MCS

  • Mask for asthma and MCS Mask for asthma and MCS
    Dear Dr. Rea, I get asthma outdoors due to small particle pollution. What type of mask should I wear that will protect me from asthma and MCS?
  • May is Lyme and MCS Awareness Month May is Lyme and MCS Awareness Month
    Help spread awareness by sharing your story on blogs and websites in both written and video format.
  • How to read if printing inks and papers make you sick How to read if printing inks and papers make you sick
    Some options for book lovers who are reactive to printed reading materials.
  • Defining home Defining home
    We can experience some amount of healing by recreating our vision of home and reestablishing a connection with "home" being a positive thing in our lives.
  • Non-toxic spec homes Non-toxic spec homes
    Joy Beach Thomas builds environmentally safer homes made from less toxic building materials, and then sells them to people with environmental sensitivities.
  • Safe personal ionizer Safe personal ionizer
    Dear Dr. Rea, At home, I get asthma from my air purifier if I turn on the ionizer. Is there a personal ionizer I could safely use?
  • TV/computer boxes for the chemically and electrically sensitive TV/computer boxes for the chemically and electrically sensitive
    Some of my environmentally sensitive friends have adapted various ways that make viewing TV and using computers tolerable.
  • $50K for MCS housing projects - VOTE TODAY! $50K for MCS housing projects – VOTE TODAY!
    Get your vote in today for James Van Raden's entry in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge for affordable MCS housing!
  • Home is... Home is…
    Plants, sunlight, windows and animals are all things that are important and make a house a "home" to me. I invite you to explore your relationship to the idea of "home."
  • Homebound since 9/09 - help! Homebound since 9/09 – help!
    Dear Dr. Rea, Why does my throat swell, tingle and feel like it is partially paralyzed and produce excess phlegm that I can not move?
  • Terrible head pressure from dry cleaning job Terrible head pressure from dry cleaning job
    Dear Dr. Rea, I have a weird, terrible pressure in my head after chronic exposure to tetrachloroethene working at a dry cleaner's. What can I do about it?
  • Planet Thrive is Taking a Break Planet Thrive is Taking a Break
    The founder of Planet Thrive explains why the site will be not adding new content for the next month or so.
  • Mercury in fish Mercury in fish
    Dear Dr. Rea, For those with MCS, which fish is okay to eat that doesn't contain much mercury? Are cod, haddock and tinned tuna okay to eat? Thanks.
  • Bene's Battle Is Not Yet Over Bene’s Battle Is Not Yet Over
    Bene Barrymore, a senior who should be enjoying a comfortable retirement, is instead appealing to her community to help her repair her car so she can seek safe shelter before pesticide spraying season starts.
  • Interview with Laurie Tümer, MCS Landlord Interview with Laurie Tümer, MCS Landlord
    The owner of Eco-Casitas for Traveling Canaries in Espanola, New Mexico shares tips for running your own MCS guest house.
  • Seeking Participants for MCS Work Study Seeking Participants for MCS Work Study
    MCS researcher Pamela Reed Gibson, PhD and her team at James Madison University are seeking participants for a new study of persons with chemical sensitivities in the workplace.
  • One Thing I'd Change About My Chemical Sensitivity One Thing I’d Change About My Chemical Sensitivity
    What's one thing you'd change about your chemical sensitivity? We posed this question to our members and the video responses are beginning to come in.
  • Chicago Tribune features chemically sensitive artist Chicago Tribune features chemically sensitive artist
    The Chicago Tribune presents an inspiring account of one woman's struggle to overcome severely isolating and disabling chemical sensitivity.
  • Interview with performance artist Julie Laffin Interview with performance artist Julie Laffin
    Moving Beyond MCS, a blog about recovering from environmental illness, has published an interview with performance artist Julie Laffin that explores how her work has evolved due to her illness.
  • Unravelling the Mystery of Autism Unravelling the Mystery of Autism
    E Magazine's cover story this month connects environmental toxicity with autism -- shining light on the link between children with autism and adults with environmental illness.
  • Hope for MCS/EI housing communities? Hope for MCS/EI housing communities?
    A general contractor/developer from Fargo, North Dakota appeared on Facebook.com last week to announce his interest in tackling the housing crisis of the chemically sensitive.
  • Chemborg<sup>2</sup> Chemborg2
    Christine Weeber's first poetry chapbook, Sastrugi, speaks to living at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, as well as dealing with environmental illness and her mom's journey through cancer.
  • A Few Select Safer Condos in Dallas Being Offered for Sale A Few Select Safer Condos in Dallas Being Offered for Sale
    As of December 1, 2009, a few select Regina Caeli Environmental Condos in Dallas are being offered for sale at $105,000. Buyers may be eligible for the Homebuyers Tax Credits, available until April 30, 2010.
  • Christmas, EI-style Christmas, EI-style
    Just because you are challenged with environmental illness, there's no need to skimp when it comes to seasonal celebration. Find out how others express their holiday cheer.
  • Local expert who can check out a home Local expert who can check out a home
    Dear Dr. Rea, I'm a real estate agent specializing in "green" property and I'm looking for a consultant who I can use to help educate builders and test homes that I may list to sell from time to time. Do you know anyone?
  • Nesting Instinct: A Survey of Bedding Options for the Chemically Sensitive Nesting Instinct: A Survey of Bedding Options for the Chemically Sensitive
    Julie Genser presents an array of sleeping solutions for those unable to tolerate chemicals in conventional mattresses and bedding materials.
  • 12 Ways to Stay Warm this Winter with Severe MCS/ES 12 Ways to Stay Warm this Winter with Severe MCS/ES
    For those with severe chemical and electrical sensitivities, staying warm through a cold winter can be quite challenging. Here are 12 tips for conserving body heat and surviving the coming winter season.
  • MCS Brain Retraining: Medical Scam or Breakthrough? MCS Brain Retraining: Medical Scam or Breakthrough?
    MCS America’s article “Preying on the Desperate: Miracle Cures Hold False Promise” by Lourdes Salvador and Linda Sepp is full of disinformation.
  • Humidifiers Humidifiers
    Dear Dr. Rea, I am looking for a humidfier that doesn't outgas plastic fumes when in use. I am reacting to mine with headaches and swollen eyes. It is old and didn't cause me a problem until this winter. Any suggestions?
  • Brain plasticity and chemical sensitivity Brain plasticity and chemical sensitivity
    Canadian radio host Murray Langdon interviews Annie Hopper, a core belief counselor who claims she rewired her brain and healed herself from severe chemical and electrical sensitivities, as well as fibromyalgia.
  • Coping with Chronic Illness During the Holidays Coping with Chronic Illness During the Holidays
    by Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. | Unable to attend family holiday celebrations due to chronic illness? Here are some tips for making the holiday season a time to look forward to no matter what your circumstance.
  • Destined for Desert Destined for Desert
    In 1998, while backpacking through the Middle East, I fell head-over-heels for a dashing Bedouin living in the desert in southern Jordan. I stayed for 5 weeks, learning how to bake bread under the fire coals in the sand, play the Arabic hand drum (dumbek), and say "I love you" in Arabic.
  • Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
    An interview with Dutch author Els Valkenburg, whose book "Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Causes, Effects, Personal Experiences and Resources" was recently translated into English.
  • Need hernia surgery - are the patches safe? Need hernia surgery – are the patches safe?
    Dear Dr. Rea, I need to have fairly extensive hernia surgery in the groin and abdomen. Are the hernia patches to your knowledge made out of a safe material that will not leech or cause other problems?
  • When Illness Strikes, Men Leave More Often When Illness Strikes, Men Leave More Often
    WebMD shares the results of a new study that shows women with cancer and multiple sclerosis are more likely than men to become separated or divorced.
  • Golditox: A Fractured Fairy Tale for the Challenged Golditox: A Fractured Fairy Tale for the Challenged
    by Susan M. Silver | The tale of Golditox, a golden gifted girl who finds new meaning in life through her journey with environmental illness.
  • Safe Houses: Only for the affluent? Safe Houses: Only for the affluent?
    Barbara Eaton, president of a regional chapter of The National Association of the Physically Handicapped, writes about how people with MCS who have few resources end up as housing refugees.
  • Missing: A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Missing: A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
    Salvador López Arnal interviews Eva Caballé, Spanish author and MCS activist, about her new book "Desaparecida. Una vida rota por la sensibilidad química múltiple" ("Missing. A life broken by Multiple Chemical Sensitivities").
  • Call for chemical free zone Call for chemical free zone
    Tami Duncan, Executive Director of the Lyme Induced Autism Foundation sends out a plea to parents and practitioners of autistic children to refrain from wearing perfume, and other scented products.
  • Environmental Toxins and Addiction Environmental Toxins and Addiction
    by Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. | A sobriety coach and recovered alcohol and drug addict discusses how environmental toxins affect the neurotransmitters in the reward pathway of the brain.