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International Environmental Sensitivity Awareness Day

Join us online on May 12th for Environmental Sensitivities Day for an online seminar:  “What you need to know, who needs to know, and what you can do about Environmental Sensitivities” http://www.aseq-ehaq.ca/e…/environmental-sensitivities-day/…

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We win some and we lose some, but we’re winning the fight!

Since the 1980s, doctors have been fighting over the legitimacy of environmentally linked conditions – Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (ES/MCS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). After years of  paddling upstream, the tides are now turning strongly in our … Continue reading

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One of many barriers for canaries.

This an example of how difficult it is for people with invisible disabilities to receive accommodations that are rightfully theirs. Last week in Mclean’s Magazine It took months of mediation between a student with invisible disabilities, York University and the … Continue reading

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2015 – A Retrospective

It’s the end of 2015, a time to celebrate the promise of the coming year but also a time to reflect on the 12 months that have just passed. It was an incredibly exciting year for me professionally. As a physician who advocated for my patients for so many years, I no longer feel that I am paddling upstream against the hardline, medically conservative current that has discredited environmental medicine for decades. The patient groups that I work with have realistic hope for improved care in the near future. Continue reading

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May 12th is Awareness Day

In the early 80s, my practice in family medicine evolved into a practice in environmental medicine. I was seeing more patients with chronic fatigue and in order understand what each patient was feeling, I had to learn what questions to ask to get an accurate description of what they meant by fatigue. At that time, fatigue was already being described as the most common, yet least understood and most neglected symptom in medicine. Continue reading

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Why do employees with MCS struggle for accommodation and benefits?

I recently testified as an expert witness on behalf of a patient with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) who was being denied accommodation in the workplace. The lawyer for the insurance company began the proceedings by trying to discredit me as an expert but my CV convinced the Judge to accept my testimony. These companies employ lawyers and physicians who support the insurance company’s stance and continue to discredit doctors who treat patients with environmentally related conditions. So it’s no wonder that these patients still struggle to obtain benefits and accommodation. Continue reading

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Allergy vs Sensitivity

On May 12th, I was interviewed on CJAD radio in Montreal on the Tommy Schnurmacher show. The topic was the effect of the polluted environment on health and why women are more afflicted with environmentally related illnesses than men. There was a phone in segment for people to call in questions. The last caller was scornful. He told me that he had allergies during childhood, had received allergy shots, was no longer allergic, and insisted that he would continue to use deodorant. I could only respond to the latter point, that it was his personal choice to apply chemicals to his body, because we had run out of program time. Continue reading

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