Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive Alison Johnson

ISBN: 9780967561905

Published: January 1st 2000

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276 pages


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Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive  by  Alison Johnson

Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive by Alison Johnson
January 1st 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9780967561905 | 10.24 Mb

The enormous increase in the use of new chemicals since World War IIhas led not only to the pollution of the outdoor environment but also toa sharp decrease in the quality of indoor air in the home andworkplace. As a result, more and more people areMoreThe enormous increase in the use of new chemicals since World War IIhas led not only to the pollution of the outdoor environment but also toa sharp decrease in the quality of indoor air in the home andworkplace.

As a result, more and more people are developing a conditionknown as multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS. These people are madeill by exposure to even low levels of the chemicals found in perfume,air fresheners, cleaning products, fabric softener, diesel and autoexhaust, new carpet, paint, and other products. This collection ofstories from dozens of chemically sensitive people illustrates thedevastating effects that MCS has had on their lives as, with varyingdegrees of desperation, they seek to regain their lost health.Beauticians, housekeepers, painters, college professors, factoryworkers, physicians, Gulf War vets, nurses, secretaries, whatever theiroccupation may have been, their lives have never been the same since MCShit them.The stakes are huge in the controversy over multiple chemicalsensitivity.

Corporations are extremely concerned, and understandablyso, about the potential for increased liability and decreased profits.Many industries appear to be using their tremendous financial resourcesto convince the public that MCS is merely chem-phobia.Thus those whose lives have been destroyed by MCS are caught in anightmarish limbo: no one wants to believe that there is a biologicalbasis for MCS until more medical studies have been done, and no fundingis available to carry out such studies because so many elements ofsociety believe it is all in their heads.About the Author:Alison Johnson,B.A., M.A., is a graduate of Carleton College and studied mathematics atthe Sorbonne on a National Science Foundation Fellowship.

She receiveda masters degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, whereshe studied on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and is currently a freelanceeditor for university presses. She has produced three videos onmultiple chemical sensitivity. Johnson and her daughters have multiplechemical sensitivity, which developed at intervals years apart invarious family members.

Through avoidance of chemical exposures, theyare now able to function well in normal life circumstances.



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