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Starting July 1, 2012 MCS will have its own health diagnose code in the Danish Health Care and Social Security System.
Austrian Medical Association
The Ministry of Health in Spain published a Consensus Document on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on November 30, 2011.
New science proving that toxic chemicals are emitted from dryer vents. Please use this to encourage laws requiring filters or bans to reduce air pollution in your area.
Court rules pesticide drifting onto organic farm constitutes trespass.
A beautifully worded document thanking MCS America for its contributions to the health and wellness of the Hawaii community! MCS America is honored that Governor Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Brian Shatz have formally recognized our efforts.
Christiane Tourtet presents her MCS/EMS Awareness Month Display atThe Dr. B. L. Perry, Jr. Public Branch Library, Tallahassee, Florida
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that chemical management policy in the United States be revised to protect children and pregnant women and to better protect other populations.
In 2005, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was the first lawmaker ever to offer a road map for fixing the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which has allowed tens of thousands of toxic substances onto the marketplace with little or no testing. Today, Lautenberg continues pressing to revamp the law by introducing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. It would require chemical companies to prove their products are safe for human health and the environment before allowed in commerce.
This bill would prohibit the use of an ozone generator, any volatile organic compound, any candle or any air additive, including an air fragrance, air freshener or potpourri, in any area of a place of public accommodation which is open to the public. It would also prohibit the use of a pesticide at a place of public accommodation in any manner inconsistent with a plan for integrated pest management practices in places of public accommodation.
For the first time ever, it is possible for people who suffer from environmental illnesses or severe allergies to be in a hospital for medical treatment which is tailored to their health issues.
"The Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals 2009 and the Updated Tables, February 2011, together are the most comprehensive assessment of environmental chemical exposure in the U.S. population. Since 1999, CDC has measured 219 chemicals in people’s blood or urine. The Fourth Report, 2009, includes the findings from national samples for 1999-2000, 2001-2002, and 2003-2004.
Janet Dauble, the Founder of Share Care and Prayer, A nonprofit support organization for those with Environmental Illness passed away on January 25, 2011. Carolyn Gorman has been providing the Share Care and Prayer E.I. answer line for many years and will be continuing to do an E.I. answer line, a donation based phone line for those with Environmental Illness who have E.I. Questions.
Thank you to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire for signing a proclamation declaring May 2011 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. This proclamation was made possible by several wonderful and hard working people in the state of Washington.
Claudia S. Miller's Quick Environmental Exposure & Sensitivity Indicator (QEESI) is now available for download on her website.
Checklist questions include non-toxic renovating products, avoiding pesticides and toxic cleaners, and ensuring that the building is smoke and fragrance free.
Wednesday, July 28th, 10 am to 11 am. Picnic At Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island Starting At 11:30 Am, “Bring Your Own Bento/Plate Lunch.” Guest Speakers Are Scheduled – Q & A, Informational Flyers, And Community Service Certificates Will Be Handed Out.
Thank you Governor Lingle and Lieutenant Governor Aiona for addressing toxic injuries, such as MCS, in Hawaii!
In response to the Social Development Committee Parliamentary Review of MCS, the Department of Health was directed to develop MCS guidelines for SA hospitals.
“The physiological mechanism for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity proposed by biochemist Martin L. Pall has been confirmed with the recent findings of an independent research group in Rome. The recent study conducted by the research group in Rome is significant in regard to the NO/ONOO- cycle theory because it shows that three elements of the cycle are elevated in MCS patients. Those elements are the inflammatory cytokines, nitric oxide, and oxidative stress. Each of these measurements provides important confirmation of the disease mechanism proposed by Pall.”
Fragrance Free Policy (Page 9, Item C)
Worried about toxic waste and chemical exposure, more and more companies and hospitals are moving away from polyvinyl chloride.
Chemist Wilma Subra received a MacArthur genius grant for her work in 1999.
While genetics, diet and weight all feed into one's chances of getting adult-onset (type II) diabetes, these factors can only explain a portion of the risk -- environmental risk factors may offer a deeper understanding of why people develop the disease.
Excerpt: One way patients are tested for MCS is done in a glass and metal booth with a separate exhaust and air supply. "We look at exposure to a chemical -- what we often use is a dryer sheet," Fox said. "The person doesn't know when they're being exposed nor do they smell it. They actually wear a nose plug during the testing. What we monitor is their skin conductance. It reflects the activity in the nervous system. "What we'll see is that there's a clear change in the person's skin conductance with exposure and no change with the placebo. It's not a way of saying this person is sensitive to this and this, like an allergy test. It says their body is clearly responding when they don't know they're being exposed."
A new symptoms fact sheet to distribute during MCS Awareness month.
The Alliance for Irish Radiation Protection (AIRP) has declared the month of May as Electromagnetic Sensitivity Month in Ireland in line with growing world-wide concern about the dangers of microwave radiation.
Yellow MCS Awareness Month T-shirts Available through Cafe Press.
Nurse Carolyn Cooper, MPH, RN blogs about MCS Awareness Month
View, download, and print governor proclamations for awareness month.
ATSDR and CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) have launched a National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures, working with government, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry, and members of the public to create a national action agenda. The agenda will outline how the United States can meet public health goals and achieve the National Conversation’s vision that the United States will use and manage chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Resolution on the potential health impacts of wireless facilities was unanimously passed on March 23 and is now available on the City's website.
As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's strong commitment to increase information on chemicals, for the first time, EPA is providing web access, free of charge, to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory. This inventory contains a consolidated list of thousands of industrial chemicals maintained by the agency. EPA is also making this information available on Data.Gov, a website developed by the Obama Administration to provide public access to important government information. This action represents another step to increase the transparency of chemical information while continuing to push for legislative reform of the 30 year old TSCA law.
Plus the city must post a fragrance free policy.
The Washington governor declares May for observance of multiple chemical sensitivity.
An Italian Law Proposal for Environmental illnesses and Disability
To require that household cleaning products and similar products bear a label that contains a complete and accurate list of all the product's ingredients.
Urges Governor and memorializes Congress to encourage establishment of research center in New Jersey dedicated to chronic neuroendocrine immune disorders (CFS, ME, MCS, FM, GWS, EI, Lyme)
Information from the National Toxics Network on pesticide drift. “The unfortunate fact is pesticide spray drift problems are getting worse with the increased use of pesticides and the intensification of high-pesticide using industries closer to residential areas and in water catchments.”
Chemical sensitivity syndrome will make the list of illnesses used in electronic medical charts and electronic treatment fee claim forms, it has been learned.
In response to alarming statistics, and to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by Americans, May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month in America.
View, download, and print governor proclamations for awareness month.
Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards should ensure access that:
· Safeguards human rights and disability rights;
· Ensures equity of access to buildings;
· Ensures equity of access to necessary services;
· Ensures that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Environmental Sensitivities (MCS/ES) disability are able to take part in the community the same as people who do not have MCS/ES disability.
United States Government Accountability Office Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives
*Presented in collaboration with the Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured, Ohio Senators Dale Miller (D-Cleveland) and Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls) introduced Senate Bill No. 117 to annually designate May as MCS Awareness Month in Ohio
Tips also include persons with a wide range of disabilities, as well as Seniors, People with Service Animals, People with Mobility Challenges, People with Mental Illness, Blind or Visually Impaired People, Deaf or Hard of Hearing People, People with Autism, People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and People with Cognitive Disabilities.
From the Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured.
Chemically sensitive? How safe is your house? The average person spends approximately 60% of their time in the indoor environment. As we move to conserve energy in our houses we often need to close off the house -- but this means less air flow and more potential for a poor quality of indoor air.
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