First person: Exercise and Fibromyalgia (FM)
Exercise benefits people with FM — but many find it impossible to exercise without worsening their symptoms. A first person article in the Summer issue of The Human Ecologist discusses some very basic exercises in great detail, with special attention to how to do them and avoid FM flares. These exercises were the gateway to regular exercise for one person with FM — maybe they will work for you, too! Part 1 of this two part series appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist
Help after hospitalization
An article in the Summer 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist gives details on how to coordinate home health care after hospitalization, including who orders what, insurance issues, working with a case manager, and more. Resources included! This is must-read information for everyone. A companion piece on avoiding readmission to the hospital after going home appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of The Human Ecologist.
Save energy, but protect your health!
It’s like déjà vu all over again: Anyone who lived through the 1970s “energy crisis” will remember how people tightened up their homes to save energy, only to find themselves trapped indoors with chemical fumes, molds and dust, and other hazards. Tightening up homes is popular again; this time spurred by the availability of federal funds through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Summer 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist discusses pitfalls of energy conservation retrofits, and how to avoid them.
New research on the hazards of fragrance!
Researcher Anne Steinemann has done it again: The Summer 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist contains a long, detailed feature article about what she found when she investigated the chemicals emitted by 25 scented air fresheners and laundry, personal care, and cleaning products. Best-selling products were selected for this study, about half of which carried a “green” label claim (green, organic, natural). On average, the products emitted 17 chemicals each and more than a third emitted at least one carcinogen. The “green” products emitted as many chemicals as those without “green” label claims. This article follows two others in The Human Ecologist about Steinemann’s work on fragrance chemicals and health — one discussed undisclosed hazards in scented products (Spring 2009), and the second discussed a survey of the prevalence of fragrance sensitivity in the U.S. population (Spring 2010).
Plus: National sites where “fracking” may occur … new research on MCS … shocking disinfectant news … food safety and dietary guidelines … the real story about 9-11 dust investigations … and much more.