I was hoping to be able to share some good news with you all, and here it is. We ARE making progress! It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, but I believe we are almost at the point where we will see an “overnight” shift happen.
Here’s what Dr John Molot (the author of “12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong”) has to say:
It’s the end of 2015, a time to celebrate the promise of the coming year but also a time to reflect on the 12 months that have just passed. It was an incredibly exciting year for me professionally. As a physician who advocated for my patients for so many years, I no longer feel that I am paddling upstream against the hardline, medically conservative current that has discredited environmental medicine for decades. The patient groups that I work with have realistic hope for improved care in the near future.
My 2015 :: Science :: Media
Medical Profession :: Insurance Companies :: The Canaries
What’s to come?
This year, I have had several opportunities to effectively represent the people with environmentally linked conditions. I have been actively involved with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in the development of the promised (2014) Task Force on Environmental…
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Posted in Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Health, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged canaries, CFS/ME, FM, health care, MCS, MCS/ES, progress
Apparently fragranced items (including toys) are top sellers as Christmas gifts (and for other occasions). Unless you have told everyone you know NOT to get you anything fragranced, there’s a high likelihood that you’ve recently received something aromatic, something that you may or may not understand the consequences of having and using.
Most people have no idea that these and other products that stink contain harmful chemicals that damage our health (as well as the health of future generations). We don’t know because these ingredients are secret (unlabeled), unregulated, and we have not been educated.
For those of you who are beginning to understand there’s a problem, and having been the unfortunate recipient of a toxic gift from a well-meaning friend or family member, but have wondered what exactly you can do about it (other than thinking of regifting it * please don’t), here is an up and coming post-gift-giving-receiving activity you can take to let vendors and manufacturers know you won’t accept their toxic secrets!
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Gifts
Tagged #ReturnToVendor, barriers to access, bath products, candles, carcinogens, chronic pain, cosmetics, donate, exchange, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, gift return, haz mat, hazardous air pollutants, refund, scented, shelters, STINK, toxic, toxic trespass, unregulated
This shouldn’t be too much for anyone to ask for!
May all beings have a safe and healthy, non-toxic environment to call home!
Guest post by Laura Canary
Since I could not sleep, I thought I would bake a gingerbread house for our Christmas party. When I still could not sleep, I got carried away and baked enough to piece together this whole gingerbread village.
(image for inspirational purposes only)
But, what to call it?
Canary City? Sansparfumville? Beneficidale? Healington? MCSville? Magic Canary Sanctuary?
Welcome to our Magic Canary Sanctuary, or MCSville!
See all the houses! They are all built MCS safe, to accommodate all Canaries in need.
Posted in Environmental Health, Green Building, Healthy Environment, Imagination, Medically Required Housing
Tagged allergy friendly, building, Food, fragrance-free, gingerbread, gluten free, healthy, Housing, MCS, non-toxic, recipe, safe, services
Did you know they add fragrance chemicals to fire-starters and logs now???
Dashing through the snow
Coughing all the way
Over fields we go
On a frosty winter’s day
No fresh air to breathe
Chimneys puffing smoke
Pine and fragranced fireplace logs
Are ruining the day Continue reading
If you want to learn more about why so many people are suffering adverse health effects and making a stink about fragrance use, then the recent report from Women’s Voices for the Earth is a great place to get informed
“Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Policy Failures, the Trade Secret Myth and Public Health“.
It’s must read material if you are at all unfamiliar with the issues surrounding fragrance.
And that’s only the ones that have been tested. Many have not been tested for human health effects. Scientists also recently discovered that chemical cocktails can become carcinogenic even when individual chemicals themselves weren’t carcinogenic, but chemicals are tested individually (if at all), and not in the cocktails we get exposed to.
Please read the research and articles from WVE, and then take action.
Not surprisingly, the fragrance industry took issue with the report and shared some standard industry generated marketing responses. You can read about that here:
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, child health, drugs, endocrine disruptors, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
Some of us find online computer games to be a good way to keep our brains from atrophying when we are disabled by all the toxic chemicals allowed to be used in everyday products and materials.
Here’s a game idea that we’d like developed:
It would have to have an adjustable, variable speed (some of our brains are very slow), as well as an on-off switch for sounds (some of us are also sound “sensitive” when our CNS has been fried from exposures).
The products that pop up can be virtually all regular laundry, cleaning, and personal care products, pesticides, new clothing, shoes, furniture, new electronics, most plastics, in fact, almost anything new. Toxic, health-harming petrochemicals are everywhere now!
The game could be turned into an educational tool too (instead of just a therapeutic tool) by including hyperlinks that inform what the known and suspected to-be-harmful and still-questionable chemicals are in each product, and what health effects they can cause! Scoring could be based on whacking (eliminating) the most toxic products first!
Can someone please make us this game?
In the meantime, here’s an existing way to be active in learning and changing the toxic world we currently live in to a safer one:
Mind the Store
Posted in Action, Brain, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Products
Tagged computer, games, ideas, MCS, mind the store, online, programming, toxic products, whack-a-toxic
Guest post by Beau Binder
LOW EMF/RF Wired Network Configuration of iPad Tested Successfully
Some interesting — and hopefully also good — news.
I just had success with connecting an iPad via wired Ethernet to the Internet and enjoying the additional freedom this configuration offers. iPads can offer a low-cost, low EMF/RF alternative for standard computers when used in this way.
NOTE: This is not a promotion of any products or services from any entity. It is just a report on something that may be of use to some in the EHS community.
Typically, present-day iPads are forced to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect to the Internet. But with this setup, one can have all wireless services disabled and still access the Internet via a wired Ethernet network.
Guest post by Debbie Clark Seely
I wanted to take the time to write this letter because we (the “unscented” community) are concerned for you. With it being the holiday season we are seeing multiple reports of friends and family members choosing to cut ties to their unscented loved ones rather than make the effort to visit them unscented. This perplexes us. It makes us feel like you are choosing scent over a human being. Continue reading
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Friendship
Tagged allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, fragrance-free, holidays, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, petrochemicals, phthalates
This presentation by Professor Olle Johansson about the biological and health effects of electromagnetic pollution was given to a group of Industrial Engineering students in Barcelona, Spain and was recorded in October 2015. We are fortunate to be able to have access to easy to understand scientific presentations of this caliber.
Professor Johansson, from the Neuroscience department at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, starts by saying the first problem is that they have no women in the class and then discussed how EHS is recognized as a functional impairment in Sweden, and how the environment must be modified to accommodate and include people with a functional impairment. (His recently published paper on the subject is also available below). He went on to describe other issues with wireless radiation and encouraged the class to come up with solutions.
I think it’s worth taking the time to watch, but I like learning about the things that are affecting our lives, and what we can and have to do now and to protect future generations, so that they have a chance at more than mere survival.
“Adverse health effects of modern electromagnetic fields from wireless telecommunication, such as mobile phones and WiFi”
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, EHS, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Public Health, Wireless
Tagged accommodation, brain, EMF/EMR, environmental sensitivities, functional impairment, MCS/ES, science, video, wireless, wireless dangers