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Does Where You Live Make a Difference in Recovery?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Skyline, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Skyline

    Skyline Senior Member

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    Bangkok, Thailand
    I am currently living in Bangkok, which is up there as one of the most polluted cities in the world (air pollution). Over the last 10 years I lived mostly in China where air pollution was a lot worse - even.

    Since CFS I have become increasingly aware of the pollution, exposure to pesticides etc. here for which controls are limited and some studies show exposure is very high - so am taking it very seriously.

    I have found some research looking at the topic of autism and pollutants - considering CFS to be an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder):
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23404082 (most relevant)

    It seems relevant - although the studies have nothing to do with CFS, or our situation. They look at pregnancy and early years of children - however with so many similarities between autism and CFS it's something I'm weighing in.

    Hertz Picciotto is the researcher who has been looking at this area for a while - many papers on it on her pubmed profile:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Hertz-Picciotto I[Author]&cauthor=true&cauthor_uid=23404082

    Is there some evidence on this?
    - Has someone found any solid research on the impact of the environment to recovery?
    - Do you have anecdotes of your own?
    - Do you know of opinions of some of the doctors working in the area? (E.g. yasko, rich van konyenburg etc.)

    I have read anecdotal stories from other CFS sufferers that they have done well in clean air environments when they moved away - and see symptoms return when they're back in their usual place.

    I've been considering healthy areas of Canada and Mexico as possible locations for me to heal more quickly.

    The question I'm looking at is: If I move from one extreme (a polluted city like Bangkok) to a clean extreme (non polluted country side with organics) could this make a measurable impact? Increase rate of recovery significantly?

    If I can find reasonable evidence I'm going to do it - maybe it will be a useful experiment to report back on.
  2. invisiblejungle

    invisiblejungle Senior Member

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    I don't know if there's "clinical evidence" proving that location matters, but it just makes sense. Pollution is stress, and increased stress makes it more difficult for the body to heal. Not just environmental pollution, but also EMFs, geopathic stress, climate, etc. I was reading the blog of a mother of an autistic child who lives in the middle of New York City, and she noticed how her child's condition improved when they went into the country.

    I live near Chicago, and awhile back I went to California for a couple days to see a doctor. I stayed in a small town right on the beach, and I felt soooo much better, despite the stress of travel. I've read accounts of other people who felt dramatically better in cleaner environments like Hawaii.
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