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

Jerry Evans
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 & Awards

  • “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