Those with environmentally induced illness (EI) or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and their physicians who are working to help them have faced much of the same sort of skepticism and hostility as those who have been working to bring CFS into the medical mainstream.
Here are a few suggestions which will help you get started and learn more about chemical pollutants:
1) Don’t smoke, and don’t let people smoke in your home. People in homes where others are smoking experience twice as many respiratory infections as individuals in smoke-free homes, and such infections set up a vicious cycle of other health problems.
2) Don’t spray insecticides inside or outside of your home, and keep your windows closed on the days your neighbors spray their houses.
3) Try to bring about changes in your workplace. If your office is making you sick, bring information to your employer or seek a job in a less polluted environment.
4) Get a copy of the superb book by Lynn Lawson, Staying Well in a Toxic World.
5) Get a copy of the book Chemical Sensitivity (Vol I-IV) by the physician and environmental pioneer, William Rea, M.D. According to Rea, your resistance resembles a rain barrel and chemicals in your environment are like pipes draining into the barrel. When you’re exposed to many chemicals, your barrel overflows and symptoms develop.
(Source: Tired – So Tired and the ‘Yeast Connection’ by William G. Crook, M.D.)