Human Canaries are what’s left after the signs from wildlife and nature weren’t respected, but we’re not long for this earth either, unless there are some significant changes in people’s daily habits – yes, things everyone can start to do RIGHT NOW!
Let’s start with some hashtags:
#HumanCanaries #EnvironmentalSensitivities #EarthDay #EarthDay2021 #MotherEarth #ChemicalSensitivity #MCS #EHS #IAQ #EnvironmentalHealth #air #water #disabilities #ScentFree #FragranceFree #BeFragranceFree #NonToxic #StopTheKill
Then move on to some science and other research (with apologies for the formatting, I really hate wordpress now):
Posted in Action, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, autoimmune, cancer, cleaning products, emissions, essential oils, Fragrance, fragrance-free, hazardous products, IAQ, laundry products, MCS, MCS/ES, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, plastic, Pollution, scent free, science, toxic trespass, VOCs, Water
MyExposome has designed silicone wristbands (such as the ones worn in support of various causes) that are specially prepared to act as a sponge to absorb hundreds of different chemicals in our environment—the air, water, and even personal care products.
With all the toxic VOCs in everyday products, the carcinogenic activity of the chemical cocktails we are exposed to on a daily basis, this is a great idea that can show people just how prevalent toxic chemicals have become, and how difficult it is to avoid them.
It would be really interesting to have a group of people with MCS/ES participate in some exposure measuring research, as those of us who have to practice extreme chemical avoidance for our health and well-being have some experiences that researchers will eventually find quite interesting.
Now, they would be able to see how difficult it is to avoid these chemicals, even when making great efforts due to necessity (of course, different levels of MCS/ES dictate different levels of avoidance requirements and efforts too).
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Education, Environmental Health, Research
Tagged Chemicals, exposures, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, personal care products, petrochemicals, Research
Have you ever noticed how some people get offended when we are disabled by, or get sick from something in the products they’ve used?
What’s up with that?
What about those who feign disbelief that we could be harmed by something they are using? Or that they could be using something that is harmful?
While I am not up to delving into the psychological and emotional intricacies of those responses here, or how industry pays big money to create them, I did come up with a few simple images with variations of the following text:
It’s not you! It’s not personal! It’s the chemicals!
Fragrances, personal care, and laundry products
contain toxic chemicals that make it impossible
for some people to be around those who use them.
Posted in Chemicals, Disability, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Public Health
Tagged Fragrance, indoor air quality, It's not personal, It's not you, laundry products, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, personal care, personal care products, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution, toxic trespass
The Toxic Evidence Piles Up and Doesn’t Wash Away
We all breathe the air. We all drink water. We all eat. We all wash ourselves.
We should be able to do this safely.
SO WHY ARE
so many toxic chemicals used in everyday products and materials, and found in our air, in our water, in our food, and in our brains and bodies?
Did you consent to this?
New reports have been released about toxic chemicals and health harm from products and materials most of us are exposed to a multitude of times on a daily basis…
Personal care products and pesticides
“Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides”
PAN AP launched a (free) book on insidious effects of pesticides on children
Posted in Child Health, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Food, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Pesticides, Public Health
Tagged Charles Eisenstein and Polly Higgins, filtration, Fragrance, MCS, MCS/ES, personal care products, pesticides, Research, there is no away, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass, Water
Children of all ages, as well as teachers, require healthy environments to thrive in. Schools, unfortunately, have notoriously poor indoor air quality.
One thing that contributes to poor IAQ is the use of fragrance chemicals in cleaning products, as well as in personal care and laundry products.
These chemicals do nothing to enhance the air quality, and much to induce cognitive and neurological impairments, sperm damage and respiratory problems.
Boys who overused sprays such as Axe Body Spray have prompted the Brandon School Division to ban perfumes and colognes. (Canadian Press) / via CBC
Over-use of these products is not the real problem.
The real problem is that these products contain toxic chemicals and serious allergens, and these chemicals and allergens do not respect personal boundaries or property lines, but trespass into everyone’s air, brains and bodies.
Posted in Accessibility, Education, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Indoor Air Quality
Tagged Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, fragrance-free policy, hazardous air pollutants, personal care products, schools, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
Re-posting with permission
The Organic Natural Beauty Directory urges all consumers to carefully read the ingredient labels on the products they intend to buy and be fully aware of what goes in them, that way you will know what to avoid. Ingredients are listed most used to least used (meaning that the first ingredient listed is what makes up the largest part of the product). It is extremely alarming to know that many major brands of skin care and personal care products contain petrochemicals in them.
It pains and angers me to see big beauty brands advertising on TV that they are ‘natural’ but when you look at their ingredients they may also contain some petrochemicals- so make sure you know your ingredients. This is why modern day consumers need to beware of ‘greenwashing’ and become educated on what the ingredients being used are.Your safest bet as a consumer is to choose products that contain all natural, whole and unprocessed botanical ingredients.
According to the ‘campaign for safe cosmetics website’.
“Many of these petrochemicals are known and scientifically proven to be toxic.”
“They can cause eye impairment, intestinal damage, kidney and liver problems, breathing problems, cysts, skin spots, rashes, premature aging and hair loss. Some are endocrine disruptors (that can cause hormonal disruptions and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects), and some even carcinogenic (that can cause cancer, and in particular breast cancer)”.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body so it makes sense that we as consumers wake up & start taking control of what we feed ourselves.
Here is the A-Z list of the 20 most common petrochemicals used in personal care products:
Posted in Chemicals, Environmental Health, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Health
Tagged allergies, cancer, harmful ingredients, neurotoxic, personal care products, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution, toxic trespass