Environmental chemicals are affecting each and every one of us and not in a good way. For example, cancer is on the rise, with 40% of the population being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. The Environmental Working Group recently reported:
“…according to a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel, environmental toxins also play a significant and under-recognized role in cancer, causing “grievous harm” to untold numbers of people. Environmental Working Group’s own research has found that children are born “pre-polluted” with up to 200 industrial chemicals, pesticides and contaminants that have been found to cause cancer in lab studies or in people.”
For most of us, the harm occurs on a silent level until cancer, autoimmune illness, or another chronic disorder suddenly pops, seemingly out of the blue.
Others develop hypersensitivity to chemicals. You may be very surprised to learn that chemical sensitivity affects 16% of the population. An astounding 10 million people have severe symptoms and 25-45 million have mild to moderate sensitivity. Many people suffer in isolation, unable to leave their homes. Others struggle day-to-day with a stream of difficult symptoms, trying to hold together a normal life, always at risk for disease progression.
People who develop multiple chemical sensitivity, due to a chemical injury or ongoing exposure to low levels of chemicals, are like canaries in the coal mines, who, through their early demise, warned miners of impending danger due to toxic leaks. They are harbingers sounding the alarm bell to wake us all up to the toxic effect of chemicals. Let’s listen before it’s too late.
What can you do?
You can help yourself, your children, people with chemical sensitivity, and the planet by taking positive steps to reduce the use of chemicals in your own physical environment and thus in the environment as a whole. Here are some suggestions.
1. Eliminate the use of fragrance, which poses any number of health dangers for all of us. The volatile organic compounds in fragrance permeate the air and are inhaled by everyone in your surrounding environment. It is no wonder that indoor air pollution now ranks as worse than outdoor air pollution. Eliminating fragrance starts with perfume, which typically contains ingredients derived from petrochemicals as well as other noxious substances. Then gradually switch to fragrance-free household and personal care products. Be aware that “Unscented” and “hypoallergenic” does not necessarily mean a product is non-toxic or fragrance free.
2. Make a commitment to green living. Just by taking the first step, you’ve already made leaps and bounds towards greener living. No need to stress yourself. You can continue a a gradual changeover. Visit these helpful and upbeat information resources. Simple Organic is about sustainable and healthy living for mainstream people. Green Living Q and A is another invaluable resource written by Deborah Lynn Dadd, the queen of green. The Environmental Working Group will keep you apprised of all the latest news related to public health and the environment. Remember that green doesn’t always mean non-toxic or safe for those with MCS, but it’s a big step in the right direction. You can continue to fine tune overtime.
3. Reduce the pesticides in your foods. Eat organic, or, if that’s too costly, at least avoid the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues.
4. Educate yourself on the effects of chemicals on our children. Create a safe, clean, and green home for your children. Babies and young children, in particular, are even more vulnerable to the effects of environmental chemicals. Healthy Child Healthy World exists:
“…because more than 125 million Americans, especially children, now face an historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, ADD / ADHD, and learning and developmental disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemical.”
5. Don’t perpetuate the myth that chemical sensitivity is psychogenic. Instead offer understanding, compassion, and support to those with this disorder. Until a health problem is thoroughly understand by science, allopathic doctors often tend to label it as psychogenic. They have been proven wrong repeatedly. A classic example is the occurrence of peptic ulcers, which was incorrectly blamed on stress for years. Science now offers viable hypothesis’ for the etiology and mechanisms behind multiple chemical sensitivity. Research indicates that anxiety and depression can be the result, not the cause of chemical sensitive. Don’t confuse the effect as being the cause.
6. Know that there are now treatments for multiple chemical sensitivity. While treatment for MCS is still the frontier of science and as such is experimental, people are reporting improvement and, for some, recovery by using newly emerging treatments. In addition to avoidance, these protocols in particular are showing promise: Pall NO/ONNO Neural Sensitization Protocol, Dynamic Neural Retraining System, The Amygdala Retraining Program.
By reducing your own use of chemicals, you will be creating a safer world for those with multiple chemical sensitivity, yourself, and everyone around you. Live consciously so the prisoners of multiple chemicals sensitivity can be set free from their homes.
May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month so please pass this information on to someone you care about.
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