Table 1 Some labels applied to those designated as environmentally sensitive Allergic toxemia Cerebral allergy Chemical AIDS Chemical hypersensitivity syndrome Chemical intolerance Environmental hypersensitivity Environmental illness Environmental irritant syndrome Gulf War syndrome Multiple chemical sensitivity Sick building syndrome Systemic candidiasis Total allergy syndrome
Toxic carpet syndrome 20th-century disease Universal allergy Table 2 Allergy prick tests often indicated in environmental sensitivity (48) Tree mix Dust mite Grass mix Dog dander Ragweed Cat dander Alternaria mould Five foods Hormondendron mould Two scented products
The explanation sometimes offered is that these people suffer from something called "multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)," also referred to as "environmental illness," "total allergy syndrome
," or "20th-century disease."
While MCS goes by other names--including "Environmental Illness" and "Total Allergy Syndrome
"--perhaps none captures its essence as well as "20th Century Disease." Between 1940 and 1980, the global production of synthetic organic chemicals rose from less than 10 billion pounds per year to more than 350 billion.
Wendy Martin has Total Allergy Syndrome
and has to inject herself with neutralising vaccines just to eat and leave the house.