total allergy syndrome

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environmental disease

Fringe medicine
A hypothetical polysymptomatic condition attributed by so-called “clinical ecologists” to immune dysregulation induced by contaminants (e.g., allergens and chemicals, including pesticides and petrochemicals) present in the air, water, food and soil that cause poor nutrition, infection, hereditary factors, and physical and psychological stress, resulting in various physical and mental disorders. Clinical ecologists believe that the immune defects caused by environmental disease lead to mood and thought disorders, psychotic episodes and fatigue; vaguely defined gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tract symptoms; rashes; arthritis-like symptoms; and cardiac arrhythmias. Psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety and somatisation) are reported to be 2.5-fold greater in those with environmental disease, suggesting that the condition is not entirely organic in nature.

The mainstream medical community is largely skeptical of the existence of environmental disease, given the plethora of symptoms attributed to it, the lack of consistent laboratory abnormalities and the use of unproven therapies to treat it. The concepts and practices of environmental medicine (clinical ecology) have been evaluated by several professional bodies, including the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology; all have concluded that environmental disease has not been proven to exist and that environmental medicine (clinical ecology) is not a valid discipline.

Environmental disease cannot be diagnosed by standard allergy tests or other standard examinations; clinical ecologists use a test of unproven validity known as neutralisation.
Differential diagnosis
Allergies, early diabetes, chronic otitis media, infectious mononucleosis, nasal polyps, respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, thyroid disease and other conditions may mimic environmental disease, and if misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly, will delay more effective (mainstream) therapy.
Avoidance of environmental pollutants, chemicals and pesticides; consumption of organic foods; changing residence or place of employment; nutritional supplements; antifungal agents; hormones; gamma globulin; inhalation of pure oxygen; drinking urine.
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total allergy syndrome

An outdated term for multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome.
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Total allergy syndrome could become more common in the future, says a pioneering expert - but only if the medical profession is prepared to recognise it for what it is.
Other names include "chemical hypersensitivity," "environmental hypersensitivity," "total allergy syndrome," "cerebral allergy," "chemical AIDS," and "20th Century Disease." In February a World Health Organization (WHO) workshop in Berlin concluded that MCS should be called "idiopathic environmental intolerances," with idiopathic defined as "self-originated" or "of unknown causation."
In the pages of these chapters, he tackles such topics as Food problems of the affluent society, Food as a focus of anxieties, The eating disorders, Childhood hyperactivity - food-related or yet another attitude?; The total allergy syndrome; Diagnoses which can be missed; Role of bile; Biogenic amines; Immune responses provoked by food; Food intolerance in childhood; Occupational reactions to food; How did the use of additives develop?; and Do we need them?; Allergens of cow's milk; Hyposensitizing milk formulae; Coeliac disease and prolamin toxicity; Dietary errors; and The need for better information.
That statistic only hints at the most extreme examples--potential victims of an illness called "total allergy syndrome," "20th century disease" "chemical AIDS" or most recognizably, "multiple chemical sensitivity" (MCS).

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