Chemical Sensitivity: A Guide to Coping with Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Sick Building Syndrome and Other Environmental Illnesses

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This book, written from a patient's perspective, first defines chemical sensitivity, then describes its effects, and discusses strategies for dealing with it. A complete resource listing, information on documenting a case, expert opinions on CS and an examination of the issues are included. An appendix provides detoxification data.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
covers chemical sensitivity from the patient's perspective
a heroic work...scientific and scholarly. ...comprehensive, valuable, and sometimes moving account of chemical sensitivity
this truly amazing book provides a realistic, careful introduction to chemical sensitivity and its impacts, and excellent gentle guidance on how to deal with daily life...numerous expert opinions
Library Journal

Matthews's 1992 study covers chemical sensitivity from the patient's perspective, first defining it, then cataloging the effects and the means to deal with it.

—Michael Rogers
Matthews developed chemical sensitivity from work-related, chronic, low-level toxic exposure, and shares with other sufferers her experiences and the strategies and resources she found to cope with it. Includes a bibliography of over 800 entries, and a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Academic Library Book Review
"concentrates on the physical aspects of CS...a desirable acquisition"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437511
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/6/2008
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnye L. Matthews developed chemical sensitivity from work-related, low-level toxic exposure. She lives in Wasilla, Alaska.

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Table of Contents

1 What Is Chemical Sensitivity? 1
A Basic Introduction to CS 4
A Medical Overview of CS 12
Is CS Psychosomatic? 35
2 What It's Like to Have Chemical Sensitivity 39
Experience During Disease Development 39
Experience After Disease Development 42
The Problem Patient with a Persistent Problem, Treated by Problem Physicians and Surrounded by Problem People 47
3 Coping with Chemical Sensitivity 71
Physician and Patient Decisions Regarding Exposure 72
Patient Education 74
General Coping Strategies 77
Warning 98
4 Resources for the Chemical Sensitive 101
Legal Counsel 101
Financial Resources 102
Medical Resources 107
Advocacy and Support Groups 108
Information on Chemicals 110
Government Agencies 112
Legislators 113
5 Documenting the Chemical Sensitive's Case 115
Initial Phase 116
Filing the Initial Claim 122
Workers' Compensation 130
Additional Documentation 137
6 Society and the Chemical Sensitive 141
Issues in Chemical Sensitivity 141
Where Do We Go from Here? 147
Appendix A: Charts from Chapter 1 151
Appendix B: Detoxification 155
Appendix C: Opinions of Experts 159
Appendix D: Toxic Carpet Solution 181
Glossary 185
Bibliography 191
Index 271
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