Keep MCS mom with her kidsAn Indiana mother with environmental illness is at risk of losing her children in a custody battle with her estranged husband, who is claiming she is mentally ill due to her chemical sensitivity. Please read the below summary on the petition and sign today – she needs to get as many signatures as possible before this Friday. Please share widely, with your MCS friends and online communities, Facebook pages and groups, to help garner support for this MCS mom on behalf of all other mothers who will come after her, fighting for their right to mother their children.


Family court needs to be educated about emerging medical conditions. Custody should not be determined by a lack of knowledge on medical conditions or by improper procedures as a result of this.

Right now thousands of Americans are suffering from environmental illness. While this is an emerging problem, nothing is being done to help those already suffering. There are many illnesses that exist but some of them are Electrical Hypersensitivity, Chemical Hypersensitivity, Chronic Fatigue, and Lyme disease. Those of us suffering are not being helped by allopathic doctors and are generally being labeled as people suffering from psychosomatic illness. As a result, we can lose our homes, money, jobs, and family. We find we have no place in a society that ignores our suffering.

In my case, I am suffering from Reactive Airway and the triggers are chemicals and wireless radiation. It can be thought of as an allergy. My body simply does not tolerate these types of exposures well. I get severe head aches, burning in my skin and mucosa, heart palpations, neurological symptoms, burning in my spine, and shortness of breath–among other things. My chemical sensitivity started about 25 years ago. Electromagnetic sensitivity started about 2 years ago. It is debilitating in many ways. One of the ways is to be stigmatized for having a biological system that is more reactive to things than other people’s bodies are..

What is happening to me is that the courts are not recognizing this as a ligitimate illness and my spouse is capitalizing on their ignorance of this issue. He is painting me as a mental patient and even had a psychologist–who had seen me for 45 minutes say that I am suffering from a psychosomatic illness. Funny thing is my Harvard trained physician who specializes in Environmental Sensitivites documented that my biological symptoms are physiological–not psychological.The local psychologist was provided with my medical doctor’s evaluation and several research articles from well known journals indicating the extent of this medical issue and the newest research on this problem. He ignored them all. A prominant psychologist–who took the time to thoroughly research the issue and to base her findings on an actual evaluation of me and the circumstances–indicated that there is no psychological impairment what so ever.

Very long painful story short, my spouse is capitalizing on my medical condition, the ignorance of a local small time psychologist, and the lack of knowledge by the local family court system to take custody of my children from me. Every issue being used against me stems from this medical issue.

This violates our rights as provided by the ADA. Not providing accommodations or threatening to use a request for accommodations against someone is a Federal offense. This is managed by the Department of Justice. I have been told by previous counsel that the court was “pissed” about my request to have equal access to the court and that this would reflect negatively on my case!!! Basically, she said that it would cause a ruling against me. This is wrong on many, many levels.

Please sign this petition to help me save custody of my children by requesting Lake County Court Officers to research this issue and not pass judgement on my circumstance based on outdated information or a lack of proper research in this case. This case is being heard on Friday of this week. Please get as many signatures as possible as soon as possible. This case can set a very dangerous precedent for all people suffering from emerging environmental illness.

This is happening on Friday so I only have a few days. Please help with distributing this far and wide.

Thank you with all my heart.

Veronica Zrnchik


  • Earthwalker

    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.


  1. Jackie Wahlig

    How ignorant that you know nothing about these illnesses. MCS is recognized by Disability and HUD….geez….. time to do your research!

  2. earthwalker

    Hi Jackie,
    Not sure who you are addressing your comment to. MCS is a recognized disability but we all know that it is routinely considered a psychosomatic illness by physicians, lawyers, judges in custody battles, and other people in positions of power that have the ability to dramatically affect sufferers’ lives. We are trying to support a woman at risk of losing her children for no good reason except the animosity of her estranged spouse.

  3. Marilyn

    Chemical sensitivity is a horrible illness with the body, but not a mental problem. This mother should have her children.

  4. john o'brien

    I live with your pain.

  5. john o'brien

    please get it done

  6. Dayna Colvin

    Wow I’m devastated by reading this and my heart is broken and I was about to share it when I noticed the date. I hope and pray her family is together and well and safe. I feel very sad and terrible that people are abused like this. It’s despicable, but I’m painfully used to the arrogant ignorance. I wish I could send her my peace prayers healing and love and hugs to her and her children. I pray the Angels and Faeries will send her my love and prayers and wishes and thoughts.

  7. Ditte

    Dayna, It´s not to late for you to sign and share. Go to the petition page and read the update.

  8. Linda Aulenti

    Absolutely this family should remain together. MCS can not be seen by others. We are the silent sufferers. Once again I am losing my home and all I own. Searching for a safe place in which to live is nothing sort of a nightmare. I see little reason to separate these children from their mother. It accomplishes nothing but further heartache and sadness. God watch over you all for a peaceful outcome.

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