Please also see our conference FAQ.
ISEAI is a thriving, respectful, and collaborative community of medical professionals, researchers, students, and indoor environmental professionals with an interest in environmentally acquired illness (EAI). Affiliate membership is extended to the interested public.
Our mission is to restore health to individuals with environmentally acquired illnesses through clinical practice, education, and research. We will accomplish this by raising awareness of environmental causes of inflammatory illnesses and supporting the optimal health of individuals affected by these illnesses.
If you are interested in joining us, Apply Here. Membership offers many benefits and members have access to various website features. These include leading edge information on how environmental exposures cause health problems, and what can be done to solve them.
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Yes, but to be accepted for membership you must meet the requirements of the appropriate Membership category.
Our Membership categories offer varying levels of benefits and access to website features, and have different membership dues. The categories are based on varied levels of experience, expertise, and interest in environmentally acquired illness (EAI).
Because there are so many Facebook and support groups for patients with environmentally acquired illness (EAI) already available, ISEAI.org does not have a separate forum for patients but we do have a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date on what’s new in EAI. Please like us: ISEAI Facebook Page
Also, visit our Patient Resources page.
EAIs are environmentally acquired illnesses and refer to the many conditions acquired as a result of exposure to environmental triggers. To read more, click on About EAI.
The term, “environmental illness” is often used to describe multiple chemical sensitivities. We are concerned with all indoor and outdoor environmental exposures capable of causing, aggravating, or perpetuating chronic illness.
CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) refers to a specific set of symptoms and biomarkers found in patients exposed to water-damaged buildings and excludes consideration of many of the other environmental exposures that can lead to illness. The diagnosis of CIRS also excludes many common symptoms and additional tests relevant to individuals affected by environmental exposures.
Living systems are nonlinear, self organizing and irreducible. In the same way that you can’t understand the nature of time by taking apart a watch, you can’t bring a person back to wellness by treating one problem in isolation from its whole. In allopathic medicine we see this mistake made in multiple ways. One example is repeatedly treating a child’s ear infections with antibiotics. This short sighted approach can lead to multiple GI and metabolic issues later in life for the child, as well as growth of superbugs in the community which are resistant to all antibiotics.
Diplomates of ISEAI are medical professionals who have had training in EAI, have at least 3 years of experience treating individuals with EAI, and are the leaders in this field. Members of ISEAI are medical professionals and indoor environmental professionals with experience and/or interest in EAI. Both Diplomates and Members are listed on Find a Professional.
The choice of appropriate tests is best determined in consultation with a provider who can conduct a comprehensive clinical evaluation, using a systems biology approach to care. To find a medical health professional, go to Find a Professional. If you are a health care professional interested in developing expertise in the clinical evaluation of EAI, please consider Membership in ISEAI in order to participate in our thriving professional community and comprehensive education programs.
Commonly used acronyms
ACA: Anti-cardiolipin antibodies
ACTH: Adrenal corticotrophic hormone
AD: Alzheimer’s disease
ADH: Anti-diuretic hormone
AGA: Anti-gliadin antibodies
ApoE: A lipoprotein that increases one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease
ASD: Autism spectrum disorders
AVP: Arginine vasopressin (another name for anti-diuretic hormone)
BBB: Blood-brain barrier
BDNF: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor
C3a: Complement protein 3-activated
C4a: Complement protein 4-activated
CD57: Refers to natural killer cells
CIRS: Chronic inflammatory response syndrome
CIRS-WDB: CIRS acquired by exposure to water-damaged buildings
CNS: Central nervous system
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPET: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
CRP: C-reactive protein
CSB: Clinical systems biology
D/LGS: Dysbiosis/Leaky gut syndrome
CVID: Common variable immune-deficiency
EAI: Environmentally acquired illness
EAI-WDB: EAI acquired by exposure to water-damaged buildings
EDS: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
MCAS: Mast cell activation syndrome
MCI: Mild cognitive decline
MCS: Multiple chemical sensitivities
CFS: Chronic fatigue syndrome
MMP-9: Matrix metalloproteinase-9
MRCoNS: Multiply resistant coagulase-negative staph
MSH: Melanocyte stimulating hormone
NGF: Nerve growth factor
NQ: NeuroQuant, a brain volumetric study
PAI-1: Plasminogen activator-inhibitor-1
PANDAS: Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections
PANS: Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
PD: Parkinson’s disease
POPs: Persistent organic pollutants
POTS: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
ROS: Reactive oxygen species
SCI: Subjective cognitive decline
TBI: Traumatic brain injury
SIBO: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
TGFb-1: Transforming growth factor beta-1
VEGF: Vascular endothelial growth factor
VIP: Vasoactive intestinal peptide
vWP: von Willebrand profile