Guest post by T.M. Canary
Valentines Day has a different meaning for me. Three years ago in February 2013 my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease due to the use of air fresheners at the clinic where I worked. There is no way to describe how my life has been permanently changed in just a few words. My severe asthma is permanent and likely progressive. Those that care about me have the power do something about this though. You can make the effort to choose products that do not pollute the air we all breathe.
1. Avoid fragranced body products [perfume, body creams, sun screens, deodorant, shower gels, shampoo/conditioner, hair products, hand soaps lotions, and sanitizers]
2. Avoid fragranced laundry products [detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets]
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Products
Tagged allergies, alternative gift ideas, asthma, Chemicals, family, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, MCS, non-toxic gifts, petrochemicals, Reactive Airway Disease, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
I recently received a virtual gift from a friend and wanted to make my own version to share with you, because I know how difficult life can get, especially when we are isolated and facing challenges most people cannot relate with.
Here then is the gift bag I created for you!
Even though I am totally housebound, with no family at home, with little to no ability to visit with them or friends, either here or anywhere, due to my severe MCS/ES, I found this article from Toni Bernhard to have some lovely, helpful coping ideas. I’m sharing it with you in case you find yourself alone, or having to bow out of gatherings, if you find yourself in need of more tools to try out, whether or not it’s the holiday season:
How to Ease the Pain of Isolation During the Holidays
Three simple practices can help you feel less alone during the holidays.
‘Tis the season when we are encouraged or expected to participate in mad shopping frenzies, buying products that are mostly toxic and usually generate vast quantities of waste to boot. On some level, I believe most people know that this isn’t working out so well for anyone, but it’s hard to know why it’s so hard for people to show love in ways that don’t involve disposable packaging and toxic materials that are advertised as being cool or trendy. Or maybe it’s the advertising that has something to do with it?
Thankfully, we do have available a plethora of alternative ways to show our love to friends and families, and the trendiness factor is growing. There are ways that are kinder, gentler, more personal, and usually much more appreciated ♥
I’d like to share some ideas and resources that I have found helpful. Some are newer while others have been around for years but are still very relevant now, if not more so.
I hope you find something that not only inspires you, but also makes your life easier and allows you to become more attuned to your own gifts and needs, as well as those of others.
Posted in Environment, Environmental Health, Gifts, Imagination, Products, Responsibility
Tagged alternative gift ideas, buy nothing, caring consumer, environment, fibromyalgia, gift registry, giving, green, love, MCS, non-toxic gifts, precaution, reduce, reuse, sharing, shopping, simplicity, so kind, toxic
Thinking about all the toxic gifts out there, I thought that compiling a list of safeR non-toxic gift ideas might be helpful, as sometimes it’s hard to think of (or choose) something when we are asked if we have too much brain fog going on. I know it has been for me.
I think the greatest gift would be if family and friends went fragrance and chemical free so we could enjoy their company.
Here’s a few other ideas I thought of:
Posted in Friendship, Gifts, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, non-toxic, Products
Tagged environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free services, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, non-toxic gifts, organic food