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Thomson G, McCourtie DR, Woodward WD, Day JH, Evers SE, Gerrard JW. REPORT OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL HYPERSENSITIVITY DISORDERS W/APPENDICES. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Health; 1985. (Thomson Report).
The Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Hypersensitivity Disorders (note plural) was commissioned by former Ontario health minister Keith Norton. The report's authors included Judge George M. Thomson, two teaching hospital physicians, and an epidemiologist. They pointed out that there was an existing, publicly-insured method of diagnosis, and a method of patient management long known to physicians. The Thomson report is often misrepresented by Ministry of Health officials, perhaps because it points out (p266) that key (and lethal) Ministry assumptions about sensitivities were "clearly untenable." Years later, retired NDP MPP Elie Martel expressed the opinion that ministry officials had simply lied to Liberal Murray Elston, who received, and promptly buried, the report in 1985. The same crowd of Liberals, elected to the House of Commons in 1993, buried work done under the Mulroney government to stop the injury and killing of persons with sensitivities in health care. People who were to be protected have been injured or killed, instead. The appendices include a list of symptoms reported by persons with sensitivities. Many of the conditions are included in the diseases treated at the National Jewish Hospital, in Denver, Colorado, which was built on Fresh Air Hospital guidelines more than a century ago.
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