Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Life-Altering Condition

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:
A Life-Altering Condition

Produced and Directed by Alison Johnson
A Johnson/Startzman Film
Post-Production CineVision Productions
2013       69 minutes

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Note from Alison Johnson:

Since 1998, I have made three long documentaries and three short ones. During this fifteen-year period, I have gained a much deeper understanding of multiple chemical sensitivity and its great impact upon so many lives. This new composite film contains the best and most effective sections of my six earlier films. I have chosen carefully which experts and patients to use from my earlier films so that this new film will be an effective way of helping people to understand multiple chemical sensitivity. The film contains footage of interviews with four members of Congress as well as with many important physicians.

“I was privileged to work with Alison Johnson as she did research on the role of chemical exposure to the unexplained illnesses of Gulf War veterans. Her works on exposure to toxins and chemical sensitivity with their attendant health effects are landmarks in a poorly understood field. Alison Johnson is clearly a gifted researcher, writer, and film maker."

–Ronald R. Blanck, DO, Lt. General, U.S. Army, Ret.
Former Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Former U.S. Army Surgeon General

Praise for the films from which footage was drawn for this composite film:
Toxic Clouds of 911  
The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster:
“I wish every politician and policymaker could see this moving and powerful film. It is a wake-up call.”
–Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Representative for the Ground Zero District
Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield  
Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battlefield:
“Producer Alison Johnson has successfully captured on film the plight and pain of these heroes.”
–Congressman Christopher Shays, R-CT
“This documentary provides an excellent overview of health problems among New Yorkers exposed to the WTC toxins, including the often neglected issue of the risk of developing a condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity.”
–Christine Oliver, M.D., Harvard Medical School
“Well produced and soundly researched, with highly knowledgeable experts offering commentary. Toxic Clouds . . . resonates so deeply in the public psyche; it belongs in every public library.”
–Library Journal, March 1, 2007
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health  
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How Chemical Exposures May Be Affecting Your Health:
“There is no question in my mind that multiple chemical sensitivity is a very serious and growing problem affecting many, many Americans. Your video does an excellent job in explaining current thinking about the causes of the problem."
–Senator Bernard Sanders, I-VT

Physicians appearing in the film:

L. Christine Oliver, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Co-Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Stephen Levin, M.D.
Director, Mount Sinai Occupational & Environmental Clinic
Co-Director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program

Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blank, D.O.
Fmr. Cmdr., Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fmr. U.S. Army Surgeon General

William J. Meggs, M.D., Ph.D.
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University

Gerald H. Ross, M.D., practiced environmental medicine in Dallas, Texas, for twelve years. He was the first director of a clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that is the first government-sponsored clinic in the world established to evaluate and treat patients with chemical sensitivity.

Gunnar Heuser, M.D., Ph.D., is a toxicologist in private practice and is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine.

Other prominent people appearing in the film:

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT)

Hugh Kaufman
Chief investigator
Office of the EPA Ombudsman

Bennie Howard
Acting Deputy Director, HUD Office of Disabilities

Joel Kupferman
Executor Director, NY Environmental Law & Justice


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