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Q&A with Martin Pall, PhD

Tuesday 15 September 2009

ChemicalsWe recently reported on research by Martin Pall, PhD, that explained Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a "reaction to chemicals, not odors."

ProHealth has a Q&A with Martin Pall about that very subject:

Martin L. Pall, PhD, Professor Emeritus of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University, is adding to the science of toxicology with a new research-based paper, “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Toxicological and Sensitivity Mechanisms.” [Published on his website:] Here he is kind enough to summarize and explain his findings for readers.

Q: Dr. Pall, we were very encouraged to learn that you have a new evidence-based paper on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) that will be published in a prestigious toxicology book. How important is this for patients?

Martin L Pall: The article will be published in an important reference source for professional toxicologists - General and Applied Toxicology, 3rd Edition, part of a multivolume set.

This is a very important paper for several reasons.

• The toxicologists have largely ignored MCS, despite its high prevalence and major impact on human health. So this is an important recognition that MCS is a toxicological phenomenon, a response to chemicals acting as toxicants.

• Furthermore, the fact that I was asked to write it is important recognition for my own earlier work on MCS.

• It is also important to note that the three editors of this set - Drs. Bryan Ballantyne, Timothy C. Marrs, and Tore Syversen - each has distinguished publication records in toxicology. And each of the three has published on chemicals implicated in initiating cases of MCS.

Therefore, I think you can be assured that if there were major flaws in the case that I make that MCS is a toxicological phenomenon, they would certainly have detected them.

The full Q&A can be found here.



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