While following the events at Standing Rock, I ran across something that impressed me that was shared from the “Dancing Earth” fb page, and so I began following them (please do check them out if you like powerful dance images).
At the end of April, just before MCS/ES Awareness Month was to begin, Dancing Earth posted the image below, and it made me stop in my tracks (as I scrolled through my fb newsfeed). I returned to it over and over again, and I finally asked for permission to share it here, and for the back story about how it came to be.
“Songs From The Extraction Zones”
Rulan Tangen at Santa Fe Arts Institute
I kept hoping to find the words to describe why I find it to be such a powerful image, and why I feel such a personal connection to it, but I’ve been struggling from the effects of too much pollution on my brain. Pesticides, laundry products, and who knows what else have been taking their toll on my ability to string words together to do this the justice I feel it deserves, so this will not be as eloquent as I had hoped it would be, but I still want to share this with you, and maybe you will find some of your own words, or just sit with the feelings.
Posted in Community, Environment, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Imagination, Pollution
Tagged art, cancer, chemical sensitivity, Dancing Earth, fossil fuels, health, MCS, petrochemicals, respirators and masks, Rulan Tangen, sacred, toxic trespass, Water
“Exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of allergic dermatitis, but more severe health effect for humans as well as the environment could possibly be related to these chemicals. Some of them are suspected or proved carcinogens and some have aquatic toxicity,”
Giovanna Luongo found that there are harmful chemical residues left in clothing even after 10 washes and presents the information in her Doctoral Thesis, Chemicals in textiles A potential source for human exposure and environmental pollution.
This scientifically validates what some of us have been saying for years, that some harmful chemical residues can be extremely difficult if not impossible to remove, (as the rigmarole we have to go through in an attempt to have safe to wear clothing to wear attests), and that normally undetectable trace levels can cause disabling effects.
Many chemicals present in clothing (and bedding) enter the human body via dermal absorption, and can be detected in urine hours later!
This poster shows how chemicals enter our bodies:
Posted in Accessibility, chemicals in clothing, Environmental Health, Fashion, Laundry, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, cancer, chemicals in clothing, detox, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, health, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivity, petrochemicals, Pollution, sensitive to pollution, toxic chemicals, Water
Sometimes it’s nice to take a break, and if possible, get creative.
Being and playing in nature is especially soothing and healing, and usually offers a variety of non-toxic materials to express our creativity with.
For some of us, getting away isn’t always an option, so here are a couple of videos to provide some much needed respite and perhaps some inspiration too.
and a jazzy little clip here:
I hope you enjoy this little break as much as I did.
Check out his website for more: http://www.gravityglue.com/
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
The Big Fix
The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The oil industry is not about peace. This film documents one of the greatest cases of Ecocide in our time, and the story behind it. Sadly, it’s not over yet.
Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.
Help make Ecocide a crime:
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, dispersants, documentary, ecocide, environment, health, oil, petrochemicals, Water
Fracking… It’s not all it’s cracked up to be… It’s a lot more!
I recently discovered that the Ontario government is exploring opportunities to frack us here too. Russell Ontario sits on black shale, twenty minutes from Ottawa! I’ve seen it mentioned that this is happening in other Ontario communities, as well as elsewhere across Canada.
The CBC article is short and says little, so please watch the video there if you are interested … (it won’t embed and the link to just that also doesn’t work) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/05/29/ottawa-russell-shale-gas-exploration.html
Why is the government, which is supposed to be looking after the best interests of people, exploring and allowing a technology that will destroy us all if it isn’t stopped?
To understand what some of the problems with fracking are, watch (or listen) to Sandra Steingraber, scientist, mother, writer, poet, cancer survivor, wisdom woman in this 5 part video series.
Posted in Environmental Health, Interconnectedness, Products, Public Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged Chemicals, ecocide, environment, fracking, gas, hazardous air pollutants, Ontario, Sandra Steingraber, shale, video, Water
For anyone interested in environmental health and the health of children, Sandra Steingraber is an inspiration and wealth of information. She has written several books and many articles. Her first book, Living Downstream, was turned into a feature film.
Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber discusses her fight against fracking and toxins contaminating our air, water and food.
Steingraber returns often to the concept of “toxic trespass” — which “means that chemicals without our consent enter our body sometimes because we inhale them”
Here she is in an interview with Bill Moyers, (you can watch it here or go to his website) and the link to her website is below, where you can access many of those articles and order her books.
Greenpeace is running an excellent campaign to detox the fashion industry. Sadly, textiles these days are full of toxic chemicals, chemicals which are harming the health and environment everywhere in their life-cycle, where they are made, and where they are used.
This video shows a bit of the background:
You might wonder why water pollution in China is a problem for us?
from: How to get rid of chemicals in fabrics. (Hint: trick question.)
“How do these chemicals get into our bodies from the textiles? Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it’s highly permeable. So skin absorption is one route; another is through inhalation of the chemicals (if they are the type that evaporate – and if they do evaporate, each chemical has a different rate of evaporation, from minutes or hours to weeks or years) and a third route: Think of microscopic particles of fabric that abrade each time we use a towel, sit on a sofa, put on our clothes. These microscopic particles fly into the air and then we breathe them in or ingest them. Or they fall into the dust of our homes, where people and pets, especially crawling children and pets, continue to breathe or ingest them.”
Going after manufacturers to detox their practices is a logical step.
And it’s working:
Levi’s shapes up to become a Detox leader
read more here:
Toxic Threads – Product Testing Results
And if you can’t wait that long for safer clothing, you can check the list of safeR options listed in the “CHEMICAL-FREE CLOTHING (WE WISH)” tab at the top of the page here and then work on detoxing those at home using decontamination protocols found here: https://seriouslysensitivetopollution.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/laundry-decontamination-protocols/
I forgot to mention that if you are trying to get toxic chemicals out of your clothing, using conventional, everyday laundry products isn’t going to get you non-toxic clothes… Not when the laundry products themselves are full of toxic chemicals: https://seriouslysensitivetopollution.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/toxic-chemicals-in-everyday-laundry-products/
This is my entire collection of safe clothing: about a dozen pieces. I have nothing else I can wear.
By Linda Sepp.
Many of you have over-stuffed walk-in closets full of clothing. Every day you choose from a wide assortment of seasonally appropriate clothes to wear to work or out to play.
I can put everything I can wear into a regular sized (plastic) grocery bag. Look above to see a photo of what I’m wearing these days.
I live in Toronto, Canada, and depend upon Ontario Disability Support Program for all my income (ODSP is provincial welfare for the disabled) because I have severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/Environmental Sensitivities (MCS/ES).
In addition to these fine clothes, I have another pair of underwear, a tank top, and a t-shirt which was being washed when I took this photo.
This is my entire collection of safe clothing. I have nothing else I can wear.
Some of these pieces are so shredded they will not withstand another wash (the purple tank top, the blue shirt, but the grey leggings might have one more wash in them, the socks are developing holes which get larger when washed, not sure how long they will last–it’s is my one safe pair).
I wear all these items at the same time to be warm enough, taking off the robe, black summer capri pants with worn out elastic waist, and blue shirt only when I go to bed.
The other clothes (and the t-shirt not pictured) I wear 24/7 (except for the 12 or so hours I must wait for them to dry after a rare washing).