Before I got sick, I was a dog trainer. My life was centered around my dogs,maybe too much, but I was happy. I taught basic classes, worked with serious behavior problems, and competed with my own dogs. It was my culture, and my life.
As MCS started to creep in, it make more difficult and even dangerous, to continue. To have poor reflexes or to miss something because I was brain fogged, could be the difference between success and failure, and sometimes failure meant a bite.
So I had to give it up. But I didn’t give up my personal dogs. While the number of dogs has diminished, I still have 3 beautiful and wonderful dogs left that keep me happy, keep me laughing and keep me sane. They make me get up on the bad days, cuddle with me when I’m sick, and keep my spirits up when I’m sad. And on a really good day, I train.
Posted in Accessibility, Chemicals, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health Care
Tagged air quality, barriers, dogs, fragrance-free, health, MCS, pet care, pets, veterinarians, veterinary clinic
For people with MCS/ES, assistive devices can allow us to remain functional, independent, and able when we can’t control everything in our environments.
Slide with a few options from New MCS/ES Accommodation Resource
In addition to fragrance, chemical, and wireless free policies, these and other devices can help reduce or eliminate exposures to the pollutants that can otherwise completely disable people with MCS/ES. They can make the difference for people to remain employed when provided early enough, effectively minimizing the effects of MCS/ES.
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Health, Human Rights
Tagged air cleaners, air quality, assistive devices, assistive technology, disability tax credits, EHS, environmental sensitivities, Human Rights, insurance, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, oxygen, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution, systemic discrimination, wireless
Many of us (too many now) have to wear a mask to filter some of the pollutants out of the air we have to breathe. I guess I am lucky that I have not cared about what people think when I wear mine to protect my health.
Seriously “Sensitive” to Pollution
For others, it’s not an easy decision, for a variety of reasons, and sadly, most of them have to do with a lack of understanding and acceptance in our communities.
In January, three bloggers that I am aware of have written about their mask wearing experience.
Pollution affects our brains!
Glad some neuroscientists are finally taking this more seriously!
I live in Los Angeles and it’s unfortunate, but true, that the brown cloud of smog hanging over our city is as much an icon of LA as the Hollywood hills. My morning bike commute is spent sucking on the tailpipes of my fellow Angelenos, and it turns out this doesn’t just make me cranky. A recent article published in Neurotoxicology suggests that those of us who live in urban environments are much more likely to experience cognitive decline with age. The culprit? Air pollution.
While air pollution is generally thought of as a modern problem, humans have evolved to handle polluted air from sources such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions. Coughing removes large particles from the lung, while macrophages, a type of immune cell, are responsible for engulfing and degrading small particles. However, some particles are so small that they can penetrate the lung wall, and gaseous…
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Imagine being shut in, without air conditioning, without being able to open the windows to refresh the air, because the outdoor air is so full of VOCs as to be totally disabling…
For some of us, this is a somewhat usual occurrence anyway, due to the prevalence of toxic laundry products blowing out of dryer vents everywhere, but during summer, things can get so much worse!
The heat makes many chemicals more volatile, and where do they off-gas? Into the air we breathe…
Here are just some of the things that affect summer air quality:
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Health, Pollution, Public Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged air quality, fun, hazardous air pollutants, sensitive to pollution, summer, toxic trespass, VOCs, volatile organic compounds
Simple images with catchy phrases are popular these days. I recently discovered that the photo program on my computer has more features to play with, and my brain is finally capable of a little bit of exploring. Computer graphics is something very different from the manual art I’ve learned and practiced in my life, so my attempts will surely improve over time as I learn more about the technology, as well as recover my visual brain functions and co-ordination.
I thought I’d share some of my early attempts here. Feel free to download and use in a not for profit way if you find them useful. However, if you want to use them in any money making ways, please discuss it with me first.
Posted in Environment, Environmental Rights, Images, Pollution, Public Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged air quality, creativity, Fragrance, good neighbours, images, MCS, property rights, right to breathe clean air