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mellowsong
07-13-12, 03:09 PM
Amy Norton
12 July 2012

A sizable percentage of low-income patients in primary care may be particularly sensitive to chemicals in household cleaners, perfumes and other everyday products, a small study suggests.

The study, done at two Texas family medicine practices, screened patients for symptoms of "chemical intolerance," also known as multiple chemical sensitivity.

It's a controversial diagnosis, and there's no agreement on the cause - or that it even should be considered a disorder unto itself.

But there is a standard screening questionnaire that's been used in studies and in some doctors' practices. It asks people about whether they feel sick when they're around various smells and chemicals -- like gasoline, paint, perfumes, cleaning products or insecticides -- and how bad the symptoms are.

Using that questionnaire, researchers found that 20 percent of 400 patients they screened met the criteria for chemical intolerance.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/48166386

mellowsong
07-13-12, 03:11 PM
The sad truth, at least in the US, is that the vast majority of doctors have never heard of "chemical intolerance or sensitivity" or are outright dismissive of it. Then to make it worse, most want you to see someone in mental health and be treated for depression or anxiety or or or.... I don't and wouldn't wish illness on anyone but sometimes I wish some of these fools could spend ONE hour in my shoes.

Islander
07-13-12, 03:57 PM
Or, Katerndahl said, some people might become depressed or anxious because of their chemical intolerance symptoms - which can include headaches, dizziness, upset stomach or breathing problems.

Well, yeah, duh. I have huge respect for those (including some on this site) who maintain a positive attitude when faced with so many limitations.

Pattypans
07-13-12, 06:44 PM
I have huge respect for those (including some on this site) who maintain a positive attitude when faced with so many limitations.

Ditto.