This article starts out with, ‘Some people say Mario Casella is nuts.’ It then goes on to describe symptoms many people whom I know live with daily. People need to let go of the ‘crazy’ tag that’s (sometimes) attached to chemical sensitivity. It’s not helpful and we mustn’t say it about ourselves or others in regards to a physical illness.
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‘In 2008, then muscular, 220-pound Casella was a Southern California sports bar bouncer when becoming repeatedly exposed to bleach in the bar’s bathroom. In this column in 2013, he said about that exposure, “When breathing even a little bit, I’d get the most horrible, aching, burning feeling in my liver. Then I began feeling physically ill (overall) around chlorine, perfumes, cologne, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke. Then it got worse.”‘
It’s a reality I, personally, know well. My network of chemically sensitive individuals extends across the globe; and I’m no longer surprised when I hear a story like this. Although, I’m surprised when I hear about a community thinking someone is crazy because they suffer symptoms bought on by exposure to chemicals. No one would choose to live like this:
Castella sleeps in a sleeping bag under an outdoor veranda:
‘Currently, he misses his old life every day. In a recent telephone interview, now 40-year-old Casella said, “I’m living in Patagonia, Arizona, where a lot of (environmentally affected) people come to get well. The environment is good here. We have the cleanest air in the country. They don’t spread pesticides. Right now, I’m living at a guy’s house that (was built) free of chemicals.”‘
So while the corporations who make products from chemicals not tested for human safety test them on us humans, we, as a community, are going to sit around and take pot shots at one another, labelling ourselves and/or each other nuts? Well, I for one, refuse to play!
How about you? Do you think it’s fair to tag MCS with the crazy tag?
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