Having lived with Environmental Illness (EI) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) for 14 years, I have dug deeply into the research. There are many heartbreaking stories behind the science, and I hope to be able to tell a few of my own, and perhaps interview others. Many of us become homeless, as no home is safe unless built with these challenges in mind. Each individual can have different triggers and often different symptoms and reactions with exposure.  It is a set of chronic conditions that require constant management. Living with EI is like walking through a mine field every day.
The more we can recognize the toxicity of the products we use, the better off we will all be, as we move away from the things that are making many of us sick.
I find it interesting that those of us with this condition are referred to as ‘Canaries in the Coal Mine.’ The phrase “canary in a coal mine” is frequently used to refer to a person or thing which serves as an early warning of a coming crisis. The term climate canary is used to refer to a species that is affected by an environmental danger prior to other species, thus serving as an early warning system. We are seeing many foreshadows from bees, birds and many other species, due to climate change and increasing toxicity. Cancers are much more prevalent due to increasing toxicity in our air, water and food. Because of the break down of plastics in our landfills, and the resultant water pollution, pseudo estrogens are increasing infertility and possibly gender confusion in our youngest.
“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” Woody Allen
Because of heavy DDT exposure in my youth on a farm, and a prolonged exposure to mold over a nine-month period of time in 2006 – ’07, MCS is now my life. I believe that everyone has a toxic tipping point, and the sooner we all stop using toxic products that we can avoid, the easier it is for our systems to handle the toxins we cannot avoid. Pay attention to what you put on your skin and the food you eat. Go natural as much as possible.
If you find yourself being sensitive to chemicals, write me for resources. There is more and more support and awareness. You are not alone.