Getting better, with ups and downs
Frequent contributor Amy Miller writes about an MCS treatment she underwent and its effect s — on her physical health, her relationships with family and friends, and her perceptions of herself. There is a description of the treatment, and information on how you can learn more about it. This insightful article also conveys the complexities of getting better, both positive and negative. Miller’s progress enabled her to live more easily in a larger world — but it also required a lot of work and dedication, placed unexpected strain on her marriage, and challenged Miller to take risks that she initially was reluctant to take. Recovery is absolutely worth it, Miller writes, but it’s not necessarily a smooth ride. This is a must-read (and must-keep) article for anyone with MCS!
Are “clean air” houseplants for you?
Current emphasis on energy conservation and “tightening” buildings has renewed focus on clean indoor air, because along with tighter buildings comes the potential for indoor build-up of toxic chemicals, and resultant human illness. An article in the Fall 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist revisits an idea from the 1970s: air-cleaning houseplants. Author Marie Clark describes the pluses and minuses of using houseplants indoors, and provides a list of 18 houseplants that were tested in the 1980s for their ability to remove toxic chemicals from indoor air. An article by an MCS sufferer describes how “clean air” plants made her New Orleans office a fresh air oasis in a building where smoking was still permitted This fascinating “back to the future” look at a low-tech approach to solving a high-tech problem may contain just the information you need to decide on whether clean air houseplants are for you!
Can we afford the Clean Air Act?
Washington is on the budgetary warpath, with many in Congress looking at easing federal regulations as a way to improve the job market and cut expenses. The Fall 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist reports on the latest EPA cost/benefit assessment of enforcing the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA found that, while the costs of enforcing the CAA are substantial ($65 billion over the period 1990-2020), the economic benefits of the CAA are much greater ($2 trillion by 2020). The article has a table showing health effect reductions due to cleaner air, and lists the industries that bear most of the burden of enforcing the CAA. This article is a great backgrounder for understanding the coming debates on the costs of regulation.
Plus: news about chemicals used in hydro-fracking … a non-toxic head lice treatment … new research on air pollution and mental and neurological health … using IPM to control a pest threatening U.S. forests and to beautify a major U.S. city ... food allergies and restaurants … and more!