Chemical and Electrical Hypersensitivity

A Sufferer’s Memoir

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About the Book

Electrical and multiple chemical sensitivities are disabling illnesses, yet many doctors know little of these conditions, or worse, dismiss them. This timely memoir recounts one man’s affliction. The onset of the diseases is explored, as is his struggle with the medical establishment, largely hostile to his diagnosis. When the symptoms became unbearable, he was forced to leave home and seek a more healthful environment where he could begin his recovery. This is an inspirational text for those living with electrical or multiple chemical sensitivity and an educational one for those first learning about these conditions.

About the Author(s)

Jerry Evans was a computer engineer in Ohio. He gradually developed multiple chemical sensitivity and electrical hypersensitivity in his late thirties. At the age of 39 he had to flee Ohio first to Texas then to the Arizona desert.

Bibliographic Details

Steen Hviid
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4770-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5781-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword      1

Preface      2

Introduction      3

1. The Road to Dallas      5

2. Accommodation      12

3. The Night in Illinois      17

4. The Environmental Health Center      22

5. From Doctor to Doctor      29

6. Sauna      39

7. Dallas Community      44

8. Winter in Ohio      52

9. The Day the World Changed      65

10. Camp Secret      76

11. Return to Dallas      88

12. The Seagoville Camp      94

13. Fellow Refugees      100

14. Energy Work      104

15. Life in the Ghetto      112

16. Fall 2000      120

17. The Long Winter—Part 1      125

18. Disability Circus—Act 1      134

19. The Long Winter—Part 2      142

20. Electric Summer      147

21. Camp Characters      158

22. Lab Work in New Orleans      162

23. Stress Syndrome      167

24. Trailer Dreams      178

25. The Balmy Winter      184

26. Disability Circus—Act 2      190

27. The Third Summer      195

28. Wheels at Last      199

29. Out of the Cage      204

30. Fall 2002      210

31. The Move      212

32. Desert Exile      215

Appendix: References for Chapter 23 Stress Syndrome      223

Bibliography      225

Index      227

Book Reviews

“A clear demonstration of the determination, resilience, and intelligence of people with MCS and EHS…many useful observations and hints to help fellow sufferers cope better…easy to read…highly recommended”—Sensitivity Matters; “wonderful…highly recommend”—Planet Thrive.