PHYSICIANS who practice clinical ecology believe that exposure to low levels of environmental substances present in the air or ingested from food and liquids causes in susceptible individuals a variety of ill-defined symptoms affecting nearly every organ system.
MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY SYNDROME
Most physicians who practice clinical ecology (clinical ecologists) maintain that a number of patients have the multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome (MCSS) (also called clinical ecological illness, environmental illness, chemical AIDS [acquired immunodeficiency syndrome], 20th-century disease, environmental hypersensitivity disease, total allergy syndrome, and cerebral allergy).1-10 Clinical ecology has been defined as the orientation in medicine in which physicians primarily work with patients to uncover the cause-and-effect relationship between their ill health and food or low-level chemical exposure.9 Other definitions have been offered and no general agreement exists that clinical ecology and MCSS are synonymous.8-10 The lack of a clear definition or diagnostic test for MCSS has
Coble YD, Estes EH, Head CA, Karlan MS, Kennedy WR, Numann PJ, Scott WC, Skelton WD, Steinhilber RM, Strong JP, Toevs CC, Wagner HN, Loeb JM, Rinaldi RC, Smith SJ. Clinical EcologyCouncil on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association. JAMA. 1992;268(24):3465–3467. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490240073040