The ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) announced in September of 2016 that they were working on a report about the challenges faced by people with multiple chemical and/or environmental sensitivities.
ARCH Alert September 2016
“ARCH, in collaboration with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), has been working on a report about the challenges faced by people with multiple chemical and/or environmental sensitivities. Our report was informed by consultations with persons who experience these disabilities.
One of our major findings is the significant extent of attitudinal barriers faced by this group of people. Often, they find that they are not believed when they ask that scents, fragrances or other products not be worn in the workplace, educational settings, health care settings or places where services are received. We believe that a large awareness campaign is needed to educate the public about the impact of these disabilities on all aspects of a person’s life.”
The release of their report has been delayed because they want to respond to the Ontario Task Force on Environmental Health’s Interim Report, which came out just when their own report was intended for release.
In the November 2017 issue of Arch Alert, both ARCH and CELA urge the Task Force to do more consultations with those of us who are living the experience:
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Tagged ARCH, autism, CELA, CFS, CFS/ME, chemical sensitivity, children, EHS, environmental sensitivities, FM, Housing, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, Ontario, Research, wireless
… “Numerous concerns relating to radiofrequency (RF) exposure were raised by witnesses during Committee meetings on Safety Code 6 as well as in the briefs that were submitted. …
Witnesses also spoke to possible links between RF exposure and cancer, reproductive issues and autism.These concerns tied in to other testimony that expressed unease about RF exposure in schools as a result of the use of Wi-Fi; the need for RF exposure limits and guidelines to protect vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and children, and others who may be more susceptible to the effects of RF exposure; and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
While witness testimony and briefs often emphasized the need for Health Canada to take a precautionary approach to RF exposure by reducing the limits established by Safety Code 6 (and sometimes provided examples of limits and other measures taken to protect populations from RF exposure in other jurisdictions), they also referred to steps that individuals can take to reduce their own RF exposure. Finally, some witnesses stated that industry should play a role in reducing RF exposure.” …
RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION AND THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS
Report of the Standing Committee on Health
This much awaited report contains 12 major recommendations by effectively echoing the expert evidence heard by eight MPs during the recent hearings this Committee.
The List of Recommendations:
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Tagged autism, brain, canada, cancer, children, diagnosis, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, EMF/EMR, environmental sensitivities, health effects, recommendations, schools, technology, wi-fi, wireless, wireless dangers
(This post is for us, not so much for those who’ve made it clear they can’t hear us)
There have been a lot of online arguments lately, where people just aren’t listening to each other. I know this phenomenon isn’t limited to what’s happening online either, especially when it comes to people choosing petroleum based fragrances (or other petrochemical products and materials) over family and friends, or worse, over the health of their children! (yes, it happens, and it’s happening far too often these days)
(naninanipoopoo is something my kids used to say when they wanted me to know they weren’t going to listen to me)
Then, just like the fragrance industry is doing, by creating fragrances for absolutely everything, I too was inspired to come up with a fragrance for that: Continue reading
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Tagged allergies, asthma, be fragrance-free, cancer, children, denial, environment, fragrance chemicals, friendship and fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, It's good for me, It's good for you, MCS, naninani poopoo, petrochemicals, unexplained health problems
From the FDA
Drug by definition:
What about fragrances when they target our brains and brain functions, including moods and perceptions?
From the fragrance industry:
To use fragrance technology to transmit feelings directly to the brain
That sounds a lot like drugs to me!
From the FDA… Is it a drug?
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Tagged addictive, air freshener, allergies, asthma, autism, brains, cancer, Chemicals, children, cognitive, drugs, FDA, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, future generations, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, manipulation, marketing, MCS, MCS/ES, migraines, neurotoxins, perfumes, pesticides, pets, regulation, scent, toxic, toxic trespass
It’s also good for you and good for me.
Being fragrance-free is especially good for children and fetuses, who are vulnerable to suffering developmental harms from chemical pollutants.
Very few fragrances these days are made from flowers and plants. Most are synthetic, petroleum based concoctions, including ingredients known to cause health harm, and many more that have never been tested for health effects.
Fragrance is ubiquitous in indoor air, more prevalent than smoke ever was, and like smoke, fragrance also does not respect arbitrary boundaries. Remember smoking sections and how well those worked? Fragrance-free “areas” are just as ineffective. The volatile ingredients move throughout the air, everywhere and anywhere. They also cause second and third hand chemical contamination and health problems, just like smoke. This means that airborne fragrances settle into anything in the spaces they are found, and the residues from those items, your hands, hair, or clothing, can also rub off on anything they come in contact with.
Breathing is not optional.
No-one should have to breathe toxic chemicals 24/7, especially children.
or a stronger message
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Tagged allergies, autism, child health, children, fragrance-free, fragrances, hazardous air pollutants, images, IQ, MCS, petrochemicals, phthalates, sensitive to pollution, Sick Kids, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
Just like toxic chemicals aren’t adequately regulated to protect public health, neither are the levels of microwave radiation that we are all subjected to on a 24/7 basis, whether or not we want to be. And none of us have been asked if we consent to any this.
They (we?) are still raising awareness about smoking, breast cancer, asbestos, lead, and many other things they/we already know enough about to take action and stop the causes of adverse health effects from multiplying. Sadly, these days the toxic economy is more important than public health. So, we have to learn how to protect ourselves as best we can while working to change the system to one that values health and life more than money.
Here then are some photo memes and resources to raise awareness about the dangers of wireless (seeing as raising awareness is all we can do some days).
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Tagged baby monitors, children, DECT, EHS, environmental sensitivities, health effects, It's not personal, It's not you, it's the wireless, microwave radiation, wi-fi, wireless dangers
This is not surprising news, given what is being allowed and encouraged as economic activity these days.
Childhood and adolescent cancer statistics, 2014
(click to enlarge image)
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Tagged cancer, Chemicals, childhood cancer, children, chronic environmentally linked conditions, disease, exposures, hazardous air pollutants, Research, toxic trespass
Many of us have been waiting for action for decades, let’s hope that this is the project that finally makes it happen. It has been a long time coming…
‘RECOGNITION, INCLUSION AND EQUITY – THE TIME IS NOW: PERSPECTIVES OF ONTARIANS LIVING WITH ES/MCS, ME/CFS AND FM’
From Varda Burstyn:
At long last, I am writing to let you know about four new groundbreaking reports – products of a 5-year initiative that I and colleagues began in 2008 – that present exciting new research on the three environmentally linked conditions of ES/MCS, ME/CFS and FM, and that develop a wonderful new model of care and support for those living with the conditions in Ontario.
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Tagged accessibility, CFS/ME, children, EHS, environmental health, fibromyalgia, FM, health, healthcare, MCS, MCS/ES, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ontario, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution, Varda Burstyn, wi-fi
We live in an increasingly wireless world. Manufacturers are even making wireless devices for babies now! Yet, current safety standards do not take into consideration all the effects of wireless radio frequencies on our bodies, especially those of children!!!
(Text added to original photo from Healthy Child Healthy World)
Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24095003 PMID: 24095003 [PubMed] or
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24113318 PMID: 24113318 [PubMed] or
- Wireless products – protecting your children
Men, did you know you can damage your sperm if you keep your wireless device in your pant pocket? Putting it in your shirt pocket might not be any safer, as there are reports of adverse effects on the heart and of breast cancers when phones were there.
We are in urgent need of updating safety standards, and Health Canada has appointed a committee to do something, but it isn’t clear exactly what.
At the following link, you can access the videos and written reports of many of the submissions prepared for The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel Review public hearing day on Safety Code 6, Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy (wireless radiation safety)
Posted in Brain, Child Health, Environmental Health, Health, Public Health, Wireless
Tagged autism, brain, breast, cancer, children, expert submissions, Mobile phones, safety review, safety standards, science, sperm, wifi, wireless dangers