This report from the Auditor General of Canada came out in 2016. Nothing has changed as far as I have seen, and I keep my eyes open for these kinds of things.
“The Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) conducts independent audits and studies that provide objective information, advice, and assurance to Parliament, territorial legislatures, boards of crown corporations, government, and Canadians.”
Here’s a short video, followed by the transcript, more from the report, and some relevant bits from a follow up by Health Canada:
Chemicals in Consumer Products and Cosmetics
Posted in Chemicals, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, cancer, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance chemicals, Health Canada, Human Rights, MCS, MCS/ES, OAG, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic trespass
This is why so many people with MCS/ES, MCAD/MCAS, asthma, migraines, and fragrance allergies and sensitivities lose their jobs and end up housebound.
When policies are mere wallpaper, they become dangerous.
Real people’s lives and well-being are threatened.
Please, do not put up a sign if you are not going to respect or enforce it.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS
Jacqueline originally shared her public speaking experience at a noncompetitive StorySlam with the theme ‘Misunderstood’ in a fb group, and very graciously accepted my invitation to share her story here with you.
Guest Post by Jacqueline Rice
Photo of me sharing my truth @ Ex Fabula (from stories), the MKE storytelling organization. Photo from Ex Fabula
Here’s the excerpt from the blog entry from their website:
“Not all stories have a resolve, but instead bring a call to action. Like Teller Jacqueline, who shared her invisible disability with the crowd. Due to carbon monoxide poisoning Jacqueline was forced to alter her lifestyle in dramatic ways. Her exposure to carbon monoxide caused her to be intolerant to chemicals such as perfumes and sprays. Because of this, Jacqueline can’t be in many public spaces. Thank you, Jacqueline, for using your voice and story to advocate for many others with invisible disabilities.”
How it felt for me at the mic in front of 200+ people: Continue reading
This really stinks.
These guys don’t care how much anyone suffers if they can keep profiting.
via Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Father Made a Fortune Representing the Fragrance Industry
“According to an article published by the New York Times on July 14, 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s father, Edward Kavanaugh, “was paid $13 million, including his retirement package, in 2005, his last year at the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association,” an organization of which he became president in 1972. His yearly salary at the point of his retirement was $5 million. ” …
Here are 11 excellent reasons to stop using and allowing fragrances in your home, at work, in healthcare, in housing, at school, in transportation, in retail, and in other public places:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, mental health, petrochemicals, VOCs
♥ Christmas, Birthdays, and Other Holidays with MCS/ES ♥
For most people, these special occasions are times of joy and celebration in the company of friends and loved ones, but for people with invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses like MCS/ES, they can be sad reminders of the lives that we no longer have access to.
We are still seldom included in the festivities and are usually left alone to fend for ourselves. Unfortunately, since human beings are social beings, not everyone is well equipped to self occupy, and some people become seriously depressed and even suicidal because of this.
To realize it’s because some friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers prefer to keep using certain products instead of using other products so we can safely be around them and enjoy their company, makes it even harder for us, knowing they care more about the products they buy than they care about us. It’s a heart breaking thing to have to live with.
♥ Thankfully, not everyone chooses products over people ♥
Before I became too chemically injured to socialize in crowds, I had a wonderful friend who happily made the effort to make her place and parties safe for me!
In 2005 her invites were all sent out with these words:
Posted in Accessibility, Community, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Friendship, Gifts, Support
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, chronic illness, coping, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, Gifts, holidays, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, toxic chemicals, visiting
Part Four of Four
(Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
Guest post by Che Ray
If you are hosting the family in your own home, it is true, you must take every precaution. Otherwise their stink will be there long after they leave. If they come in with stuff and it gets on your furniture, it will be bad.
Here is a suggestion: let them know in advance that before they enter the house they will have to be willing to have you test whether they are wearing anything that is triggering for you. Then when they arrive, if you have a good friend who gets what you are dealing with, have them first go to the cars of the people who are coming. He or she can do a preliminary test. If she senses something she can be the one to tell them what the problem is.
If you have sent them detailed emails in advance of everything they need to eliminate (she can even bring the check list to the car) then this will come as no surprise. They won’t be mad at you, they will feel bad. And that’s OK. That is the part of the learning process on their end.
If they make it to the front porch, you go outside and test again. When you first greet them, I suggest having your mask on. It will let them know right away what the situation is. Take it off briefly to assess the situation. If you feel comfortable taking it off at some point later in the evening, you can simply say, I am going to do a test to see how I do.
Posted in Accessibility, Community, Fragrance, Support
Tagged allergies, barriers, chemical sensitivity, environmental illness, environmental sensitivities, family, fragrance-free, holidays, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, TILT