Riedel recommends pesticide labelling. Ottawa: Health and Welfare; 1985.
Deiter Riedel was Health and Welfare's file manager on pesticide related recommendations. He recommended that Agriculture Canada consider changing the federally required labels on pesticides to include a warning concerning persons with sensitivities.
Health and Welfare memo ignores main issues. Ottawa; 1986.
Health Protection Branch summarizes concern by leaving out all the serious issues. The issue of reverse onus is ignored, as is hundreds of years of history of persons with sensitivities. In their place is a debate about the Johnny-come-lately disease model subgroup described by doctors of environmental medicine. The memo demonstrates the main stereotypes and misconceptions facing persons with sensitivities at the federal level in 1986.
HWC Environmental Health Directorate (first page only). Ottawa; 1986.
Somers notes HWC's April, 1986 review of Thomson report, notes chemicals often involved, misrepresents basis of Thomson report's recommendation, ignores ongoing preventable harm, unethical conduct in medicine, says Health Protection Branch should be involved.
HWC Environmental Health Directorate reviews Thomson Report. Ottawa; 1986.
Environmental Health Directorate claims to have "addressed satisfactorily" the issues, "particularly when specific problems such as indoor air quality, and exposure to tobacco smoke were involved." Author then shucks off responsibility to LCDC, where Chronic Disease Epidemiologist John Davies became file manager. ironically, Davies had sensitivities and was familiar with a long history that I had not known, and that his department was ignoring.
Epp to Brown (REGISTERED). Ottawa: Health and Welfare; 1987.
In the Canadian political system, decent people can be made to say the most destructive and dishonourable things. This letter subjects people with sensitivities to a reverse onus, ignores our history, summarizes the Thomson report as saying what is, in context, the precise opposite of what it said. The Thomson report found an existing, publicly insured method of diagnosis, and recommended it's continued support by OHIP. It is a method encouraged, today, in extension courses offerred by the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Whatever provincial issues exist, Health and Welfare has responsibilities. When children are being killed unnecessarily because of misconceptions the department is fostering, the department has a legal duty of care. Zimmerman recommended moving forward on socio-economic issues, which included attitudes Zimmerman himself decried in medicine. Unfortunately, the same attitudes, based on positions Thomson and his panel had found "clearly untenable," permeate Epp's reply. Epp does not mention what internal HWC memos had already discussed, departmental responsibilities concerning pharmaceuticals. he does not mention his department's role in health care for aboriginals, armed forces or responsibilities concerning public health of public servants. In any event, when officials with the department are making hateful statments that are contributing to harm, the department has created its own responsibility.
HWC Somers to Liston HPB. Ottawa; 1987.
Somers writes that no changes have been made under OHIP, while leaving out the fact that, as Thomson's panel identified, OHIP already insured a method of diagnosis! She ignores the fact that Thomson's panel looked into hypersensitivity "disorders" (note plural). She ignores the history of sensitivities as known to Davies and others in Health and Welfare. She is conforming to the artificial debate abusers use when subjecting persons with sensitivities to a reverse onus, excluding, injuring or killing them.
Health and Welfare responds to Almaguin North Action Group (ANAG). HWC Health Protection branch; 1988.
HWC Health Protection Branch Environmental Health Centre relates more positive reports to citizens group, even popular book, The Brown Plague. Author of book continues to provide references at http://www.earthtym.net/00-pgs-by-topic.htm
Chronic Diseases in Canada - Environmental Sensitivities (recommendations).; 1991.
Recommendations from 1990 workshop organized by Health and Welfare, including "Environmentally sensitive patients should not be dismissed as "neurotic", but receive respect and support."
HWC "Issues" (Actualités) Environmental Sensitivities (LES SENSIBILITÉS D'ORIGINE ENVIRONNEMENTALE). Health and Welfare Canada; 1991.
Distributed to thousands of federal and provincial government personnel, journalists, others who subscribe to "Issues" Actualités in French, also attached.