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**MCS Case Definition Still Needs Support!
1 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Plans to Spray 1.2 million acres!
2 Are We Making Our Children Sick?
3 World Trade Center Health Registry
4 Ban Mercury In Teeth Everywhere (BITE)
5 National MCS Awareness & Education Proclamation
6 Letter Writers Unite to Help MCS Housing!
7 Dilution of Organic Standards for Body Care Products, Fiber and Cleaning Products
8 Write to the FDA about the Toxins in Perfume. Updated 11-02
9 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Conference April 2002
10 Environmental Law Center, UK
11 Enzyme Key to Reaction, Scientists Say
12 Risks for Lice Shampoos on Children
13 Electromagnetic Field Exposures and Health Problems
14 Solvents and Chemical Injury
15 "Living Roadsides" Awarded Funding
16 WANTED: Young Person's Stories
17 Conferences Updated 4-03
18 Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report
19 WANTED: Used Computers - 8-21-02
20 Environmental Changes in Honor of Rachel Carson
21 Conference Promotes Safer Pest Management for Agriculture 11-26-2002
22 Findings for Mississippi Children Exposed to Methyl Parathion
23 Occupational Exposure to Organic Solvents as a Cause of Sleep Apnea and Other Symptoms
24 National Tracking of Chronic Diseases to Be Proposed
25 Debate on Phthalates' Safety
26 PCBs All Over Again (flame retardants)
27 College Center Built with Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
28 County in California Fights Herbicide on Highways
29 People Carry Many Environmental Pollutants: Study Released January 2003
30 Twenty First National Pesticide Forum: Toxics in the Age of Globalization, April 25-27, 2003
31 Church for MCS Blocked by Michigan Town
32 Benefit Concert for the Chemically Injured

MCS Case Definition Still Needs Support!

John and Cynthia Wilson, of CIIN, Chemical Injury Information Network, were in Washington D.C., September 5 and 6, 2002. Cynthia was in Washington to ask Congress to help establish a research case definition(s) for MCS.  John aided Cynthia with her wheelchair and searched for a conference site. The lack of a case definition, has been an obstacle to getting MCS research funding for 12 years.

Please e-mail, call or fax your Representative or Senator listed on www.house.gov or www.senate.gov

Sample letter:

Dear (Your Congressional Representative)

Since 1991, government agencies that oversee public health have maintained that a case definition must be issued for those with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Yet, none of these definitions have received government acceptance.

5 surveys conducted in Arizona, North Carolina, California, Georgia, and New Mexico, document that 15% of the population report some form of chemical intolerance. 4% report sensitivities severe enough to require major lifestyle changes.

It has been 12 years since the government first hosted a conference for an MCS case definition.

Would you please send a letter to CDC, NIEHS, and ATSDR, asking them to sponsor a meeting or series of meetings proposed by the Chemical Injury Information Network? We need a research case definition, so the various forms of chemical intolerance can be researched for medical treatments or cure.

Sincerely,

For complete information, see "Our Toxic Times" Issue Number 145, Volume 13, Number 8, August 2002. "CIIN Seeks Help from Senate Public Health Committee to Define MCS. Also, Issue Number 147, Volume, 13 Number 10, October 2002. "MCS Case Definition Still Needs Support."


1 Bureau of Land Management Plans to Spray 1.2 million acres!

It's true! Visit the site: www.blm.gov/weeds/VegEIS/fact_sheet.htm

Please write before March 29th or you will get a second chance to comment this fall when the first draft is proposed.

Even if you don't live on or near Bureau of Land Management property intended for spraying, you need to be concerned. Many of us camp or recreate on BLM property (and flee to such open spaces when dodging herbicide spraying along highways, in cities, our neighborhoods, etc.).  I wouldn't be surprised if the National Parks and Forest Service were next, knowing that there is a national drive to get federal agencies on board ASAP in controlling "noxious weeds."  Pretty soon, there will be no safe place left.  I ask you to join me in writing a letter today!!

Added comments to sample letter by editor:
"This proposed use of poisons on the land threatens me.  Because of my chemical injury, I have been pushed to the outskirts of populated areas for safe housing. Many of those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, including me, have felt secure having the BLM land as our neighbor and have invested much to build safe homes in these clean areas."   _________________________________________________________ 
Source:  Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
www.pesticide.org
P.O.  Box 1393 Eugene OR 97440
Phone:  (541) 344-5044
Fax:  (541) 344-6923
 
From:    ccox@pesticide.org (Caroline Cox)
To:    info@pesticide.org

Dear NCAP member,

Do you think the federal government should be planning to spray 1.2 million acres every year for the next decade or two? NCAP needs your help to stop this enormous herbicide spray program.

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comments to determine the scope of a new environmental impact statement for their vegetation management programs in the western U.S. The agency is proposing to treat six million acres annually, with just over a million of them to be treated with herbicides. Over 20 different herbicides will be used.

Right now, the BLM is planning that the new environmental impact statement (EIS) will address the methods they would like to use to treat the agency's vegetation problems, but the EIS will say nothing about the causes of the weed problems. Essentially, the program BLM is proposing is just a large herbicide Band-Aid. Please tell BLM that they must address the causes of weed problems on the land they manage, and how the agency will prevent the conditions that encourage weed infestations.

For more information about the EIS, see
www.blm.gov/weeds/VegEIS/index.htm

Sample comments are pasted at the end of this e-mail.

Send your comments to Brian Amme, Acting Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, at Brian_Amme@nv.blm.gov.

If you prefer to mail your comments, send them to PO Box 12000; Reno NV 89520-0006. Comments can also be faxed to (775) 861-6712.

Thanks so much for your help.
Caroline Cox

P.S. Send me a copy of your comments! My e-mail address is ccox@pesticide.org

(The deadline for comments was March 29, 2002. Check with NCAP in the Fall for next response period.). ***************************************************************

Sample letter
(Please use your own words and add details that are important to you.)

Dear Mr. Amme:

I am submitting the following comments about BLM's Environmental Impact Statement for Vegetation Treatments, Watersheds and Wildlife Habitats on Public Lands Administered by the BLM in the Western United States, Including Alaska.

The federal invasive species directive requires that federal agencies "not authorize, fund, or carry out actions that it believes are likely to cause or promote the introduction or spread of invasive species" Therefore the BLM's environmental impact statement must address how the agency will manage activities that encourage the spread of invasive species on the lands that it manages. Such activities include livestock grazing, off-road vehicle use, road construction and maintenance, etc.

The herbicide use proposed by the EIS must be limited so that it will not damage the native ecosystems that the EIS is trying to restore. To that end, in areas where treatment is required, the EIS must specify that nonchemical methods should be preferred over chemical ones and ground treatments should be preferred over aerial treatments. Finally, the goal of the EIS should be to reduce the need for chemical treatments.

Sincerely,
Your name

2 Are We Making Our Children Sick?

Bill Moyers tracks the scientific search for answers about
how environmental toxins affect America's children
Kids and Chemicals, A Special Report. Premiered Friday, May 10 at 9:00 (ET) on PBS (check local listings) A special edition of NOW with Bill Moyers. Features medical investigators and health officials engaged in the latest research on links between childhood illness and environmental contamination. The program looks at families around the country who are coping with the consequences to their children of potentially toxic exposures. "The disturbing increases in childhood illness in America cannot be ignored," says Bill Moyers.
To read transcripts on-line: www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript117_full.html

3 World Trade Center Health Registry

The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation. Representatives will be calling people who live within a certain radius of the WTC site to invite them to participate in our registry if they have developed health problems they believe are related to the Ground Zero air quality. We also welcome to our registry anyone else in the New York City area who believes he or she has developed health problems related to the 9/11 attacks. http://chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org/wtc-healthregistry.htm

If you would like to receive information about placing your name on our registry, please contact us:
Chemical Sensitivity Foundation, 2 Oakland Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 207-725-1155 info@chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org

4 Ban Mercury In Teeth Everywhere (BITE)

THE PETITION CAN BE SIGNED BY CLICKING HERE: www.petitiononline.com/mercury

Research has continually proven that mercury fillings are linked to a whole myriad of illnesses.  It is a world-wide problem.  The following petition was sent to me.  If you would like to help, please add your name to it.  

THE BITE PETITION (BAN MERCURY IN TEETH EVERYWHERE) HAS OVER 4000 SIGNATURES AND IS STILL GROWING. CITIZENS OF OVER 50 COUNTRIES HAVE SIGNED, MAKING THIS THE WORLD'S MOST INTERNATIONAL PETITION. IF WE COULD REACH 10,000 SIGNATURES BY MID-2002, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT

STATEMENT OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. THE PETITION WAS STARTED NOVEMBER 25, 2000 IN TORONTO, CANADA AND IS LINKED TO BY 38 WEB PAGES AROUND THE WORLD.

PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING TO HELP THIS PETITION REACH CRITICAL MASS:

1)SIGN IT

2)FORWARD EMAILS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES AND ASK THEM TO SIGN

3)EMAIL MAJOR WEB SITES AND ASK THEM TO PUT A LINK TO THE PETITION ON THEIR PAGE.

4)CALL THE MEDIA AND TELL THEM WHAT IS HAPPENING

THE GOAL IS SIMPLE: AN IMMEDIATE, WORLDWIDE BAN ON THE USE OF MERCURY FILLINGS IN HUMAN BEINGS. ONCE THE PETITION REACHES 10,000 SIGNATURES, WE CAN BEGIN TO PRESENT IT TO EVERY MAJOR DENTAL ASSOCATION AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.

THE PETITION IS HOSTED BY WWW.PETITIONONLINE.COM, AN INDEPENDENT 3RD PARTY.YOUR SIGNATURE DOES NOT BELONG TO ANYONE WHO WILL USE IT FOR PROFIT, AND EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE NOT PUBLISHED ON THE PETITION PAGE. YOUR PRIVACY IS GUARANTEED; EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE COLLECTED SIMPLY FOR RANDOM STATISTICAL VERIFICATION THAT SIGNATURES ARE FROM REAL PEOPLE.


5 National MCS Awareness & Education Proclamation

This is a petition to the President to try to get the month of May declared National MCS Awareness month. 

Petition for U.S. Citizens: www.PetitionOnline.com/31032/petition.html
 
Petition for Non U.S. Citizens:www.petitiononline.com/10862/petition.html

"MCS" Beacon of Hope at: www.ncchem.com/mcsbeacon If you know of any "Angels" that are willing to make a tax-free donation or volunteer a little of their time, energy and talents to help us help others, please send them our way!

Thanks from your friends at the "MCS" Beacon of Hope Foundation,
Peggy, Julia and our Volunteer Team: Ingrid, Earle, Kathryn, Diane & Linda
 
"MCS" Beacon of Hope
Attention: Peggy Troiano, Founder
656 Beidler Forest Rd. Dochester, S.C. 29437
or
"MCS" Beacon of Hope
Attention: Julia Williams, Cofounder
6519 31st Street North   St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

6 Letter Writers Unite to Help MCS Housing!
 
Dear MCS Community,
 
As usual, something always appears on the horizon that could and would like to spoil our air quality and our peace and quiet which is so in need for those of us who are endeavoring to let nature take it's healing course with us.
 
Over the past 22 years I have been housing people like you and me.  And while some did not stay long, many have recovered enough here to be able to move on in their lives.  When most come, they have no place to live never mind recover.   My job is not to be able, but to be available.  I need your help.
 
We are again facing another group of people who would like to use our community not for what  is best, peace, quiet and healing, but for entertainment and mostly to make money.  There is a powerful organization called BMX who builds tracks for not only bicycles but for off road dirt bikes and they are forever trying to force themselves into quiet places, far from their own homes.   (These people have tracks everywhere and want to increase their outreach to make money because their former source of funds is being cut off.  That source was the "gasoline tax" we pay on every gallon of gas we buy.)
 
I need your help.  Please contact as many people who will write a letter to the following address.
                              Frank P. Special
                              District Park Manager
                              5201 Ruffin Rd.  Suite P
                              San Diego, Ca. 92123

If there are enough objections from those of us who have or may yet need a place like this in order to go through our journey of recovery, it will help enormously.  Of course I would like to flood their office with bags full of objection.  This can stop it.  Also please contact other activist groups working on the behalf of environmental health.  Let me know who they are or pass along this letter.

Thanks so much,   Harriett

Harriett Molloy, Founder/Director
Community for the Environmentally Sensitive
P.O. Box 91, Potrero, Calif. 91963

7 Dilution of Organic Standards for Body Care Products,
Fiber and Cleaning Products
There's a movement afoot to dilute the standards for the organic certification of body care products.
Here is a link to the recent article "National Organic Program Just for Food Products" about these plans: exchange.healthwell.com/nfm-online/nfm_backs/Mar_02/news3.cfm

8 Write about the Toxins in Perfume
Environmental Health Network of California Files Citizens' Petition With the FDA
Fragrance Industry is UNregulated and Protected by Trade Secret Laws
Complete information about perfume lab analysis, label information, sample letter and addresses are included. Write about how the chemicals effect you!
users.lmi.net/wilworks/FDApetition/bkgrinfo.htm

Update 11-02: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky introduced House Bill 1947, also known as SNIFF (Safe Notification and Identification For Fragrances) The original bill had one co-sponsor-- Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV) and perhaps another. It will have to be re-introduced into the next Congress, by Rep. Schakowsky. SNIFF would require the Food and Drug Administration to let consumers know, by means of label requirements, what known allergens and toxins are in fragranced products. There are many of them. Hardly anyone seems to know about HB 1947. Please alert all you correspondents!

* Environmental Health Network asks you to write to your own representatives- "A lot of people like to talk about their reactions to fragrances, but they don't like to write about it . . . at least juding by the fact that in 3.5 years, the FDA Petition has received only 1,300 letters and the numbers of people adversely affected by fragrances reach in the reach in the millions." More info about SNIFF: users.lmi.net/wilworks/ehnlinx/s.htm#SNIFF

 
9 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Conference Held April 2002
To view or download conference text, visit Environmental Law Center website www.elc.org.uk
 
Presented by Environmental Law Center, UK- Health, Environment, Law for People –
Raising awareness of the problems suffered by victims of MCS and Environmental Illnesses
 
'Is It All in the Mind?’
 
Internationally eminent speakers: Professors: M Hooper (UK), J Kees (Germany)
Doctors: A Donnay (USA), A Durakovic (USA/Canada), M Donohue (Australia) and K Badsha (UK)
Subject areas covered:
1 Implications of Depleted Uranium in a cocktail exposure to chemicals.
2 Holistic approach.
3 Reversing of immune dysfunction.
4 Detoxification using vaccines.
5 Self-help strategies.
6 Cultural implications in the inducement of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
7 Autistic type syndrome and high levels of pollutants

____________________________________________________________________

For more information please contact:
Phone: +44 (0) 1704 547418
Fax: +44 (0) 1704 549091 or e-mail: info@elc.org.uk

10 Environmental Law Center, UK
Wanted: Financial and Publicity Support

I write on behalf of our charity The Environmental Law Centre, (Elc), which we founded a year ago  www.elc.org.uk in the hope of attracting your interest to a project which we are hoping to achieve.

We work closely with people who have been exposed to chemicals as a result of various experiences, ranging from domestic to industrial and even war conditions.  In Britain, there is a unique purpose built hospital which we are being given the opportunity to buy (the previous owners forced to sell through ill health), as we are committed to using it for the purpose for which it was built. We are confident in our treatments and management programmes as we have top experts in various fields who are willing to help us once we have been able to obtain funding and get everything up and running.

It is the only hospital in the UK which specializes in allergy and toxicological problems. Many of  these problems are not yet medically recognised as they are in the US and hence our problem in finding financial support in the UK.  We are also getting more and more Gulf War Veterans being referred to us for help, which we are giving, but with the hospital we could do so much more for these and other people. We need help.

We are very committed to this cause as there is such a need and desperation among the people who come to us as they have usually exhausted all other mainstream medicine which has also drained them of their financial resources. We need someone who has compassion and understanding for what we are aiming to provide and maybe you may feel you could contribute and help us to achieve this vision, or know someone who could.   

We have a business plan for the hospital and would be happy to provide one to you.

 We look forward to hearing from you very much.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Kartar Badsha
On behalf of ELC
 
"... also we are interested in making contacts with people interested in this field particularly as we believe that this is a gross violation of Human Rights. Recognizing this, we as a charity have adopted that Environmental injustice is in breach of Human Rights and have taken up cases on behalf of individuals, which have a wider general public interest to European Courts of Human Rights. We have in-house lawyers and MCS /EI experts.
Finally, this year we hope to organize a conference on MCS/EI in the UK and we hope to bring this question to the forefront of all politicians through the world and we would love to meet someone who will undertake similar action in the USA."

References

The Charity is both registered with the Charity's Commission and also with Companies House - both are UK government bodies that monitors our activities.  

Further, we have taken 3 cases to the European Court of Human Rights and also one petition to the European Parliament which means our names are also displayed in this 2 organization. Finally we are also registered at the Home Office website as a charity undertaking work.


11 Enzyme Key to Reaction, Scientists Say
 
By Andrew Wineke, Everett Herald, Tuesday, August 4, 1998, p C1 & C2
Why does a single whiff of a chemical make some people seriously ill, while others don't even notice it? Researchers have begun to map out how differently people can react to the same pesticides and chemicals. members.aol.com/wsmcsn/Enzyme.htm
 
For study information see: Paraoxonase Polymorphisms Study, Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research, Department of Environmental Health, University of Washington. Lucio G. Costa, Study Director and Clem Furlong, Investigator. depts.washington.edu/chc/pon.html

12 Risks for Lice Shampoos on Children

Troublesome inconsistencies in the federal regulation of pyrethrin-based shampoos. Michael H. Surgan Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Attorney General's Office, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
"To the editor, Sheldon Wagner's report of fatal asthma in a child after use of a pyrethrin-based animal shampoo touches on several matters that bear further clarification." West J Med 2000; 173: 86 -87 www.ewjm.com/cgi/content/full/174/3/169

13 Electromagnetic Field Exposures and Health Problems
Robert Riedlinger
Sunday, 10/21/01

I have been researching the effects of EMF on health for the past five years, and I will send information to anyone that asks. I firmly believe that many of our health problems are directly related to EMF in our atmosphere by radio, TV and cell phone towers. There are many scientific studies that support my theory. I say this from a personal experience of living close to a cell phone TV, and FM radio tower.

Regards Robert Riedlinger
E-mail: rriedlin@telus.net

14 Solvents and Chemical Injury
Organic Solvents Damage Brain and Central Nervous System www.monitor.net/rachel/r137.html
RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY #137, July 11, 1989. E-newsletter.
Environmental Research Foundation P.O. Box 5036, Annapolis, MD 21403 Fax (410) 263-8944;
E-mail: erf@rachel.org

MCS/EI Helps Improve Our Environment-
15 "Living Roadsides" Awarded Funding
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2001
Contact:  Micki Davi, Living Roadsides Project Manager
Mountain Resource Center
             P.O. Box 425
             Conifer, CO 80433
             Phone:  303-838-7552
             Fax:  303-838-3781              
The Mountain Resource Center (MRC), in Conifer, CO, has recently been awarded a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Region 8.  The $40,000 allotment will fund year two of  MRC's Highway 285 Living Roadside Project, developed and managed by Micki Davi.  The Project is a collaborative community-based environmental protection effort which seeks to implement non-chemical Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) to control invasive, non-native plants (or "noxious weeds") on selected roadside and abutting sites along a 31-mile stretch of the Highway 285 corridor.  Besides trained roadside crew workers, Davi coordinates volunteers from agencies, community and civic organizations, churches, businesses, youth groups and schools to adopt sites adjacent to, or abutting, the Highway 285 corridor.  These "Partners" hand pull or cut noxious weeds and revegetate with native seeds on abutting sites, thereby, expanding the area of nonchemical IVM along the Highway 285 corridor.  Biocontrol agents (insects that eat weeds) and corn gluten (a natural herbicide) are also being used.   "I am just amazed at the amount of work they have accomplished in the last year with the small amount of money we gave them," said EPA Project Officer, Peg Perreault.  "The very idea that this started with one woman, who got the backing of the Mountain Resource Center and pulled in the community is extremely impressive. She has contacted all the experts, she has done so much research, she has done her homework."  Perreault went on to say what begins on a small scale in a community can often grow and become a model for other communities.  EPA's John Larson agrees.  "I really hope that once we can demonstrate the feasibility of alternative weed control (using hand and insects) this can spread to other areas of the country and other regions as a feasible method,"
Larson said.  Last fall, MRC received a $40,700 Community-Based Environmental Protection (CBEP) grant from EPA/Region 8 to develop and begin implementing the Highway 285 Living Roadsides Project.  
Word of the Project has spread to other communities and states who are now requesting information from Davi about starting a similar project in their region. This week, a Hebrew teen group of 34 students from New York will arrive in Conifer to assist in the Highway 285 Living Roadsides Project by hand pulling noxious weeds on an abutting site (Elk Creek Elementary School).  Davi will provide training on pesticide pollution prevention through pesticide use reduction and Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM), as well as, address pesticide issues facing New York citizens.
With additional funding, Davi hopes to turn the Highway 285 Living Roadsides Project into what EPA's Director of Quality Assurance (Region 8), Tony Medrano, called, a "living laboratory."  Davi has recently enlisted the support of several scientists to collaborate with her in turning the Project into an interdisciplinary scientific research model in the hopes of acquiring detailed data on non-chemical weed management along roadsides.
 
Report Update: US EPA, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, Highway 285 Living Roadsides Project http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/PESP/regional_grants/2001/r8-2001.htm 

16 WANTED: Young Person's Stories

If you are a young person or mother with a child who has chemical sensitivities, we would love to hear your story. What is your life like now? Who helps you? What helps you or the child feel better? Your story will be posted in the "Gathering Stories" or "Personal Stories" section that can bring about awareness of the problems associated with this illness and possibly, encouragement to us all.

Submit via e-mail to: maryk555@yahoo.com


17 Conferences

American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Hosts a conference every year and teaches courses. Their next conference will be held in Colorado in October. Phone: 316-684-5500. E-mail: aaem@swbell.net Web site: http://www.aaem.com

Yearly Symposium: "Man and His Environment in Health and Disease." Dr. William J. Rea, Director of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, Texas, and the American Environmental Health Foundation. Attended by physicians and researchers from other countries. On June, 2001, "The Environmental Aspects of Neurotoxicity." Phone: 214-368-4132. http://www.ehcd.com

Chemical Injury Information Network (CIIN) hosts an MCS Conference 2003 October 3 -5, 2003. Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax, VA. Contact CIIN for details and regiastration. Phone: 406-547-2455. E-mail: chemicalinjury@ciin.org Web site: http://www.ciin.org

Conference 2003 " 21st Century Illnesses - Unrecognized Majority" Environmental Law Center
Amongst invited speakers is Prof P Hunt (UN Rapporteur), Prof Boyle (UN rapporteur on Human Rights), Prof Koehler (UN Rapporteur on Lockerbie, Accepted), Prof Mascheswky (Germany, Accepted), Prof Aslf D (USA, Accepted), Prof Hooper (UK, Accepted), Dr Jones (UK, Accepted) and not to miss our chance Prof Lee (Head of Gulf War)!

September 2 and 3, 2003; Cecil Sharpe House, London. More details will appear on www.elc.org.uk

Background
The World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that there were about one billion people in the industrialized countries suffering from MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) out of total population of 1.7 billion. Seven out of ten sufferers are women followed by children. The reason for this is the combined strength of marketing thrust. On the average, a person comes into contact with about 300 chemicals day (source : EU). Ten years ago, there were 1 in 850,000 children suffering from Autism or an autistic type of syndrome. Today it is 1 in 850! Similarly, there is an increase in asthma, etc. Gulf War is another example so is Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Proto Rico and once again Gulf War 2.

The government's response is Prozac, Rithilin, or a mental home. Children, as young as 5, are put on Prozac. FDA has approved Prozac for children. The story goes on. Another interesting aspect is that most of the sufferers are educated and from middle to C5 groups and not poor! At the moment people have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on treatment without much to show. This has result in financial ruins, marriage breakdown, etc.

Our aim to bring to the notice of all the people so that attention can be paid to the plight of these people when their human rights are breached.

Articles - I am trying to talk with Paul Hunt to include MCS as part of his UN mandate on health.

The audience will be a mix ie, lawyers, doctors, students (HR< Medical & Law) and also the victims.

I need alot of people to help me with the organizing this conference and also informing other groups - interested in helping?

Brochures and Appeal letters are already printed if anyone is interested in assisting us with sending these to various interested parties, please contact us.

Kartar Badsha

Email: drbadsha@mcsinternational.org or drbadsha@elc.org.uk
Websites: www.mcsintnational.org or www.elc.org.uk

18 TRADE SECRETS: A MOYERS REPORT
Stories about the Chemically Injured
"Premiering Monday, March 26, [2001] at 9 p.m. on PBS, correspondent Bill Moyers and producer Sherry Jones uncover how our health and safety have been put at risk and why powerful forces don't want the truth to be known."
Pasadena, Calif. - January 15, 2001
www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/
 
Check the PBS site bulletin boards for responses to this program. Add your own perspective!
www.pbs.org/cgi-bin/tradesecrets/tradesecrets/a/1
 
The chemical industry's answer: www.abouttradesecrets.org/
Also, the chemical industry posts their correspondence with PBS and Bill Moyers: www.abouttradesecrets.org/letters/index.html
 
19 WANTED: Used Computers
Seeking sources of free used computers for our MCS patients unable to afford new ones. Should be Internet accessible. Gifts are tax deductible. Larry Plumlee, President, Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association. 8-21-02. LAPlumlee@pol.net

20 Author Rachel Carson's Alma Mater Pledges to Eliminate Chemicals From Campus. By Allison Schlesinger. Associated Press Writer, Published: September 28, 2002. ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA9T7D3N6D.html

21 The Pesticides Challenge:
A Conference to Promote Safer Pest Management in Agriculture. Some regulators are starting to consider the concept of Comparative Risk Assessment (CRA) for pesticides as a way of securing safer pest management products. CRA aims to replace ‘higher risk’ with ‘lower risk’ products. Under this system, regulators will assess products to find whether there is another active substance, product or method available for the same use which is equally effective and presents significantly less risk to human or animal health or the environment. PAN UK is organising a multi-stakeholder meeting on 26 November 2002, Regents Park College, London to discuss the finer points of CRA implementation. For more information on how to attend, look at the conference programme at our website: www.pan-uk.org/press/craconf.htm or e-mail David Buffin: davidbuffin@pan-uk.org
 
22 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Study
Finds Mississippi Children Exposed to Methyl Parathion Scored Overall in Average Range on Tests
Some have problems with short-term memory, motor skills, behavior
For Immediate Release: Oct. 4, 2002
The ATSDR is making available to Mississippi residents the results of a study of children exposed to the pesticide methyl parathion. In testing for long-term health effects, some children exposed to the chemical exhibited subtle problems with short-term memory, motor skills and behavior, although, overall, the children who completed the testing scored in the average range, that is, their scores were no different from unexposed children on most tests. www.atsdr.cdc.gov/NEWS/methyl_parathion_100702.html
23 Occupational exposure to organic solvents as a cause of sleep apnea
Christer Edling, Arne Lindberg, Jan Ulfberg
Abstract: "A high prevalence of sleep apnea was found in a group of men occupationally exposed to organic solvents. Workers with long term exposure to organic solvents often report symptoms such as fatigue, forgetfulness, and concentration difficulties." British Journal of Industrial Medicine 1993;50:276-279
 
24 National Tracking of Chronic Diseases to Be Proposed
A BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL
www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/312/editorials/Defense_against_disease+.shtml
Please visit the original website to view the whole article.
Defense against disease 11/8/2002
"A NATIONWIDE system for tracking chronic medical conditions would help in determining which might be caused or exacerbated by environmental factors, but there is no such system now. Congress should act early next year to rectify this shortcoming."
 
25 Debate on Phthalates' Safety
Beauty Coverup? A Cosmetic Ingredient Is Linked to Animal Defects. Its Human Risks Are Less Clear
By Brian Reid
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 26, 2002; Page F1
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A36254-2002Nov25?language=printer
". . . a small coalition of consumer groups, led by Environmental Working Group and Health Care Without Harm, has cried foul, claiming the chemicals' risk to millions of cosmetic-wearing women has been underestimated."
 
26 PCBs All Over Again (flame retardants)
Introducing an industrial chemical that's everywhere -- and that you've probably never heard of.
By Natasha Hunter
PBDEs are flame retardants added to furniture foam, electronics, and plastics
www.prospect.org/webfeatures/2002/05/hunter-na-05-22.html
 
27 College Center Built with Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Center of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.
"The Environment and Oberlin: An Update" Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Summer 2002. One of the design decisions made in building the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, was to use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and adhesives. An honors research student in environmental studies at Oberlin, suffers from “multiple chemical sensitivity” disorder. www.oberlin.edu/%7Ealummag/oamcurrent/oam_summer2002/feat_enviro.htm
 
28 County in California Fights Herbicide on Highways
December 8, 2002 - Santa Cruz Sentinel - "Residents will voice herbicide concerns" By Jeanene Harlick - Sentinel staff writer. You can find this story online at: www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2002/December/08/local/stories/03local.htm
29 People Carry Many Environmental Pollutants
Study: People carry many environmental pollutants, by Joan Lowy. Scripps Howard News Service.
January 30, 2003 - "A study released Thursday confirms what many scientists have long suspected - that ordinary people carry in their bodies dozens of environmental pollutants, including a wide variety of industrial compounds, metals and pesticides." www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=POLLUTIONINPEOPLE-01-30-03&cat=AN
 
30 21st National Pesticide Forum: Toxics in the Age of Globalization
April 25-27, 2003 - University of Texas at Austin
Visit www.beyondpesticides.org/forum for registration and further details.

The 21st National Pesticide Forum, Toxics in the Age of Globalization, is a national conference focusing on the adoption of alternative practices and policies to protect our children, workers and communities from the toxic hazards of pesticides in an age of global social, economic and corporate politics. In addition, relevant issues such as health effects, West Nile virus, pesticides in schools, organic agriculture, farmworker justice, habitat impact and much more will be covered in the Forum workshops. This year’s event is convened by Beyond Pesticides/ National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Chemical Connection, Clean Water Action Texas, Environmental Outreach, Public Citizen Texas, Texans for Alternatives to Pesticides, and University of Texas Campus Greens.

Featured speakers include: Baldemar Velasquez, founder and current president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC); Derrick Jensen, author of Listening to the Land, A Language Older Than Words, and The Culture of Make Believe; Routt Reigart, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC and co-editor of EPA's Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings; Percy Schmeiser, Canadian farmer sued by Monsanto after his crops were contaminated by Monsanto's "Round-Up Ready" canola; Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth; Lori Wallach, author of Whose Trade Organization and Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch; Angus Wright, author of The Death of Ramon Gonzales; Warren Porter, professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin. The speaker list is growing daily; please see www.beyondpesticides.org/forum for recent additions.

The 21st National Pesticide Forum will be held April 25-27, 2003, in the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Austin, TX, often called the "Live Music Capital of the World" and the "Cultural Center of the Southwest," is also a great place to visit alone or with family and friends. The campus is just a few blocks north of downtown.

Register now and save! Register online at www.beyondpesticides.org/forum

31 Church for MCS Blocked by Michigan Town

"The Great Lakes Society, a religious group that ministers to people with chemical sensitivities and the disabled, today filed suit . . . [and] appeals the Township's denial of the Society's application for a special use permit so that it could build a new church on its property. . ." www.becketfund.org/press/2003/040103.html

The Great Lakes Society is trying to achieve its first building that will be designed for people with MCS and environmental allergies with a genuine "fragrance free" policy. They are battling the resistence and discrimination of the local township with help from Becket Fund Organization, a national law firm for protection of all religious traditions.

If interested in this project contact:
Great Lakes Society
P.O. Box 63
Jenison, MI 49429

Litigation brief: www.becketfund.org/litigate/GreatLakes.html

The lawsuit complaint: www.becketfund.org/litigate/GreatLakesComplaint.pdf

32 Benefit Concert for the Chemically Injured
September 28, 2003
Annapolis, MD
To view poster: www.kristinharrisdesign.com/poster5.jpg

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