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Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
Tips on clothing and MCS
Many people with MCS react to chemicals in their clothing or from smells on their garments that they have picked up when out and about. Pamela Reed Gibson discusses what to think about when choosing clothes for the MCS sufferer.
You may want to go through your clothing and decide what to give away based on the materials used, whether they are contaminated with fragrances from fabric softeners and detergents, or they have been dry-cleaned. There may be particular materials that you can tolerate better than others. For some people, polyester, a petrochemical product, may be troublesome, but acrylic (closer to plastic) may not be.
Cotton and hemp may be the soundest choices, but cottons can become contaminated in laundering or through the use of perfume. Also not everyone can tolerate even organic cotton. If some of your clothes have picked up odours, you can try washing them in vinegar or baking soda or simply hanging them out in the elements to remove the smells. Although vinegar should not cause the colours to bleed, baking soda may.
New clothing is often a long way from tolerable for people with MCS, so don’t give away most of your clothing before ensuring that you have something to wear. Although you may find some untreated clothing in stores, it is rare, and you will have to come up with a strategy for acquiring safe clothing. If you can afford it, there are some beautiful natural cottons and hemps available through catalogues and in some alternative stores. They are generally priced similarly to upscale conventional clothing.
Cotton can be unbleached, organically grown, and dyed with vegetable colour-grown dyes. Organic colour-grown cottons or hemps may be your soundest choices. There are a few new companies that specialize in mail-order hemp clothing. Hemp can be grown with less water than cotton and without pesticides, and is a durable fabric for clothing. This is taken from Pamela Reed Gibson's informative book called "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - A survivor's guide". You can download it for free (see News below).
Carrot, leek and ginger soup with coconut milk
Corn, egg, gluten, lactose, milk, nightshade, nut, peanut, sesame, soya & wheat free
A quick and simple but nutritious warming soup for when the weather begins to turn. Click here for the recipe.
Thanks go to FoodsMatter for letting us reproduce this recipe.
Three more European countries are phasing out the use of amalgam—which is 50 per cent mercury—in dental surgeries. Ireland, Finland and Slovakia have announced a timetable that will see amalgam banned over the next few years.They join Sweden and Norway in banning amalgam, which has been linked to neurological and kidney problems.Dentists in all the 28 member states of the European Union are forbidden from using the material in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in children under the age of 15.
Under the 2018 ruling, the member states have also been asked to submit plans for the phased withdrawal of amalgam from all dental surgeries. Ireland, Finland and Slovakia have been among the first to respond.
The ruling follows pressure from lobby groups such as the Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry, which is now turning its focus to North America. Although the American Dental Association still supports the use of amalgam, and claims it doesn't have any health risks, the campaign is confident the US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon shift its position. Campaign president Charles Brown said: "We congratulate these countries on taking this important step to protect our planet and patients from this outdated mercury product. Now the heat is on the FDA and Health Canada to get off the dime."
Regulators are concerned about any backlash to an outright ban. A sudden announcement that amalgam is unsafe could trigger millions of demands for the removal of dental fillings, and there is also the worry that people may sue the authorities if they link neurological problems to their fillings. This was first published online by "What Doctors Don't Tell You" on June 25th.
Pamela Reed Gibson PhD, who has undertaken a lot of research on MCS, is kindly letting people download her book for free.Go to www.mcsresearch.net or www.earthrivebooks.com to download. It is a very informative book on ways to survive MCS.
Marie LeBlanc brings her presentation, WHO Needs Fresh Air?!, to the WOW! Manitou Festival at Little Manitou Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the presentation, Marie displays quotes from sufferers of Environmental illness to create awareness of this debilitating condition. This video is centered around a discussion on August 5, 2019 with a group sharing their thoughts after viewing WHO says we need fresh air?!
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