The federal and Ontario governments have known for several decades that people are being unnecessarily hurt and killed. They know and have known how to prevent that harm. In some situations (kids, psych patients) they had and have a duty of care.
The US National Academy of Science and many others estimate the prevalence at 15 percent. The central nervous system is usually affected, along with other systems. Where it's a factor, people are not being screened out of the psych population, with horrific but buried consequences, even though Health Canada was advocating checking for sensitivities in ambiguous cases under Health Ministers Perrin Beatty and Benoit Bouchard. Based on prevalence, children with central nervous system sequelae are being horrifically abused in schools, by inappropriate responses.
The same concerns exist for children in care, and about the family dysfunction that puts them there.
As consumers had warned the Ontario Ministry of Health since 1985, Nicholas Ashford (MIT) and Claudia Miller (UofTexas) warned that harm can be caused if patients with ambiguous symptoms are subjected to inappropriate measures before being checked for sensitivity. They won a Macedo Award from the American Association for World Health for their 1989 report to the New Jersey State Department of Health. It references clinical and scientific literature since 1880.
Former Health Minister Perrin Beatty supported protections in September and December 1990. The subsequent health minister, Benoit Bouchard, also worked towards the protection of psychiatric patients whose problems are caused or exacerbated by sensitivities. Then opposition MP John Manley was in good company when Manley supported such protections in 1991. For more about Health Canada, check here.
Knowing of this abuse for decades, CMHA is the Red Cross of our 'blood scandal'. They invisiblize us in communities and, based on prevalence, they abuse clients whose problems are caused or exacerbated by sensitivities, some of whom then commit suicide.
Psychiatrists are our 'Christian Brothers', except they do it to our communities and to our minds, with misconceptions and chemicals respectively. Members of the Canadian Psychiatric Association continue to abuse during three decades of protest, and after being approached several times by the federal health department. It's chilling that they responded to humans protesting abuse by referring it to a 'Scientific Committee'! Are we laboratory rats? They justify abuse with an astonishingly presumptuous encroachment on the human rights of their patients.
Again, based on prevalence, perhaps one of Canada's dozen daily suicides is someone whose central nervous system dysfunction is caused or exacerbated by sensitivities, and who may have been ploughed under by inappropriate care.
It is a huge story. It needs to be told.
I need to move on with my life with a clear conscience.
I am a journalist who has environmental sensitivities. The work on ages.ca has been done with my best efforts at research, documentation and, especially, corroboration of key points by recognized authorities and original sources. I also spent two decades volunteering with people affected, and an additional fifteen years in related advocacy. My day job (mostly retired) involves using various media for community building.
Despite education efforts, most people confuse discussion about environmental sensitivities with discussion about the more controversial theories and practices of doctors of environmental medicine. They put forward those flaky physicians as the only ones who support us. They replace our history with a self-aggrandizing revisionist one provided by those physicians. Meanwhile, as you might guess about something that affects 12-15% of the population, medical knowledge dates back centuries.
There are so many mistakes, I made a list of them. Some are specific to journalism, but all may be important when doing stories.