The Environmental Illness Resource is the result of a wish to create one place where information on a number of related, and poorly understood, chronic illnesses could be presented. This group of illnesses is variously referred to by names including environmental illnesses and chronic neuroimmune disorders. At its inception in 2003 there were a number of great websites that provided excellent information on one, or a couple of these illnesses, but there was a need for a site that covered them all - since the information presented for one is often very useful for sufferers of some of the others. There have been a significant number of medical studies published that link two or more of the illnesses covered on this website. The links come in the form of similar or identical biochemical abnormalities and also in similarities in proposed causative factors and treatments. We feel it is important to highlight the links between these complex multi-system illnesses as this can only increase the chances of effectively treating each of them. It is apparent that a paradigm shift in how medicine views health and illness and mind and body is required before such illnesses can be understood and effectively treated.
Matthew Hogg, founder and contributing-editor of The Environmental Illness Resource, was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 1991 at the age of 11 and his illness eventually progressed to include allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), irritable bowel syndrome/gut dysbiosis/Candida-related illness, adrenal fatigue and various mental and emotional problems including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Through the process of running The Environmental Illness Resource, researching the medical literature and consulting various medical professionals, Matthew has subsequently been able to recover from MCS and learned to manage and mitigate the symptoms of ME/CFS and his other associated conditions. In 2010 he gained a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Greenwich, London (UK) and a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the UK College of Nutrition and Health (BCNH). Matthew lives in Yorkshire, England and is dedicated to helping others with environmental illnesses improve their quality of life and regain their health through this website and other projects.
Content on The Environmental Illness Resource is written by Matthew himself as well as regular columists and other contributors, predominantly medical professionals and academics. For a list of regular contributors see here.
The Environmental Illness Resource: Mission Statement
"The Environmental Illness Resource seeks to provide those with environmental illnesses with information of the highest quality in the hope that this will lead to improved quality of life and perhaps even recovery of good health. In addition, to provide a free and open online community in which members may exchange information between themselves and support each other in their healing journeys."
We sincerely hope you and/or your loved ones will benefit from having discovered our website.
Best of health,
The Environmental Illness Resource Team
12 Maplewood Drive