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Alessandro Quadretti - 2017 - ITALY - 84

The acronyms MCS and EHS indicates two controversial diseases: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. The former makes patients intolerant to exposure to chemical substances, while
the latter to that to electromagnetic fields. What’s more, both diseases sometimes develop together.
Remarkably, women account for the 75% of these cases. Still few countries have taken up independent
researches to tackle the diseases. There is still some perplexity among scientists about the physiological nature
and the toxic-environmental causes of these diseases. The Italian situation is especially complicated, since
institutions still do not acknowledge both diseases and patient’s rights. Patients who can afford it are actually
forced to go abroad for treatments which are not allowed in Italy. The “alternative” is to give up active life, which
means job and social relations.