Tips for Coping with Chronic Illness
With Christmas around the corner, we have a selection of Christmas cards available through the online shop. You can choose from a nativity scene or poinsettia cards. Click here to take a look. We also have lovely peg bags that are fragrance free and make lovely gifts (made by a support group member).
We are busy working on the Christmas magazine which we hope to get out by the beginning of December. Find out more about our magazine here.
Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
Stop trying to find a cure.
Accept the illness and do your best to find as many ways as possible to keep yourself comfortable, busy, stress-free, and well-nourished with good food.
Find ways to relax and socialize.
Do something to help others with MCS.
Make the best of it because you can’t change it; those who pressure themselves to find a cure sometimes just make it worse.
Educate those who want to learn and stop trying to convince those who don’t.
Consider the possibility that if you are to get well, it may not be a high-cost therapy that will help you. And, “never say never” in regard to getting well: I once talked with a woman who had MCS who said she had been greatly helped by a faith healer.
This extract is taken from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide by Pamela Reed Gibson. You can download the book for FREE here.
This tasty and easy to make dish is really delicious and full of goodness. Try serving with rice noodles or rice or have as an accompaniment. Click here for the full recipe.
Fragrances have been under fire for their toxicity lately and now the evidence is mounting that wearing deodorant and other simple acts of human existence may be the biggest source of air pollution in offices. The preliminary research out of Purdue University in the US found that the chemistry of indoor air is constantly changing and that people might be the main source of volatile organic compounds in a modern office environment.
“The chemistry of indoor air is dynamic. It changes throughout the day based on outdoor conditions, how the ventilation system operates and occupancy patterns in the office,” Purdue University assistant professor of civil engineering Brandon Boor said.
For the research, the team of engineers came up with new precision ways of measuring and tracking volatile organic compounds in a Living Lab building. It involves putting temperature sensors in each desk chair so that researchers know when people are coming and going, and a collection of sensors to track the flow of indoor and outdoor air through the ventilation system.
A nose-like instrument was also used to “sniff” out airborne compounds in real time. It found that people leave behind many volatile compounds even after they have left the room. Another key finding was that the more people in the room, the more VOCs were found in the air. Without appropriate ventilation, which can dilute the concentration of indoor pollutants, the levels of many compounds were found to be 10 to 20 times higher indoors than outdoors.
The purpose of the research is to identify all types of indoor air contaminants and recommend ways to design and operate buildings that control pollutant levels.
“If we want to provide better air quality for office workers to improve their productivity, it is important to first understand what’s in the air and what factors influence the emissions and removal of pollutants,” assistant professor Boor said. To read the full article click here.
PAN UK and the Soil association are looking at the cocktail effect of pesticides. Over 25% of UK foods contain more than one pesticide. watch this video which explains more.
What's that weird smell on your flight? Some airlines are adding air-fresheners to flights.
The FreeFrom show Winter is on in Liverpool from 2-3rd November. If you would like FREE tickets to this event let us know.
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