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The Invisible Disabilities Association originally launched CIAC in 2006. CIAC provides information about Environmental Illnesses such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Toxic Injury, Chemical Injury and/or Toxic Encephalopathy, as well as chemicals and fragrances in everyday products and resources.
CIAC also provides helpful tools such as letters and posters for people to use to make changes in their community businesses, medical facilities and churches.
We have a beautiful, new website with tons of new and thrilling information, including a new project called, Choose Friendships Over Fragrances! On our page, friends and family will be given ideas on how to omit or change out products, as well as a list of products our readers like to use. Often loved ones don’t know what to do or how to do it. This project makes it simple for them.
Be sure to check out our candid Choose Friendships Over Fragrances video between two friends talking about the challenges of getting together, because of fragrances, but how rewarding it can be for everyone when loved ones make some changes.
CIAC is here to give support and understanding to those reporting these adverse health reactions, as well as make efforts to help loved ones learn how to better address and cope with these obstacles in order to restore relationships and end isolation from friends and family. However, we are not doctors nor scientists. We are not here to argue the definitions, causes or treatments for environmental conditions nor do we make claims as to cause and effect. None of our information is meant to be used as a diagnosis or health claim. Please seek the advice of a medical professional for advice and before starting or stopping any treatments.
A new project was just launched by the Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign called, Choose Friendships Over Fragrances, This campaign provides awareness about Environmental Illness, information about those who report these adverse effects to chemicals and fragrances, as well as helpful tools and resources.
Research done in 2004, 2005 and 2009 by Stanley M.Caress and Anne C. Steinemann “… found that nearly 38% of Americans report adverse effects when exposed to some kind of fragranced product” (Steinemann). With approximately 310 million people in America in 2010, that is almost 117 million Americans who report adverse effects to normal, everyday products.
It is suspected that many more may possibly live with these reactions, but do not make the connection between the fragrances and their symptoms. Therefore, it is hard to determine exactly how many more people actually live with Environmental Illnesses.
Various terms are often used to describe Environmental Illnesses, such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Toxic Injury, Chemical Injury and/or Toxic Encephalopathy. Many living with such conditions as Allergies, Asthma and COPD often react to chemicals and fragrances as well. Reported severity can range from mild and aggravating to severe and debilitating, with symptoms varying from coughing to closing of the throat to migraines and memory loss.
As we can imagine, people living with these conditions often experience limited access into public places, issues at work and inability to attend functions with friends and family. Regrettably, these barriers can lead to loneliness, isolation and feeling abandoned when loved ones choose not forgo the fragrances that cause these problems.
Therefore, if our loved one is telling us they are getting debilitating migraines, dizziness or fatigue from our laundry detergent, maybe we should consider simply switching it out so that they may remain a part of our lives.
Check out our latest project, Choose Friendships Over Fragrances.
■ Learn more about those living with adverse effects to chemicals and fragrances.
■ Find out how to keep these loved ones a part of our lives!
■ Get a list of Readers’ Favorite Fragrance-Free Products.
■ Share our posters!
Sherri battles Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Lyme Disease on a daily basis. She also lives with severe neurological reactions to chemicals that create synthetic fragrances. She is not alone, as millions report various mild to severe adverse health effects when exposed to chemical fragrances.
Sherri wrote on her YouTube Channel, But I LOOK Good: “Exposure to perfumes, colognes and other chemical fragrances can cause people living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (Chemical Injury, Environmental Illness, Toxic Encephalopathy) such debilitating symptoms as migraines, pain, vertigo, memory loss, brain damage and worsening of condition with each reaction. … Sadly, many with MCS often miss out on family gatherings, special events and even simple visits with friends and family, causing them to feel isolated and alone.”
Approximately 12.6% of the population lives with multiple chemical sensitivities -also known as Toxic Injury, Toxic Encephalopathy or Environmental Illness (Adams). In 1998 it was estimated that 26.3 million Americans live with asthma, in which up to 72% report their asthma is triggered by fragrances (ALA).
“’Even if the general population isn’t likely to suffer acute effects from exposure to fragrances, there are long-term chronic health effects connected to these chemicals that we don’t fully understand yet,’ says [Carrie] Loewenherz,” an industrial hygienist for the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (Lyman).
Read and Order Pamphlet, “Why Go Fragrance Free? Millions Report Adverse Reactions to Perfumes and Fragrances.”
Adams, Brandon (Sept 2003). “More than 12% of Population Reports Extreme Sensitivity to Low Levels of Common Chemicals.” Journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov
ALA, “Asthma: FAQs.” American Lung Association of Texas www.texaslung.org.
Lyman, Francesca (Feb. 12, 2003). “What the nose knows – Think twice before buying a loved one perfume, cologne.” MSNBC http://msnbc.msn.com.
The Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign was launched in 2006 by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). IDA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that reaches around the world to people touched by illness, pain, injury and disabilities. IDA creates awareness through articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio broadcasts, videos, events, seminars and more!
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The term, Environmental Illness, is generally used to describe a number of mild to severe health responses to the environment, whether it be such things as: food, plants, animals, smoke, smog, chemicals or electromagnetic fields. Most people are familiar with allergies to our surroundings that can range from mild seasonal allergies to trees and grasses to severe anaphylaxis to peanuts. Many people even know how asthma is a closing of the airways that can be triggered by many different … [MORE]
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