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|From the Back Cover:
|The condition of multiple chemical sensitivity has been rapidly
growing with the proliferation of new, untested chemicals in our
environment. In recent decades, people from many walks of life have
developed a new intolerance for the chemicals found in perfume,
air fresheners, cleaning products, fabric softeners, diesel and
auto exhaust, new carpet, paint, and other products. Their ranks
include large numbers of Exxon Valdez cleanup workers,
Gulf War veterans, 9/11 First Responders, and FEMA trailer residents.
Part I of Amputated Lives analyzes the development of chemical
sensitivity in these various groups and its consequences. Part II
illustrates with stories from various individuals how this condition
can quickly wreck what was once a good life.
Lives is a brilliant culmination of over a decade of work by
Alison Johnson, author of landmark books, publications, and documentaries
on multiple chemical sensitivity. Everyone should read Amputated
Lives. It provides an unparalleled perspective on the causes
and consequences of toxic exposures, which have devastated far too
Professor, Department of Civil and
University of Washington
|"This book elegantly defines the health crisis from our daily
exposure to complex mixtures of toxic chemicals and the political
barriers to research and appropriate treatment for the myriad health
problems that result. The philosophy that for every ill there is
an expensive pill must be changed. For many ailments, we need to
remove the stricken from the chemical environment rather than pump
them full of expensive pharmaceuticals."
Meggs, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
|"The American Academy of Environmental Medicine recognized
the importance of Alison Johnson’s books and documentaries and her
Sensitivity Foundation in 2004 when it gave her its annual Carleton
Lee Award for 'exemplary efforts in furthering the principles of
Environmental Medicine.' In Amputated Lives, Alison Johnson
once again very effectively sounds the alarm about the spread of
chemical sensitivity to more and more Americans."
President, American Academy of