Ginette lives in Quebec and has been trying to access health care safely for years, without success. The fragrance exposures cause severe symptoms and her health is deteriorating as a result of not being able to have her basic needs met, because… fragrance.
She posted this video to her fb profile:
Here’s a rough English transcript:
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Disability, Fragrance, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, accessibility standards, chemical sensitivity, chronic illness, disability accommodation, fragrance-free, francais, French, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, MCS/ES, MCS/ES hospital protocols, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Quebec
This excellent video about MCS/ES was made in 2020 by Maria Rizzo, who was behind the Fragrance Free Revolution, but has not aged a second. It is just as relevant today as it was then.
The only thing that has changed, is that Maria is no longer with us. She lost her life in December 2020 after being subjected to too many exposures when spending time in hospitals with her father.
She wasn’t able to recover from those exposures, the broken heart of losing her father, and of the world that harms us instead of welcomes us.
The tribute her partner wrote when he informed the community of her passing can be found here.
I miss collaborating with Maria, I miss her creative energy, and her ability to do things in clear and concise ways.
She’d still be with us if hospitals and the rest of the world stopped inflicting unnecessary poisons on us all, and instead respected our human rights as well as their own vulnerability to 24/7 exposures to unnecessary hazardous substances.
Her death is a great loss to the global MCS/ES community.
Rest in power Maria.
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, awareness, fragrance-free, IAQ, MCS, MCS video, MCS/ES
A brief account of a seriously “sensitive” to pollution person living in a society where fragranced and toxic products are more important than lives, where disabled lives are disposeable, where it’s now easy to be euthanized (even for for externally imposed and inflicted) suffering, but not to receive support to remove the causes of suffering, causes and conditions that have been made systemic for many people with disabilities.
I’m not a poet and I know it and I wrote it anyway…
What Now? Continue reading
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Community, Disability, Environmental Sensitivities, Food, Fragrance, Health, Healthy Environment, Housing, Human Rights, MCS/ES, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Pesticides, Policy, Pollution, Support
Tagged allergies, asthma, Bill C7, cancer, chemical sensitivity, Clothing, dryer vents, EHS, euthanasia, fibromyalgia, hazardous air pollutants, human canaries, Human Rights and Disability, invisible disabilities, laundry products, MCAS, MCS, migraines, multiple chemical sensitivities, toilet paper, unwanted, VOCs, Water
Some people are promoting their essential oils and EO containing products as being #FragranceFree.
A few years ago others were claiming their essential oils were #ScentFree.
It seems we need to have a closer look at this before more people are hurt.
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Indoor Air Quality
Tagged allergies, aromatherapy, essential oils, formaldehyde, fragrance-free, Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, MCS, MCS/ES, policy, scent free, terpenes, VOCs
Women’s Voices For the Earth are offering those of us who have been harmed by chemical exposures an opportunity to share our stories and experiences.
Has Your Health Been Harmed by Toxic Chemicals?
Share Your Story!
“When you share your experiences, it not only changes people who connect with your story, it also changes you. When people share their personal stories on a social issue, they become more invested in that issue because it is now theirs (Beautiful Rising.org). What’s more, it is contagious: Sharing leads to sharing leads to sharing and helps communities and individuals connect over similarities and differences.
We want to hear from you! Tell us, how have exposures to harmful chemicals impacted your health?
And if you are interested, WVE can also help you amplify your story in the media, or with policy and decision makers.”
Learn more here:
Posted in Environmental Health, Fragrance, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, Products
But Shouldn’t Have to Be
Guest Post by Joanne Cabe
I read a post from someone who was out of work and broke, who wrote that being quarantined and broke, or being an essential worker and working over time, isn’t normal for anyone.
I had to respond. I don’t know that it will do any good on people’s awareness, but this was my try for the day:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health
Tagged allergies, barriers, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Products, sanitizers, scented
Dear everyone, if you are Canadian, please sign this petition, and no matter where you are, please share this with all the Canadians you know!
e-2729 Petition to the Government of Canada
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Create an international classification of disease designation code in Canada for environmental sensitivities so that those affected may have access to medical care;
2. Include environmental sensitivities as a disability that must be accommodated on all relevant documents and forms in governmental departments and organizations that minister social assistance, housing, medical, and other public services; and
3. Ensure all indoor public spaces are declared scent and fragrance-free.
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Government, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, CIRS, EHS, environmental illness, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, human canaries, IAQ, ICD, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, mould, multiple chemical sensitivities, petition, scent free, TILT, video
I saw an announcement on fb from a city agency that was opening up an arena to allow homeless people a place to shower, and they were also providing soap, shampoo, and other necessities.
“People who are homeless or precariously housed in (the city) relied upon bathrooms and showers in public facilities. But, they have closed their doors during the pandemic. There are now free showers and washrooms open daily at (the) Arena.”
Homelessness is something far too many human canaries are intimately familiar with, since there are so few accessible, medically safe housing options available when our ‘sensitivities’ become disabling. Many human canaries are precariously housed too.
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Toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and more provided.
Free showers & washrooms
Is the soap and shampoo fragrance-free so that people with environmental ‘sensitivities’ could also access the space?
MAY is MCS/ES Awareness Month
I was (due to MCS/ES related accessibility barriers) homeless myself for a year, and the need to shower did not go away. I know several homeless canaries now, one who just a few days ago was discussing her attempts to create a shower outside the van she is living in, so I asked the fb page a question about accessibility for homeless canaries.
Here’s what happened:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Medically Required Housing, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, accessibility standards, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, homeless, human canary, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, shower
Are you on facebook?
If so, please check out and follow the
They share memes with accompanying information for people with chemical, fragrance, and environmental ‘sensitivities’.
This is one of my absolute favourites!
A fair skinned woman is growing out of a terra cotta flower pot. She wears something white and sleeveless. She has long wavy hair that is surrounded by several pink flowers of varying sizes. Her head is tilted to one side and that arm is holding up one of the flowers between her ear and her forehead.
If you were meant to smell of fragrance you would’ve been a plant.
Be fragrance free, it’s what nature intended.
#No Fragrances #No Essential Oils SOS #Back to Basics
Direct link to this specific fb post:
Posted in Air Quality, Environment, Fragrance, Health Promotion, Nature
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance sensitivity, fragrance-free, images, MCAS, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities