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When you have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, (MCS), whether it be a slight case or a severe case (which I am), the biggest word in your vocabulary will become “safe.” Your brain will flash it at you everywhere you go, like a caution sign on a red light saying, “Look out, look out, there might be trouble ahead.” MCS is an illness that wears many faces. Anyone can get MCS. Follow a big truck full of poisonous chemicals, and if it happens to crash in front of you, you stand a good chance of getting MCS from those spilled chemicals. Or, if you are around lots of perfume, scented offices or even printer’s ink, if your body chemistry is in just the right place at the right time, you may end up with MCS. That’s what happened to me. I was as normal as everyone else, and I was teaching school for many years. People wore perfume. I wore light perfume. The school used pesticides for the ants and bugs around the school and outside my schoolroom windows. My husband and I put in wall to wall … [Read More]
Hi! My name is Paula, and until very recently I was a productive grad student and aspiring researcher. I wanted to do research integrating neuroscience, genetics, and psychology, since high school (about 10 years ago), and I started a PhD program in clinical psychology in August 2015 to do just that. It was amazing. I was part of a great laboratory in Indiana, and I have co-authored peer-reviewed publications. I was excited to truly be on the path to becoming an academic researcher. Here's my profile on Research Gate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paula_Decrescenzo I had just started to collect data for my thesis, which was focused on understanding one aspect of the biological stress response in psychopathology, when I got very sick in January 2016. Sick enough to go … [Read More]
“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”- Benjamin Franklin Daylight saving time (DST) was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. He had written an essay stating that adjusting the clocks in the spring would be a good way to save on candles. However, he suggested it more as a joke rather than a legitimate idea. DST was finally established in 1918; but then taken away 7 months later. It didn't return again until 1942 and lasted until 1945. Finally, in 1966 Congress passed the Union Time Act establishing DST as beginning on the last Sunday in April and ending on the last Sunday of October. Those starting and ending dates have changed over the years. From 1986 through 2006, DST began from the first Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in … [Read More]
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If local officials notified you that they were going to build a landfill next door to you, what would your reaction be? Would you be outraged? Would you object? According to Sloan Barnett, a regular contributor to NBC’s Today show and author of the book, Green Goes With Everything, the landfill is a lot closer to you than next door. “Most Americans, but especially children, have dozens of pesticides and other toxic compounds in their bodies, many of them linked to health threats,” she writes. “A source of many of these toxins? Common, everyday, run of the mill household consumer products." Barnett’s own child, who suffered from asthma, was the inspiration for her research. She had spent her career as a consumer reporter, so she … [Read More]