Screaming from the Silence

This is an article written and published by someone I admire greatly; someone whom I consider to be a hero, a feminist, an activist. More admirable than those attributes: she is gifted, a poetic writer who actively campaigns for the human rights of others who cannot help themselves; she shares valuable information with those who do have the power to help themselves and others by empowering them to use less chemicals and choosing more fragrance free products. Meet Eva Caballé, author of the Spanish blog: No Fun

When you do not like something, when something bothers you, if there is something that remembers your mistakes, and it’s easier to not to deal with it, to leave it for another day, just put it in a corner, wrapped by a thick silence. This [is what] happens to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) sufferers. They want us this way, in silence, in order [to] not annoy, in order not to alert, so nobody realises that the precipice is every day, a little bit closer and we will all fall: we, our children, our grandchildren…

We feed International Economy with our health, our future and the future of those who have not even [been] born [yet]. It is the same society who lets us get sick, gratuitously exposing us to toxic products, while it abandons us to our fate and silences us [so that] to no one knows the truth.

Whenever can we break this spiral? It’s necessary for someone to give us a chance to leave this silence where they force us to live.

Delirium opened a door through which I scream, with all my force, that we are here, that we have MCS, because the present way of living is making us sick. It opened a door through which I scream how they are not going to silence us and above all, how this is only the beginning and it’s necessary to act right now.

Delirium helped us to break the silence publishing “The Naked Truth about MCS” in the edition dedicated to nudity. Delirium undressed me, both inside and out, in order to denounce our hard reality.

Unexpectedly this article has gotten so far that it has been translated and published in nine different languages, and been published in several countries all around the world. And some of these countries have included forewords explaining their own situation, like Germany or Norway.

The One That WAS INITIALLY my shout from the silence, has turned into the patients’ unanimous shout of the whole world denouncing that MCS exists, that we are left here, but also that nobody will manage to silence us.

Thanks for being our loudspeaker!

Caballé is not considered a feminist because she posed naked in the photos that elegantly accompany her articles on MCS and chemical sensitivity, but because she has taken a controversial subject cloaked in mythology, lies and innuendo, and stripped it down to its bare naked elements; until all that’s left is the truth.

“I stripped inside and outside to denounce the situation we MCS patients in Spain [suffer] and spread [the information about] our disease through art. The experience has been fantastic. The article is on pages 30 and 31 of Delirium and photos by David , who has taken up photography, his second great hobby after music.”

The photos of Eva and her nakedness are a metaphor for what lies beneath Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), and chemical sensitivities, and what needs to be shown: again, the truth. We won’t go away. And no, we won’t be silenced. (And yes, she makes wearing a mask look beautiful, almost desirable, yet nothing to be ashamed of… )

I wish Eva the fruition of all the promises in the world to help her make her own way out of the labyrinth that is chemical sensitivities.

Reprinted with full permission from, and attributions to Eva Caballé and her blog No Fun: (A Spanish Blog)
This article has been published in Spanish, English, German, Italian and Japanese

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Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Maskology: The Study of People Wearing Masks

Today, I’m excited to launch our very own MCS Labyrinth Pinterest Account: a collection of boards with images linking to all the diamonds and gems out there relating to sensitivities to chemicals, including support groups and organisations – sourced world-wide; gorgeous people wearing masks; and many more… (If you’re not familiar with it – Pinterest is a way for you to organise and share the great things you find on the internet. It’s also a great way to discover great things that others are sharing. If you don’t yet have an account – you can get one here, just click the ‘Join Pinterest’ button at the top of the page.)

To celebrate, here is the first screen capture of many: People Wearing Masks. So many are beautiful; some have a feminist type quality about them – think Eva Cabelle; a lot of these people have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), Toxic Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), or just plain chemical sensitivities. There are some artistic-just-mucking-around type shots of people wearing masks. Or serious looking people wearing serious looking gas-masks. And then there are the children… But whether the people are wearing masks to protect the health of their airways, or as a symbolic display of something else, they all have that one thing in common.

Welcome to Maskology – a study of masks.

Enjoy!

When you see this many people wearing masks, it normalises it!

If there is an image you think we’ve missed, drop a link to it in the comments below, and it too, can go up on The Labyrinth’s People Wearing Masks Pinterest Board.

Happy Pinning!

 

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Organic Bras

The fabric used in the manufacture of organic bras is made up of non-toxic materials; usually it’s cotton or hemp. The elastic can be a problem for some people because it has petrochemicals in either the rubber (or spandex) of it. For others it is hardly noticeable, if at all. And for most people it goes away after a few washes (oh, all right, a lot of washes for the severely sensitive). An organic bra is a great choice for someone sensitive to chemicals because:

  1. the fabric won’t have been treated with chemical based dyes
  2. the product won’t have been washed in harsh chemical detergents
  3. it’s less likely to cause problems and won’t need to be washed (and aired) many times by the owner before it can be worn.

Not only are these all great reasons to buy a bra made from organic materials but it’s also an excellent ethical and environmental choice too!

Styles

Most styles, traditionally, have been designed as a cross-over bra, or yoga top. But as demand has increased the finer, lacier details are coming available. Generally, they don’t have underwire, so if you’re larger than a D cup, the search could be on! But you could try Jane’s plus cup.

What (and where) to Buy

Rawganique: The Organic Pima Cotton Lady Lace Bra is designed with a lace insert for those desiring a more feminine style. 100% cotton fabric and it has adjustable straps and band and is machine washable.

The Organic Cotton Bralette can be worn on its own as a yoga-style top. It’s made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex; it comes in sizes S-M-L and is machine washable and made in the USA. It comes in natural, two-tone jade, and terracotta.

The Organic Cotton Energy Sports Bra is one of the few sports bras available made with organic fabric. It has doubles straps that cross and weave at the back in an attractive pattern and it is made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex. Available in Black and Bluestone, and Cocoa in sizes S-M-L.

Cottonfiled US: options are the Bra Top 100% organic cotton knit sports-style bra, with a latex-free elastic band in black or natural. It’s made in the US. This, just maybe, is the perfect bra for someone who is severely chemically sensitive, or has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

Or, the Graceful Sports Bra: 92% organic cotton, 8% lycra (elastic and latex free).

Blue Canoe: in the US (they ship internationally) (see below for AUS distributor) have a huge variety of styles: nursing, crossover, cami, yoga and simple bras in an assortment of colours. For women who require more room Jane’s plus cup goes up to an extra large.

Blessed Earth: are the Australian distributors for Blue Canoe bras.

Queen Bee: sold in Australia, organic nursing bra with discreet inseam pockets on the inside to put breast pads in.

Gaiam: traditional Yoga style bra Australia, ships internationally.

Cheers and good luck!

Where do you get your bras? Have you ever had problems with the materials? Any tips for us people–sensitive to chemicals–still finding our way?

Have you read ‘Take off your bra!’ yet?

Image: www.freeimages.co.uk

 

 

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
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