronic fatigue syndrome?

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 (

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Allergies: Could your Christmas tree be a trigger?

Christmas Tree

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?

The

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    Grew up with artificial trees due to family allergies. Always stored them so they would stay dry and dust-free. 1st 2 years of mar
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    A significant portion of our artificial Christmas tree [url]http://www.santasquartersno.com/artificialchristmastrees.html[/url] cu
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Could Wi-Fi be causing autism?

Wireless Tower

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

Tagged in: autism wi-fi wireless
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    this ties in beautifully with the massive aerial spraying program that goes on above our heads each and every day http://www.yout
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Celebrities with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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

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    I was diagnosed with CFS earlier this year (April 2013). I started to feel ill in March 2012 and presented with symptoms of heart
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    Environmental issues trigger the illness and obviously continued exposure to the trigger problem will continue the illness. It is
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    I'm a sufferer of CFS and live in Australia. Some famous sports people from Australia who have CFS are: * Alistair Lynch, notably
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Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)

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

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New Third Edition of From Fatigued to Fantastic!

From Fatigued to Fantastic!

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

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Lawmaker looking out for doctor treating Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

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

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    keep me informed please you keep me hope full ok
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    AWWW!! I was getting excited there for a minute too. Well, maybe his bringing it up will be a factor in someone else taking an i
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My DHEA Conundrum

Around 7 years ago I had a test done called the Adrenal Stress Index (ASI). This test measures levels of the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA in saliva samples taken at various points throughout the day. Multiple samples are needed to get an accurate picture of cortisol levels as they vary considerably during the day in everyone.

My ASI results indicated that my cortisol

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    Higher dosages can be used when by-passing typical hepatic metabolism of dose
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    Hi Charlie, Thanks for you recommendations. I'm glad the sublingual form of DHEA has proved useful to you I completely agree wi
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    I also have liver problems and take DHEA in sublingual form to bypass the liver metabolism. There are also DHEA transdermal cre
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Could a widespread fragrance ban happen?

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:

Student Group Pushes for Fragrance Ban on College Campus

As I mentioned in that story,

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    These kind of people in general are nasty. I have suffeed deliberate sprayings, and other traumas, by these horrible people. They
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    I myself have asthma and perfumes of any kind (and grass) set me off. There have been times it has affected my breathing for a cou
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    @Joseph Wallin: I think if you had to be a bum to your family because fragrances made you too ill to work then you'd want to be a
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BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies (Nutritional Health)

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

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    Hi Ayla, Don't mention it, happy to share the information with everyone. Thank you for the congratulations! I graduated with fir
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    Hi Maff Having read the above with great interest I must first congratulate you on getting through the degree. Can I ask you how
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    Hi Steve, I have just completed the final essay of my BSc in Nutritional Health from BCNH/University of Greenwich and will gradua
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Natural Trade Show in Harrogate (UK)

Natural Trade Show - Harrogate, UK
Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Natural Trade Show and Total CAM Show which are being jointly held at the Harrogate International Centre. I say lucky because I was able to see a number of talks on natural health issues by some great
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    Hi Sloan, That's a fantastic article by Mike Adams. I'm a frequent visitor to News Target and don't know how he finds the time to
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    Hi, Re soap nuts. If you like them then Mike Adams ("the health ranger") is buying them in serious bulk and he might arrange for s
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Sep
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The new site is here!

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

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    Hi, Welcome to the site. I hope you find the information and resources useful. If your DHEA-S is low that certainly be a possibl
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    Hi maff...I am new here doin my own research since my blood work came back with low dheas and ...my gyn (who specializes in bioden