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
If you are in or near Jasper, Alberta anytime between February 29 and March 7, please check out Marie LeBlanc’s Endangered Human presentation at Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts. I have seen some of it, and it’s very powerful.
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Housing, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Tagged accessibility barriers, art, chemical sensitivity, EHS, environment, environmental illness, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS
Pamela Reed Gibson’s groundbreaking and information filled book “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide” (2nd Edition) is now available to read online, or as a download, for FREE!
It’s still very relevant and extremely useful even though it came out in 2006.
There are also a lot of other excellent resources, including research papers, available on the new website: Continue reading
Posted in Disability, Environmental Health, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Public Health, Research
Tagged Books, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, free e-books, health, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, Research, resources
It’s that time of year again!
We’re only a little tired of folks keeping their heads in the sand for decades.
The good (and sad) news is:
we’ve multiplied too much to ignore anymore!
(and there are more joining our ranks every day)
Major brands have started making fun of us and are co-opting our language,
so we know we’re making progress, even if it seems slow.
SPEAKING UP MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
If you are new to this, to learn more about MCS/ES, you can start here:
These images are available on facebook. Feel free to download the appropriate one and use for Awareness Month, or at least for May 12th Awareness Day!
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Education, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Friendship, Images, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Support
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, EHS, environment, invisible disabilities, masks, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution
Here we go again!
MCS Awareness days, weeks, and months, along with government proclamations have been going on since at least 1998!
It has taken a lot of effort from a lot of people over a lot of years, and for some of us, it doesn’t seem to have made a great deal of difference in our daily lives.
Many of you are familiar with Amelia Hill, either via my blog, her blog, from her facebook group, or from the several articles she has written or appeared in, where you can read about her most challenging circumstances and how she has worked so hard to not only survive them, but to overcome them and to help others who are hidden away going through similar challenges.
Amelia’s awesome mom Danija has contacted me to say that Amelia’s health has taken a real turn for the worse, and that she and her family have run out of funds to get her the very limited, specific foods and medical care Amelia urgently needs now.
A friend has started up a fundraiser where there are more details about what has happened and what is needed.
Please contribute if you can. ♥ Every little bit will help.
Amelia Hill’s Medical Fund
If you can’t donate, then please keep Amelia in your hearts and prayers.
We LOVE you Amelia!
♥ ♥ ♥
P.S. I will keep you updated in the comments when I have more news to share.
Posted in Community, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Friendship, Gifts, Health, ME/CFS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Pesticides
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, health care access for people with MCS/ES, Human Rights, MCS
I’ve previously posted about a research project Pamela Gibson from the James Madison University in Virginia was undertaking. She has been asking for women aged 65 and older who have experienced environmental sensitivities (chemical and/or electrical) to participate in an online study of how their needs are being met as they grow older with sensitivities, but due to a lack of participation from women over the age of 65 (does anyone want to guess why?) she has opened up the study to anyone over the age of 21.
WOMEN OVER AGE 65 STUDY MODIFIED TO INCLUDE PERSONS 21 OR OVER WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITIES
(CHEMICAL OR ELECTRICAL)
MCS/ES is not new. Over 30 years ago, the Province of Ontario created the “Committee on Environmental Hypersensitivity” and appointed George Thomson, a former provincial court judge, as chairman, with a mandate to study and “advise the Ministry of Health on the occurrence of environmental hypersensitivity in Ontario and on current methods of diagnosis and treatment. Further, the committee was to make recommendations to the ministry concerning future approaches to treatment and research that should be taken”
From the the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Official Records for 17 December 1985:
Hon. Mr. Elston: Members of this House may also recall a six-member committee which was appointed in November 1984 to study a disorder which is known as environmental hypersensitivity, or 20th-century disease. The condition has been described as multiple sensitivities or allergies to a wide range of foods, chemicals and environmental substances.
Posted in Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Human Rights, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Policy, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged canaries, genocide, invisible disabilities, MCS, Ontario, petrochemicals, Research, sensitivities
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has created a video about MCS and job accommodation featuring Dr John Molot.
Video: Demystifying Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Human Rights, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Tagged accommodation, Chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, petrochemicals, PSAC, sensitive to pollution, toxic trespass, video