Search for Environmental
Causes of Illness
Having trouble with doctors wanting do a psychiatric workup on you before they consider environmental causes?
We have a copy of a letter from the National Minister of Health and Welfare stating that “…the search for environmental causes in a patient should precede psychiatric workup…”
We also have a copy of the Minutes of
Proceedings and Evidence of the Standing Committee on Human Rights and
the Status of Disabled Persons, chaired by Bruce Halliday (House of Commons
Issue no. 23, Thursday, May 10, 1990). This states that “We will
investigate complaints from any person who believes that he has been discriminated
against because of suffering from environmental sensitivities … We think
it is very clear that it is an illness; it is a problem. It is not
illusory. I think we all have a duty to try to help people understand
what is involved and to do something about it. Our commission is
pleased to take complaints if we get them.” I unfortunately do not
know if this commission is still standing, but it does state the policy
with respect to human rights.