The enormous increase in the use of new chemicals since World War II has led not only to the pollution of the outdoor environment but also to a sharp decrease in the quality of indoor air in the home and workplace. As a result, more and more people are developing a condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS. These people experience symptoms upon exposure to even low levels of the chemicals found in perfume, air fresheners, cleaning products, fabric softeners, diesel and auto exhaust, new carpet, paint, and other products. This documentary illustrates the devastating effects that MCS has had on the lives of over a dozen people from various backgrounds and also includes discussion from leading physicians in the field.
The following national experts in the field of MCS appear in this documentary:
Nicholas A. Ashford, Ph.D., J.D., is a Professor of Technology and Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has previously served as Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and as Chair of the EPA’s Committee on Technology, Innovation, and Economics.
Iris R. Bell, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and is also a member of the staff at the Tucson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.
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.
William J. Meggs, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University School of Medicine.
Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S., is a Professor in Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Miller was a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Expert Scientific Advisory Committee.
Gerald H. Ross, M.D., practiced environmental
medicine at the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas,
for twelve years. Dr. Ross 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.