(This procedure is much more subjective than a conventional allergy test, in which a substance is injected just below the skin, and a positive result is indicated by redness and swelling.) Once an offending agent has been identified, the clinical ecologist injects it in various rising concentrations until a "neutralizing dose" is found.
And that's the only thing it's consistent with." Jewett said that at one time he had been very much a believer, having been treated by a clinical ecologist. Now he's one of clinical ecology's major critics.
Based on the stories he heard at the clinical ecologist's office, Dadd's father urged her to get tested for chemical sensitivities.
The clinical ecologist treated her using a now-abandoned approach called "neutralization," which is similar to giving allergy shots for hay fever.
The clinical ecologists say that the immune systems of these people have been weakened by urban air, pesticides, permanent press fabrics, unspecified chemicals in foods, and the like.
Abba Terr of Stanford University evaluated a group of 50 people who had applied for Workmen's Compensation on grounds of environmental illness, as diagnosied and treated by clinical ecologists. Only two of the 50 improved with the treatment, and 22 actually got sicker.
Some clinical ecologists
use a technique called provocation-neutralization.
Therapies recommended by clinical ecologists may engender additional risks if used for children.
Patients with MCS syndrome seek out a variety of treatments not only from physicians but also clinical ecologists, naturopaths, and other practitioners.
The group of practitioners who diagnose and treat MCS call themselves clinical ecologists
or environmental physicians.
* Second, Bradley only excluded the testimony of two particular experts who are "among a group of doctors and scientists known as clinical ecologists
."(44) The field of clinical ecology is a controversial one.
Many advocates of the concept of chemical sensitivity, such as the group of environmental physicians formerly called "clinical ecologists
," espouse a broader definition, which essentially includes all diseases judged by a clinician to be caused or aggravated by chemical exposure (5).