Recently, I found a web site for Share, Care and Prayer, Inc, a nonprofit Christian organization serving thousands of people suffering with Environmental Illness. Their web site has a wealth of information on Environmental Illnesses and has the most comprehensive list I have seen for all of the diseases/syndromes that can be classified as Environmental Illness:
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Food Sensitivity
- Electrical Sensitivity
- Electro Magnetic Field Sensitivity
- Pollen and Other Inhalant Sensitivities
- Dust, Dust Mite Sensitivity
- Fabric Sensitivity
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
- Candidiasis (imbalance of Candida yeast)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Irritable bowel Syndrome
- Tinnitus/Menieres’ Syndrome
- Sick Building Syndrome
I suspect that there are still a couple of others to be added here. Among them would be ADHD, Gulf War Syndrome, MS and most any other auto-immune disease.
What does this have to do with Randolph’s Disease? Dr. William Meggs recently recommended that Environmental Illness/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity be renamed Randolph’s Syndrome, after Dr. Theron Grand Randolph. Who is this Dr. Randolph?
Theron Grant Randolph, M.D. is known in the chemical sensitivity network as the Father of Clinical Ecology or, as it is now known, Environmental Medicine.
Also from the web site:
Indeed, changing the name of MCS to Randolph’s would solve a lot of problems associated with all the other names in use. And, as his actual work would become more well-known, it might induce people diagnosed with CFS, Fibromyalgia, and Irritable Syndrome, Restless Legs Syndrome, General Anxiety Disorder, etc. to recognize that what they have is Randolph’s Disease. After all, he was treating all these named diseases long before they were treated as separate entities.
Which is saying what many of us have known all along – that this is one illness with a long list of variable symptoms. You can read more on this page about Randolph’s Disease.