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What are Environmental Sensitivities?

Environmental Sensitivities (ES) describes a family of disorders in which people are more sensitive than average to environmental exposures such as light, sound, smell, taste, vibration and electromagnetic fields.

  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) are two common examples.
  • The cause of ES is uncertain.
  • Causes may include a combination of pre-existing vulnerability, such as genetics, growing up in an adverse environment, having a more responsive central nervous system, and exposure to large amounts of sensory stimuli either in large dose/s or repeatedly over time.
  • Neuroplasticity may play a role in ramping up symptoms over time and making it difficult to recover through avoidance of exposure alone.
  • Reversing neuroplastic brain changes seems helpful in many.

Many professionals falsely attribute ES to emotional or psychiatric causes. This adds to the suffering of people with the condition.

ES is real
and can be extremely disabling and isolating.

Online Courses

Self-Study Course:
Healing Through Neuroplasticity

Learn to reduce or eliminate pain and other symptoms by rewiring your brain. Neuroplasticity works!

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Neuroplasticity In Action

Learn to individualize and optimize your neuroplasticity practice with the connection, validation and support of a mentor and group.

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Pathways to Improvement

Learn to take charge of your health to help you feel and live better. Self-management works!

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Pathways In Action

Learn to individualize and optimize your self-management with the support of a mentor and group.

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Live! with Dr. Stein

Evidence-based presentations and Q&A with Dr. Stein. Credible, science-based and cutting edge information about how to live longer and healthier.

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Vagus Nerve

Dr. Navaz Habib teaches you about the most important nerve in the body that controls the rest-digest system, breathing, anti-inflammation, the gut-brain axis and much more. This presentation demonstrates simple exercises to activate the vagus nerve to improve your health.

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Causes & Treatment

Dr. Neil Nathan, esteemed integrative physician, explains how ME, CFS, FM and ES are due to underlying causes such as exposures to toxic mold and Lyme disease. Toxins activate the autonomic nervous system, the limbic system and mast cells making people "sensitive and reactive."

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Making the Invisible Visible: A Visual Guide to EMFs

Mitch Marchand, a building biologist, demonstrates in practical and easy-to-understand language the different types of human-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from wireless tech and electricity, the potential health effects and what you can do to reduce your exposure.

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Books

Let Your Light Shine Through
In this manual, Dr. Stein shares the strategies that she has found to be the most successful for patients in her 35-year medical practice working with ME, CFS, FM, ES, chronic pain, and more recently long Covid. Readers are guided through a 260-page, 4-month program specific to these conditions.
Formats available: hardcover, coil-bound, digital download. 

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Recommended Free Videos & Podcasts

Neuroplasticity of the Brain Meetup

In this presentation, Dr Stein gave a detailed summary of what neuroplasticity is, how it causes pain, how we can leverage it to heal from persistent pain and the neuroplasticity boosters which allow practice to be more effective. The presentation is 45 minutes followed by a very engaged Q&A session with the attendees.
If you are interested in the Meetup group, you can see details and signup here. 

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The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast

Episode 8: MCS is Not an Anxiety Disorder with Dr. Eleanor Stein

Dr. Stein was featured as a guest speaker on this show hosted by Dr. Aaron Goodman, PhD. The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast is aired twice per month. Its purpose is to amplify the voices of people with MCS and to highlight the critical work that researchers and clinicians like Dr. Stein are doing to further the cause.

MCS and Anxiety: Dispelling the Myth, May 6

On May 6, Dr. Stein was a guest speaker for The ASEQ-EHAQ - L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec as part of International Awareness month. From her 20 years + experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with MCS, Dr. Stein explained why, although some people with MCS (as with any medical condition) can have mental health symptoms, MCS is not a psychiatric disorder. When patients with MCS are misdiagnosed as having a mental health disorder, their physical symptoms are dismissed and they are offered incorrect treatment. 
If you prefer to read about this topic, the content is published in text and audio on Dr. Stein's blog page. 

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Interview with the Environmental Health Association of Québec / L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec
- March 12, 2022

The National Institute of Public Health Québec (Institut national de santé publique du Québec – INSPQ) recently published a report on MCS concluding that anxiety and not chemical exposure is the cause of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This a conclusion reached without consultation with people with lived experience, or experts in MCS.

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