The Government of the Province of Ontario, specifically the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) finally announced the establishment of a Task Force on Environmental Health.
Let’s hope this new project creates the long overdue and effective changes and access to basic services that are needed by people with environmentally linked, disabling, chronic health conditions like MCS/ES, unlike the 1985 project which created a 600+ page report with recommendations that were largely ignored (see links below), which allowed these and other problems to fester and increase in severity and magnitude.
The news release about the new task force follows:
Posted in Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Government, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, health care access for people with MCS/ES, health effects, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ontario, petrochemicals, toxic
Apparently fragranced items (including toys) are top sellers as Christmas gifts (and for other occasions). Unless you have told everyone you know NOT to get you anything fragranced, there’s a high likelihood that you’ve recently received something aromatic, something that you may or may not understand the consequences of having and using.
Most people have no idea that these and other products that stink contain harmful chemicals that damage our health (as well as the health of future generations). We don’t know because these ingredients are secret (unlabeled), unregulated, and we have not been educated.
For those of you who are beginning to understand there’s a problem, and having been the unfortunate recipient of a toxic gift from a well-meaning friend or family member, but have wondered what exactly you can do about it (other than thinking of regifting it * please don’t), here is an up and coming post-gift-giving-receiving activity you can take to let vendors and manufacturers know you won’t accept their toxic secrets!
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Gifts
Tagged #ReturnToVendor, barriers to access, bath products, candles, carcinogens, chronic pain, cosmetics, donate, exchange, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, gift return, haz mat, hazardous air pollutants, refund, scented, shelters, STINK, toxic, toxic trespass, unregulated
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
Take a deep breath (or maybe not)
“This study found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37 products, with an average of 15 VOCs per product. Of these 156 VOCs, 42 VOCs are classified as toxic or hazardous under US federal laws, and each product emitted at least one of these chemicals. Emissions of carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from green fragranced products were not significantly different from regular fragranced products.”
Most homes are full of these products!!!
Indeed, most indoor environments (and everything in them) are now polluted with these VOCs due to the pervasive nature of these products and chemical compounds.
From the research article:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Chemicals, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Products, Research
Tagged 156 VOCs, allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, Chemicals, cleaning, environmental sensitivities, EOs, essential oils, everyday products, green cleaning, hazardous air pollutants, health, indoor air quality, labels, laundry, MCS, MCS/ES, personal care, petrochemicals, toxic, toxic trespass
Freshening the air is big business these days. Polluting the air is also very profitable. Sadly, it’s usually similar chemicals polluting the air as are in the substances sold to “freshen” it.
What does fresh air smell like?
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Pollution
Tagged air purifiers, allergies, asthma, cancer, Chemicals, chronic health problems, environmental sensitivities, fresh, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, indoor air quality, revolutionary, sensitive to pollution, toxic, toxic chemicals, toxic textiles
From the FDA
Drug by definition:
What about fragrances when they target our brains and brain functions, including moods and perceptions?
From the fragrance industry:
To use fragrance technology to transmit feelings directly to the brain
That sounds a lot like drugs to me!
From the FDA… Is it a drug?
Posted in Brain, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Policy, Public Health
Tagged addictive, air freshener, allergies, asthma, autism, brains, cancer, Chemicals, children, cognitive, drugs, FDA, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, future generations, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, manipulation, marketing, MCS, MCS/ES, migraines, neurotoxins, perfumes, pesticides, pets, regulation, scent, toxic, toxic trespass
‘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