“Accepting the leadership offered by the Task Force on Environmental Health to address the health care system, proactive change can begin immediately at all levels of society including federal, provincial, and municipal governments and public departments and agencies.
These would include, but are not limited to, public transportation providers, school boards, and the private sector.”
of the report recommendations
with source added
The Legal Rights and Challenges Faced by Persons with Chronic Disability Triggered by Environmental Factors
From ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), September 2019
“3. Conclusion While there has been significant research and study into barriers to include persons with EH disabilities, critical obstacles remain.
Seeking help in the health system, trying to find and/or retain adequate housing or employment, entering public spaces, shopping, or using public transportation, limit the inclusion of persons with EH disabilities in our communities.
Much more needs to be done to acknowledge the significant hurdles faced by persons with EH disabilities.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Health Care, Housing, Human Rights, Policy, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, ARCH, asthma, autism, barriers, cancer, CELA, chemical sensitivity, education, employment, environmental sensitivities, federal, fragrance-free, IAQ, jobs, marginalization, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, municipal, non-toxic, poverty, provincial, scent free, shopping, stigma, toxic chemicals, transportation, universal design, VOCs
are not easy for human canaries these days.
But friends CAN make it better:
Posted in Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Friendship, Gifts, Support
Tagged accessibility, allergies, asthma, autism, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, Gifts, hazardous air pollutants, holidays, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, non-toxic, non-toxic gifts, petrochemicals, presents, resources, sensitive to pollution, toxic chemicals, VOCs
Guest post by Laura Canary
Since I could not sleep, I thought I would bake a gingerbread house for our Christmas party. When I still could not sleep, I got carried away and baked enough to piece together this whole gingerbread village.
(image for inspirational purposes only)
But, what to call it?
Canary City? Sansparfumville? Beneficidale? Healington? MCSville? Magic Canary Sanctuary?
Welcome to our Magic Canary Sanctuary, or MCSville!
See all the houses! They are all built MCS safe, to accommodate all Canaries in need.
Posted in Environmental Health, Green Building, Healthy Environment, Imagination, Medically Required Housing
Tagged allergy friendly, building, Food, fragrance-free, gingerbread, gluten free, healthy, Housing, MCS, non-toxic, recipe, safe, services
While these resources are primarily directed at women of childbearing age and children, they are really applicable to all of us. If a mother stops using perfume, but the father still piles on the scented deodorant, aftershave, and cologne, then his sperm, the mother, and children (born or unborn) are still being exposed to harmful chemicals.
If other family members, friends, and places like daycares are using scented laundry, personal care, and cleaning products, they too are putting moms-to-be and kids at risk.
The adverse effects from these chemicals can be life-long, even longer. Our exposures can affect our grandchildren. Eliminating them from our lives now will ensure better health all around, including downstream, where fish and wildlife are also being affected.
The short video below, produced by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), provides simple, important information on how you can protect yourself and your child from Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). They are found in so many places now.
WECF have also developed a new website, NESTING, which is another good resource for all of us. They have assembled a lot of good advice there.
Here’s an example from their Cleaning & personal care page:
Posted in Air Quality, Brain, Chemicals, Child Health, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Precaution, Pregnancy
Tagged child health, EDCs, endocrine disrupting chemicals, endocrine disruption, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, indoor air quality, non-toxic, personal care, petrochemicals, postpartum, resources, solutions, tips, toxic chemicals
Some of us have gone to great lengths to encourage others to use fragrance-free products, especially for laundry, as many of the chemicals in fragrances cause such disabling effects for us.
Not only that, but fragranced laundry products pollute entire neighbourhoods with hazardous chemicals when pumped out of dryer vents (which were designed to emit moisture, not toxic chemicals), meaning that we (and others with asthma, migraines, COPD, etc) can’t sit or work outside in our gardens, open our windows for fresh air, or go for walks safely when other people are doing laundry with regular commercial products (and when are they not?), because we could be felled at any time from the emissions.
Much to our chagrin, many of us have discovered that some fragrance-free products can also make us dizzy, cause breathing difficulties like asthma, create cognitive confusion and memory problems, give us headaches, chemical hangovers, and more.
This has caused all kinds of difficulties, not just for us, but for the people who switched products only to discover that their efforts were not “good enough” for us.
“Can’t they EVER be happy? Why are they still complaining?”
Anne Steinemann’s recently published research regarding VOCs emitted from regular personal care, cleaning, and laundry products, (the popular ones used by most people in the “developed” world) sheds some much needed light on the problems.
So what did she find?
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environment, Health, MCS/ES, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, carcinogens, chemical pollution, chemicals in laundry products, cleaning, confusion, dizziness, essential oils, fire hazard, fragrance-free, green, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, laundry, non-toxic, Products, rashes, toxic