Environmental Illness: Myth & Reality

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CRC Press, Sep 29, 1998 - Science - 400 pages
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Environmental illness: certain health professionals and clinical ecologists claim it impacts and inhibits 15 percent of the population. Its afflicted are led to believe environmental illness (EI) originates with food, chemicals, and other stimuli in their surroundings -as advocates call for drastic measures to remedy the situation.
What if relief proves elusive-and the patient is sent on a course of ongoing, costly and ineffective "treatment"?
Several hundred individuals who believed they were suffering from EI have been evaluated or treated by Herman Staudenmayer since the 1970s. Staudenmayer believed the symptoms harming his patients actually had psychophysiological origins-based more in fear of a hostile world than any suspected toxins contained in the environment.
Staudenmayer's years of research, clinical work-and successful care-are now summarized in Environmental Illness: Myth & Reality. Dismissing much of the information that has attempted to defend EI and its culture of victimization, Staudenmayer details the alternative diagnoses and treatments that have helped patients recognize their true conditions-and finally overcome them, often after years of prolonged suffering.
 

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This book is an insult to those who suffer from illness that occurs when they are exposed to chemical laden substances in their environment.

Contents

What is environmental illness?
1
Idiopathic environmental intolerances
7
El patients
17
Conclusion
23
Auxiliary postulates the protective belt
36
Conclusion
43
Inappropriate use of diagnostic methods
51
Inappropriate use of treatment methods
58
Learned sensitivity
135
The stressresponse
149
Panic attacks and anxiety disorders
169
Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder
187
The limbic system and trauma
203
Personality disorders
219
exploitation and harm
235
Treatment
257

Studies supporting the psychogenic theory
65
Casecontrol studies
73
A cohort study of chronic fatigue
79
Assessment of the toxicogenic research program
85
Psychogenic theory
101
Placebo and somatization
117
Politics
283
Future directions
297
Appendix A A methodology of scientific research programs
315
Glossary
323
Index
369
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