Homegrown activism for MCS Awareness Month

by | May 16, 2011 | Chemical Sensitivity News, NEWS | 0 comments


Planet Thrive member and MCS patient-activist-educator Susi Lippuner was so inspired on Earth Day last year that she wrote an educational flyer about living a non-toxic lifestyle to hand out to people in her community. In honor of Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month this May, she had a new batch printed up and is distributing them in her local health food store, library, local therapists’ offices, her family medicine doctor’s office, her two meditation groups, and on the website for her spiritual group.

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Susi’s brochure: Simpler, Safer, Healthier, Greener
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Susi even fundraised – successfully – to help cover costs. She received 50% off on printing costs, donated by her local copy center, and the first funds for printing it were donated by a chemically sensitive homeless woman who wanted to make a difference. Susi says the response she’s gotten to it has been wonderful.

Some of the lessons we can learn from Susi’s example:

1. People in our personal health and spiritual communities are often receptive to our homegrown activism projects;
2. Local companies and people with a vested interest in your topic will often want to contribute to the cause – if only you ask!;
3. All you need is an idea – the money to follow through will come, using a little bit of creativity.

The automatic signature line on Susi’s emails to me read “‘There are things in life that call to us, and they are ours to do.’ ~ Alice Walker Author of ‘Overcoming Speechlessness.'” Thank you Susi, for being a shining example of how listening to those things that call to us, and following through on them, can make a difference in our little corners of the world.


  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.

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