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When the environment can kill you

People with chronic immune disorder struggle to live in modern world

For years patients such as Beth Bradach were greeted with skepticism in the medical community, and many people today dismiss the disease as being in patients' heads, said Gail Kansky, president of the National CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction) Foundation in Needham, Mass.

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Posted by Taffy Todd
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Thank you for this article. I have lived with this illness for 12 years. (I'll spare you the litany of ills, a lot are in the article.) It is so important to get this information to those it can help; and it's so important to educate the public regarding CFIDS/ME. There have been plans in past years for co-housing. I know of one in South Carolina. Seems to me California could easily adopt an idea like this, and probably already has. By the way, I picked the article up via the internet. I live in far nothern Vermont and the story is is just as important here.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 13, 2008 at 1:18 am

People routinely have moved to more salubrious climes to escape asthma, to reduce the rigors of TB or, in my case, to get out of the hot sun. Remember, a few years ago stomach ulcers and erectal disfunction were dismissed as "all in the head."
In the present case, it would seem that variations of 'the boy in the bubble" while seeking a cure would be appropriate.


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Posted by just thinkin
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Who's paying the rent on the apartments next to her that are vacant for her sake?


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Posted by Renee Cochran
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

THANK YOU. It is so important for everyone to realize the truth to this article. We are constantly looking for a safe place in an unsafe environment. It is a terrible thing when everywhere and everything makes you sick. I have had MCS(and other immune disorders) for about 5 years. I will spare you the litany of ills as well, the short list--asthma, ringing ears, pounding head, burning eyes, racing heart, anemia, dizziness, joint and muscle pain, and complete utter exhaustion. If everyone had to experience 1 day of our suffering, we would not have to beg others to believe. I live in Atlanta, GA.


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