Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

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On Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

___ P9. Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes   => $37 plus $6 shipping from MCS R&R by Nicholas Ashford and Claudia Miller, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 1998, 440 pages
Includes the entire text of the first edition (a report written for the New Jersey Department of Health which won the World Health Organization's Macedo Award), and four new chapters.  
This is the definitive scholarly book on MCS. Reviews the literature on health effects of low-level chemical exposures, MCS, and related topics. Fairly technical. Loaded with references.Discusses the proposed origins of MCS, health effects associated with chemicals and food, physiological mechanisms, diagnostic approaches, developments in research and recognition of MCS, and chemical industry efforts to block this recognition.  "Clinicians and policymakers would do well to read and heed the advice of this book."–Journal of the American Medical Association

___ S6. Less Toxic Alternatives
Names chemical and toxic products to avoid as well as safer alternatives for a wide variety of home and institutional uses. By Carolyn Gorman with Marie Hyde Dickson. Published by Optimum Press, 176 pages, 1997. (paperback)
=> $18 plus $4 shipping from MCS R&R

___ P6. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities at Work
A "Training Workbook for Working People" with accompanying video (see below) developed in conjunction with rank and file union members for use in workplace education programs. 86 pages, published by the Labor Institute of NYC, 1993. (out of print: photocopy only)
=> $10 plus $4 shipping from MCS R&R

___ P7. MCS: An Occupational Hazard (video)
Professional video focuses on the struggles for recognition, reasonable accommodation, and workers compensation waged by MCS patients who were made sick in office buildings. Includes MCS at Work Training Workbook (P6 above). 28 minutes, produced by the Labor Institute NYC.
=> $25 plus $6 shipping from MCS R&R

___ P10. MCS: The Great Debate (video)
MCS R&R executive director Albert Donnay and former medical director Dr. Grace Ziem debate Dr. Ronald Gots and Dr. Stephen Barrett, co-authors of "Chemical Sensitivity: the Truth About Environmental Illness" and founders of the Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute and Quackwatch, respectively. Hosted by the American College of Toxicology, 1998, 2.5 hours
=> $25 plus $6 shipping from MCS R&R

On Porphyrin Disorders

___ P4. Mechanisms of Chemical-Induced Porphyrinopathies
edited by Silbergeld EK and Fowler BA. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, volume 514,.1987, 350 pages. Includes 34 research papers and 10 posters from a 3-day conference of the same name sponsored by the NYAS in October 1987.
=> $59 plus $6 shipping  from MCS R&R

On Carbon Monoxide

___ P12. Carbon Monoxide
Edited by David Penney, 13 contributed chapters, 296 pages, CRC Press, 1996.
=> $109 plus $6 shipping  from MCS R&R

___ P13. Carbon Monoxide Toxicity
Edited by David Penney, 23 contributed chapters, including one by Albert Donnay on the History of Neurasthenia (aka MCS), 560 pages, CRC Press, 2000.
=> $ 89 plus $6 shipping  from MCS R&R

On Oxygen Therapy

___ P14. Oxygen Multistep Therapy: Physiological and Technical Foundations
by Manfred von Ardenne. Translated by Paula Kirby and Winfried Kruger. 319 figures, 50 tables, 402 pages, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc, 1990.
=> $ 79 plus $6 shipping  from MCS R&R

___ P14. The Physiological Basis for Oxygen Therapy
by Julius Comroe and Robert Dripps. (American Lectures in Physiology #42, edited by Robert Pitts), Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 85 pages, 1950 (out of print: photocopy only)
=> $ 20 plus $4 shipping from MCS R&R

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide
Pamela Reed Gibson, PhD
New Harbinger Publications, 2000
Provides step-by-step methods for coping with MCS, including suggestions for how to make one's home safe, choose treatments, get professional help, apply for disability benefits, and mobilize the support of family and friends.
$16.95 Order


Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive
Alison Johnson, Editor
MCS Information Exchange, 2000
"Alison Johnson is a highly respected freelance journalist who has given us first-rate books and videos on the subject of chemical sensitivity and Gulf War syndrome. This volume, like her other works, advances our understanding of how chemical exposures from our air, food, and water can trigger serious illnesses in a growing proportion of our population."–Gerald Ross, MD, FRSM, Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health
A 90-minute video produced and directed by Alison Johnson
MCS Information Exchange, 1998
This video illustrates the devastating effect that MCS has had on the lives of over a dozen people from diverse backgrounds. Six leading physicians and scientists working in the field of chemical sensitivity also provide commentary.
"The best video presentation of MCS I have seen to date."–Diane Thomas, Editor, The Human Ecologist
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Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield
A 78-minute video produced and directed by Alison Johnson
MCS Information Exchange, 2000
This video documents the exposures to oil well fires, nerve gas, and other toxic substances that our troops encountered in the Gulf War and shows the severe health problems that have resulted. A copy was given to each member of Congress with a letter of endorsement from Ross Perot.
"Producer Alison Johnson has successfully captured on film the plight and pain of these heroes."
–Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations
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Gulf War Syndrome: Legacy of a Perfect War
Alison Johnson
MCS Information Exchange, 2001
Part I contains chapters discussing the various toxic exposures our troops encountered in the Gulf War. Part II contains stories from 24 ill veterans in their own words.
"Alison Johnson's knowledge of the field of chemical injury and chemical sensitivity has enabled her to present a careful analysis of the various toxic exposures that have contributed to Gulf War syndrome."–Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD, FACP, NeuroMed and NeuroTox Associates, Agoura Hills, California, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
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Staying Well in a Toxic World: Understanding Environmental Illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chemical Injuries, and Sick Building Syndrome
Lynn Lawson
Lynnword Press, 1994
A comprehensive discussion of the health effects of chemicals commonly used in our modern world. This 488-page book is loaded with resources, references, and suggested reading. An 80-page supplement published in 2000 updates the resources and notes changes that have occurred in the world of exposure to toxic chemicals since the original volume was published.
"Lynn Lawson has documented, in a highly readable fashion, the devastating effects our surroundings are having on one particular endangered species–human beings."–John Bower, Healthy House Institute, author of Healthy House Building and The Healthy House
Original book, $15.95, s&h $3; supplement, $8, s&h $2. Set of both books, $21.95, s&h $4. Discounts available for volume purchases.
To order, send a check made out to "Lynn Lawson" to Staying Well, P.O. Box 1732, Evanston, IL 60201.


An Alternative Approach to Allergies
Theron G. Randolph, MD, and Ralph W. Moss, PhD
Harper & Row, revised edition, 1989
Dr. Randolph is the "father" of the field of environmental medicine.
"The authors lucidly illustrate the scope and severity of ecologic illness now pervading our society and offer many practical aids to help everyone recognize this type of medical problem."–Doris J. Rapp, MD
$14.00 Order

Is This Your Child?
Doris J. Rapp, MD
William Morrow, 1991
A guide for discovering and treating unrecognized forms of allergy and chemical sensitivity, such as hyperactivity, aggression, learning problems, attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, delinquency, and other behavioral problems, recurrent infections, intestinal problems, and poor health. Helps parents identify common foods, chemicals, and other allergic substances that may be causing their children's problems. Informative for patients of all ages.
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