Monday, December 22, 2014

Self-reporting of symptom development from exposure to radiofrequency fields of wireless smart meters in victoria, australia: a case series.

Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Nov;20(6):28-39.
Self-reporting of symptom development from exposure to radiofrequency fields of wireless smart meters in victoria, australia: a case series.
Abstract
Context • In 2006, the government in the state of Victoria, Australia, mandated the rollout of smart meters in Victoria, which effectively removed a whole population's ability to avoid exposure to human-made high-frequency nonionizing radiation. This issue appears to constitute an unprecedented public health challenge for Victoria. By August 2013, 142 people had reported adverse health effects from wireless smart meters by submitting information on an Australian public Web site using its health and legal registers. Objective • The study evaluated the information in the registers to determine the types of symptoms that Victorian residents were developing from exposure to wireless smart meters. Design • In this case series, the registers' managers eliminated those cases that did not clearly identify the people providing information by name, surname, postal address, and/or e-mail to make sure that they were genuine registrants. Then they obtained consent from participants to have their deidentified data used to compile the data for the case series. The author later removed any individual from outside of Victoria. Participants • The study included 92 residents of Victoria, Australia. Outcome Measures • The author used her medical experience and judgment to group symptoms into clinically relevant clusters (eg, pain in the head was grouped with headache, tinnitus was grouped with ringing in the ears). The author stayed quite close to the wording used in the original entries. She then calculated total numbers and percentages for each symptom cluster. Percentages were rounded to the nearest whole number.Results • The most frequently reported symptoms from exposure to smart meters were (1) insomnia, (2) headaches, (3) tinnitus, (4) fatigue, (5) cognitive disturbances, (6) dysesthesias (abnormal sensation), and (7) dizziness. The effects of these symptoms on people's lives were significant. Conclusions • Review of some key studies, both recent and old (1971), reveals that the participants' symptoms were the same as those reported by people exposed to radiofrequency fields emitted by devices other than smart meters. Interestingly, the vast majority of Victorian cases did not state that they had been sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) prior to exposure to the wireless meters, which points to the possibility that smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people's threshold for symptom development.

PMID: 25478801 [PubMed - in process]

Friday, November 14, 2014

NEWS, Science, & Links Summary for the W/E 11/14/2014

New support group for people with MCS in Montanta
http://mtmcsconnect.wix.com/mtmcsconnect
www.facebook.com/mtmcsconnect

Dr Molot 12 May 2014 Conference at McGill University
Women are more susceptible to the effects of the environment on health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDJBsOkqq4

Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of
the 'bubble people'
http://www.sensibilidadquimicamultiple.org/2014/09/spain-recognises-mcs-bubble-people-2014.html

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house...
or enjoy any modern pleasures inside
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-means-peter-lloyd-7948249

Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the
outside world
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/woman-who-is-allergic-to-the-21st-century-has-no-physical-contact-with-the-outside-world/story-fni0cx2y-1227092832555?nk=d70c1dcd5ac9a95bcda6681666fdea38

False Allegations of Child Abuse in Cases of Childhood Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis (ME)
http://www.tymestrust.org/pdfs/falseallegations.pdf

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New support group for people with MCS in Montanta

New support group for people with MCS in Montanta

Dr Molot 12 <ay 2014 Conference at McGill University

Dr Molot 12 May 2014 Conference at McGill University
Women are more susceptible to the effects of the environment on health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDJBsOkqq4 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world

Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/woman-who-is-allergic-to-the-21st-century-has-no-physical-contact-with-the-outside-world/story-fni0cx2y-1227092832555?nk=d70c1dcd5ac9a95bcda6681666fdea38

"FOR almost five years, I've lived in one single room, stripped of all possessions – apart from a fold-out bed that doesn't even have a mattress."

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house... or enjoy any modern pleasures inside

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house... or enjoy any modern pleasures inside
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-means-peter-lloyd-7948249

"The 42-year-old says he is desperate to be housed in an isolated wooden hut because virtually every aspect of modern life causes him pain"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in korean adults.

Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2014 Sep;6(5):409-14. doi: 10.4168/aair.2014.6.5.409. Epub 2014 Mar 21.
Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in korean adults.

Jeong I1, Kim I1, Park HJ2, Roh J3, Park JW2, Lee JH2.
Abstract
PURPOSE:
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a clinical syndrome representing multi-organ and psychological symptoms caused by chronic exposure to various chemicals in low concentrations. We evaluated the prevalence and related factors of MCS targeting Korean adults using the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI©).
METHODS:
A total of 446 participants were recruited from Severance Hospital. Participants underwent a questionnaire interview including questions on sociodemographic factors, occupational and environmental factors, allergic diseases, and the QEESI©. Among them, 379 participants completed the questionnaire and the QEESI©. According to the QEESI© interpretation results, participants were divided into very suggestive (VS) group and less suggestive (LS) group.
RESULTS:
The estimated prevalence of MCS was higher in allergic patients than non-allergic participants (19.7% and 11.3%, respectively, P=0.04). In the multivariate logistic regression analysis, ages of 30-39 (OR, 2.94; 95% CI, 1.25-6.95) and those of 40-49 (OR, 2.51; 95% CI, 1.02-6.21) were significantly related to MCS compared to those aged less than 30 years. Female sex (OR, 2.16; 95% CI, 1.11-4.18), experience of dwelling in a new house (OR, 2.05; 95% CI, 1.04-4.03), and atopic dermatitis (OR, 1.95; 95% CI, 1.04-3.69) were also significantly related to MCS. However, only age of 30-39 in the allergic group was significant in the stratified analysis.
CONCLUSIONS:
The estimated prevalence of MCS was higher among allergic patients than non-allergic participants. People with experience of dwelling in a new house and atopic dermatitis were more at risk of being intolerant to chemicals. Further studies to provide the nationally representative prevalence data and clarify risk factors and mechanisms of MCS are required.

PMID:  25228997 [PubMed]

Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of the 'bubble people'

Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of the 'bubble people
'http://www.sensibilidadquimicamultiple.org/2014/09/spain-recognises-mcs-bubble-people-2014.html

"MCS didn't "exist" before from an administrative point of view, which involved a "complete defencelessness situation" for the sufferers.
The addition of the condition to the healthcare system has been carried out in accordance with the WHO approved ICD guidelines which other countries had already adopted for this disease."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How to Better Accommodate Travelers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - By Glenn Hasek

How to Better Accommodate Travelers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - By Glenn Hasek

August, 4 2014
Green Lodging News
"Prior to one of her recent trips, Judy Smith called the motel where she was going to be staying and requested that no chemicals, air fresheners or room deodorizers be used in her room. Unfortunately, housekeeping only got the message about not using cleaning chemicals and not the part about not using air fresheners or room deodorizers."

[A new classification code is available in the Danish health-care classification system for patients with symptoms related to chemicals and scents.]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2014 May 26;176(11). pii: V10120627.

[A new classification code is available in the Danish health-care classification system for patients with symptoms related to chemicals and scents.]
[Article in Danish]

Elberling J1, Bonde JP, Vesterhauge S, Bang S, Linneberg A, Zachariae C, Johansen JD, Blands J, Skovbjerg S.

Author information:
1Videncenter for Duft- og Kemikalieoverfølsomhed, Hud- og allergiafdelingen, Gentofte Hospital, Niels Andersensvej 65, 2900 Hellerup. jelberling@dadlnet.dk.

Abstract

From July 2012, a classification code for multiple chemical sensitivity has been available in the Danish healthcare classification system. The overall purpose is to register hospital contacts in Denmark. The diagnostic code is labelled "Symptoms related to chemicals and scents", DR688A1, and classified as a subcategory to "Medically unexplained symptoms", DR688A, which is a specialization of the ICD-10 code "R68.8 Other specified general symptoms and signs". The classification was decided with reference to the present lack of scientific understanding.

PMID: 25096843 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Biological definition of multiple chemical sensitivity from redox state and cytokine profiling and not from polymorphisms of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes.

2010 Nov 1;248(3):285-92. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2010.04.017. Epub 2010 Apr 27.

Biological definition of multiple chemical sensitivity from redox state and cytokine profiling and not from polymorphisms of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a poorly clinically and biologically defined environment-associated syndrome. Although dysfunctions of phase I/phase II metabolizing enzymes and redox imbalance have been hypothesized, corresponding genetic and metabolic parameters in MCS have not been systematically examined.

OBJECTIVES:

We sought for genetic, immunological, and metabolic markers in MCS.

METHODS:

We genotyped patients with diagnosis of MCS, suspected MCS and Italian healthy controls for allelic variants of cytochrome P450 isoforms (CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3A5), UDP-glucuronosyl transferase (UGT1A1), and glutathione S-transferases (GSTP1, GSTM1, and GSTT1). Erythrocyte membrane fatty acids, antioxidant (catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD)) and glutathione metabolizing (GST, glutathione peroxidase (Gpx)) enzymes, whole blood chemiluminescence, total antioxidant capacity, levels of nitrites/nitrates, glutathione, HNE-protein adducts, and a wide spectrum of cytokines in the plasma were determined.

RESULTS:

Allele and genotype frequencies of CYPs, UGT, GSTM, GSTT, and GSTP were similar in the Italian MCS patients and in the control populations. The activities of erythrocyte catalase and GST were lower, whereas Gpx was higher than normal. Both reduced and oxidised glutathione were decreased, whereas nitrites/nitrates were increased in the MCS groups. The MCS fatty acid profile was shifted to saturated compartment and IFNgamma, IL-8, IL-10, MCP-1, PDGFbb, and VEGF were increased.

CONCLUSIONS:

Altered redox and cytokine patterns suggest inhibition of expression/activity of metabolizing and antioxidant enzymes in MCS. Metabolic parameters indicating accelerated lipid oxidation, increased nitric oxide production and glutathione depletion in combination with increased plasma inflammatory cytokines should be considered in biological definition and diagnosis of MCS.

Letter to the Editor: Go fragrance-free

Letter to the Editor:  Go fragrance-free
 
 

Your Smart Phone Is Making Birds Stupid

Your Smart Phone Is Making Birds Stupid
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2014/05/09/exposure-to-extremely-low-levels-electrosmog-disrupts-key-biological-processes-for-migratory-birds-study-says/

"A new study by scientists in Germany has shown exposure to so-called "electrosmog" adversely affects migratory birds' biological navigation systems.  Despite speculation to the contrary, electrosmog, or electromagnetic radiation created by the use of electronic devices, has not been shown to affect biological processes at levels lower than those considered to be safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).  For the first time, biologists at the University of Oldenburg have shown that robins lose their magnetic compass when exposed to AM radio waveband electromagnetic interference at levels as low far below the threshold defined by the WHO."

Nothing to smell here: Utilities Commission hopes to go fragrance-free

Nothing to smell here: Utilities Commission hopes to go fragrance-free
http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/government/nothing-smell-here-utilities-commission-hopes-go-fragrance-free

"The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is asking the public to go fragrance-free to accommodate people with chemical sensitivities."

How doctors are failing to spot the brain injury that could be behind 30,000 cases of 'chronic fatigue'

How doctors are failing to spot the brain injury that could be behind 30,000 cases of 'chronic fatigue'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2631263/How-doctors-failing-spot-brain-injury-30-000-cases-chronic-fatigue.html
"Patients misdiagnosed with CFS when they have brain damage
Post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP) is often cause by head injury
Symptoms include depression, obesity, fatigue and chronic pain"

Brain imaging reveals clues about chronic fatigue syndrome

Brain imaging reveals clues about chronic fatigue syndrome
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-brain-imaging-reveals-clues-chronic.html

"A brain imaging study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may have reduced responses, compared with healthy controls, in a region of the brain connected with fatigue. The findings suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with changes in the brain involving brain circuits that regulate motor activity and motivation."

Allsup Spotlights Research during Fibromyalgia Awareness Month in May

Allsup Spotlights Research during Fibromyalgia Awareness Month in May
http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/05/19/allsup-spotlights-research-during-fibromyalgia-awareness-month-in-may-a-506630.html#.U5TFRXZwXhk

"More than five million Americans experience chronic pain, headaches, tingling in their hands and feet, problems with thinking and memory and trouble sleeping due to fibromyalgia, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Many individuals with fibromyalgia are unable to continue working and are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Allsup, a nationwide SSDI representation company."

Women for a Healthy Environment Urges Companies, Co-Workers, "Don't Spray for a Day"

Women for a Healthy Environment Urges Companies, Co-Workers, "Don't Spray for a Day"
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1928277

"Don't spray for a day," is the call to companies across Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware today as Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) conducts its annual Fragrance Free Day during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  "We all want to work in a pleasant environment, but some of the products we use as employers or employees can unwittingly put others at risk and potentially cost businesses millions of dollars," said Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, executive director, Women for a Healthy Environment.

Sensitive skin in Brazil and Russia: An epidemiological and comparative approach.

Sensitive skin in Brazil and Russia: An epidemiological and comparative approach.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24899520

"Conclusion:  Respondents with rather sensitive or very sensitive skin are 2 or 3 times more reactive to climatic, environmental factors, cosmetics and food intake."

Long-Term Exposure To Microwave Radiation Provokes Cancer Growth: Evidences From Radars And Mobile Communication Systems

Long-Term Exposure To Microwave Radiation Provokes  Cancer Growth: Evidences From Radars And Mobile Communication Systems
http://exp-oncology.com.ua/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/110.pdf

Wireless Radiation Produces Health Effects by Activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels Presentation by Dr. Martin Pall, PhD

Wireless Radiation Produces Health Effects by Activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels

Presentation by Dr. Martin Pall, PhD., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University, presents to Oregon State Legislature House Committee on Health Care. Feb 24, 2014.

City of Lake Wales Issues Proclamation for Fibromyalgia (FM), Mialgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) And Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Day

City of Lake Wales Issues Proclamation for Fibromyalgia (FM), Mialgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) And Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Day. 

ME sufferer prays for a cure while trapped in own home for 20 years

ME sufferer prays for a cure while trapped in own home for 20 years
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/me-sufferer-prays-for-a-cure-while-trapped-in-own-home-for-20-years/story-fni0fit3-1226944817943

"FOR two decades Jenny Meagher has been trapped in her own home, unable to even concentrate on television, hoping research will give her the breakthrough she needs to return to life.   While she rejects the term, Ms Meagher has been held captive by what most people call chronic fatigue syndrome, but which she prefers to label as myalgic encephalomyelitis.  Whatever it is called, the 50-year-old Malvern mother's life has been largely placed on hold since she first suffered a virus 20 years ago which opened the door for the condition to take hold.  "It means I am basically housebound except for doctors' appointments," Ms Meagher said."

My illness 'stole my life'

My illness 'stole my life'
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/living-with-an-invisible-illness/10104212/My-illness-stole-my-life

"I live in constant fear. This sounds over dramatic but the reality of living for years and years with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was horrible, just the worst thing I had ever experienced.

I had severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)) for more than five years. Most symptoms have eased now, but I am constantly worried it will return. I am terrified it will come back and steal my life again.

I am very careful about over-extending myself, I can't stay up late or skip meals because over time that leads to the symptoms coming back, which is completely disabling.

I also can't over do exercise as any type of exhaustion sets me up to head back down that path. So even now my life is limited by the after effects and how I try to prevent this illness from taking hold again."

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