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CHEMICAL INJURY INFORMATION

Prevalence In Canada Of

Chemical Injury, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis And Fibromyalgia

 

Health Risk Navigation Inc. (HRNI) has received the 2016 and 2020 Canadian prevalence data for the health conditions of Chemical Injury (CI), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM) from Statistics Canada.

 

ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) is still not being monitored by Statistics Canada at this time. Consequently, the prevalence data for EMS has not been included.

Part 1 provides a General Overview of Chemical Injury (CI), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM) and gives their prevalence data in Canada. However, these are interconnected health conditions, with much overlap among them. Consequently, Part 2 will provide the prevalence data of people with more than one of these conditions.

 

Some Qualifying Information Regarding The Prevalence Numbers:

  1. The estimates are rounded to the nearest 100.

  2. Due to rounding, the sum of values for each category may differ from the total.

  3. Statistics Canada provided us with the estimate numbers and the percentage of the population for the years 2016 and 2020. Then from that data, we have calculated the change in the number of people with these health conditions over the four years.

  4. In some instances, the data sample size was too small for the estimated number of people with the condition to be considered accurate. Therefore, Statistics Canada states that this information must be used with caution. We are denoting those estimates with a red (E).

  5. In instances of the data sample size being far too small for the data to be reliable, Statistics Canada did not provide us with any estimate data. We are denoting that with the words “Unreliable Data”.

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Part 1 - General Overview

Chemical Injury

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Fibromyalgia

Part 2 - Prevalence Of Overlap

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Part 1 – General Overview

Chemical Injury

 

Chemical Injury is also known as Chemical Intolerance (CI), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Sensitivity (ES) and Environmental Illness (EI). Statistics Canada used the term of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) in presenting it’s information.

 

However, on this web site, we use the terms of Chemical Injury and Chemical Intolerance, as these terms help to clarify the fact that the people have been injured by their exposures to toxic chemicals. It is not an allergy. The body has been poisoned and has consequently suffered injury by the exposures to toxic chemicals (poisons). The reactions experienced by these individuals are toxic reactions, not allergic reactions.

 

Chemical Injury is primarily characterized by:

  • Experiencing toxic reactions upon exposures to toxic chemicals. (See the article: Toxic Reactions – The Body’s Alarm System)

  • The severity of the toxic reaction will depend on the severity of the injury. ​It can range from being very mild to being disabling to being very severe to being fatal. (See the article: Dose Response Relationship)

  • An intolerance to further exposures to toxic chemicals. The degree of chemical intolerance depends on the degree of injury. It can range from very slight intolerance to extremely severe intolerance.

  • Any system or all of the systems of the body can be negatively affected, as it completely depends upon the inherent characteristics of the toxic chemicals (poisons) to which the person has been exposed. If the toxicological information of the product is known, the toxic reactions of the person will frequently match the product's toxicological information. However, the toxicological information for many products is not available to the public.

  • Some common toxic reactions include but are not limited to: headache, migraine, cognitive difficulties (brain fog), dizziness, impaired balance, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, asthma, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and extreme fatigue.

  • As the severity progresses, many people develop Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and/or Fibromyalgia (FM).

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Statistics Canada used the term of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in presenting it’s information.

 

However, on this web site, we use the term of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), as this term helps to clarify the fact that the people have a wide array of debilitating symptoms. It is so much more than just being extremely fatigued all the time.

 

The meaning of the words “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis” helps in understanding what it is.

  • Myalgic refers to muscle pain and/or muscle tenderness.

  • Encephalomyelitis refers to inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

 

It is primarily characterized by:

  • Post-exertional Malaise (worsening of symptoms upon even minimal exertion)

  • Unrefreshing Sleep

  • Profound Fatigue

  • Cognitive Difficulties (Brain Fog)

  • Pain

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Fibromyalgia

The meaning of the word “Fibromyalgia” helps in understanding what it is.

  • “Fibro,” means fibrous tissues

  • “My,” means muscles

  • “Algia,” means pain.
     

It is primarily characterized by:

  • Widespread Musculoskeletal Pain

  • Fatigue

  • Cognitive Difficulties (Brain Fog)

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Part 2 - Prevalence Of Overlap

 

Part 2 provides the prevalence data of people with more than one of these conditions. Chemical Injury, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia are interconnected health conditions, with much overlap. Many chemically intolerant individuals also develop ME and/or FM as toxic reactions to toxic chemical exposures.

Those who only have one of these conditions fall into one of two catagories:

1) They have a mild form of the condition. It may feel severe to them as these are all very life-altering health conditions. However, they are not as severe as many others with the same health condition.

2) Since there is substantial overlap in the symptoms of these conditions, they might have developed the other conditions, but have not yet been diagnosed with them.

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