Breakthrough Number One: Fragrance
In the Spring 2010 issue, we told you about a new policy at the Centers for Disease Control regarding eliminating fragrance in CDC facilities. Now you can read the policy itself, in the Fall 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist! This policy directs CDC supervisors to take into account the needs of “sensitive individuals, allergies, or chemical intolerances,” and to work toward reasonable accommodations for sensitive individuals. This policy can be used to inform many people and institutions (family, friends, colleagues, employers) about the needs of the sensitive. This is an historic, must read document!
Breakthrough Number Two: Environmental Chemicals
For over thirty years, the Human Ecology Action League, Inc. has been informing the public about the hazards of environmental chemicals. In April 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel published a report saying that the public faces “grievous harm” from environmental chemicals, and calling upon the President to use the power of his office “to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our Nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.” Read highlights from the report in the Fall issue of The Human Ecologist — plus the report’s recommendations for what individuals can do to protect themselves and their families from environmental chemicals. Many of these recommended actions have been used for decades by the chemically sensitive.
Breakthrough Number Three: Acceptance of MCS
Read an inspiring essay by Alison Johnson, HEAL member and chair of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation. She expresses confidence that “within the next two or three years multiple chemical sensitivity will be widely covered in the media, and no longer from a negative perspective.” She reports on discussions about MCS that she chaired at a CDC conference on Lead and Healthy Housing — at which she heard no negative remarks whatever about MCS. She notes the CDC’s new Indoor Environmental Quality policy as another indicator of progress as well.
Breakthrough Number Four: Autism and the Environment
The rate at which autism is diagnosed has skyrocketed in recent years. In 2007, The Human Ecologist published an analysis of what was then known about the impact of environmental exposure on autism. In March 2010, the journal Environmental Science & Technology published a landmark study that identified a specific time-frame (1988-89) when world-wide autism rates began to increase sharply. The authors state that it is prudent to assume that at least some portion of this increase was due to environmental factors, and if so, the environmental factors may be identifiable — and controllable! This could result in an equally dramatic decline in autism rates. Read about this important study (and more!) in the Fall 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist!
And that’s not all!
The Fall 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist also contains the first of a three-part series on non-drug interventions for fibromyalgia. Many such interventions have been promoted and marketed — but which ones actually work? This must-read series can help fibromyalgia sufferers (many of whom also have MCS and/or CFS) to identify which interventions seem promising, and which don’t. Plus ….great tips for using the health insurance appeals process, and for effective ways to complain about hospital care…a review of a new book by The Human Ecologist’s own Luke Curtis M.D.….research news you can use — and more!