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
When Toxics Drift
we end up with choices.
Sit outside for a little while to get some Vitamin D
Be able to think, wash dishes, and/or make something to eat
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Chemicals, Community, Disability, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Pesticides, Pollution, Products, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, drift, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, health, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, VOCs
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 wear my mask when out on my ebike to protect myself from exhaust fumes and chemical sprays on residential lawns. In the warmer months I need to wear it when travelling outside of town in a car to protect myself from agricultural pesticides drift as I live in an area that grows mostly corn and beans, probably mostly GMO and sprayed liberally with pesticides. I also wear it in grocery stores, thrift stores and the mall. Even with the mask I rarely venture into a mall.
For more about masks, see
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Health, Pesticides, Products
Tagged environmental sensitivities, GMOs, hazardous air pollutants, invisible disabilities, masks, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, pesticides, petrochemicals, toxic trespass
(not just those of us who are adversely affected before others)
“Global experts in this field concluded that infertility and male reproductive dysfunctions, birth defects, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurobehavioral and learning disorders were among the conditions than can be attributed in part to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).”
New research estimates the cost in Europe alone to be in the billions of dollars. As these endocrine disrupting chemicals have been inflicted on the global population, and are found in countless everyday products and materials, the costs to society are huge (and the profits to the chemical and pharmaceutical companies are equally huge).
“The overwhelming majority of the reported costs were from “lost cognitive potential”
Dr Leonardo Trasande
I’ve posted about EDCs a few times, including here:
Endocrine Disruption… Huh? Why Should We Care?
Many of us have no idea what “those people” are talking about when they mention endocrine disruptors. Sounds like something foreign and insignificant, or at least it did to me, until something caught my attention a few years ago. …
Here are links to some of the news articles and how you can avoid some EDCs:
Posted in Chemicals, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Health, Neurotoxicity, Pesticides, Policy, Public Health
Tagged air "fresheners", avoid endocrine disruptors, endocrine disrupting chemicals, endocrine disruption, fragrance chemicals, Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, pesticides, phthalates, Research, toxic trespass
The world is an exceedingly strange place when products that are designed to kill unwanted and uncared for “pests” have fragrance chemicals added to change the way they smell, and those fragrance chemicals are better regulated than the ones in products we living (wanted and cared for?) humans are sold, for intimate use, on a daily basis.
1.indicating a person or thing that kills: insecticide
2.indicating a killing; murder: homicide
How is it that the fragrances added to pesticides are more regulated than the fragrances we are exposed to 24/7 now, from laundry, personal care, cleaning products, scented candles and air “fresheners” (among others, as everything is fragranced these days)?
Posted in Air Quality, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Pesticides
Tagged Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, fragrance ingredients, hazardous air pollutants, health hazards, laundry products, perfumes, pesticides, petrochemicals, product safety, public health risks, regulations, scented products, toxic chemicals
Did you know that there can be massive amounts of highly toxic pesticides used in the shipping containers, especially when products and materials are shipped over seas?
In a world where recycling is being encouraged, this presents some potentially serious problems that aren’t being widely discussed. Some things have simply not been designed to be reused, and recycling toxic materials just spreads the contamination further afield, causing low level poisoning and some kinds of chronic health problems.
The trend to build all kinds of indoor furniture and garden beds out of pallets is quite troubling. The pallets used in these containers would also have absorbed the pesticides and be unsafe for re-use. This article describes other issues with pallets.
Screen shot from google image search of reused pallets
Note potentially hazardous furniture for children and food use
Converting shipping containers into homes is another big trend (see below).
The following documentary depicts some serious problems related to clothing (as well as some other items that were shipped long distances) when saturated with health harming levels of pesticides. Manufacturing issues are also examined in this video.
Posted in Environmental Health, Fashion, Green Building, Housing, Pesticides
Tagged chemicals in clothing, contamination, documentary, health, pesticide contamination, pesticides in pallets, Shipping container, shipping containers, sustainability, toxic chemicals, toxic pallets, toxic textiles
‘Cides are designed to kill. Only the so-called “active” ingredients are listed and tested for how well they kill what they are sold to kill. Human, animal and other environmental effects are rarely if ever researched, and then it’s only for the active ingredients. The combinations of ingredients and the so-called “inert” ingredients which make the products flow or apply better are not taken into consideration. Those “inerts” can also be more toxic than the active ingredients, but don’t have to be listed!
Recent research tested and discovered that these combinations can be up to
1000 times more toxic than declared!
Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principles
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Gardens, Pesticides
Tagged active ingredients, child health, inerts, petrochemicals, Research, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
The evidence (and casualties) are piling up
– Articles about the neurotoxic pandemic
– From Harvard… on Everyday Toxic Trespass
– Powerful article about perfumes for children
– Pesticides in flea collars harm children too
– Important news about ALL pesticides
– Someday there will be less toxic clothing
– Driveway sealants are bad for Your health
– Doctors can’t be counted on to help treat oil related illnesses
– Illnesses linked to toxic chemicals increase health care costs
– Chemically injured woman has to sleep in a tent
– Some Things We Can Do
Why do we need much better laws and regulations to protect us and future generations? Have a look at the following articles:
Posted in Air Quality, Brain, Child Health, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Neurotoxicity, Pesticides, Toxic Trespass
Tagged asthma, autism, cancer, Chemicals, chemicals in clothing, end ecocide, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS housing, mind the store, news, Research, toxic chemicals
It has recently come to light that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is allowing businesses to claim their foods and products are organic, without penalty, when clearly they are not: