Living with MCS — and getting better
Most people with MCS feel relieved when they’re finally diagnosed. But then the reality of MCS sets in, many important activities become undoable, acquaintances drift away, and family members show signs of totally losing patience. It’s hard to stay optimistic in such circumstances — but it helps to learn of people who’ve been in the same place, and come out on the other side, with improved health and a full life. The Winter 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist has two such stories, both by people who’ve struggled with MCS — and all that that implies —and won through to a new, healthier, productive and enjoyable life. These two accounts are rounded out by a HEAL Classic — a 1991 interview with Theron Randolph M.D., father of environmental medicine and founding advisor of HEAL. He shares his thoughts about growing older with environmental illness — ideas that are still fresh today. Reading these articles is inspiring — and sharing them with loved ones who have become discouraged at your slow progress can be very helpful too.
Avoiding hospital re-admission
In recent years, an increasing number of people have had the experience of going to the hospital, getting treated, and being sent home — only to need to go back into the hospital when their condition deteriorates. These costly — sometimes devastating — readmissions can be due to bad discharge processes at the hospital. An article in The Human Ecologist offers tips and resources for insuring a good discharge, including things to look for, ask about, and insist upon when being discharged from the hospital. It also includes news about a study that showed how a simple, low tech test administered before people have surgery can predict which patients might have complications after surgery than can be prevented. This is must-read information, for personal use and to share with family members.
Air pollution inside cars
Scientists conducted a study in which they were able to measure how ultra-fine particle pollution gets into cars, and which ventilation settings inside cars can reduce levels of these particles. Ultra-fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause damage not only to the lungs, but to the cardiovascular system as well. The article describes the study fully, and offers some tips on how to further reduce particle pollution inside cars.
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