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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
This is why so many people with MCS/ES, MCAD/MCAS, asthma, migraines, and fragrance allergies and sensitivities lose their jobs and end up housebound.
When policies are mere wallpaper, they become dangerous.
Real people’s lives and well-being are threatened.
Please, do not put up a sign if you are not going to respect or enforce it.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS
Jacqueline originally shared her public speaking experience at a noncompetitive StorySlam with the theme ‘Misunderstood’ in a fb group, and very graciously accepted my invitation to share her story here with you.
Guest Post by Jacqueline Rice
Photo of me sharing my truth @ Ex Fabula (from stories), the MKE storytelling organization. Photo from Ex Fabula
Here’s the excerpt from the blog entry from their website:
“Not all stories have a resolve, but instead bring a call to action. Like Teller Jacqueline, who shared her invisible disability with the crowd. Due to carbon monoxide poisoning Jacqueline was forced to alter her lifestyle in dramatic ways. Her exposure to carbon monoxide caused her to be intolerant to chemicals such as perfumes and sprays. Because of this, Jacqueline can’t be in many public spaces. Thank you, Jacqueline, for using your voice and story to advocate for many others with invisible disabilities.”
How it felt for me at the mic in front of 200+ people: Continue reading
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
The Fragrance-Free Initiative from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created a video I really like, and they have also put together some other resources that can be useful to learn from when creating fragrance-free policies.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Education, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, fragrance-free, IAQ, invisible disabilities, job accommodation, MCS, video
When we pollute our planet,
we pollute ourselves.
If we don’t look after our life support system, how will we live?
We all need clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and safe food.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, climate change, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Healthy Environment, Nature, Pollution
Tagged earth, environmental sensitivities, hazardous air pollutants, health, invisible disabilities, life support