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Detroit Lakes Public Library 616.98 BRO (Text) 33500013293600 New Checked out 11/04/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781982128500
  • ISBN: 198212850X
  • ISBN: 9781982128524
  • ISBN: 1982128526
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2020]

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"A compelling exploration of the mysteries of environmental toxicity and the community of "sensitives"-people with powerful, puzzling symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone signals, that have no effect on "normals.""-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* Some modern ailments—chronic Lyme disease, Gulf War Illness, fibromyalgia—are mysterious or controversial, as is Environmental Illness (EI). Broudy's commendable exploration of EI balances journalistic objectivity and empathy in portraying the anguish, desperation, and perhaps paranoia of individuals whose sickness and suffering are mostly denied clinical legitimacy by the medical establishment (including the AMA and CDC). EI patients refer to themselves as sensitives. Their malady stems from an extreme reaction to mold or toxins, routinely used chemicals that for most of us are not harmful. Symptoms can include fatigue, muscle aches, memory problems, perhaps anxiety and depression. Broudy ventures on an 1,800-mile road trip to the Southwest over six days, accompanied by an eccentric sensitive named James. They meet folks afflicted with EI and a few health professionals who treat them. Many are sympathetic characters, others are quirky, and some are both. Broudy contemplates notions of credibility and quackery, uncertainty and scientific accuracy. He acknowledges that illness has a way of splitting us from ourselves. Today's environment contains about 85,000 synthetic chemicals, products in our grocery markets carry 9,000 types of food additives. Maybe these sensitives are the proverbial canary in the coalmine warning us all of hidden dangers. It's wise and compassionate to learn much more about their plight. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Oliver Broudy is a freelance journalist living in western Massachusetts. He has written for Men&;s Health, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and many other publications. His work has taken him to China, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He has written about pop stars, sports stars, kung-fu, anarchy, and lots of weird medical conditions. He&;s been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and his Amazon singles have twice been named best single of the year.

Subject: Environmentally induced diseases > United States > Case studies.
Environmental health > United States > Case studies.
Environmental toxicology > United States > Case studies.
Environmental health.
Environmental toxicology.
Environmentally induced diseases.
United States.
Genre: Case studies.

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