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11 December 2015

Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: Abstracts of Papers Published in December 2015 Issue of "Reviews on Environmental Health"

UPDATE (April 2016):  Please note, the "EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses" has been retracted.  We are in touch with the principal author who will alert us to its re-publishing.

We would like to draw the attention of readers to the special December 2015 issue (Volume 30, Issue 4) of "Reviews on Environmental Health" on idiopathic environmental intolerance (Editor: Dr. David O. Carpenter).   Abstracts are available by clicking on the titles of the reviews below.


David O. Carpenter* and Dominique Belpomme

This issue of Reviews on Environmental Health consists of invited papers on several syndromes of uncertain etiology but ones that pose serious and severe debilification and interference with quality of life for those affected.  Often in aggregate called “idiopathic environmental intolerance” they include electromagnetic hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic  fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness and likely some others less well defined.  All have in common fatigue, pain (especially headaches and joint and muscle pain), often altered cognitive function, cardiac problems, and impaired mobility and balance.  Often, but not always, some specific event or exposure triggers the initiation of the syndrome.  Because the symptoms are relatively non-specific, patients may unfortunately be referred to psychiatric rather than medical care.  There are few effective treatments other than reducing exposure to triggering environmental factors.  There is increasing world-wide awareness that these are real diseases that affect a significant percentage of the population, but still attract significant controversy.  We hope that these peer-reviewed publications will not only stimulate awareness of the problem but also stimulate science-based research on treatment regimes for symptomatic relief and reversal of the disease processes.  All of these pathologic disorders should be recognized by the scientific and medical communities and international health institutions.  This issue presents state-of-the-art reviews of the scientific advances in the pathophysiologic understanding of these disorders for medical practitioners and research scientists.

*Corresponding author: David O. Carpenter, Institute for Health and the Environment, University of Albany, University at Albany, 5 University Pl., Rm. A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA, E-mail: dcarpenter@albany.eda

Dominique Belpomme: European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Brussels, Belgium


Electromagnetic hypersensitivity – an increasing challenge to the medical profession
Lena Hedendahl1 / Michael Carlberg2 / Lennart Hardell2

Full text:  http://www.researchgate.net/publication/282036121_Electromagnetic_hypersensitivity_-_an_increasing_challenge_to_the_medical_profession

The microwave syndrome or electro-hypersensitivity: historical background
David O. Carpenter1

Review of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and management by clinicians
Alison C. Bested1 / Lynn M. Marshall2

Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder
Dominique Belpomme1, 2 / Christine Campagnac2, 3 / Philippe Irigaray2, 4

Gulf War illness: an overview of events, most prevalent health outcomes, exposures, and clues as to pathogenesis
Kathleen J. Kerr1

Full text: http://www.degruyter.com/dg/viewarticle.fullcontentlink:pdfeventlink/$002fj$002freveh.2015.30.issue-4$002freveh-2015-0032$002freveh-2015-0032.pdf?t:ac=j$002freveh.2015.30.issue-4$002freveh-2015-0032$002freveh-2015-0032.xml

Increased mercury release from dental amalgam restorations after exposure to electromagnetic fields as a potential hazard for hypersensitive people and pregnant women
Ghazal Mortazavi1 / S.M.J. Mortazavi2, 3

Full text: http://www.degruyter.com/dg/viewarticle.fullcontentlink:pdfeventlink/$002fj$002freveh.2015.30.issue-4$002freveh-2015-0017$002freveh-2015-0017.pdf/reveh-2015-0017.pdf?t:ac=j$002freveh.2015.30.issue-4$002freveh-2015-0017$002freveh-2015-0017.xml

The implications of non-linear biological oscillations on human electrophysiology for electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
Cindy Sage1

Synergistic health effects between chemical pollutants and electromagnetic fields
Gérard Ledoigt1 / Chaima Sta1, 2 / Eric Goujon1 / Dalila Souguir3 / Ezzeddine El Ferjani2

Electrohypersensitivity: a functional impairment due to an inaccessible environment
Olle Johansson1

Radiofrequency exposure in young and old: different sensitivities in light of age-relevant natural differences
Mary Redmayne1 / Olle Johansson2

Retraction of: EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses
Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1 (Mar 2016)

Igor Belyaev1 / Amy Dean2 / Horst Eger3 / Gerhard Hubmann4 / Reinhold Jandrisovits5 / Olle Johansson6 / Markus Kern7 / Michael Kundi8 / Piero Lercher9 / Wilhelm Mosgöller10 / Hanns Moshammer8 / Kurt Müller11 / Gerd Oberfeld12 / Peter Ohnsorge13 / Peter Pelzmann14 / Claus Scheingraber15 / Roby Thill16

Corresponding author: Gerd Oberfeld, Department of Public Health, Government of Land Salzburg, Austria, E-mail:(email)

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