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75,000 chemicals pouring into our environment …it’s no wonder more people are getting ill from unwanted, unnecessary, irresponsible exposures!



Warning bells do not go off just before you succumb to environmental sensitivities. For some it advances slowly, while others are overcome by a sudden avalanche. In all cases environmental sensitivities are debilitating, leading to isolation and tragic consequences.

This could be your story tomorrow.

Write NOW… and let your voices be heard!
To all those suffering from environmental sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (ES/MCS), including family and friends and those who wish to see true prevention through precaution, please take a minute to send a letter to the Government of Canada, your local politicians and the Press.

Thank you.

Jonathan Guido

(514) 795-5701                        


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Sample letter below:

 Dear Prime Minister Steven Harper,

 For too long, many people have suffered silently from an illness which has taken a backseat in the Canadian government and the medical world. This illness is environmental sensitivities/multiple chemical sensitivities (ES/MCS). The Canadian Human Rights Commission recognizes this as a disability.  I want the Government of Canada to formally acknowledge the disability caused by ES/MCS.

 According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), 12.6% of the population suffers from MCS, a condition in which they experience adverse reactions when exposed to low concentrations of chemicals or irritants. [1] Of these, 13.7% (1.8% of the total population) are affected severely enough to lose their jobs. EHP is the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 Experts believe that this number will grow in the near future because of the state of our environment and the large number of toxins with which we are forced to live. Close to six hundred thousand disabled Canadians represent a large, unnecessary and avoidable tragedy, as well as a drain on society and the economy.

 The Federal government, (Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, for example) allows a variety of chemicals and pesticides into our communities using an inadequate analysis of risk and an assessment of efficacy, but no risk/benefit analysis for each product before registration.[2] People with ES/MCS have fallen on the wrong side of this ‘risk management.’  The Federal government must help Canadians suffering from ES/MCS.

 "In a survey of 6,800 chemically sensitive persons, 80 percent asserted they knew 'when, where, with what, and how they were made ill' - of the 80 percent, 60 percent blamed pesticides." [3]

Health Canada’s policies must reflect the need of Canadians. For example, the avoidance of health risks in our communities. These policies must include the following:

  •         Adoption of a moratorium on the use of pesticides on lawns for cosmetic purposes – across Canada – along the lines (but stricter) of Quebec’s Pesticide Code. 
  •        Adoption of the principle that the sole mission of Health Canada is to protect the health of all Canadians, and it is not responsible for the economic health of chemical companies. 
  •        Adoption of the universal application of the Precautionary Principle for laws and regulations covering the authorisation of chemical substances in Canada. In addition, all chemicals even suspected of being harmful to human health (carcinogens, mutagens, hormone disruptors, teratogens, etc.) and/or the environment must be banned from use in Canada. These products must be banned immediately and not phased out to finish stocks to accommodate industry. 
  •        Adoption of obligatory complete labelling of the list of ingredients on all products used in homes, schools, cities and places of work, including genetically engineered foods. 
  •       Move expeditiously towards ensuring that Canada’s food supply is free of hormones, antibiotics, rendered animal remains, pesticides and genetically engineered organisms.
  •        Adoption of a health care policy that is guaranteed for all Canadians who suffer from ES/MCS. This must offer a protection that is equal to that which is given to the rest of the population. 

To ensure equal protection and services for all Canadians who suffer from ES/MCS, the Federal government must strongly urge and work with the Provinces to provide the following at the earliest possible time:

1.       Centers for education, diagnosis, treatment and testing for toxins in the human body.

2.       Adequate, adapted accommodation in hospitals.

3.       Recognition in the workplace.

4.       Home care support.

5.       Affordable, environmentally-safe housing.

6.       Emergency shelters.

7.       Funding for support groups and for education on the link between human health and the environment.

8.       Immediate monetary help for the chemically/environmentally injured across Canada.

I would like to insist that the Precautionary Principle be included in your Party’s Platform and subsequently become government policy. This would no doubt lead to increased public health protection, which would in turn help sufferers to recover, and eventually reverse the progression of ES/MCS in

I look forward to hearing from you on true health protection and your plans to help people suffering from ES/MCS.


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[1];  full report available at:

 [2] Sears M, Walker CR, van der Jagt R, Claman P.  Pesticide assessment:  Protecting public health on the home turf.  Paediatr Child Health.  2006;11(4):229-234.

 [3] Chemical Exposures - Low Levels and High Stakes, Nicholas Ashford, Ph.D., J.D., Associate professor of technology and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Claudia Miller, M.D





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