In the isolation and helplessness someone suffering with an environmental illness sometimes experiences, Matthew Hogg has managed to create an uplifting, information-rich online environment that brings hope and illumination to some of life’s most misunderstood and devastating chronic health conditions. To start, I’d like to rattle off some of the health conditions discussed in-depth in the forums, blogs and articles posted to Matt’s website, Environmental Illness Resource or EIR for short: Lyme disease, Candida and gut dysbiosis, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, mental and emotional problems, and now, Mold-related Illnesses. The list may look overwhelming, and to some, due to a lack of understanding, like a long list of made-up illnesses with made-up symptoms. But, I personally assure you and the 55,000 + users and viewers of Matt’s website would also assure you, that these illnesses are VERY real, and most are incredibly debilitating and difficult to live with.
So how and why did Matt come to create this site in the first place? Well, for starters, he has his own story of environmentally-triggered illness to tell. It starts in his childhood home.