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Climate Change: Allergies and ME/CFS

Discussion in 'Mast Cell Disorders/Mastocytosis' started by MishMash, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. MishMash


    There has been a lot of discussion about ME/CFS triggers in food, additives, environmental toxins vis-a-vis mast cells, histamine-reactive allergies. I think we are missing a much bigger problem.

    The massive increase in pollens and molds, brought on by climate change. Summers are longer, and there are more droughts. Since 1995, levels of pollen have gone up by 97%. I sometimes wonder if this, by itself, didn't play a huge factor in rising rates of chronically fatiguing illness and FM. For people with Mastocystitis, or just plain immune activation, pollen allergies are excruciating.

    In the US, the records for pollen are being broken every year. Northern Georgia, and Atlanta, had record high pollen counts the last two years. Usually over 1500 is considered high. In Spring 2012 Atlanta was over 10,000 (the article is incorrect). That was just trees. The ragweed was at an all-time high too.

    People at work tell me all the time: I don't have allergies, it doesn't bother me. But I notice lots of complaints right around tree pollen season about people feeling tired, not being able to sleep, having body aches, feeling spacy. And these are the healthy people. I can't imagine what it does to folks with ME/CFS.

    Fossil-Fueled Heat Wave Spurs Record Allergy Season

    By Brad Johnson on Mar 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  2. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

    Logan, Queensland, Australia
    Climate change if it unfolds as many predict will not just see a change in allergens. It will see a change is pathogen distribution, especially for vector based diseases like those transmitted by mosquitos or ticks.

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