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Mistakes and Consequences

Mistakes

 

Consequences

Placing the Presumption on the Wrong Side

 

The most common mistake people make is to subject persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus when they report their experience of repeatable, controllable circumstances, contrary to ethics, social convention and laws since the Magna Carta. This practice is unethical in any context, but becomes especially damaging in clinical medicine.

 

Fear of Liability

"An important point is the fear of liability (at the legal and moral level) which perpetrates attitudes and actions. The protective psychological mechanism that comes into action when one knows deeply other people have been harmed, because of their negligence, or because they have been hiding behind the presumed lack of science, because they have minimized, belittled the issues, this mechanism which hides behind denial, camouflage, or aggression needs to be uncovered. Consequences need to be brought to the conscious level, for healing to take place, and prevention to take its role.

Prevalence - Caress and Steinemann

“We examined the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), a hypersensitivity to common chemical substances. We used a randomly selected sample of 1582 respondents from the Atlanta, Ga, standard metropolitan statistical area. We found that 12.6% of our sample reported the hypersensitivity and that, while the hypersensitivity is more common in women, it is experienced by both men and women of a variety of ages and educational levels.

Cities and Sensitivities

When approached, a couple of Councillors with the City of Ottawa asked for a summary of municipal concerns. The result is the attached PowerPoint, addressed to the City of Ottawa. It applies to most cities in Ontario and, to a lesser extent, to cities across Canada. The presentation is also available in pdf format.

One of the greatest concerns is that municipal public health officials contribute to damages by eclipsing the history of persons with sensitivities behind controversy about the recent additional theories of so-called "doctors of environmental medicine."

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