Sucks to be a woman

stressed-by-fragrance-allergiesFrom an environmental sensitivity point of view, it sucks to be a woman, because we’re far more likely than men to have this condition. There are a number of theories for this.

“The Invisible Illness”

human-resources-accommodation-issuesEnvironmental Illnesses are often called “invisible illnesses,” because it’s not apparent from the way someone looks that they are sick or suffering. As with many things in life, looks are deceiving. There are many reactions that you can have won’t be visible, such as heart palpitations, lung congestion, etc. It’s even more difficult for those around you to understand when there’s no visible reaction. People who suffer from these conditions often look well, making it even more difficult for others to understand.

Environmental Sensitivities are on the rise

environmental sensitivities chemicalsOne of the stressors commonly linked with these conditions is our exposure to a growing number of toxic chemicals. Tens of thousands of chemicals have been released into the North American ecosystem since the Second World War. Our exposure to pollutants – in our air, soil, consumer products, food and water – have been linked with cancer, and damage to our reproductive, respiratory and neurological systems, and may disrupt the normal development of children. An overload of other stressors, common in our fast-paced world, including a lack of sleep, a lack of physical activity, poor nutrition or emotional stress, can “tip the scales,” resulting in exhaustion and illness. Source: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/health-resources/environmental-health/.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) – Diagnosis

chemical-ingredients-labelsOne of the specific diagnoses for Environmental Sensitivities is called MCS. The CFIDS Association of America explains diagnosis, causes, treatment and related illnesses.

With this diagnosis, chemicals are the enemy. Reading labels becomes the norm. The fewer the ingredients; the safer the products.

 

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