MCS/ES (multiple chemical sensitivities / environmental sensitivities) is a disability recognized by the Canadian and Ontario Human Rights Codes. There are over a million people with doctor diagnosed MCS in Canada, and so many more all around the world.
The term ‘sensitivities’ seems to trivialize the condition in many people’s minds.
You may wonder what’s it really like then, if it’s not trivial?
‘have legs or brain some days but not others’
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Mental Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged autism, barriers, chemical sensitivity, discrimination., EHS, environmental sensitivities, Fragrance, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, toxic trespass
Dream big! What would you wish for? Continue reading
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Community, Healthy Environment, Human Rights, Imagination, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES
Special Issue on Ecopsychology and Environmental Sensitivities:
Chemical, Electrical, and Beyond
The articles in the special edition of Ecopsychology are sometimes available for free (like right now), so if you haven’t read them yet, this is a good opportunity to check them out!
This is a real gift from the publisher! The usual cost is about $50 per article!
Please read and share with others who aren’t familiar with what is going on!
The articles and authors are listed here:
Introduction Continue reading
Posted in Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Human Rights, Public Health, Research
Tagged chemical sensitivity, ecopsychology, EHS, environment, environmental sensitivities, health, invisible barriers, invisible disabilities, invisible people, MCS
This report from the Auditor General of Canada came out in 2016. Nothing has changed as far as I have seen, and I keep my eyes open for these kinds of things.
“The Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) conducts independent audits and studies that provide objective information, advice, and assurance to Parliament, territorial legislatures, boards of crown corporations, government, and Canadians.”
Here’s a short video, followed by the transcript, more from the report, and some relevant bits from a follow up by Health Canada:
Chemicals in Consumer Products and Cosmetics
Posted in Chemicals, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, cancer, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance chemicals, Health Canada, Human Rights, MCS, MCS/ES, OAG, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic trespass
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It can be hard for some people to imagine what a safe, non-toxic, emf or rf free gift could be for those of us who have MCS/ES (multiple chemical sensitivities / environmental sensitivities).
As always, ask the recipient for details about specific allergies and sensitivities, as well as any precautions that might be needed to remove or prevent contamination, because many of these things come in a wide variety ranging from safe (or just safer) to toxic and life threatening.
Posted in Environmental Health, Friendship, Gifts, non-toxic, Precaution, Products
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, EHS, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, presents, toxic chemicals, VOCs
This washroom isn’t accessible:
neither is this one:
nor are the Ontario highway and other washrooms that have these installed:
Pesticides and fragrance! What could go wrong?
Many of us cannot go into a washroom that has an air effer or scented soap.
“In addition to the possibly life threatening immediate and delayed adverse health effects, “our clothes are contaminated and need to be aired out for days before we can even wash them or they contaminate more of our clothes.”
(from a fb comment on the last post)
So what to do?
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, Fragrance, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, toxic trespass, washrooms
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