Yet the accusation is often made that EI/MCS sufferers are much more likely to have been in therapy. This to me is support, not damage, for the existence of EI/MCS. Suppose you are someone who, through nature or nurture, is more vulnerable to the environment than most: why wouldn't a heightened sensitivity to the same things that say, are causing soaring rates of emphysema and lowered sperm counts worldwide be the response of certain susceptible individuals? Folks who have gone through some Bad Kharma very often windup with strange allergies, eczema that won't heal, chronic illness of various kinds. The lifelong struggles with asthma suffered by the poet Elizabeth Bishop (dad dead before she died, mom soon carted off to the insane asylum) is just the most obvious example of the organism traumatized at one level—and reacting at another.

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