SparkPeople Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Team Messageboard Do you have sensitivities to cleaners, perfumes or other toxic chemicals? Or do you just want to learn about toxic chemicals? Join our team for good conversation, continuing education and support!!! SparkPeople Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Team Messageboard Introduction Just introducing myself to the group - I have several chemicals that I'm sensitive to: a pesticide, a chem in most laundry detergents, fabric softeners, almost all perfumes and air fresheners, among other things. Only friends that suffer from MCS and a couple of our kids get it - the rest of the family and friends do not. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 13:50:48 EST What Caused Your MCS? I'm interested in finding out what caused others to develop MCS. Mine developed after 11 or 12 exposures to mesquite wood smoke from a neighbor who was smoking meat in a smoker and burning campfires in his backyard in our housing development. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:53:17 EST New to this group Hi, I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I just found this group. I'm retired, live in the Southwest, and have been dealing with allergies & skin issues most of my life. <BR> <BR> Besides seasonal allergies, I'm sensitive to chemicals, and have had allergy testing. I have both psoriasis and dermatitis, but the dermatologists & allergists haven't found all of the causes for my issues, yet. <BR> <BR> I'm considering being tested for food allergies as well. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:02:03 EST Checking in How is everyone feeling? <BR> <BR> I find I get out less and less. Perfume, scented laundry products on people, and car exhaust make any outing very dangerous. <BR> <BR> My next-door neighbors use perfume, which wafts into my house, so I have a constant irritation in my nose, soft palate, and throat. My lungs are pretty much always tight. <BR> <BR> I have a GT Mini-Mate personal air purifier, but I think it's time to start saving up for a big purifier. I just ordered a Roomba to try to kee... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:31:44 EST How to Deal with People Who Don't Believe <link><BR>-deal-with-people-who-dont-believe-you<BR>re-sick.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:10:06 EST MAY 2014 RE: MCS Awareness Month <BR> <BR> Dear Readers and Partners; <BR> <BR> Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) affects over 48 million men, women, and children of all races. Even though MCS is of widespread epidemic prevalence, public awareness of the toxicity of common environmental insults and ways to manage and accommodate MCS remains limited. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month, May 2014, bestows upon us a great opportunity to work towards increased public awareness of MCS. <BR> ... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:02:05 EST Trying to Avoid GMOs? Here's a shopping list of brands NOT to buy: <BR> <BR><BR>rintable-shopping-list/#.U2O301cVcWA Sun, 4 May 2014 16:06:11 EST Allergic to life - Article <link><BR>ergic-life </link> <BR> <BR> An interesting read. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:49:13 EST Resources - Important set of links Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:36:15 EST Not just us... Our pets, too. Check out this article about household chemicals and pets: <BR> <BR><BR>ticles/the-stink-about-air-fresheners/ Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:33:53 EST 26 Tweaks for Weight Loss Success<BR>eaks-to-help-you-lose-weight-feel-grea<BR>t.html Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:39:38 EST Facebook as a Resource I don't know why I never thought of it before, but it occurred to me the other day to search for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on Facebook. There are several groups. Some are geographic, others more general support/information groups. <BR> <BR> A few minutes ago, someone on one of these pages posted this article: <BR> <BR><BR>areful-shopper-or-not-your-body-may-st<BR>ill-be-polluted-with-toxic-chemicals.html <BR> <BR> Poke around. I hope you find th... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:20:37 EST Treatment for MCS in the UK<BR>tiple_chemical_sensitivity.html Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:28:24 EST Possible Treatment Has anyone tried this treatment method yet? <BR> <BR><BR>le-chemical-sensitivity-treatment/ <BR> <BR> Please let us know! <BR> <BR> Jodi Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:26:54 EST Toxins I just saw this article about Brittany Murphy, who was apparently a celebrity. She died recently, and the cause of death has yet to be determined, but the toxicology report is startling. <BR> <BR><BR>concerns/did-everyday-toxins-contribut<BR>e-brittany-murphys-death?cm_mmc=Facebo<BR>ok-_-Rodale-_-Health-_-DidEverydayChem<BR>icalsKillThisCelebrity <BR> <BR> <BR> Those of us in this team know who chemicals can have a very negative effect on our bodie... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:16:06 EST Getting my SPARK back Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I apologize for not being an active and supportive leader these past few months. Many factors contributed, and I'll get it together to write a blog post in the next couple of days. <BR> <BR> The intensity of my job has eased up a bit, so I plan to get my spark back and become active in all aspects of Spark People again - beyond the basic logging points. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your patience. I plan to bring in team challenges and see everyone take an active part! ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:05:55 EST Hello fellow MCS team mates Hello fellow MCS team mates. <BR> I thought I would join your Group to gain some support for our weight loss journey that is complicated by our diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I also have Chronic Fatigue syndrome <BR> <BR> Combined the two make it very difficult for me to loose weight, but doesn't stop me from trying. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else find it more challenging than it was pre MCS to loose weight. <BR> My scale doesn't budge even if I starve for weeks. No really literally starve, fast whatev... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 18:07:29 EST hello from tampa, fl Hello everyone, <BR> just about two weeks new with sparkpeople and enjoying everything offered on this site, including the community features. Glad to have found the MCS group! Is there anyone from the Tampa, FL area (carrollwood/northdale/lutz area that would like to get together for a fragrance free/chemical free social at my home or somewhere else "safe" for exercising, making healthy meals, arts, and music playing and singing (I play flute, piano, guitar), games, etc... ? Just let me... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:55:25 EST Hi I suffer from MCS & just wanted to add my name to the list of this group. <BR> <BR> Shalom, Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:01:05 EST Running or Walking?<BR>s-it-better-to-walk-or-run/ Wed, 29 May 2013 07:20:43 EST Diesel Ugh! My neighbors have a backhoe and a dump truck taking something like 15 loads of cow/horse manure that they've been accumulating all year to their fields down in the valley. The diesel has permeated my house, and I've had to put on a mask, which is helping, but it's very uncomfortable to wear with eyeglasses. My stomach is in my throat and I'm trying to keep a headache at bay. <BR> <BR> My husband said we should just go out to our farm, but I need to cook today for the week and do laundry... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:43:46 EST New Exercise Research Get it done in only 7 uncomfortable minutes? Here you go! <BR> <BR><BR>/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/ <BR> <BR> Jodi Thu, 9 May 2013 07:34:48 EST Is turkey safe to eat? I just read this article, and it isn't pretty...: <BR> <BR><BR>3?buffer_share=18bb5&utm_source=buffer<BR>&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffe<BR>r%253A%252Bbittman%252Bon%252Btwitter Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:01:35 EST Hello I was working on my homework the other day when several teenage guys came into my study area wearing some kind of fragranced chemical soup. I tried to ignore it and plow through, but I finally just had to leave because I developed a headache and sore throat. I wish that crap was banned. But it's a multi-billion dollar (and highly unregulated) industry, so it's probably not going to disappear anytime soon. I'm doing my best to not give up on life despite these struggles, and trying to keep the... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:02:50 EST Checking In How is everyone doing with their goals? Do you have anything special you do to get ready for spring and allergy season? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:42:24 EST Sitting Could Be Killing us! I notice that not a lot of members here are showing up on the exercise reports every week. Read this article, and let's rethink our physical activity! <BR> <BR><BR>ily-health/heart/articles/2010/07/22/t<BR>he-longer-you-sit-the-shorter-your-lif<BR>e-span-study <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:12:30 EST Balsam of Peru I was recently diagnosed with an allergy to Balsam of Peru. It is a fragrance, spice, and flavoring allergy. Has anyone ever heard of this allergy? If so, I would love some advice. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:37:37 EST Looking for unscented Body Wash! I am extremely sensitive to scents and other chemicals. My daughter uses Dove unscented body wash and it makes me choke. The problem is that she is allergic to nuts and aloe <BR> <BR> I have been looking for a suitable body wash but they all seem to be either naturally scented, or contain other chemicals to neutralize the smell, or contain coconut oil or aloe. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:26:24 EST Article on Allergies In case you didn't see this article on the Start menu today, I thought I'd post the link here. It talks about the uncontrollable and controllable risk factors associated with allergies. <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=852 <BR> <BR> - Jodi Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:45:57 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> I am extremely sensitive to most kinds of inks, particularly newspapers, magazines, catalogs, invoices, receipts, envelopes, lottery tickets. I am also highly sensitive to perfumes, colognes, detergents, shampoos, and bleach. These things make me choke like crazy and make it difficult to breathe. I've tried every type of antihistamine tablet and inhaler on the market and nothing helps. <BR> <BR> It drives me crazy that people think it's all in my head. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:35:32 EST Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar yet? I've been having good results with my allergies and digestion by taking a hefty splash of apple cider vinegar in water 15-30 minutes before each meal. Have you tried this yet? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:05:56 EST Body Ecology Diet Has anyone worked with the book 'Body Ecology Diet: Recovering your health and rebuilding your immunity'? It was written by Donna Gates with Linda Schatz, published by B.E.D. Publications. 10th edition 2007. <BR> <BR> My sister gave it to me in 2008, and I just found it on a shelf, having forgotten about it. In the list of 'You should read this book if..." it says 'You are sensitive to tobacco, perfume, or other chemical odors', among others. In glancing through the contents this morning, I ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:43:04 EST Apple Cider Vinegar and Allergies<BR>-cider-vinegar-benefits-home-remedy-fo<BR>r-allergies#axzz24poeXBQY <BR> <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar helps to alleviate allergies in many people. Go for the organic brands if you can find them. Braggs is very good. But any will do. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:22:48 EST Could GMOs be part of the problem? New article I came across this article yesterday, and was surprised to see that allergies were reduced/eliminated in people who eliminated genetically modified foods (GMOs) from their diets. Worth a read. <BR> <BR><BR>atic-health-recoveries-reported Sun, 5 Aug 2012 00:27:24 EST Happy 4th of July! Here are Jerry, Bobby, and Vince performing the National Anthem. Enjoy! <BR> <BR><BR>oo <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:49:37 EST breast fed? A recent conversation with my dentist, who kindly doesn't wear cologne when he knows I have an appointment, led to his question as to whether I had been breast fed or not. I wasn't. His sense is that people who have not been exposed to the first days of breast milk are more prone to allergies, asthma, and sensitivities. <BR> <BR> So I'm curious. were you breast fed? <BR> <BR> - Jodi Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:06:20 EST article on Perfumes and Type 2 Diabetes Folks are starting to notice problems with perfumes! <BR> <BR><BR>_mmc=Facebook-_-Rodale-_-Content-Recen<BR>tNews-_-SurprisingDiabetesTriggers <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:01:26 EST They think it's in our heads,but is it in the gut? Hello! <BR> <BR> I just came across this article: <BR> <BR><BR>ollen-is-not-the-problem/?utm_source=f<BR>eedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig<BR>n=Feed%3A+TheHealthyHomeEconomist+%28T<BR>he+Healthy+Home+Economist%29 <BR> <BR> and found it interesting. It's focusing on allergies, but I'd say that my chemical sensitivity came hand-in-hand with allergies. <BR> <BR> Please read this article, and let's talk about it. See what your gut says! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:38:09 EST perfume denial A woman at work said she always gets itchy at work. I took this opportunity to ask her about her perfume. She doesn't wear any! So what is that fruity smell near her? She denies lotion and hair products. If isn't even gum! This is why I don't bother telling people. <BR> <BR> The other reason I don't tell people is that it usually doesn't stop them from wearing their offensive aromas. That used to get me so mad - and I would feel worse. Now when I notice something, I try to relax and av... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:40:20 EST new article August 2011 issue of Self magazine has an article about household chemicals. It doesn't mention MCS, but warns of the dangers of some chemicals. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:27:07 EST Stevia - Does anyone use this? Any Reactions? I have been using stevia for many years and wonder if anyone else is using it. If you are let me know if you have had any reactions to it. <BR> It comes in many forms now and some I'm sure are better than others. Is there any way to remove the aftertaste it gives sometimes? <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:43:17 EST happy to find this team Hello. I've had a hypersensitivity to perfumes, colognes, cleaning products, cigarette smoke, etc for several years. It seems it's worse all the time, and I suffer asthma attacks and also develop bronchitis/pneumonia as a result of exposure. <BR> <BR> As a result, I am leaving my teaching job in a couple of weeks, and I will begin teaching on the Internet. It's a good option, but I am concerned about shutting myself off in a bubble. <BR> <BR> It's been years since I went to the movies, and ... Fri, 27 May 2011 00:30:44 EST new study about hazardous chemicals In March 2011 issue of Fitness magazine, there is a paragraph about a study done at the University of Washington by Anne Steinemann, Ph.D. They found that household products release chemicals not listed on the labels. 27 percent of the chemicals released are deemed hazardous by federal law. The link is <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:09:48 EST New Kid On The Block Hi everyone! I am new to this Team. I just started on a weight reduction diet. I am getting help from the Boise, ID VA Hospital. Any other veterans here? I turned 70 in January and don't like to see it in print. Except for the MS I don't feel anywhere near 70 years old. I just got dentures so am having to learn to use them. I haven't tried to bite into an apple yet. <BR> <BR> I have some difficulty with my new diet as I don't like a lot of the foods that I am being advised to eat ev... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 06:04:16 EST resist eating in response to MCS when I get a chemical headache at work, I feel like drinking coffee or eating. I write myself this note to help cope: <BR> Caffeine doesn't help and neither does food. <BR> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:49:54 EST Trouble Convincing your Household Members to .... Have you had trouble convincing someone in your household to make a change so that your health improves? Tell us about it. Here is mine... <BR> <BR> I cannot for the life of me convince my DH that we can live without plastic. He is sure there is no way we can live without it. I think to some extent that is true, because so many things are made out of the darned stuff. I do think there are alot of ways we can definitely cut down. For example, bottled water. We don't need it an... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:38:10 EST Name 3 Changes You Have Been Forced to Make 1) I have had to change all of my personal care products to those made without any toxic chemicals. Some examples: glycerine soap for washing/bathing, Tom's of Maine unscented deodorant, 7th Gen for washing dishes, borax for laundry, Trader Joe's toothpaste. <BR> <BR> 2) Can no longer attend social functions. There is just too much fragrance (perfumes, detergents, shampoos, etc.) where ever there are a lot of people gathered. Even outdoor events can be difficult. I miss hanging out wit... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 09:58:34 EST What are you sensitive to? How have you coped? Probably my most devastating sensitivity is to laundry detergents and fabric softeners. They seriously make me ill and burn my lungs. This is a problem thats omnipresent. Every time the neighbors do laundry it wafts thru the neighborhood. I have had to give up many social situations because of it. Many people don't believe it actually makes me sick. My own sister won't change her detergent because she likes it, so the end result is that I am forced to avoid her like the plague. She ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 09:14:24 EST I am new to the team! Hello MCS team! I realized the reason I joined this team.I went in our private bathroom and my dh had put on some old Avon men's cologne and it about killed me,not literally,well! OMG it was so strong,I am gonna have to hide that horrible strong smelling old cologne,since I can't get rid of my dh, <em>246</em> I have never been tested for this,I didn't know there was such a test.I am sensitve to chemical scents of most cleaning products except vinegar.I looking forward to advice on using safe... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:35:22 EST Hi I'm new to the team! Am so glad to have found this team. My story I'm sure isn't much differant than anybody else who has this kind of problem. <BR> <BR> I have chronic sinus and ear infections. My body has actually created two extra sinus drains to help itself deal with the problem. To go along with the sinus and ear problem I have a huge problem with scents. I avoid crowded public places, change seats at the movies, go to late night shows, late night shopping and anything to avoid colognes and aftershaves. ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 01:01:47 EST Positive Thinking and thoughts Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. <BR> - Anonymous Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:05:22 EST Question for on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?? I need to ask one question Am I the only one who HUDDLEs... where is the rest of the team .. Its great for all to huddle PLEASE Thanks Dee Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:13:33 EST Introduction I just joined this team and thought I'd introduce myself. My name's Teresa, I'm 27, live in Canada, and I've been dealing with chemical sensitivities for about 2 1/2 years now. I was working in a chemistry lab previously which is were my problems developed. I had been with Spark and made quite a lot of progress before all this happened (lost 40 pounds then) so I'm finally back and trying to get back on track. In the meantime I've gained all that back plus some. The cause is probably mostly du... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:43:20 EST Hello everyone, my name is Michele Jones & I am a I have just joined this team and am looking forward to meeting you all. I have been living with Environmental Illness/MCS & multiple allergies for about 23 years. I have hit a bump as happens with me. I spiral up, I spiral down. I hope to have some experiences that I can share and help some of you with. I also look forward to learning strategies from you that will help me navigate the coal mine of every day living. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 16:00:44 EST Hello everyone, my name is Michele Jones & I am a I have just joined this team and am looking forward to meeting you all. I have been living with Environmental Illness/MCS & multiple allergies for about 23 years. I have hit a bump as happens with me. I spiral up, I spiral down. I hope to have some experiences that I can share and help some of you with. I also look forward to learning strategies from you that will help me navigate the coal mine of every day living. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:59:31 EST There is hope Hi Everyone, <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with MCS back in 2004. It all started from a toxic mold exposure. It affects my four children and my hubby as well. I wanted to say that there is hope. I am not as sick as I was in 2004. It takes time to heal and I am here to tell you that even though it still affects me everyday I am living a better life through exercise, diet, relaxation, avoidance and detox. From the toxic mold I developed headaches, blurred vision, ... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 17:36:28 EST The Borderland I have been chemically sensitive, well diagnosed as such for abut 25 years now. I can say that I slide deep into depression when I was first presented with the facts that the chemicals found in todays world made me sick. It was so easy to slide into victim-think with that one. So I have explored what it means to me and the possibly the larger world that there are so many canaries walking the streets now days (so to speak). <BR> <BR> I find I resonate with Jerome Bernstein's notion of the Bo... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:41:01 EST Hi I'm New Here Hi, I'm Lisa. I live in South Florida. Just introducing myself. I have low thyroid and MCS so I'm always working on my weight. I heard about SparkPeople from a friend. So far looking around I like this MUCH better than Weight Watchers! I am still figuring out the site. Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:52:52 EST Hello I've been dealing with MCS for years. I've gotten much more sensitive in the last 3 years or so. I'm needing support and understanding. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Karen Fri, 4 Sep 2009 05:34:00 EST shower caulking...any suggestions? Well, I don't think I can put it off any longer. I have to replace the calking between the tile and the tub, and some of the grout too. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a suggestion for a low or no-VOC caulking? Or should I just use silicone? Any suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> We'll see how this adventure goes before we tackle the upstairs carpeting or the kitchen reno. I feel great when I'm in the house, so I'm reluctant to change anything. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 17:02:53 EST Outdoor pollutants on the only sunny day we've had We haven't had many, if any, warm sunny days in Ontario this summer. I also suffer from migraines when the barometric pressure is low, so I was ecstatic to have a couple of sunny days this weekend. I gathered my books, my water and my hand weeder to enjoy a rare day in the backyard. No sooner had I set down my things, than a fresh lilac scent wafted over the fence from the neighbour's dryer vent. Inside I went. Yay, sick again. <BR> <BR> A little while later, guessing that the laundry was pr... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 23:35:12 EST looking for hope Hello there! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this forum will help me to find some way to get my life back. I used to be a very social, active person. Now I almost never leave the house for fear of getting sick from chemical exposures. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for an appt. with a nutritionist. I want to try a "yeast-free" diet to see if it improves my condition. That's how I found SparkPeople. I was looking for nutritional information. <BR> <BR> If anyone has found any treatments or lifestyle change... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:51:55 EST SSD How many of you are getting Social Security Disability and what have your experiences been in getting/trying to get it? <em>198</em> <em>33</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2009 07:11:36 EST PINE CONE EXTRACT I am working on an experiment with pine cone extract. There is relatively few references available about its use, but there have been some studies done and it is also used in cancer therapy. To make this explanation brief, PCE is supposed to lessen the amount of IgE produced my the body, which causes histamine reactions, by causing less production of the cells that mistake insignificant invaders for enemies. It takes nine days to start working and up to two months to get a real effect, so ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 08:38:08 EST Hi Everybody I found my group!!! I was in chronic pain, 50+ with 50+ to lose, high cholesterol, and a host of others. Not that I don't have everything else, but this is my biggest problem. <BR> <BR> I used to be more paralyzed with fear, though. I wore a mask every time I went some where. I finally realized that it didn't make any difference if I wore one or not, I still get sick if a "stinky" person passes by. <BR> <BR> In January, I joined Curves. My insurance said they would pay 100% and I was... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 22:17:55 EST Natural Remedies <link> </link> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 09:05:53 EST hoping for info Hi, I am choosing MCS as my first team. My MCS has only begun in the last 2 years, as well as asthma. Before that I have had eczema for my entire adult life. <BR> I am hoping to find out how people are treating MCS, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and food allergies and am generally looking for support. Glad to have found you! Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:15:24 EST new here I am excited to find you all! I have been on Spark people for around a month and just found this group. I have been chemical sensitive for a long time. It took forever for me to figure it out, when it started getting bad I would get out of the shower and with in 1/2 hour my eyes and face would be swollen, it was horrible. I figured out it was my shampoo, after trying I don't know how many kinds a friend of mine suggested MCS. I have many other health issues, IBS, Fibromyalgia, asthma, degener... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:19:50 EST Support Groups and Websites Below are a list of support groups and websites that address Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. <BR> <BR> Please do not post in this thread. This will allow team members to find things more easily. If you have a website or support group you would like to add please send it to me in a Sparkmail. I will be updating this post only instead of adding more to keep things organized and easy to find. <BR> <BR> <BR> The following are support groups: <BR> <BR> Green Canary <link>health.groups.ya... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:45:07 EST Missing Woman with MCS <link> </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 08:45:46 EST Sensitivity to Arsenic I work with someone who had a rash on one hand that itched and she tried many creams, etc. to get rid of it. Everyday for lunch she would have a small salad with turkey lunchmeat on it. Then someone told her that maybe she was sensitive to arsenic, and on researching this, it turned out that turkeys are regularly fed food that contains arsenic. She stopped eating the turkey on her salad and the rash cleared up. You never know where some factor will turn up that affects your health....... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 13:28:17 EST Dental Fillings Has anyone experienced an improvement in feelings of well being by having their old dental fillings replaced? I work with someone who had this done and swears that she felt much better after having them replaced......(Although probably the dentist did also,LOL) <em>38</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2009 11:10:22 EST Today, I have lost 30 Pounds with SparkPeople!!! Today, I weigh under 150 pounds. I have been fighting to get here for 2 1/2 years! If you read my spark page you will see that I lost 78 pounds 10 years ago and I kept it off until 2 1/2 years ago, that was 7 1/2 years of weighing 150 pounds. Then I blew it and before I knew it, I was back up to 180 pounds! I fought my weight and finally joined SparkPeople. I have learned so much from SparkPeople. There were so many things I did not know even though I have been dealing with fighting fat for m... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 14:06:07 EST Contact Lenses Anyone have problems with contact lenses? I have tried twice over the years to wear them and my eyes always got irritated. I think some of it could be related to the solutions for cleaning them. Anyone else have this problem? I know things have changed alot over the past decade and I am thinking of trying them again to see it I can find a pair I can wear. <em>38</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 07:47:06 EST Endometriosis I have seen some articles on the relationship between endometriosis and chemical sensitivities. Anyone else read anything about this? Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:47:04 EST What a Great Team I never thought to find a team like this. I have sensitivities to perfumes, scented dryer sheets, perfumed detergents, etc. I have actually had problems with new clothes that contain sizing and have been unable to wear them. People using strong hand lotion get to me and those electric wall scents that puff around the clock push me over the edge. It is a rough world out there. Formaldehyde is a problem. I keep hoping I will outgrow it. Ha Ha, I am already in my fifties so it better happ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:43:22 EST Article High Chemical Foods <link><BR>epage.aspx?cp-documentid=100232526&gt1<BR>=31036 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:01:18 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Cricket! Thanks for the invite, I thought I'd come & check it out! I have sensitivities to smoke, detergent & perfumes. <BR> I love to learn about homeopathic remedies! Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:42:12 EST Personal Care I found this new product yesterday at my local "The Vitamin Shoppe" but you can order online as well. I bought the coconut oil lotion. Here is an excerpt from their website and also can be found on the bottles: <BR> <BR> "All of the Desert Essence Organics products are free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol, and petroleum-based ingredients." <BR> <BR> The website is: <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:13:16 EST I got an awesome deal because I wore a Red Blouse I am really Grateful, I was wearing a red blouse today when I went to Macys to buy myself a reward for my weight loss success for January. I found a great deal and a beautiful Tony Hilfinger rose hooded sweater. Because I was wearing the red blouse I got another 20% off the sweater, SO...I got a $75.00 sweater for $12.84 <BR> <BR> This made finding the exact sweater I wanted in a beautiful color that I love really really great for me. What a wonderful reward for myself and I could afford it... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 00:29:30 EST Podcasts Last night I attended a live chat session with Dr. Anne Steinemann who has studied the effect of toxic chemicals in the products that we use (used to use) every day. It was quite interesting and I've found some new resources there which I will post. <BR> <BR> I don't have the direct link to the podcast, but you can find it here: <link> </link> <BR> Go down about 3/4 of the page and you will find some podcasts listed. <BR> <BR> The best thing for me about the chat ... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 08:36:31 EST What are your MCS challenges? I'm just curious to know what everyones issues are and how you handle them. Mine are: <BR> <BR> 1) Rubber - this is the worst. It only takes one inhalation to cause me severe discomfort. It takes days for me to recover from just a small exposure. Weeks if its a bad one. Its difficult to avoid since rubber seems to be lurking in every corner. Not all rubber bothers me though so there must be something in some but not all. Don't know exactly what. My DH's truck has rubber appointments... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 09:17:08 EST High-Fructose Corn Syrup can contain Mercury! <link><BR>t/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html </link> <BR> <BR> I only drink water and tea so Im safe on this one for the most part... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:07:38 EST Burned Calorie Calculator for daily tasks! Calculate calories burned for dozens of activities! Even working in an office?!?!!! <BR> <BR><BR>site/calculat.htm <BR> <BR> Way cool, I spend quite a few hours grocery shopping and wondered if it was worth counting calories MANDAJO1982 had this link posted in her blog. Thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:07:29 EST Want to Travel? Here are 2 sites that list accomodations for the chemically sensitive and those just wanting healthier places to stay. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:23:08 EST Cancer Causing Mouthwash Eewww <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/0,22049,24896583-5001021,00.html </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:37:11 EST Another Newbie from Oz Hi I'm Sue. I suffer from sensitivities too. I am finding it increasingly difficult to work out what products are causing me grief as even my makeup affects me when it did no previously. I know I am allergic to something in the laundry powder but the sensitive ones still make me itch. hope to find some advice . Fri, 9 Jan 2009 18:18:16 EST General Info 44 Things to Do With Vinegar <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ving/44_things_to_do_with_vinegar.php </link> Fri, 9 Jan 2009 10:29:37 EST Team Newbie Hi! <BR> <BR> New to the MCS team, not formally diagnosed with MCS but I have a fragrance-free home and personal self - LOL - because if I do not, I would have a constant migraine and my brain would not work right! <BR> <BR> I also have reactions to food preservatives and additives in addition to artificial flavors and colors. This can also extend to personal care items, I am still exploring the extent of this and it continues to be one of my lifetime adventures. <BR> <BR> It is unfortunat... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 14:36:45 EST In the News Travolta Death: Toxic Cause? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A Closer Look at what Ailed Jett Travolta <BR> <link><BR>er_look_what_ailed_jett_travolta.html </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 18:17:46 EST Doing the Laundry Chemicals to avoid in laundry detergent: <link> </link> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:00:02 EST thanks for the invite Hi, <BR> Perfume and cigarette smoke seem to be my worst triggers. The laws( in Canada) about not smoking in public buildings have helped somewhat but we still have to run the gauntlet of folks who are smoking around the entrances if we want to get in to most places. <BR> Perfume is a problem it is why I rarely use public transport. Buses and subways can be terrible. As yet I have not had a problem with planes. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:42:01 EST Lose 1 Pound per week Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Cherie55 suggested a team goal to lose 1 pound per week. I have added it to the team. Its a really good idea although I have to admit that I hesitated thinking about what a bad goal meeter I am and being a leader I really should set a good example. Anyway, I added it in and am going to do my best to meet the challenge. I know I have gained some weight back in the last month or so and the holidays didn't help. <BR> <BR> To participate in the goal just click the... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 08:38:12 EST non chemical recipe's Hey y'all hope everyone is doing fine. Does anyone have a recipe for general cleaning and deep cleaning stuff. This is driving me crazy. Everything gives me a headache. My husband tried that swiffer stuff, not only did I get a headache but it left a sticky feeling on the floor. Stuff will kill your animals anyway. I wanted to try the Method brand but I don't need anymore headaches. I tried diluted vinegar but i don't think I diluted it enough because I got a headache. If you could send ... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:03:19 EST Consumer Product Safety Commission... toxic toys Tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission to stop the sale of toxic toys <BR> <BR> ew ew ew. and to think I just gave my best friend a bunch toys like those for her new baby :( <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_120508 </link> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:13:16 EST Hi and thanks for invite Treppils I live in NM, work a 3rd shift and am really glad to be here. I have been Chemical Sensitive for a long time. I can't go to dept stores because they put all the perfmes and stuff in the front (saves me money). Sometimes a smell gives me heartburn (strange). Anyway good to meet y'all and see ya soon <em>41</em> Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:11:58 EST Hello! So glad to find you all! Hi! My name is Amber, I found this group and am very excited about it. I have always been slightly sensitive to chemicals, but after I gave birth to my son 4 years ago, the sensitivity increased. Now I must read food lables, take odd routes around the builing at work (to avoid perfume) use the first floor bathroom (the only one with out an airfreshener) and yell at my husband for buying smelly deoderant for him. <BR> <BR> It's nice to find that it's not just me and my Mom fighting this batt... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:07:53 EST Friends of Earth Articles I'm going to donate to their causes when I have some money. I also signed up for their newsletter... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EY=2705&t=2007_Healthy-People.dwt </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:45:23 EST For anyone who loves dogs... So CUTE!!! <link><BR>eurl= </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:20:09 EST Good bye To Group It was a difficult decision because of my stress and lack of support but I decided it is time to tell you all good bye. I've enjoyed the group, chat, support, brainstorming, etc. But I don't deal with stress well and I need support, not competition. I am giving consideration to starting my own group, something like MCS with 25 lbs or more to lose, or something similar. I'll let you know personally as I do. Merry Christmas to you all. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 15:40:49 EST Exercise Discussions We don't discuss our exercise thoughts, ideas, routines much in here and I'm curious about others. <BR> <BR> I found an exercise DVD I really like, Walk America w/Leslie Sansone. It works well for me and I do a full hour one, knowing it'd be difficult for some but she has less intense ones. I like the fact that it is marching with some pretty basic variations so I can follow easily and don't need to learn a lot. <BR> <BR> <em>233</em> Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:25:58 EST oh man... I have been counting every calorie. I have stayed away from the bad foods and followed my diet in "best practices". I have been burning the calories I am supposed to be. WHY HAVE I GAINED 4 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!!!!! arrrrrrr <BR> <BR> I noticed I have been about 100 calories under what I am supposed to be eating. Could that little a difference really be causing this problem? <BR> <BR> It wouldn't be the vitamins I am taking would it? That doesn't make any sense but thought I'd ask... <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 21:36:45 EST I think my blood is thin... help Hey all, <BR> <BR> As I have already been saying for a few days, I am doing great! Finally! the first time since spring! my body is recuperating from the 6 week cold that I am getting over. I have energy and been able to start working out again... <BR> <BR> But at the same time I am dealing with an newish issue... So from about a week ago I started getting nose bleeds daily. They are short but I am still concerned. I wonder if its from this carpet powder JUNK that my mother in law poured al... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 02:07:55 EST Hi, I am Cherie Good Morning, I have numerous allergies and sensitivities. I also have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Osteo Arthritis, and Hypothyroidism. I walk and dance for exercise and do some of Nicoles Exericse Videos. I try to eat healthy and drink a ton of water! I Co-Lead Fibro Friends. I'm 56, soon to be 57 but my mind is only 37 going on 2 1/2! I make up silly songs almost everyday and I love babies and the elderly. I am SWF but I have 1 nice male friend and that is enough! He is 70 bu... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 13:03:35 EST New Mattress Woes... I had to break down and purchase a new mattress for our guest room. Unfortunately, it's being delivered today, and I'm already stressing about the inevitable outgassing. The room it's going into can be closed off from the rest of the house; and the room has 2 large windows in it, which I plan on opening fully. I'm going to keep the bed naked for at least a week prior to putting sheets/duvet on. <BR> <BR> Any other ideas? <BR> <BR> Do you think a zippable allergy barrier cover will help mat... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 15:29:30 EST Best Practices Complete avoidance aside, which isn't really relevant unless you live in a hypoallergenic bubble, what are some of your tips/tricks of the trade for lessening symptom severity/frequency? <BR> <BR> IV nutrient/antioxidant therapy, a super clean diet and lower protein seem to be helping me at the moment, always feels like kind of a crap shoot. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 11:02:42 EST The Daily Peeve I'm kind of over people using those "super-scented" fabric softners. My neighbor uses them weekly, as evidenced by the overwhelming noxious fumes entering in through my living room bay window every few days. <BR> <BR> I used to live in a gated community in FL, and actually had to give up trying to do my daily runs within the neighborhood. I would be full tilt, and all off a sudden, I would cruise by a home where it was laundry day. My throat would get sore, the headache would come on, and m... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 22:44:07 EST Way Stressed Hi. I haven't been here much lately. My life lately have been so rediculously stressful. First it was a bankruptcy, not completed, we lost the house, we moved and I got a decent job. Recently I was fired- a coworker told the Director of Nursing that she overheard me telling a patient I don't have a Driver's License because of a DWI. Only problem is that I do not have a DWI, never have, and do have my Driver's License. I was biking to work, because I could and because we only have one ca... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 19:41:58 EST Pall Protocol I have been on the Pall Protocol for a little over one week now. The protocol is nutrient therapy that helps down regulate the NO-ONOO cycle named by Dr. Martin Pall. This cycle is what regulates inflammation and a faulty one is believed to be the cause of many illnesses that don't fit into the 9 paradigms of disease. Illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, and MCS. <BR> <BR> After the first few days I did notice a difference in my energy levels. Much higher and my... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 09:20:44 EST An Interesting Fact About Yourself Post something interesting about yourself that probably would never come up in every day posting. <BR> <BR> For grandmother was a survivor of the Eastland disaster in Chicago in 1915. If she hadn't survived I wouldn't be here today! See <link> </link> for more info. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:41:08 EST new team I have been with spark since march 2008 and I love this site with all it has to offer. <BR> I just started a new team and need help with getting new members. My team is multi generations living in one home. In my home we have three generations living together and I know this is a new trend but it is becoming more common There are many issues but it does work. Many years ago that was the way it always was. Ecomics are bring the trend back to life it can be fun but a alot of work Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:09:00 EST In my class... So to make a very long emotional story short... Last week for the first class of the quarter I went to the classroom which was in the new wing of the school. Well the VOC's from the carpet and paint I'm sure had just been lingering around in there. There is no direct circulation to the outside in that room. So I sat in there for about 5 min before I had to get up and go to the bathroom to begin throwing up. I talked to my dept head of my major and he was very nice but pretty clueless. He sent... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:32:42 EST Hi and Hello I was browsing the teams to see where else I might "fit." I didn't know you existed at SP. <BR> <BR> I have always had a hypersensitive system (esp. nose), but since relocating from FL to CA this year, my body has gone haywire. Pesticides from local farms, exhaust, perfumes and other funky smells permeate our house (and my life, some days.) I get headaches ranging from, "that's irritating", to Chernoble. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I found you! Thu, 16 Oct 2008 05:56:19 EST Plastic Water Bottles <link><BR>_great_debate_over_plastic_water_bottles </link> <BR> <BR> People are so naive. And to think I used to be the same way! Thu, 2 Oct 2008 09:29:47 EST Article here about sweetners today Today I took a sparks poll and read an article about sweetners. Do not believe this article as my environmental illness Dr. told me that artificial sweetners are TOXIC for the liver as we cannot detox them easily. So please remember not to use artificial "foods" especially if you are already sick with MCS as you don't want to get worse. The best low cal sweetner per my Dr. is stevia as it is NATURAL so the liver can work with it. YOu can also read information about this in Dr. Jesse Stoff... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 20:07:20 EST Magazine: Living Without Hey- I found a new magazine at my grocery that I thought y'all might be interested in. It's "Living Without" "The magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities." It says on this issue it's celebrating it's 10th year. Why has it been kept a secret? <BR> <BR> A lot of the magazine deals with Celiac/Gluten free but also peanut allergy, dairy free, and advertising lots of natural/organic items. It's got a Q&A and interesting articles. <BR> <BR> Web site is http://www.livingwit... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 07:32:19 EST Exercise Went to a T'ai Chi class today at the Senior Center. Loved it! Hope I can attend each Monday & Friday class. Let me tell you, AGE is NOTHING with these ladies. They can T'ai Chi better than any of 'em! They won't hold a young person back. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 01:15:10 EST I'm Angry I am Pissed. Really pissed. I went to the doctor today. Annual ob/gyn. I got some REALLY, REALLY BAD NEWS- I've shrunk again. I was 5'5". Now I'm 5'2.5". I'm only 51 for pity sake! And I've got my goal weight set for BMI 25. It was 145 lbs. Now BMI 25 is 135 lbs. This is very disheartening and discouraging. Does this ever level off? 2.5 inches in 5 years is going to make me 5' at 56 years old! And I'll need to weigh about 100 lbs.... <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 01:11:50 EST Baby Carrots I have no idea. Rita67 posted this in Friends of Turkey. The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for large grocery stores. <BR> <BR> The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots most people probably know this already. <BR> <BR> What you may not know and should know is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped in... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:16:47 EST I am worth it because... I want to buy normal clothes and not have to go to the plus size store Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:39:34 EST Chronic Fatigue Syndrom CFS is listed as a symptom for MCS... It took me almost year to be able to do the heavy workouts that I do now. And still I have to budget my energy very very wisely. But as time goes on it is getting better. Being fatigued from overexerting myself or from an exposure to a chemical is one of my main challenges in life so I thought I would post this article up. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_experts.asp?q=78 </link> Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:39:14 EST BIGGEST LOSER!!!! YAY season begins now :) Tue, 16 Sep 2008 23:12:06 EST ARG! Letting stress go... When something is bothering me it spins around in circles in my mind. It festers and grows fangs... How do you relieve stress? How do you let something go that is bothering you? Sun, 14 Sep 2008 15:03:12 EST Getting Back On Track Hey all, <BR> I'm back after a brief absence. We lost the house and were stressed out over money, legalities, finding a place to live and selling lots. We hated old house and old community so we weren't sad to leave. We love our new 3 bdrm. 2.5 bath townhouse although it is a bit small for the 5 of us. It's lovely and quite convenient, and in a rural community we love. Still, I've been getting over the stress of it all and put all my weight back on so it's time to get back on track. I'v... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 22:00:54 EST new to team I have had MCS for several years and have been unable to work out of the home many people do not understand the issues that I have along with MCS I have environmental allergies reactive airways and a host of other problems as you know walking out of doors can be tricky and going to the gym can be dangerous so I work out at home I always was an active person and LOVED to run I can not do that now and am looking for advise from other suffers to know what you are doing for your weight loss. HEL... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 09:02:05 EST Labor Day Weekend - What did you do? What did you all do over the weekend? <BR> <BR> DH and I went up to my brothers lake house on Fox Lake, IL. The whole family usually goes on all the holiday weekends. My brother made a deep fried turkey (love those) and some french fries made from raw potatoes. He actually peeled and cut the potatoes himself. Can't get better fries than that! We sprinkled them with some creole seasoning. Very yummy. My SIL made bloomin' onions. Okay, so deep fried foods aren't really on the diet pla... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:23:12 EST Has exercise helped your mcs symptoms? I need some motivation - exercise is the one part of my doctor's recommendations that I'm not following - that's why I joined SparkPeople! I get tired very quickly when I'm not well but am told it would help me (if I could only get into it!) <BR> <BR> Basically - has anyone actually noticed any improvements in their symptoms or general health since they started exercising? <BR> <BR> Michelle <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2008 14:03:11 EST 3 Positive Things 1) My husband takes good care of me. <BR> 2) My sister is willing to take me in. <BR> 3) I am still breathing. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:50:05 EST Indoor Air Quality Did you know the EPA says that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Some of that has to do with toxic chemicals and some with organic toxins like mold. The EPA ranks indoor air as one of the top 5 human health risks... <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2008 21:45:46 EST Article: Toxic scents Finally people are catching on... I mean we know fragrances are bad because they make us sick but others who don't have MCS don't know its affecting them. This trips me out. What if everyone is being negatively affected like we are but their bodies don't freak out (are not on high alert) like ours so they don't know... causing possible major problems in the long run :( In a horribly ironic way, we are almost lucky our bodies are telling us certain things are bad... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 15:09:44 EST I'm down I'm down in weight <em>244</em> . I have been on a plateau for what seems like weeks and it's falling again. I finally hit the 10 lb mark and am so thrilled. Everything seems to be going right as I finally got my SS appeal scheduled and I am losing again. I do all the right things even when I am on a plateau and know eventually it will catch up. It is just so great when it does. Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:53:53 EST Anyone else having reactions to X-Rays, MRI In the past I have had a problem with MRI's ~ they make me break out in a rash. When I told the tech this, he said, it was from the sheet across me. The sheet didn't cover my upper chest and shoulders and that is where I had a rash. Years ago, I had to have a bone density scan to see if I had osteoporosis(which I do)and when they did this I had such pain in my bones. It felt like they were taking a hot iron through my hip/pelvic bones. They said, you can't have any pain ~ yet~ I could hard... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:41:08 EST MIA I am leaving for a horse show this afternoon so I won't be around tomorrow to check up on you guys. Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday! Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:58:15 EST Sweet Misery <link><BR>922170441334340 </link> <BR> <BR> This was posted on the Pandora's Box team by Blue. This is a lengthy video (you can buy it on amazon) but it is important we all watch it and pass it on. Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:08:45 EST Feel Guilty I feel guilty because I have not been doing any reading or posting for the past few days as I have been hurting really bad with my arthritis in my back. Overdid the walking many days in a row and doing bending. Being active is good but not when I overdo it so much and it's not like I don't know better. Just wanted to explain why I haven't been on lately much. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 17:56:13 EST Here and liking it. Hey all. I hope you are doing well. My name is Tamara. I hope to help support all of you, and feel free to say hello! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 21:04:34 EST Going to Movies with Hubby My husband and I are going on a date to the movies and picked an afternoon time so as not to be overcrowded with perfumed and other nasty smells. I am hoping to enjoy the movie without problems. We are going to see the new Mummy movie. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:41:31 EST What "caused" your MCS? I think mine was a combination of things. <BR> <BR> First, I went on Nutrisystem to lose some weight. Of course Nutrisystem is loaded with preservatives and soy. Guess what I'm allergic to? Several preservatives and soy! <BR> <BR> Secondly, I started having trouble breathing in my car. Couldn't figure out why. I thought maybe it was something I was eating, but started to realize it was always in my car. I eventually found out just by talking to people that my car had a cabin filte... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:08:17 EST 2008-09 VOC Levels for New Cars Published Yay!!!!! I have been waiting for this! I really need a car that I can drive. My truck is costing me a fortune in gas. You can see this list at <link> </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:46:14 EST Pic of Me w/ Short Hair I don't remember which thread I promised to put a pic of me up w/ short hair, so I'm starting a new one. For anyone who is interested in seeing my pic it is on my spark page. My hair isn't super short in this one, but short. I would love to cut mine really short like Cherith, but I'm not sure I have the nerve to go that short. Cherith's looks really cut though so I'm thinking about it. My hair is getting pretty long now. I will upload a pic with my hair longer. It was just taken abou... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:28:12 EST New Allergy? Within the last week or so I have started to get nauseated and throw it up. I have given consideration to other things, but there is no doubt that it is the V8, whether drunk before any breakfast or after I've eaten. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with being drunken fast or slow. I do eat/drink a lot of tomato products and nothing else is bothering me. It doesn't look like the formula has been changed and none of the ingredients are bothersome to me. <BR> <em>141</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2008 00:07:10 EST Will be going out of town Have to go out of town again for a good part of next week because of Hubbies medical appts so I may not be able to post much. Thu, 17 Jul 2008 19:26:40 EST genetic modified food Has anybody checked out the Organic Consumers Website? I got the message through the organic group. Kellogg's wants to or is already including genetically modified sugar in their food. They say that people don't care, personally I believe they do but how could one complain if it isn't written on the label so we can make an informed choice. <BR> <BR> GM food has only really been tested by Monsanto (we know how helpful it was to have the tobacco companies doing their own tests don't we) who s... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 20:33:06 EST Guess what? I am learning about company branding in school. I am reading a book right now and there is something in there that I just had to tell you guys about. Apparently there is a company that creates scents for different.... things. They had a museum hire them to do trex's breath. A bank hired them to create a signature smell so that people associated that smell with the bank in an iconic way. They also created scents for a retirement home. Apparently memory scents... laundry detergent!!! BLAH and c... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 16:19:14 EST Horror Story- A Lesson For Us All I wanted to relate this story. It's awful. It'll make you feel lots better about our trials. <BR> <BR> My husband and I ran into an old neighbor yesterday, one of the kids' classmates' mothers. They are simply the most lovely couple, clean cut, non-smokers, non-drinkers. She might be in her late 30's. She's always been nice and thin, very petite. She was wearing a strappy little sun dress. <BR> <BR> She wore a scar on her upper left chest that stuck out like a sore thumb. We said hi a... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:07:51 EST Question: ADHD How many of you have ADHD kids? Do you think it's associated with the MCS? Tue, 15 Jul 2008 19:59:55 EST What are you allergic to? I have like six or seven allergies and they are in like every perfume, soap, shampoo, etc. I hate it! And then when I think I'm ok, I break out for no reason. I have been allergy tested three times and they still can't tell me why I keep breaking out. ARGH. Can you relate? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:36:24 EST Fresh Paint My DH and I went looking at properties. There is one we really like, but like most houses on the market it has fresh paint. The smell was tolerable for a while but then I had to get out. The house is vacant so it is closed up all the time. Does anyone know if there is a remedy to this problem or should I cross this one off the list. It is a really, really nice place and we both like it a lot so I'd hate to have to pass it up just because of a paint job, but then I'd hate to move in and... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 08:45:56 EST Have you read Dr. Sherry Rogers book: Tired or To When I first began going to my environmental illness Dr. she insisted that I read Tired or Toxic by Dr. Sherry Rogers. Everyone should read it even those who do not have EI in order to protect themselves. Dr. Sherry Rogers has EI herself, she practices in New York state. There are 50 EI Doctors, this is a specialty. There very first one was an allergist named Dr. Randolph Theron (hope I spelled his name right). I have brain damage due to being exposed to carpet glue and room sprays which ... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 14:35:06 EST July and Gardening... One thing I love about this time of the year is home gardening. We have so many church members who garden too much for themselves and love to share the bounty. I've had so many yellow squash given to me the last two weeks, that I've shared with others. <BR> <BR> I have a squash plant, but I've only gotten one squash off it so far. I also have a tomato, a bell pepper, and a strawberry. I'm still waiting for them to get ripe and to picking size. <BR> <BR> Do any of you garden? I know it is de... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 23:21:45 EST How long is your chemical "hangover" HEY LADIES!!! So happy its summer yay!!!!! <BR> <BR> So... I was at a party the other night and I was around a ton of people smoking. Even my friend who has seasonal allergies was smoking! I tried to keep my distance but I still got sick and I still dont know if I have recovered.... I feel really tired and sick. Depending on the severity of the effects of the chemical I can be sick from one day two two weeks. Its been four days so far... <BR> <BR> I am wondering how long it takes you to re... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 13:44:43 EST How many mega dose on anti-oxidants for their MCS? My environmental illness Dr. started me out mega dosing on C which helped me quite a bit. I have been recently reading Dr. Martin Pall's new book about MCS and he has a protocol which includes some mega dosing in order to help us. The book is very tough but I am still attempting to read it all. <BR> Very curious, <BR> Alice Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:55:12 EST Boundaries - I need support girls This is not so much about loosing weight but it is affecting my work out and energy today... <BR> <BR> We all have boundaries... what we will and will not permit others to say or do to us. My question is: is it better to forgive people and put up with their errors or cut them (or their negative energy) out of your life for the sake of protecting yourself? Are your boundaries strong or leaniant? which is better and why? <BR> <BR> PS. <BR> I'm sorry I have been MIA the past couple weeks... I ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:39:28 EST Eating on a Budget HOT TOPICS THREAD: Saving money on Food; <BR><BR>.a <BR> sp? <BR> imboard=1&imparent=8324951 <BR> <BR> Emergency $45 menu - feed 4 for a week! <BR> <BR> <BR> USDA 2000 calorie menu plan <BR><BR>tm <BR> l <BR> <BR> USDA Assessments Tracker: <BR> <BR> <BR> Menu's for living on a food Stamp Budget: <BR><BR>.... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 17:30:42 EST Home Leave tomorrow for home so won't be on till sometime the 18th. Going to have a nap when I hit home as I get in around 7 A.M. Sun, 15 Jun 2008 22:43:19 EST Well, I messed up tonight eating ice cream...sigh! I did OK until I had to have this ice cream. Its my downfall in summer. I did walk 30 minutes today which is unusual. <BR> Sorry to whine, <BR> Alice Sat, 14 Jun 2008 01:22:13 EST NY New Member Hi. I was shocked to find this group here. I'm Cherith, a 51 y/o wife, ma, & grandma in NY. I'd known about MCS awhile but have not been formally diagnosed. My Primary Care states that yes, I have all the symptoms (not sure exactly what clinical criteria he meant) but it isn't formally diagnosed and I have not been referred out to any specialist, if there is one nearby. <BR> <BR> I am allergic/sensitive to dairy products(allergy & lactose intolerance, diagnosed), yeast breads, caffeine, ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 09:02:10 EST Fun Time! <BR> A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan Officer. <BR> She says she's going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow <BR> <BR> $5,000. <BR> The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for <BR> The loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Mercedes Benz SL 500. <BR> The car is parked on the street in front of the bank. <BR> She has the Title, and everything checks out. <BR> The bank agrees to accept the car collater... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:52:30 EST OT: gift for little girl with MCS? We are invited to a bday party for a little girl with severe MCS (wears a mask everywhere, can't tolerate the ink in books or chemically treated paper or synthetic clothing or any hundreds of other things). The invitation requested "no gifts", however this family has helped me figure out my mcs and get on the right track and I'd like to give her something. I just don't know what! I found out where they get organic clothing online and could do a GC, I just am not a fan of giving GC's to lit... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 10:57:37 EST Facial Mask? I need help finding a new mask. My old one was a green clay but they dont make it anymore. Does anyone have a brand they like or a recipe they follow? Wed, 4 Jun 2008 12:08:26 EST Opinions Please! I sent the following email to Ford. Do you think they will contact me? <BR> <BR> I watched your commercial about the Ford Escape Hybrid with interest. You know, the one about changing the interior of the car to use recycled materials. You see, I am chemical sensitive and am having trouble finding a car I can comfortably drive. I have also read about your efforts to reduce the VOC levels in the interior of the Focus and Escape. Are these vehicles currently available in the US? Could one ... Fri, 30 May 2008 10:26:09 EST What do you do about.... ...getting a haircut? I have not had a haircut in several months. 6, I think. I am afraid to go to a place because of all the chemicals. Someone suggested to go to a place where they only cut hair but there is still scented shampoos, gels, hairspray etc. being used there. I am also so sensitive now to fabric softener so I hesitate to have someone standing that close to me to cut my hair. My sister gave me the name of someone who would come to my house, but I would have to dictate to her... Thu, 29 May 2008 10:26:41 EST I am way stressed... I have never been able to manage stress well. There are several things that are going on in my life right now. <BR> <BR> 1) Its almost finals when all of my term projects and tests happen <BR> <BR> 2) Family drama... my sisters... all of them actually LOL <BR> <BR> 3) Weight loss. I have been sooo tired from everything else I have not had any energy really to work out in almost a week. I am just fatigued from working really long hours. The Oregon Country Fair is coming up (YAY) and I woul... Tue, 27 May 2008 10:23:53 EST Learn From My Mistakes Made a couple of mistakes this past week. I am posting them here so you all can learn from them. <BR> <BR> 1) Decided to clean out my truck. I used Borax since I wash my clothes with it and do just fine. However, the steam cleaner basically applies the cleaning solution and then sucks it up. Apparently I used too much Borax in the mix and it left enough residue that it is now irritating my throat and lungs. So, I had to do the entire interior over again with just plain water. It is muc... Tue, 27 May 2008 09:39:21 EST I can't tolerate charcoal I have a real problem with the smell of charcoal, tar or other petrochem smells. I love grilled foods but can't be by where the grilling is within nose shot of me. Does anyone else have this? Tue, 20 May 2008 17:10:38 EST Made Myself Sick Stopped by Enterprise yesterday to check out the cars. Of all the cars I have looked at none of them were healthy for me, but at Enterprise yesterday there was a VW Jetta that I got in and did NOT feel that instant seizing feeling in my lungs. I sat in it for a while and then took it for a test drive. I did not feel the need to wear my mask either during the entire drive. Of course, I did have the windows open. Well, I couldn't decide what to do. This was the best car for me so far. Du... Tue, 20 May 2008 12:13:37 EST Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ladies I need help. <BR> <BR> I always resort to using bleach and know I shouldn't use it. I use those clorox ready wipes because they are so covenant and know I shouldn't (for both eco and health reasons). Does dish soap bother anyone? Should be concerned we are eating very small amounts of it? I don't want to buy the expensive eco friendly stuff because I have no money left over after buying organic groceries. lol Help! Sun, 18 May 2008 12:39:33 EST Here for my daughter Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm here at the invitation of TREPPILS. <BR> <BR> My 3 yo daughter was born premature and has had multiple problems since birth. She has problems with perfumes in laundry detergents. And recently, she started having itching problems with no rash. <BR> <BR> I also have sensitivities to lots of different perfumes as does my twin sister. <BR> <BR> Thank you for the invitation. I don't know how active I will be as I am part of several groups, and this is the start of the summer.... Thu, 15 May 2008 17:27:06 EST Tea Party - Current Hot Chemical Topics Hello Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> So I go to these tea parties and yesterday the topic was Morgellons Disease. It has nothing to do with us except we are under the same type of illness umbrella with MCS. Both are chemical related. They think the cause of Morgellons is from eating genetically modified foods. Apparently when the genes are being combined in a petri dish they are grown in a medium of some kind of chemical. Its this chemical that they think is causing the illness. EW! The disease is... Wed, 14 May 2008 20:20:10 EST Hair Dye.... Ok so I know I should have learnt by now but I guess not. I died my hair on Sunday. I think and have felt icky since. I tried to wash my hair out really good but when I got out of the shower I had a massive head ache. I didn't know if I had not rinsed it well enough so I got back in the shower and rinsed it out again. It helped a little. Ultimately I had to break into my stash of vicadin from past problems to ease the pain. <BR> <BR> I have been dying my hair since 6th grade!!! : ( Tue, 13 May 2008 12:27:52 EST Hello from Sunny Sedona, Arizona! I am new to Spark People and was so excited to see this team! So many I meet with MCS are thin and weight is not an issue. <BR> <BR> Back in 1995, I discovered a name for what I was experiencing...first time I had ever heard of MCS. I spent many weeks at the Environmental Health Center in Dallas with Dr. Rea. <BR> <BR> Basically lived in a "bubble" (aka as safe as housing as possible) for the next year and on a strict rotation diet for about six months. (That diet was... Thu, 8 May 2008 14:18:35 EST Goals Hello ladies of the MCS Sisterhood, <BR> <BR> Sandy got me thinking with her post on how we have changed... I am curious where everyone is at with their personal goals and what they are. <BR> <BR> Writing out goals can really help to focus our ideas and create motivation for working out! Its also a good way to check our progress... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Personal Goals: <BR> <BR> -I want to see my feet when I stand up straight and look down :O <BR> YEP <BR> <BR> -I want to fit into my ... Wed, 7 May 2008 13:12:36 EST What changes are you making? I have made/are making a few changes to improve my life. The obvious one, of course, is losing a few pounds. I am just wondering what everyone else is doing/has done to make things a bit easier for them. <BR> <BR> Here is my list. I am looking forward to reading yours. <BR> <BR> 1) I changed the route I take to get to work. This keeps me out of the traffic jams so my exposure to exhaust fumes is reduced. The new route has very few trucks. It takes about the same amount of time to get t... Wed, 7 May 2008 08:55:19 EST New Forum... Lets have this forum be a place to center ourselves. The nature of our discussions is a bit stressful and I wanted to create a more zen or fun place to hang out:D Sun, 4 May 2008 11:47:20 EST These are all words... .... that I strive to be on a daily basis. Sometimes being sick can bring up negativity in us. It is not that we are negative people its that what we have to deal with is negative and so we have to fight to be positive. I am ready for that fight! <BR> <BR> How do you avoid letting your problems define you? <BR> <BR> What words do you want others to describe you as? <BR> <BR> Once everyone answers this I will change the title of this forum to combine all of our traits! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 May 2008 11:45:05 EST New Exercise /Walking Challenge for May I challenge you to get at least 30 minutes a day of walking or exercising. See how much you can get by the end of the month. Fri, 2 May 2008 02:52:42 EST The Toxic Consumer - Discussion Two Hi Magnanimous Friends, <BR> <BR> lol love that word. Now for the serious stuff... <BR> This is long but a completely essential read :D We have learnt the hard way it seems that the best solution for MCS is avoidance with masks, air purifiers and isolation. I think there is probably better solutions yet to be discovered and yet I think there is something to avoidance. If these chemicals are making us sick than we don't really want to pop a pill to fix it. Like in the case of seasonal allerg... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:36:53 EST A Good Link This is a link on advice for natural cleaning products. It is really good! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dients-for-a-green-clean-home-155345/ </link> <BR> Carmen Thu, 24 Apr 2008 22:31:56 EST In Public... Hi Wise Women, <BR> <BR> I am in need of you advice. At school in my classes, I get a stomach ache, headaches and a runny nose whenever someone around me has on a perfume. I have to sit here and rub my nose raw. Should I wear a mask and risk looking like an idiot but be more comfortable? I don't want attention but I do want to be more comfortable. Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:30:25 EST Back from the doctors :D Hi strong and brilliant women, <BR> <BR> I know this is long but if someone could have helped me through the homeopathic route years ago I would have LOVED to know and would have been better for it. I think at least one of the things I am doing could help everybody so scan through it! It should be said that this kind of medicine does not provide instant results but instead actually improves your state with out masking your symptoms with prescriptions. Here goes... <BR> <BR> I am just back f... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:49:12 EST Quackery? Someone put this in another post I made in the diet and nutrition board. She claims MCS is quackery. That really honks me off. IF she were as sick as we are she would definitely think differently. I hope she never develops it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Topics </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:39:12 EST The Toxic Consumer - Discussion One Hello Awesome Women, <BR> <BR> So I am reading a book called "The Toxic Consumer" by Karen Ashton and Elizabeth Salter Green. I thought as I go through the book I would post up some of the interesting info to see what everybody thinks. <BR> <BR> Chemical Dependency <BR> <BR> "The chemical industry is vast. It employs over 10 million people globally, and its products account for about 7% of the worlds GNP (the aggregate economic output of all nations combined). It is important to state th... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:04:32 EST Diet I'm interested to know any success y'all have had with changing your diet in order to improve your overall health and lesson the MCS symptoms. <BR> <BR> I've started reading "Breaking Out of Environmental Illness". They changed to a macrobiotic diet but ended up more sensitive to their environment. That's where I ended my reading. Before that time, they had done a rotation diet because they had seen an allergist and knew the food allergies they had. <BR> <BR> I haven't seen an allergist... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:07:47 EST I'm new to this team! I've been having problems with chemical sensitivity since I was a kid, but not to the extent I have it now. I think I was exposed to some glue in a hotel in which I had to attend a seminar for several days that started this recent downturn. <BR> <BR> I don't have a doctor to work with yet, but I'm slowing uncovering things in my house that are causing my migrating joint pain, and fatigue. <BR> <BR> I was doing better while we were in Washington, D.C., walking all day and even being in the... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:48:37 EST Allergy vs MCS So there was a lot of interesting things that happened when I saw this allergist yesterday. He was saying that the type of reaction we have to chemicals is not the same kind of reaction that one would get from pollen, dander food allergies etc. I am going to try not to mess this up explaining it so I will use simple terms that make sense to me. <BR> <BR> When something you are allergic to enters your body the proteins and substances in it react with every cell it encounters and then your bl... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 14:44:53 EST Molecules ??????? A friend of my who is a physicist told me we replace every single molecule in our bodies every 10 years. I have also read that chemicals can be stored in our fat for our whole life if they are bioaccumulative. (They say this is the case with that plastic #7 you get from drinking from clear plastic bottles.) So which is it? Are the chemicals gone every 10 years or are they there for good? <BR> <BR> If they are still in our bodies that means there is probably more of a risk from direct illness... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 14:23:06 EST Allergic to my Birth Control So I have been nauseous for over a month, vomiting occasionally. I have also had consistent migraines, rashes and an itchy cough. We had gotten a new dog and I thought maybe I was having a allergic reaction to her DAP collar or flea meds. I was but the true culprit turned out to be something else... <BR> <BR> I had not taken my birth control in two days because I had had the stomach flu. So I took two yesterday. With in one hour the all the symptoms had come back with vengeance. My heart rat... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:45:07 EST Chemicals in Food? So the websites say that people with MCS can be allergic to food dyes but it did not say anything about food chemicals. Is anyone allergic to chemicals in food? <BR> <BR> I have begun to wonder if I am not allergic to a chemical in one of the pills I am taking. Does that sound crazy? <BR> <link><BR>/47505-lab-lunch--chemicals-food </link> Tue, 8 Apr 2008 11:14:41 EST Hooray. A place to unite! Treppils and I were having a conversation on one of the fibromyalgia teams about MCS. We thought it would be good to start a team where we could support and talk to each other... so here we are. <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa. I live in the Pacific Northwest. I am an artist, student and I work for a marketing company. I live with my bf of 6yrs and his family while we go to college. <BR> <BR> I grew up on a tree farm and was exposed to sprays growing up. From a very young age i was allergic t... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 16:32:38 EST