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To successfully deal with the stigma associated with Chemical Injury, one must first address and expose the source of the stigma. The source is the false, misleading information put out by the chemical/pharmaceutical industry, who have a huge influence over the medical community and over governments at all levels on a global scale. Their aggressive, targeted, deceptive campaign began in 1990 and continues to this day.
In a nutshell, many corporations in the chemical industry have at least two divisions – one division that researches and manufactures drugs, and another division that researches and manufactures pesticides, or other toxic chemical products. Therefore, if their pharmaceutical division acknowledged that the pesticide division produces products that harm human health and life, they would be shooting themselves in their financial foot.
So these corporations chose instead to:
To do this, the chemical corporations purposefully used their pharmaceutical division. In doing so, they successfully influenced the medical world, governments and society on a global scale. The aggressive, targeted, deceptive campaign succeeded in stopping the legitimizing of Chemical Sensitivity and stopping much of the support the Chemically Injured received. The end result was that the Chemically Injured individuals became stigmatized.
This is documented in Dr. Ann McCampbell’s documentary: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Under Siege. Dr. Ann McCampbell is a specialist in Internal Medicine, who also became disabled with MCS. Here are a few excerpts from her documentary:
The chemical/pharmaceutical industry have discredited and stigmatized those of us who have been harmed by their products. However, if we state the facts, hopefully truth will prevail over their false information.
It is common knowledge that the word “toxic” means poison, and therefore toxic chemicals are chemicals that are poison to the human body. Poison is poison to everyone. There is no such thing as a “safe” poison. The people, who react to exposures of toxic chemicals, have crossed their body’s toxic threshold; and the people,who don’t react, haven’t crossed their toxic threshold yet. That is the only difference between the two groups of people.
For more information, see the articles:
Chemical injury (chemical sensitivity) is a genuine health condition that is devastating and very life altering. It is acquired, but it can also be prevented by reducing one’s exposure to toxic chemicals. The number of people, who are crossing their toxic threshold and becoming chemically injured, is growing rapidly world wide. For example, according to the Phase 1 Report by the Ontario Task Force On Environmental Health, there are now 250,000 people in Ontario that have been diagnosed with chemical sensitivity.
The stigma, purposefully caused and perpetuated by the chemical/pharmaceutical industries, is very pervasive. It hinders the chemically injured from receiving the support they desperately need from the health care systems, governments, family and society. It also hinders the medical profession and governments from taking proactive steps to prevent the growth of this health condition.
Therefore, it is imperative that everyone, who is aware of this injustice, speak out loud and clear against it. In doing so, hopefully the truth will conquer the self-serving misinformation; and the chemically injured will begin receiving the help and support that they desperately need.
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