Go green for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
by Suzanne Olson
May 14, 2:39 PM
Green ribbons signify Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month. But you probably won't be seeing many green ribbons around.Like AIDS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness is one condition people just don't want to think about.Okay, we all know someone who reacts to a particular face cream or detergent.And there's perfume sensitivity. A lot of people can't be around perfume, and that's no big deal.But, what if our planet was so polluted that some people couldn't tolerate chemicals at all? These people would react to perfume, detergent, dryer sheets, paint, pesticides, carpet, glues, makeup, deodorant, and pretty much everything sold in stores.They would be so sensitive to such a long list of chemicals, they would have stay away from people just to survive.What if prevention and the cure for this condition, was the same: Everyone had to stop shopping. Not altogether; people could still buy natural, chemical-free products, but basically 90% of the products on the market would be in the "not recommended for your health" category.Just like any polluter, industry would say Multiple Chemical Sensitivity doesn't exist. Companies would say their products are safe. Insurers would say MCS must be psychological.Lawmakers would stick their heads in the sand, except to avert the occasional political disaster. They might hold a meeting about toxic trailers or lead in toys. And people would continue to get ill from bad products. The truth is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity does exist and is already a problem at crisis proportions. The Social Security Administration knows it. The schools know it. Employers know it.So, buy a little piece of green ribbon and wear it. And, even more important, go green. Go green for your kids. Go green for your friends. Go green for your relatives. Go green for your employees. Go green because you are sick of getting sick, and you want to live a long and healthy life. Go green, for people with MCS.
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