This wonderful photo essay by Thilde Jensen shows the difficulties and extreme lengths that people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) will go to in order to preserve their health. A previous post illustrated the lifelong hypersensivity (TILT, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance) to toxins endured by those who have been exposed in the past to a toxicant insult. These insults include internal and external exposure to radionuclides. Yablokov and others, in their research on Chernobyl liquidators and their families, have showed that this is inheritable by future generations.
My research in daily fibromyalgia symptom ratings gathered from the Fibromyalgia Wellness Project has shown that there is indeed a relationship between FM symptoms and weather. This relationship is the key to unlocking the secrets of this mysterious illness, as well as the nature of TILT.
Fibromyalgia is an environmental illness. Symptoms such as pain, stiffness, fatigue, concentration problems, memory problems, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disorders are also exhibited in people who are exposed to toxic chemicals and metals widely dispersed in the environment. The symptoms suffered by FM patients are not due to FM itself, but the toxic substances inhaled and ingested by them. Fibromyalgia is a type of TILT, and the reason that healthy people do not suffer the same symptoms, when they are also exposed to these substances, is due to the fact that FM patients exhibit these symptoms at far lower concentrations of these toxics than others. This is also true for a whole range of autoimmune and central sensitivity-related diseases.
The is a range of variation, or a continuum, of types of toxics and routes of exposure associated with TILT. This is shown in the graphic below. The canaries in the New York Times article are clearly R+. They get away from the city, the smog, and all synthetic household chemicals, to regain their health. The FM patients studied were predominantly (but not all) R-. Living in a tent in the mountains will not help them. Yours truly is an R-. I have a severe autoimmune disorder stemming from the toxicant insult of in utero radiation exposure from the Castle Bravo nuclear test.