Tag Archives: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
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
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
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
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