Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Perfumes filled with unknown chemicals, group alleges - CTV News

Perfumes filled with unknown chemicals, group alleges - CTV News

'Toxic soup' of chemicals in everyday products: author - CTV News

'Toxic soup' of chemicals in everyday products: author - CTV News

Why many are giving up on shampoo - CTV News

No 'poo? Why many are giving up on shampoo - CTV News



Monday, October 10, 2011

Gulf War Syndrome is a Real Illness

7292266_sGULF WAR SYNDROME is a real illness.

Veterans of both Gulf Wars as well as the first response teams who worked on the fallen Trade Towers have been getting the run-around for years. Some of them are desperately ill and many have died from the undetermined medical complications which manifested from their tour of duty. Finally there is some vindication on the way for sick vets. It’s too little – too late – for many of them but here’s hoping that the future won’t be so bleak for our future heroes.

READ FULL ARTICLE at USAtoday.com

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What Is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

The following came from a message board per issues affecting people with chemical sensitivity:
WHAT IS MCS (MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY)?

1692989_lowMCS is the inability of the body to readily detoxify and eliminate chemicals found in the everyday environment.  They go on to store in the liver, brain and fatty tissues of the body and make the individual very sick.  If you have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, you likely have problems with housing, as well as visits to the doctor or hospital.  A lot of the problem is that people do not understand what they are dealing with when they encounter us in these settings.  However, with a little effort, it is possible to lessen some of the factors that cause us severe reactions, making our visit or stay a bit easier, or in some cases liveable.  All of the major hospitals in Louisville, KY with the exception of one new one that I haven’t yet contacted, has a policy for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or Environmental Illness.  This took about 2 years to accomplish and was well worth the effort for those of us with MCS.  I’d like to encourage people in every state to kindly write the CEO of their hospitals and start the ball rolling for their own town.  It can be done peacefully, but you have to  keep calling, and not give up.

Housing is another issue we need to all address.  I’ve known people who have lived in tents, because they could not tolerate either interior building materials or something in their environment. I’ve known others to live in their car on the driveway, and have even been ran out to mine briefly in the past when I still had one. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity should become a household word just like Diabetes, or Heart Disease.  There is no need for us to undergo harsh and cruel treatment from Landlords who do not understand our disability, mock us, and  even make a game out of exposing us to the very things that make us sick.  Can we create an awareness and put an end to this type of treatment. Answer:  Yes We Can!  I am confident that we can have “safer” housing, even in the traditional  low income housing projects which can tolerated by some, by removing disability barriers such as air fresheners, and harsh cleaning chemicals, and by giving advanced notice of pesticide, and lawn spray applications, paint projects, etc. depending upon the tenants sensitivities. And we all have different needs as no two of us have the same tolerance level.  How are we going to do this?  Together.  Professionally. Every City. Every State.  Supporting each other as much as possible through letters, phone calls, and offering support.  Let’s put our heads together and see what we can do.

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Hairspray Dangers for Expectant Mothers

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BEAUTY DANGER FOR EXPECTANT MOMS:

Hairspray is linked to common genital birth defect, study shows.

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE at ScienceDaily.com

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Sign for Fragrance Restricted Environment

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Many policy-makers are having to post “fragrance sensitivity” signs as they become inundated with complaints. Here is a little helping hand, thanks to the good folks at McMaster Family Practice Unit in Hamilton Ontario Canada.

CLICK HERE FOR SIMPLE SIGN THAT IS PRINTABLE

 

ATTENTION

Fragrance Restricted Environment

Due to the number of people with asthma or allergies, we request that you do not wear any chemically scented products such as perfume, cologne, after shave, etc.

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Source: McMaster Family Practice Unit, Hamilton ON Canada

Air Pollution Increases Premature Births

8683752_sAir pollution a risk for pregnant women: Study

By QMI Agency

California researchers have linked air pollution to an increase in premature births.

The study looked at 100,000 births of those living within five miles of air quality monitoring stations over a 22-month period starting in June 2004. They used information provided by the California Department of Health about the births and the mothers, as well as air pollution information from monitoring stations, which measure concentrations of airborne toxic pollutants.

The researchers found exposure to critical pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons led to a 30% increase in premature births compared to pregnant women who didn't have the same exposure. Other toxic substances, such as benzene and fine particulate matter from diesel fumes, were associated with a 10% increase and ammonium nitrate fine particles were associated with a 21% increase.

Researchers said air pollution is already known to be associated with low birth weight.

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Source: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Environment/2011/10/07/18794906.html