2015 BULLETIN

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DECLARATION ON EHS & MCS BY INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY

The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), seeking to have the environment and health considered as human rights, submitted a declaratory statement on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Multiple chemical Sensitivity, following the Fifth Paris Appeal Congress of May 18, 2015, at the Royal Academy of Medicine, Brussels, Belgium.

To view the full text of the declaratory statement, see DECLARATION.

After 14 “recalling statements” (“whereby”), the signatories proceeded to report as follows:

“Considering that the chemical and electromagnetic environment is deteriorating globally, and that so called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) are an escalating worldwide health problem, affecting industrialized as well as developing countries,

“We, physicians, acting in accordance with the Hippocratic Oath, we, scientists, acting in the name of scientific truth, we all, medical doctors and reserachers working in different countries worldwide, hereby state in full independence of judgment00

  • that a high and growing number of persons are suffering from EHS and MCS worldwide;
  • that EHS and MCS affect women, men and children;
  • that on the basis of the presently available peer-reviewed scientific evidence of adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields (MFs) and various chemicals, and on the basis of clinical and biological investigations of patients, EHS is associated with exposure to EMFS and MCS with chemical exposure;
  • that many frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum (radio- and microwave-frequencies as well as low and extremely low frequencies) and multiple chemicals are involved in the occurrence of EHS and MCS, respectively;
  • that the trigger for illness can be acute high intensity exposure or chronic very low intensity exposure and that reversibility can be obtained with a natural environment with limited levels of anthropogenic EMFs and chemicals;
  • that the current case-control epidemiological studies and provocative tests aiming at reproducing EHS and/or MCS are scientifically difficult to construct and due to the present design flaws are in fact not suitable to prove or disprove causality; in particular because objective inclusion/enclusion criteria and endpoint evaluatin criteria need to be more clearly defied; because responses to EMFS/chemicals are highly individual and depend on a variety of exposure parameters; and finally because test condition are often reducing signal-to-noise ratio thereby obscuring evidence of a possible effect;
  • that the nocebo effect is not a relevant nor a valid explanation when considering scientifically valuable blind provocation studies, snce objective biological markers are detectable in patients as well as in animals;
  • that new approaches are emerging for clinical and biological diagnosis and for monitoring of EHS and MCS including the use of biomarkers;
  • that EHS and MCS may be two faces of the same hypersensitivity-associated pathological condition and that this condition is causing serious consequences to health, professional and family life;
  • that, finally, EHS and MCS ought therefore to be fully recognized by international and national institutions with responsibility for human health.”

They concluded by asking all national and international bodies and institutions to be aware of these critical environmentl health issues….They further requested that EHS and MCS be represented by separate codes under the WHO International Classification of Disceases (ICD) (1) to increase awareness by the medical community and the general public; (2) to foster research on the population that acquires these pathological syndromes; and (3) to train medical doctors on effective medical prevention measures and treatments.

Ambitious, lofty, and not without opposition, they expect a response to the Declaration by September 15, 2015.