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Read more – environmental sensitivities

Read more – environmental sensitivities
Did you know?... May is Environmental Sensitivities (ES) month. The term Environmental Sensitivities includes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Electro Hypersensitivity (EHS) What can you do to help people who suffer from this medical condition? Become a Scent-Free Healthy Household! Take a keen look at your personal and cleaning products www.lesstoxicguide.ca www.ewg.org/skindeep Be Aware of Electromagnetic Radiation Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, also known as electro-sensitivity or electro-hypersensitivity, is a disorder in which a person presents symptoms caused or aggravated by magnetic fields or waves. For solutions visit: www.em3e.com If you know people who have this medical condition, please accommodate their needs - you are also helping yourself and your family! If you suffer from this medical condition, know that we at ASEQ-EHAQ are working hard to create awareness and education, and to obtain recognition and appropriate health and social services for sufferers in Quebec. Do you want to help? Contact us! What is it? How many people have been diagnosed? Over 1 million Canadians have been diagnosed with this medical condition. Environmental Sensitivities (ES) includes all sensitivities such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS). 179,000 Quebecers have been diagnosed with ES (Statistic Canada, 2010), up from 171,000 in 2005. The number of people in Canada diagnosed with this condition has increased by 34% during this same period. ~3% of Canadians have been diagnosed with MCS, which commonly overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (Statistics Canada, 2007). 5% of Canadians (1.5 million people) have been diagnosed with at least…
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EMFS Studies & Articles

EMFS Studies & Articles
Guide to Greener Electronics 2006 WHO Research Agenda for Radio Frequency Fields Manual for Measuring Occupational Electric and Magnetic Field Exposures Study by Hallberg & Johansson: Apparent decreases in Swedish public health indicators after 1997—Are they due to improved diagnostics or to environmental factors? Study by Johansson: Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields—A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment Study: Effect of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiations (RF-EMR) on passive avoidance behaviour and hippocampal morphology in Wistar rats Study: Effects of exposure to a mobile phone on sexual behavior in adult male rabbit: an observational study. Study: Qualitative effect on mRNAs of injury-associated proteins by cell phone like radiation in rat facial nerves. How Shall we Cope With the Increasing Amounts of Airborne Radiation? EMF - UN Geneva PACE health statement 07-08 EMF - EU parliament vote 04/01/09 Cell Phones and Brain Tumors 15 Reasons for Concern WHO OMS Rappor Prague EHS Proceedings 2004 Radiofrequency (RF) Sickness in the Lilienfeld Study: An Effect of Modulated Microwaves?
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Definition of an electro magnetic field by the WHO

Definition of an electro magnetic field by the WHO
The result of natural phenomena "Electric and magnetic fields are generated by phenomena such as the Earth’s magnetic field, online thunderstorms, and the use of electricity. When such fields do not vary with time they are referred to as static and have a frequency of 0 Hz." Application in technologies "Recent technological innovations have led to the use of magnetic fields up to 100 000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. They are used in research and in medical applications such as MRI that provides three-dimensional images of the brain and other soft tissues. For static magnetic fields, acute effects are only likely to occur when there is movement in the field, such as motion of a person or internal body movement, such as blood flow or heart beat. A person moving within a field above 2 T can experience sensations of vertigo and nausea, and sometimes a metallic taste in the mouth and perceptions of light flashes. Although only temporary, such effects may have a safety impact for workers executing delicate procedures (such as surgeons performing operations within MRI units)." Recommendations of the WHO “The WHO recommends that the authorities: Adopt international norms based on scientific studies seen to limit human exposure; Adopt protective measure during industrial and scientific utilization of magnetic fields presenting a risk in holding them at a distance by encasing generators or by using administrative means, such as awareness programs for personnel; Envisage an agreement for magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) to guarantee that protective…
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Important documents

ES-MCS Status Report June 22 01 12Accommodation for Environmental Sensitivities: Legal PerspectiveThe Medical Perspective of Environmental SensitivitiesAnnotated bibliographyPolicy on Environmental Sensitivities    Click here to view web site    Click here to view documentPoorly Understood Conditions of the 21st CenturyTaking an exposure - HistoryMultiple Chemical Sensitivity: Toxicological and Sensitivity Mechanisms By Martin L. Pall
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Statistics

Statistics
Canadian Statistics 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses 3.6% of all Canadian nurses experienced chemical sensitivities MCS commonly overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) Statistics Canada - January 2007 In 2003, shop 5% of Canadians (1.2 million people) have been diagnosed with at least one of these disorders. Of the 5% of Canadians diagnosed 2.4% reported MCS, ed 1.5% FM and 1.3% CFS. Among these individuals, cialis sale at least 14% had two of the three conditions. Overall incidence rose with age from 1.6% at ages 12 to 24 to 6.9% at ages 45 to 64 Close to a million Canadians being diagnosed with MCS represents a large, unnecessary and avoidable tragedy, as well as a drain on society and the economy. BURDEN TO SOCIETY MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY Significant differences were found in the capacity to function and health care usage between people in the general population with and without a diagnosis of MCS. Percentage of people with a MCS diagnosis who needed help with housework, preparing meals, errands, appointments - 22% Medical Interventions - People with MCS who: Visited the family doctor more than 10 times - 17% Visited specialists - 43% Visited alternative practitioners in the previous year - 33% Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Social and Economic Impact in Québec The following information was extracted from the Statistics Canada datafile for the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. An estimated 171,000 Quebecers have been diagnosed with MCS. Just over half were between…
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Prevalence

Extract from «The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities» by Margaret E. Sears (M.Ing., Ph.D.) Mai 2007     Read the full report     Diagnostic criteria are used by physicians to identify a health condition in individuals, and by researchers to determine the proportion of the population experiencing the condition severely enough to seek medical care. Some people with environmental sensitivities are less severely affected and may not seek care. This proportion of individuals in the population is generally investigated with more general questions about reactions to perfumes or other everyday chemicals. In January 2007, Statistics Canada reported that 5% of Canadians (1.2 million people) suffer "medically unexplained physical symptoms," including multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.(9) According to Statistics Canada’s 2003 National Population Health Survey (N=135,573),b the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed multiple chemical sensitivities was 2.4% in people aged twelve or older,(9) and 2.9% in people thirty years of age or older.(10) The 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses revealed that 3.6% of all Canadian nurses experienced chemical sensitivities (N=18,676).(11) Prevalence in the general American population has been reported to range from 3.1% doctor-diagnosed multiple chemical sensitivity in Atlanta, Georgia (N=1,582)12 to 6.3% doctor-diagnosed chemical sensitivity in a large California survey (N=4,046).(13) Many more people experience less severe sensitivities. Self-reports of heightened sensitivity (feeling ill) on exposure to "everyday " chemicals in American populations ranges from 11% of 1,057 participants in a US national survey 14 and 16% in California,(13) to 33% in rural North…
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Definition of EMS

Definition of EMS
2.1 Definition Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, check called also electro sensitivity or electro hypersensitivity is a disorder in which a person presents symptoms of a caused or aggravated by magnetic fields or waves. These symptoms are recognized by the WHO and by numerous scientific studies (ref. Bioinitiative Report). Here is the WHO’S definition: “For some time, numerous individuals complained of diverse health problems attributed to exposure to electromagnetic fields. While certain individuals report mild symptoms and are able to avoid these fields, others are so gravely affected that it becomes necessary to stop working and to modify their lifestyle totally. This sensitivity is presumed to be from electromagnetic fields and is generally called electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS).” The sources of these symptoms can be multiple: computer monitors, antennas, high tension wires, electric transformers or mobile telephones. The proportion of individuals who suffer from electro sensitivity varies; certain studies indicate 8% of the population interviewed. Each case of electro sensitivity is unique; also, the symptoms and their gravity vary from one person to another. 2.2 Symptoms 2.2.1 Symptoms described by the s: Neurological symptoms : headache, vertigo, nausea, difficulty concentrating, loss in memory, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, change in reflex reaction, sore joints, leg pain, fever, as well as more severe symptoms causing paralysis or psychosis. Cardiac symptoms: palpitations, arrhythmia, chest pain, change in blood pressure, change in cardiac rhythm, shortness of breath. Respiratory symptoms: sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma. Dermatological symptoms: redness, itchiness, burning sensations. Ophthalmological symptoms: pain and burning…
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Ressources

Ressources
Less Toxic guide Masks I can breathe masks Cotton masks with charcoal filters, capsule tygon oxygen tubing, treat vitamins, minerals, personal and other products for the chemically sensitive Tel: 1-905-826-3537 www.easilydone.com Masks. Bedding. Personal, Pet & Cleaning products, air purifier filters, etc Needs: Resource for health and wellness www.needs.com Quorum Allergy Care 1-866-551-0142 http://www.quorumallergy.com/ Complete Electromagnetic Hygiene Services Measuring Instruments Mitigation Products Bed Canopies, Fabrics, Protective Clothing http://www.em3e.com/
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Life with EH

First Steps to improve or maintain your health At work: Accommodating Employees with Environmental Sensitivities: A Guide for the workplace       Scent-free areas - global: Scent free policy with posters Color Poster | Black and White poster         SCENT FREE FACILITIES, try ORGANIZATIONS, EVENTS and those with policy statements recognizing the negative impact of scented products on health.Updated 2003-2005 Travel Green Vacation Hub http://www.greenvacationhub.com/environmental.php Safer Travel Directory http://www.safertraveldirectory.com/mcs-resources.php   SCENT FREE FACILITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, EVENTSand those with policy statements recognizing the negative impact of scented products on health.     Updated 2003-2005  
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