Trust Us, They Said

Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

We’re telling the truth… they implied!

These days, there are some who will stop at nothing to protect and increase their profits, no matter what the consequences. I’m grateful to the others who are sharing some wisdom on what is going on and how to spot the red flags.

First off, in this TEDx talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

I’ve noticed so many of those tactics used. Have you?

Next, the new film Merchants of Doubt from Robert Kenner and Kim Roberts, inspired by the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, is  “a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin”.

How do you decide who is trustworthy and who is not?

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But I Don’t Smell Anything!

I always hear “It doesn’t bother me”

Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

Guest Post by Leah Spitzer

I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) – a “multi-system illnesses as a result of contact with, or proximity to, a variety of airborne agents and other substances. (Environmental Protection Agency).” In other words, I react to fragrances, building products and more. It is not a histamine reaction, but rather, a systemic reaction to the chemicals in fragrance and other products.

As someone with MCS, I’m also known as a “canary” with deference to the Canaries in the Coal Mine. As a canary, I often encounter looks of disbelief when I mention I can smell someone’s laundry detergent, or fragrance. I can smell it on them, their dog, their cat, their clothes, or even the package they are bringing me. I smell it in their home and in their car.

Often times, if it’s just a passing moment, I try to step back, or just tough…

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on thriving with chronic migraine

Brain Storm

Thriving with chronic migraine

When I wrote “on giving up hope” I was working really hard to accept a new life with chronic pain. I had every hope that my quality of life would improve with new treatment options and time, but I was also swallowing the terms “life-long” and “incurable” with as much grace as I could muster, which meant giving up hope for any kind of cure or quick fix. There were so many enormous lifestyle changes and pain prevention strategies to conquer in order to live better with chronic migraine, and I was determined to embrace and master them. Minus the inevitable flub-ups that come with being human, I have done that, I and I am better off for it.

But lately I have been feeling that this just isn’t good enough. While working hard to let go of the old me and accept myself as I am has…

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