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Government of Spain Recognizes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Observance of May 201 MCS/EMS Awareness Month in Florida

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Michigan Proclaims May 2014 Food Allergy Awareness Month

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Michigan Proclaims May 2014 Toxic Injury and Chemical Awareness Month

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Toronto proclaims May 12th as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Day

Nevada Governor Proclaims May 2013 as MCS Awareness Month!

City of Toronto issues proclamation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day!

Nevada Governor Proclaims May 2013 as Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month

Birch Grove Park walk to benefit people with environmental illness
May 2013 is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month!

Involuntary Exposures That May Harm Your Health - Ten Things You May Not Know

Toni Temple of ONFCI issued this MCS Awareness Month 2013 NEWS RELEASE

May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month Poster by OHFCI

HP0711, LD 1013, item 1, An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act

Congratulations to All with MCS
Starting July 1, 2012 MCS will have its own health diagnose code in the Danish Health Care and Social Security System.

Triple half marathon challenge for ME charity - Local News - Rye and Battle Observer

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity A Guide for Victorian hospitals (2012 - State Government of Victoria Australia)

Cuyahoga, Ohio signs Pesticide Resolution Prohibiting Pesticide Use on County Property and Mandating Integrative Pest Management Practices

Michigan Governor Snyder proclaims May 2012 as Toxic Injury and Chemical Awareness Month!

Nebraska Governor Heineman Declares May 2012 as Toxic Injury Awareness Month

North Carolina Governor Perdue Declares May 2012 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

The City of Petaluma, CA has made accommodations under the ADA for people with MCS who attend their City Council Meeting of Monday , April 2, 2012

Austrian Medical Association
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-Related Health Problems and Illnesses

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity at Crossroads of Innovative Approaches in Environmental Medicine will take place in Rome on 19th April 2012. It is organized by the Dermopatic Institute of Immacolata of Rome with the support of AMICA.

The County Council of Cuyahoga County, Ohio adopted a resolution proclaiming the month of May each year as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month!

Washington Proclaims May 2012 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month!

Documento de consenso, Sensibilidad Quimica Multiple, 2011. Gobierno de Espana. Ministerio de sanidad politica social e igualdad. 2011
The Ministry of Health in Spain published a Consensus Document on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on November 30, 2011.

Chemical Emissions from Residential Dryer Vents During Use of Fragranced Laundry Products
New science proving that toxic chemicals are emitted from dryer vents. Please use this to encourage laws requiring filters or bans to reduce air pollution in your area.

Wafting poison makes fertile ground for suit in Stearns County
Court rules pesticide drifting onto organic farm constitutes trespass.

Hawaii Governor Signs MCS Proclamation and Thanks MCS America for it's Contributions to the Health and Wellness of the Hawaii Community!
A beautifully worded document thanking MCS America for its contributions to the health and wellness of the Hawaii community! MCS America is honored that Governor Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Brian Shatz have formally recognized our efforts.

Christiane Tourtet’s 2011 Florida Library Display for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
Christiane Tourtet presents her MCS/EMS Awareness Month Display atThe Dr. B. L. Perry, Jr. Public Branch Library, Tallahassee, Florida

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Chemical Management: Prioritizing Children's Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that chemical management policy in the United States be revised to protect children and pregnant women and to better protect other populations.

Lautenberg Advances Bill to Protect Kids from Toxic Chemicals
In 2005, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was the first lawmaker ever to offer a road map for fixing the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which has allowed tens of thousands of toxic substances onto the marketplace with little or no testing. Today, Lautenberg continues pressing to revamp the law by introducing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. It would require chemical companies to prove their products are safe for human health and the environment before allowed in commerce.

Missouri Governor's Council on Disability Establishes a Fragrance Free Policy

Colorado Proclamation: May 2011 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
Thank you to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for signing a proclamation declaring May 2011 Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month. This proclamation was made possible by Christiane Tourtet.

Nevada Senators Parks and Leslie Introduce Bill to Ban Air Fragrance and Pesticide
This bill would prohibit the use of an ozone generator, any volatile organic compound, any candle or any air additive, including an air fragrance, air freshener or potpourri, in any area of a place of public accommodation which is open to the public. It would also prohibit the use of a pesticide at a place of public accommodation in any manner inconsistent with a plan for integrated pest management practices in places of public accommodation.

German hospital creates rooms for patients with chemical sensitivity
For the first time ever, it is possible for people who suffer from environmental illnesses or severe allergies to be in a hospital for medical treatment which is tailored to their health issues.

Colorado Proclamation: May 2011 Electromagetic Sensitivity Awareness Month
Thank you to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for signing a proclamation declaring May 2011 Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month. This proclamation was made possible by Christiane Tourtet.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
"The Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals 2009 and the Updated Tables, February 2011, together are the most comprehensive assessment of environmental chemical exposure in the U.S. population. Since 1999, CDC has measured 219 chemicals in people’s blood or urine. The Fourth Report, 2009, includes the findings from national samples for 1999-2000, 2001-2002, and 2003-2004.

Share Care and Prayer
Janet Dauble, the Founder of Share Care and Prayer, A nonprofit support organization for those with Environmental Illness passed away on January 25, 2011. Carolyn Gorman has been providing the Share Care and Prayer E.I. answer line for many years and will be continuing to do an E.I. answer line, a donation based phone line for those with Environmental Illness who have E.I. Questions.

Washington Proclamation: May 2011 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
Thank you to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire for signing a proclamation declaring May 2011 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. This proclamation was made possible by several wonderful and hard working people in the state of Washington.

Claudia S. Miller's Quick Environmental Exposure & Sensitivity Indicator (QEESI) is now available for download on her website.

First allergy-proof houses to be built in Zurich

South Australia Government includes MCS in Disability Access Guidelines 2010
Checklist questions include non-toxic renovating products, avoiding pesticides and toxic cleaners, and ensuring that the building is smoke and fragrance free.

Hawaii Citizens Conference on Toxic Awareness and Education
Wednesday, July 28th, 10 am to 11 am. Picnic At Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island Starting At 11:30 Am, “Bring Your Own Bento/Plate Lunch.” Guest Speakers Are Scheduled – Q & A, Informational Flyers, And Community Service Certificates Will Be Handed Out.

Hawaii Proclaimed July 2010 Toxic Injury Awareness and Education Month!
Thank you Governor Lingle and Lieutenant Governor Aiona for addressing toxic injuries, such as MCS, in Hawaii!

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Guidelines for South Australian Hospitals
In response to the Social Development Committee Parliamentary Review of MCS, the Department of Health was directed to develop MCS guidelines for SA hospitals.

Predictions of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Mechanism Confirmed by Roman Study
“The physiological mechanism for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity proposed by biochemist Martin L. Pall has been confirmed with the recent findings of an independent research group in Rome. The recent study conducted by the research group in Rome is significant in regard to the NO/ONOO- cycle theory because it shows that three elements of the cycle are elevated in MCS patients. Those elements are the inflammatory cytokines, nitric oxide, and oxidative stress. Each of these measurements provides important confirmation of the disease mechanism proposed by Pall.”

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fragrance Free Policy (Page 9, Item C)

Companies, hospitals move away from toxic material
Worried about toxic waste and chemical exposure, more and more companies and hospitals are moving away from polyvinyl chloride.

Environmental warrior takes on industry
Chemist Wilma Subra received a MacArthur genius grant for her work in 1999.

Chemicals May Increase Diabetes Risk, Not Just Genes, Weight and Exercise
While genetics, diet and weight all feed into one's chances of getting adult-onset (type II) diabetes, these factors can only explain a portion of the risk -- environmental risk factors may offer a deeper understanding of why people develop the disease.

Sensitivity to chemicals affects Regina woman's daily life
Excerpt: One way patients are tested for MCS is done in a glass and metal booth with a separate exhaust and air supply. "We look at exposure to a chemical -- what we often use is a dryer sheet," Fox said. "The person doesn't know when they're being exposed nor do they smell it. They actually wear a nose plug during the testing. What we monitor is their skin conductance. It reflects the activity in the nervous system. "What we'll see is that there's a clear change in the person's skin conductance with exposure and no change with the placebo. It's not a way of saying this person is sensitive to this and this, like an allergy test. It says their body is clearly responding when they don't know they're being exposed."

Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Fact Sheet Now Available to Distribute!
A new symptoms fact sheet to distribute during MCS Awareness month.

May Declared "Electromagnetic Sensitivity Month"
The Alliance for Irish Radiation Protection (AIRP) has declared the month of May as Electromagnetic Sensitivity Month in Ireland in line with growing world-wide concern about the dangers of microwave radiation.

Yellow MCS Awareness Month T-shirts
Yellow MCS Awareness Month T-shirts Available through Cafe Press.

May 2010 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
Nurse Carolyn Cooper, MPH, RN blogs about MCS Awareness Month

Governors Across America Proclaim May 2010 as MCS and Toxic Injury Awareness Month
View, download, and print governor proclamations for awareness month.

National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
ATSDR and CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) have launched a National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures, working with government, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry, and members of the public to create a national action agenda. The agenda will outline how the United States can meet public health goals and achieve the National Conversation’s vision that the United States will use and manage chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people.

San Francisco Board Of Supervisors' Resolution On The Potential Health Impacts Of Wireless Facilities
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Resolution on the potential health impacts of wireless facilities was unanimously passed on March 23 and is now available on the City's website.

TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory
As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's strong commitment to increase information on chemicals, for the first time, EPA is providing web access, free of charge, to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory. This inventory contains a consolidated list of thousands of industrial chemicals maintained by the agency. EPA is also making this information available on Data.Gov, a website developed by the Obama Administration to provide public access to important government information. This action represents another step to increase the transparency of chemical information while continuing to push for legislative reform of the 30 year old TSCA law.

Perfume Allergy Case Against the City of Detroit Settles for $100,000
Plus the city must post a fragrance free policy.

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire First this Year to Declare May 2010 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
The Washington governor declares May for observance of multiple chemical sensitivity.

An Italian Law Proposal for Environmental illnesses and Disability
Rules for the Protection of Individuals with Environmental Disabilities

WA Toxics Coalition Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Household Product Labeling Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)
To require that household cleaning products and similar products bear a label that contains a complete and accurate list of all the product's ingredients.

Senate Resolution No. 133, State Of New Jersey, 213th Legislature (June 22, 2009)
Urges Governor and memorializes Congress to encourage establishment of research center in New Jersey dedicated to chronic neuroendocrine immune disorders (CFS, ME, MCS, FM, GWS, EI, Lyme)

Pesticide Spray Drift Kit
Information from the National Toxics Network on pesticide drift. “The unfortunate fact is pesticide spray drift problems are getting worse with the increased use of pesticides and the intensification of high-pesticide using industries closer to residential areas and in water catchments.”

Chemical sensitivity syndrome to make list of gov't-insured medical conditions (JAPAN)
Chemical sensitivity syndrome will make the list of illnesses used in electronic medical charts and electronic treatment fee claim forms, it has been learned.

MCS America Celebrates Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month
In response to alarming statistics, and to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by Americans, May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Injury Awareness Month in America.

Governors Across America Proclaim May 2009 as MCS and Toxic Injury Awareness Month
View, download, and print governor proclamations for awareness month.

Submission To The Draft Disability (Access To Premises – Buildings) Standards (2009)
Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards should ensure access that:
· Safeguards human rights and disability rights;
· Ensures equity of access to buildings;
· Ensures equity of access to necessary services;
· Ensures that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Environmental Sensitivities (MCS/ES) disability are able to take part in the community the same as people who do not have MCS/ES disability.

European Parliament Draft Report on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields Information Draft Report_(2009) (PDF)

European Parliament Press Release on EMF (2009)

Options for Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act
United States Government Accountability Office Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives

MCS Senate Bill No. 117
*Presented in collaboration with the Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured, Ohio Senators Dale Miller (D-Cleveland) and Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls) introduced Senate Bill No. 117 to annually designate May as MCS Awareness Month in Ohio
Letter from the ONFCI requesting support Actual Senate Bill

Now Available - Third Edition of Tips for First Responders!
Tips also include persons with a wide range of disabilities, as well as Seniors, People with Service Animals, People with Mobility Challenges, People with Mental Illness, Blind or Visually Impaired People, Deaf or Hard of Hearing People, People with Autism, People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and People with Cognitive Disabilities.

May is MCS Awareness Month Poster
From the Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured.

Radio Interview: Trends and Products: our worsening indoor air
Chemically sensitive? How safe is your house? The average person spends approximately 60% of their time in the indoor environment. As we move to conserve energy in our houses we often need to close off the house -- but this means less air flow and more potential for a poor quality of indoor air.