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The Rise of Environmental Illness

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Over fifty million Americans endure environmental illnesses that render them allergic to chemicals. Innocuous staple goods from deodorant to garbage bags wreak havoc on sensitives. With over 85,000 chemicals in the environment, they perceive danger around every corner. Freelance journalist Oliver Broudy explores environmental toxicity and the community of The Sensitives — people with powerful, puzzling symptoms they believe to be resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone signals, that have no effect on “normals.” Dr. Ann McCampbell, (DrAnnMcC@gmail.com) a Santa Fe, New Mexico based environmental illness medical advocate joins the conversation, along with Stephan Bodian, a psychotherapist and spiritual teacher. Image: Book Cover

**Oliver Broudy** is the author of The Sensitives, published in 2020 by Simon & Schuster. He has written for Men’s Health, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and many other publications. His work has taken him to China, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He has written about mega-pop stars, mega-sports stars, kung-fu, anarchy, and lots of weird medical conditions. He is a finalist for the National Magazine Award and his Amazon Singles have twice been named best Single of the year. A long time ago, he worked with George Plimpton at The Paris Review.
**Dr. Ann McCampbell** trained in internal medicine and worked in women’s health before she became ill with severe multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) in 1989. She has been a leading chemical sensitivity and disability advocate for the past 25 years. She was a founding board member of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation and currently is Co-Chair of the Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Task Force of New Mexico.
**Stephan Bodian** is a licensed psychotherapist as well as a spiritual teacher, and he has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life. His approach to teaching and counseling blends compassionate self-inquiry, nondual insight, and transformational techniques from the field of psychotherapy. Drawing on his decades of experience as a therapist and teacher, he specializes in offering guidance that’s custom tailored to the needs of the individual seeker.