MyExposome has designed silicone wristbands (such as the ones worn in support of various causes) that are specially prepared to act as a sponge to absorb hundreds of different chemicals in our environment—the air, water, and even personal care products.
With all the toxic VOCs in everyday products, the carcinogenic activity of the chemical cocktails we are exposed to on a daily basis, this is a great idea that can show people just how prevalent toxic chemicals have become, and how difficult it is to avoid them.
It would be really interesting to have a group of people with MCS/ES participate in some exposure measuring research, as those of us who have to practice extreme chemical avoidance for our health and well-being have some experiences that researchers will eventually find quite interesting.
Now, they would be able to see how difficult it is to avoid these chemicals, even when making great efforts due to necessity (of course, different levels of MCS/ES dictate different levels of avoidance requirements and efforts too).
I don’t know if we’d tolerate the material of the wristband, or the solvent used to make them absorbent, but if we did, the results could be fascinating!
For the bracelets, a funder would be needed (at $995 a pop, most people with MCS would find the cost prohibitive)… and the material may be problematic, but perhaps it is a possibility for some people who don’t have severe MCS/ES?
They are running a kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to complete the project. If any of you have healthy incomes or bank balances, this seems like a great project to support, one that could lead to changes in public health policies that would benefit us all!
Know your personal chemical exposure!
Making the invisible visible—that’s the goal of MyExposome. We all live in a world filled with chemicals. Some good for us, some perhaps irrelevant, and some for sure are not good for us at all! But until today, you couldn’t measure your personal exposure to those chemicals. This Kickstarter campaign will empower you—by bringing you state of the art science—to understand your unique environment. We will provide you with a patent-pending light-weight non-intrusive wristband that mimics your exposure to chemicals. We will then analyze your wristband to determine the chemicals you were exposed to in your environment. …
(Please go check it out! There’s also a list of all the chemicals they are testing for!)
“MyExposome CEO Marc Epstein says that after wearing the bracelet for a week and getting his test results, he is changing the way he looks at his personal care products and home cleaning supplies – two big sources of chemical exposures in our daily lives.
“The specific change is that I’ve started trying to buy fragrance-free products,” Epstein said. “Why? Because I now understand that many of those lovely smells in shampoos / soaps / colognes / etc… are not essential-oils but rather they are man-made chemicals….”