Environmental Illness Websites from Around the World

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Environmental Illness Websites from Around the World

This is a list of websites, blogs, and social media groups that inform about, and/or support those who have, environmental illnesses. Vote for the websites that have been most helpful/informative for you. Environmental Illness Network Minnesota does not necessarily agree with the information and opinions found on any of these websites. This list should NOT be construed as a list of endorsements or recommendations.

AESSRA (Allergy and Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association Inc.) (An Australian Website)

AESSRA Inc. is a support group for people with allergies and sensitivities, particularly Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). It started in Melbourne and now has members around Australia.

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allergictolifemybattle (A Wordpress Blog)

"After exposure to severe mold in the workplace, I found myself unable to continue the life I once led. I was forced to quit work and give up many things that I cherised. At the time I became ill, I was a 45-year-old mother of two."

A.M.I.C.A. (An Italian Website)

"A.M.I.C.A. – Association for Environmental and Chronic exposure injury – was founded the 21st of May 2003 by a group of chemically injured people and their relatives, with the aim of promoting the knowledge and the awareness about the health problems caused by exposure to chemicals in the Environment and in Consumer products."

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ANHE: Alliance of Nurses For Healthy Environments

"The Mission of ANHE: Promoting healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy."

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Anne Lipscomb's Blog (Paris & Seattle)

"I hope my story of overcoming adversity will help you to triumph over your own adversity and overcome any obstacle that may show up in your own path."

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Ann McCampbell, M.D.

"Dr. McCampbell is currently Chair of the MCS Task Force of NM and a board member of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation."

An Organic Place to Live (a US Blog)

A blog about Environmental Illness, Toxins, Mold and Self Help

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Artists with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

"The Artists with MCS network was founded by Moon McNeill, a painter and an author from Germany, in August 2001. She suffered from a lack of information about safe materials and the possibilities of continuing to work as an artist after her MCS-diagnosis. After a long and difficult period of reorientation, she found that the arts are not only the perfect medium to express MCS-specific content, but art could also give a new perspective to lives damaged by environmental illness. Art is therapeutic in itself. On top of that, the founder soon realized that more artists with MCS seemed to be waiting for such a group. Now, she is accompanied by a growing number of German and American painters, musicians, filmmakers, sculptors, videoartists and authors, some of them well known."

ASEHA QLD (An Australian Website)

"ASEHA (Allergy, Sensitivity & Environmental Health Association Qld Inc) is a voluntary organisation, it is a self-help support group for people with allergy, food intolerance, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome/Fibromyalgia, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder. ASEHA was formed in 1984 to bring allergy sufferers together to share information, for encouragement and mutual support."

ASEQ_EHAQ Environmental Health Association of Québec (A Canadian Website)

"The Mission of the Environmental Health Association of Québec (ASEQ-EHAQ) is the protection of the environment and human health directed towards the individual and the collective by creating awareness, support and education of the population on the protection of the environment from toxic products and pesticides."

ASSSEM Asociación de Sanitarios al Servicio de Encefalomielitis Miálgica-Síndrome de Fatiga Crónica (A Spanish Website)

"¿Qué es ASSSEM? Es una organización independiente y sin ánimo de lucro, formada en su mayor parte por profesionales sanitarios, cuyo objetivo principal es mejorar el grado asistencial de un colectivo de enfermos que padecen patologías graves y poco reconocidas como son el Síndrome de Fatiga Crónica-Encefalomielitis Miálgica (SFC-EM), la Fibromialgia (FM) y el Síndrome Químico Múltiple ( SQM), que padecen alrededor del 3 % de la población general con gran afectación a diferentes niveles."

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Canary Connections Group (on Goodreads)

"books for and about people with multiple allergies; environmental / chemical illness; or food sensitivities, allergies, or intolerance."

CFCCC: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, & Chemical Sensitivity Coalition of Chicago

"CFCCC is organized for the purposes of support, education, and advocacy for persons with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chemical sensitivity."

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CFS, FM, & MCS (on Tumblr)

"My name is Laurie. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Shortly after I first got sick, my aunt, a nurse anesthetist, insisted I learn how to read the medical studies. She had handed me a huge medical school dictionary and a few studies and told me I was going to learn as much as I could because I had something with no answers."

Chemical Injury Books Group (on Goodreads)

"I know some of us who have been injured by toxins in the environment need a group where we can find books that will help us to get well or figure out how to avoid more toxic injuries."

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Chemical Injury Information Network (A US Website)

"The Chemical Injury Information Network (CIIN) is a non-profit, charitable support and advocacy organization run by the chemically injured for the benefit of the chemically injured."

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Chemical Sensitivity

"Providing current news and information regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and related conditions. We also offer a forum and an e-store filled with fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and natural products."

CHEMSENSE (A Virgnia, Maryland, & DC Website)

"CSDA - MCS EI Group in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Health resource and support for chemically poisoned. Chemsense - chemical sensitivity and common sense"

Chemsense - Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association - Support for Chemically Sensitive, MCS in Maryland, D.C. and VA

"Chemical Reaction Support CSDA Metro-Wide Group Do you react to common chemicals, such as perfume, petrochemicals, carpeting? A support group meets occasionally in Maryland and Northern Virginia sharing information on everyday toxins, helpful advice, and social support. The CSDA (Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association) is a national group with many members in Virginia and Maryland."

Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign (U.S.)

"CIAC provides information about Environmental Illnesses such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Toxic Injury, Chemical Injury and/or Toxic Encephalopathy, as well as chemicals and fragrances in everyday products and resources.

CIAC also provides helpful tools such as letters and posters for people to use to make changes in their community businesses, medical facilities and churches."

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CSN - Chemical Sensitivity Network (A German Website)

"CSN bietet Betroffenen und Interessierten ausführliche Informationen rund um die Themen Chemikalien-Sensitivität und Umweltkrankheiten."

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Dan Allen Foundation (A US Website)

"The Dan Allen Foundation was founded for the purpose of raising awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder (MCS) and similar neurological disorders caused by exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. "

Detox your Body

"This website is about how to detox the body and be healthy as economically and easily as possible... I write daily posts for Facebook, Twitter and have many videos on YouTube. Don’t forget, I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, and this is just my own experience."

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Dr. Anne Steinemann (A U.S. Website)

"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."

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Dr. Claudia S. Miller's Blog

"Claudia Miller, M.D., M.S. is a tenured Professor in Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She is also founder and director of the South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program, the only medical school curriculum to offer hands-on, experiential training in environmental health, public health, and international health at the US-Mexico border. STEER has been the recipient of national and state awards for excellence in environmental and medical training."

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.

Take off your bra!

Okay, I’m having a terrible day, all because I drove my daughter to school this morning. (We usually leave at 8.00 am to avoid the traffic but today we were running late and left at 8.20 am, and had to crawl our way through the backstreets, and noxious traffic fumes that stung my eyes and nostrils like the fumes from caustic soda.) And now I’m sitting, writing this, with a nasty headache, my sinuses are pounding out pain from behind my face, and I’m trying not to think about the stupidity of not taking my mask with me.

That reminds me, I  need to add ‘ALWAYS CARRY A SPARE MASK IN THE CAR’ to my tips on ‘How to improve your life when sensitive to chemicals’ on my Maskology page. Then maybe I’ll remember.

 

Perhaps I wouldn’t have to if I could just whip off my bra (yes, in early morning traffic) and put it over my face.

This bra doubles as a face mask (for two)

Today I’m going to entertain myself (and hopefully, you) by writing a review on a bra. And a mask. It’s a bra that can be used as a mask. Yes, really. Why review this? Because it’s funny, funny in a laughing-hilariously-nearly-peeing-in-my-pants-funny type of way. Every time I read about it!

Because the whole idea of a chemically sensitive person (you know, the wear-a-mask-everywhere-they-go-type of chemically sensitive person) using a bra as a mask just cracks me up.

If you have chemical sensitivities and you have to wear a mask going out, I do hope you enjoy this blog entry. At least a little bit. And if you are a teenager, well you’re going to laugh anyway, but perhaps you’ll stop pointing and laughing at us chemically sensitive people when you spot us in shopping centres wearing masks, just for long enough to consider that IT IS RUDE to ridicule others. Oh, that’s right, (some of) the YouTube generation like to do that. Well, YouTube this (see YouTube below)! It’s just a friggen mask for charlie’s sake; it’s not like I’m out shopping while wearing a bra over my face. Now that would be funny… And weird…

Now, if you are a feminist (grass roots) you’ll like this too—well, the title anyway. By the way, have you ever considered that over 70% of people with chemical sensitivities are women aged between 30 and 50? Ever considered why? Or the fact that the majority of chemical based (fragrance) products are marketed towards the female side of the population? Well, this post is not about that. But do stay tuned by subscribing to this blog!

I don’t mean to make light of the catastrophe of 9/11 or the fall of Baghdad (or any other past, present, or future event with people getting caught in dilapidating buildings) but this mask would only be handy for attempting to survive this type of calamity. Or perhaps, if you’re at work and a newsflash on your Iphone notifies you of a sudden outbreak of SARS, or H1-N1 (swine flu) well then, you’ll have it covered in a nut shell bra-cup.

Okay, now watch Dr. Elena Bodnar, inventor of the Emergency Bra, take of her bra while demonstrating how to deploy it onto a suitably docile theoretical physicist (Think Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory!) at the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Oxford University during the IgNobel UK Tour 2010.

 

Note to non-chemically sensitive people: If you use Linx/Rexonna (or other petro-chemical/solvent laden sprucer upper-er) do not, I repeat, do not take of your bra in an emergency and offer one of your cups to a chemically sensitive person—it’s a really nice offer though! (Depending on their level of sensitivities) they may never make it out of the disaster area and your effort to help them will only suffice in hindering their escape (and even your own). You will be better off  either (1.) putting both masks on your own face, wrapping a towel around their head and carrying them out of the building; (2.) tell them to find their own way out because you sprayed on so many chemicals in the morning that you (obviously) don’t give a hooter’s boob about anyone else’s wellbeing; or (3.) go fragrance free for the good of your fellow man/woman, and yourself by using fragrance free products that don’t come out of an aerosol can and don’t contain artificial fragrance, and then, by all means, whip of your bra for the good of all human-kind…

Do you use a mask? Would you use this in an emergency? If you don’t use a mask, would you consider wearing a bra/mask just in case? If you were in this situation which would you choose option: 1, 2, or 3?

UPDATES:

(If you came to this page looking for bras suitable for people with chemical sensitivities—my site statistics show this has been happening—then you could try Blessed Earth (AUS), GAIAM (AUS), The Allergy shop (AUS), Rawganique (US), Cottonfield (US), Blue Canoe (US).)

(If you came to this page looking for actual masks to protect yourself from other people’s personal care products, chemicals, or other allergens, AESSRA (AUS) sell 3M masks, I Can Breathe (US) (AUS) sell masks suitable for light (depending on the individual’s sensitivities) exposures.)

(If you’re interested to see what fragrance free personal care products look like in Australia then click here. For laundry care, here.)

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.

No Fun: A spanish blog (the English section) on MCS

“Over the years, our body accumulates chemical substances which circulate in our environment without any controls, in the food we eat, in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, in our beauty products, etc., until the toxic load is unbearable and we end up getting sick, which according to our genetic make-up, it could end up being MCS or other environmental illness like cancer, asthma, and allergies.”

Eva Cabellé

Eva Cabellé

Eva Cabellé, an economist from Barcelona, Spain, has suffered with allergies since she was a child. She was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in 2008.  The author of  No Fun—a Spanish blog with a section in English about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Allergies and Green Living—she kindly shares a wealth of information and advice on the ways in which we can all live a healthier life, free of toxins.

She is also the author of the book Desaparecida: Una vida rota por la Sensibilidad Química Múltiple (Missing: A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) published in Spanish by El Viejo Topo, Barcelona, Spain, 2009.

“Yes, there is something hidden in this silence. It is the interests of the chemical and pharmaceutical companies so that people won’t know that their products are causing new and terrible illnesses like Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Actually, recently it has been demonstrated that MCS is not a psychological illness and that old studies that said so were   fabricated   to   protect    the  interests  of   the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.” – Eva Caballé

(Interview with Eva Cabellé. source)

The importance of reducing the toxic load from No Fun on Vimeo.

 

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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