Post by Lisa Petrison on Jul 24, 2011 19:03:08 GMT -5
A report from 2002:
I live in SA and have had ME for about 5 years. I'm nearly 37. I have recently had intensive EMF treatment and acupuncture and so on, and feel that I am recovering at the moment. But I understand and fully accept that I will probably also continue to be vulnerable and will have to listen carefully to my body for the rest of my life.
I live in Johannesburg, and although I really don't like living in this city, being part of this list is making me realise why I may have got so sick when I was living in Cape Town a couple of years ago. CT is often wet and cold whereas Jhb has much hotter, drier weather.
From lg gauteng, natal Score: 7/ 8/ 9 feel terrible in Natal in June July only otherwise excellent, in june july feel better in gauteng dry sunny.... Have lived here 10 years Previously lived in Austria. Am much better, austria would have been my death
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 16, 2011 12:57:29 GMT -5
A report from 2007:
I have had ME/CFS for 16 years. One of the few things that seems to make a difference to my health is location; I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa (warm, dry-ish, by the sea) to East Anglia, UK (cold, very damp, inland) and feel much worse.
It seems that bad factors for are cold, damp, pollution, and lack of sunlight (as in UK winter). I have also been wondering if mould (mold) is harmful: the house I live in in the UK is damp and prone to mould.
Places where I have felt better were:
Islands (e.g. Crete), Greece Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spanish but geographically just off Morocco Cape Town, South Africa.
So I have concluded that good factors are warmth, sunlight, lack of pollution, and (possibly - not sure) closeness to sea.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Jun 24, 2015 16:00:58 GMT -5
Here is a report mentioning West Africa that someone asked me to post for them on this board.
My most recent diagnosis is hypersensitivity to environmental toxins, specifically mold. I have also been diagnosed with migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic sinus infections, ear infections, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and felt like an arthritic 80 year old when I was 40. Most of those symptoms are gone due to changes in diet, moving out of moldy homes, and moving to a drier climate.
Cote d'Ivoire, in West Africa. Rating: 1 I had to leave the country within months of my arrival. I lived 4 hours inland (north) from the coast, at about 11 or 12 degrees north of the equator. The area was mainly savannah, but there was a very rainy season. Primary mold source: soil (I planted a garden.) 2nd source: airborne.
West Palm Beach, FL rating 1. There is mold everywhere! I got sick from 3 different sources. One problem was outdoors: irrigation systems caused lawns, golf courses, soccer fields, and most parks with grass to be full of mold! Inside of public buildings: schools, churches, and department stores...nearly all had roof leaks during past hurricanes. Roof repairs were made without removal of wet building materials underneath. You cannot see the mold, but sometimes you will notice water stains on ceilings. The third source was outdoor A/C units of private homes and high levels of mold in duct work.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Rating: 3. Freezing temps for 4+ months and longer in the north keep outdoor mold dormant. However, most homes have basements that have had water damage and smell musty...a sure sign of mold. Outdoor A/C units often carry mold into and throughout homes.
Southern Wisconsin Rating: 3. Same description as MN, but shorter winter. I lived in a mold infested house. All four family members (kids 9 & 12) diagnosed with depression. 3 of us had sinus problems, and both kids developed asthma between ages 5 & 7. I experienced my worst physical health ever and had terrible mood swings on top of it. We lived in that house, ignorant, for 9 years.
Denver, CO. Rating: 3.5. Homes w/o basements make it easier to find a mold free home. Legalized pot adds risk of mold exposures through second hand smoke or residue on people's clothing. Springtime rain was abundant in 2015, making outdoor mold worse than usual.