Random Saturday Thoughts – Health & Hope

Healing takes time, be gentle with yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. Not everyone who says they are an expert in a field knows what they are talking about, so do your due diligence. Beware of professionals in any given field who have a hidden agenda or hold money, power, and status as their God. Toxic mold and other toxins in our environment can … Continue reading Random Saturday Thoughts – Health & Hope

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Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand

No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be people who will criticize you, speak ill, and share false information about you. It’s been my bread and butter for quite some time, and it sucks. In the early years, I remember being at church gatherings and watching people gossip and snicker about me and downplay my health situation. I also … Continue reading Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand

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May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post

May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. MCS is also known as Environmental Illness, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance, and Environmentally Acquired Illness. In Spanish, it is referred to as Sensibilidad Química Multiple and or Intolerancia Ambiental. This illness can be brought on after a toxic injury. Many people develop it after one significant exposure or after multiple exposures. Exposure to construction chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, … Continue reading May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post

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Birthday Wishes & Fun Facts About Me

It’s my birthday week, guys. Man has this year been rough. From hidden homelessness again to losing my belongings for a third time due to toxic mold to caring for sick family members and going backward in my healing journey… it’s been another challenging year for sure. I always dread birthdays because they are a reminder of the years I’ve lost due to toxic mold … Continue reading Birthday Wishes & Fun Facts About Me

What We Wish People Understood About Our Invisible Disability-Podcast Episode 5

Today I’ll be sharing comments and answers from the audience regarding the most important thing they wish people around them would understand about their illness.   Below are the articles I mentioned in today’s podcast. Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of … Continue reading What We Wish People Understood About Our Invisible Disability-Podcast Episode 5

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How are relationships affected by Mold Illness & EI/TILT Podcast Episode 4

I hope you’ll listen to today’s podcast. This is a great episode to share with family and friends. Below are just a few of the things I touch on during today’s episode:-Friends being resentful because of your illness.-Spouses not believing a condition is real.-Friends and family getting offended because of your illness and your need for accommodation.-Losing friendships is a sad reality.-Loved ones should first … Continue reading How are relationships affected by Mold Illness & EI/TILT Podcast Episode 4

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How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

This article was created with the clinician and the patient in mind. It is a comprehensive resource that can be useful for medical practitioners and patients alike, to learn how they can better reduce and or avoid problematic exposures. Those of us who have been injured by chemicals and or toxic mold know first hand what it feels like to be exposed to something problematic. … Continue reading How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

Watch an interview done with Dr. Anne Steinemann on chemical sensitivities and how it is affecting thousands of Australians. This condition is also known as Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance. For more media coverage of Dr. Anne Steinemann’s research please click on the links below. Newspaper and Magazine Articles; Television and Radio Programs ABC Radio Sydney August 17, 2018 3AW Radio July 9, 2018 Sunday … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

March 2018 Study Finds That One in Four Americans Suffer When Exposed to Common Chemicals

I get so excited when I find out about new studies! The medical nerd in me jumps up and down. Why all the excitement? Well, today I received an email from Dr. Anne Steinemann telling me about a new study that just came out on the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities in the United States. The study found that the prevalence of diagnosed MCS has … Continue reading March 2018 Study Finds That One in Four Americans Suffer When Exposed to Common Chemicals

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Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products

I am amazed at the number of people I run into who recommend I try Aveda products because of their safety and purity. Without going too far into dissecting all of their products and telling you which ones use GMOs and which ones have bad ratings by the Environmental Working Group I will just focus on one ingredient, FRAGRANCE aka Essence, Parfum, Aroma.  In all … Continue reading Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products

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Disappearing From Society – A Look into Life with Chronic Illness

If you have a chronic illness this video will touch your heart. Many of us can relate and understand what it means to completely disappear from society and lose relationships, jobs and community interactions because our health no longer allows us such luxuries. Although the journey is hard we must push forward, one day at a time, one hurdle at a time. We never will … Continue reading Disappearing From Society – A Look into Life with Chronic Illness

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Meeting Alan Bell – Author of The New Book “Poisoned”

I had the pleasure of meeting Author and Attorney Alan Bell recently. We spoke for quite some time after he signed a copy of my book. He was a prominent attorney in Florida when all of a sudden he became very sick with all sorts of symptoms that baffled his doctors and his family. His story is a story of pain, suffering, and triumph. His story … Continue reading Meeting Alan Bell – Author of The New Book “Poisoned”

Poll – When did you first start to experience intolerance and sensitivity to chemicals?

This poll was conducted in a private group for Moms with MCS in June of 2017. Poll results provide further confirmation that mold exposure can lead to chemical sensitivities/intolerances and a TILT/MCS diagnosis. Based on results, 59% of women polled who have chemical sensitivities or TILT also know as MCS, started to experience symptoms after their mold exposure, this has also been seen in polls and studies about … Continue reading Poll – When did you first start to experience intolerance and sensitivity to chemicals?

Free Test for Lead Cadmium & BPA

CEH offers free testing of toys and other items for lead and cadmium by appointment or mail-in. If you have items that you’re particularly concerned about, we can test them for you. Please note that we ONLY test cans and receipts for BPA. MAIL-IN TESTING Send your item, or a piece of your item to CEH. Items or a piece of an item must fit … Continue reading Free Test for Lead Cadmium & BPA

Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities

If you are reading this article it is probably because someone has sent it to you, someone who is suffering from an immune system condition like MCAD or an Environmental Illness like Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance sometimes referred to as MCS.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article. Many times we feel guilty for having to ask family and … Continue reading Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities

Poll – MCS Symptoms

This poll was conducted in a private group for Moms with MCS in May 2017. After looking at the results it confirmed a bit what I have always suspected. Based on results it is interesting that almost 50% of women with MCS polled may be dealing with an underlining illness like CIRS which is directly related to toxic mold exposure. A total of 18 women participated, with … Continue reading Poll – MCS Symptoms

Mothers Day Reflections – When You’re Chronically Ill

Being severely sick no matter what the disease or disability is, can be life-altering. It can stir up anger, rage, hatred, un-forgiveness, and fear or it can teach us to love, trust, pray harder, grow in humility and release all that we cannot fix to the master fixer of all things broken. This last decade has been pretty intense especially for me. I got sick … Continue reading Mothers Day Reflections – When You’re Chronically Ill

Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

“Dr. Anne C. Steinemann is an internationally recognized expert on pollutant exposures and associated health effects, including topics of indoor air quality, consumer product testing and evaluation, exposure assessment, and healthy homes and communities. She is currently Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San … Continue reading Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

Do You Know what Mold Toxicity Is?

Mold Toxicity – A Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome from Keith Berndtson Peer Reviewed Studies on Mold Toxicity, Mycotoxins and Biotoxin Illness I wanted to share the slide presentation above along with a link to various peer-reviewed studies concerning mold toxicity so you can share with any clinicians you know. This is an area that is misunderstood and patients often have an extremely hard time finding qualified … Continue reading Do You Know what Mold Toxicity Is?

Can smells make you sick? Research shows scent sensitivity could be dangerous

“Over 15 percent of Americans have lost days at work or lost a job just in the past year from exposure to common fragrant consumer products in the workplace.” Anne Steinemann, Ph.D. ABC recently did a short segment on MCS. Segments like these are important as they spread awareness concerning this debilitating illness. Related Articles: The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS Wellness Practitioners Using Toxic … Continue reading Can smells make you sick? Research shows scent sensitivity could be dangerous

FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ONSET OF CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY

This is a very helpful write up by Doctor W.J.REA. Learn what can cause and or lead to a MCS diagnosis.  Onset of chemical sensitivity is influenced by multiple factors including total body load (burden), total toxic load, nutritional state, synergisms, competition for storage, bioaccumulation, and biological half-life of the chemicals themselves. Total Toxic (Body) Load (Burden) …Total toxic (body) load is the sum of all pollutants … Continue reading FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ONSET OF CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY

At American Airlines, rashes, wheezing and suspicion still surround new uniforms – MCS News

REPOST – Article written by ANDREA AHLES – aahles@star-telegram.com When American Airlines debuted new, modern-styled gray uniforms last fall, flight attendant Jaz Kennedy loved the new look. “I was very excited,” said Kennedy, a Dallas-Fort Worth based flight attendant. “We’ve been wearing those navy blues as long as I’ve been there, since 1991, and we were all very excited about getting new uniforms and having something different, … Continue reading At American Airlines, rashes, wheezing and suspicion still surround new uniforms – MCS News

Toxins in Everyday Household Products with Anne Steinemann PhD – A MUST WATCH

This is an amazing video interview with Anne Steinemann Ph.D. She is a doctor and MCS sufferer for over 15 years. She has done her homework and is a powerful advocate for those of us suffering from MCS and other Neuro Immune Illnesses. I love that she discusses the fallacy behind MSDS sheets and products containing a “nontoxic”, “organic” or “all natural” label. It has been … Continue reading Toxins in Everyday Household Products with Anne Steinemann PhD – A MUST WATCH

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Gut Healthy Oxtail Stew – Slow Cooked – Paleo – GAPS

  If you have never dug your fingers and teeth into a juicy piece of oxtail you have not lived. Growing up with parents from different cultures including the Caribbean, oxtail was a dish we enjoyed repeatedly. People in the Caribbean and Latin America have been indulging in oxtail for centuries and you know what, those little old ladies were right! The oxtail I grew up … Continue reading Gut Healthy Oxtail Stew – Slow Cooked – Paleo – GAPS

Prevent Chemical Injury

By: Dr. Grace Ziem, M.D., Dr. P.H We live in a world filled with human-produced chemicals. Over 80,000 chemicals are used in the manufacture of products for industry and consumers, with approximately another 4000 new, mostly untested chemicals coming on the market every year.  Because we now spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the chemicals … Continue reading Prevent Chemical Injury

Golden Rules to Slowdown Progression of MCS

Twelve Golden Rules a Person with MCS must follow to Slowdown the Progression of MCS, so that He or She Can Enjoy a Very Long Productive Life By Rabin Prusty, MSCE Live in a clean house without carpet, chemicals, or mold. Breathe only clean and fresh air. Living in a house with carpet, chemicals, or mold will make you sick and it will also make … Continue reading Golden Rules to Slowdown Progression of MCS

Myths and Facts About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Myth: People who have negative reactions to fragrances simply have allergies. Why is it necessary to structure my life around someone’s allergies? Fact: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, is a progressive neurological disease that can result in death. Asthma, which often causes sensitivity to fragrance-containing products, can also result in death. Whereas people with allergies might be inconvenienced or temporarily ill from exposure to an … Continue reading Myths and Facts About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Chemical Free Housing

So many people with chemical sensitivities and conditions like CIRS and TILT are looking for safe housing. Housing that is free from mold, cigarette smoke and chemicals is hard to come by these days. Many families have opted for tiny homes or converted trailers and they live isolated from buildings and contaminated spaces. So what can you do if you are chemically sensitive and you need to find safe materials … Continue reading Chemical Free Housing

How to Be Fragrance Free

How to Be Fragrance Free Chemically sensitive people vary in their reactions to scents and chemicals, smoke and pet dander. As a general rule, when attending a fragrance-free event or visiting a chemically sensitive person, the more thoroughly you can rid yourself of scents, smoke, pet hair, and chemicals, the better. Begin preparation as far in advance as possible. To be truly scent free, you … Continue reading How to Be Fragrance Free

MCS Resources

Thank you for visiting this page and learning about MCS, CIRS, TILT and other illnesses caused by Environmental Toxins. If you have found this information useful and this page has helped you in any please consider making a tax deductible donation online via Helping Hands Ministries for my ongoing medical treatment and recovery by clicking here. All donations received by Helping Hands are tax deductible.   Organizations Chemical Sensitivity Foundation … Continue reading MCS Resources

What is MCS

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? Imagine not being able to leave your home because your neighbors laundry softer makes you have migraines, vomiting, tachycardia and muscle weakness just to name a few symptoms. Imagine not being able to hug or be near people with perfume because your lungs react so severely that you have to be hospitalized and treated for weeks or months on end. … Continue reading What is MCS

Green Cleaning Recipes

What are you cleaning with? Do you reach for Dawn to wash your dishes or Windex to clean your windows? Did you know that most commercial cleaning products contain endocrine and immune system disrupting chemicals? Bleach, toilet bowl cleaners, disinfecting sprays, deodorizers and many other cleaning products have ingredients in them that have been linked to cancer and other serious health issues. When I first … Continue reading Green Cleaning Recipes

Hidden home dangers – Chemicals in Our Environment You Should Know About – News Report

Another story of a family affected by chemicals inside the home. Please watch these videos! Education is Power. ———————————————————————— Published on May 5, 2015 CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) — A recent report by the CBS news program “60 Minutes” has home owners around the country thinking twice about the air they breathe. The report focused on the glue in some laminate flooring coming in from China … Continue reading Hidden home dangers – Chemicals in Our Environment You Should Know About – News Report

Going to the Dentist? Think Again

I’ve always despised going to the dentist. Cleanings have never been a favorite, the sound of that pesky little dental drill has always made me cringe. For the chemically sensitive, trips to the dentist have to be handled with care. Here are just a few thoughts to consider prior to a dental appointment, for those with an autoimmune disease, Mycotoxicosis, Mold Illness, TILT, Autism, PANDAS, and MCS. … Continue reading Going to the Dentist? Think Again

Children & Environmental Toxins – Must Read Info for Pediatricians and Parents

Adults are not the only ones affected by Mycotoxins, chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. From my research and interviews with medical professionals, mold remediators, and affected families I can tell you that children especially young children are just as vulnerable as adults to illnesses caused by environmental toxins. One of my favorite people who covers this topic exceptionally well is Ruth Etzel, MD. I purchased … Continue reading Children & Environmental Toxins – Must Read Info for Pediatricians and Parents

What is the difference between a chemical allergy and a chemical toxicity?

This is a question I get a lot and often people just don’t understand what chemical toxicity is and why it is different from an allergy. So if you are struggling with explaining this topic to others, check out the write up below from the website MCS America. Q: What is the difference between a chemical allergy and chemical toxicity? A: An allergy produces hay fever-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, nasal … Continue reading What is the difference between a chemical allergy and a chemical toxicity?

Extreme Chemical Sensitivity Makes Sufferers Allergic to Life

I wanted to share this article since some people who have been affected by mold/mycotoxins later develop extreme sensitivities to chemicals. These sensitivities if severe, dramatically affect the patient’s quality of life and although the patient knows the symptoms are real, people may dismiss their sensitivities as craziness. Souce: Discover Magazine Written By: Jill Neimark Its sufferers were once dismissed as hypochondriacs, but there’s growing biological … Continue reading Extreme Chemical Sensitivity Makes Sufferers Allergic to Life

MCS UNDER SIEGE

Below is an excerpt from an article published in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, January 2001, Issue #210. The entire article is worth a read as it covers many aspects of MCS and the difficulties in diagnosing etc. Link to the complete article is below. Excerpt: “Movies like Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action depict the true stories of communities whose members became ill … Continue reading MCS UNDER SIEGE