Please take a moment to
chemicals pouring into our environment …it’s no wonder more people are getting
ill from unwanted, unnecessary, irresponsible
SUPPORT US FOR A HEALTHY
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
could be your story tomorrow.
NOW… and let your voices be heard!
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.
send your letter to:
to the Press (please add your own contacts to the
Prime Minister Steven Harper,
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.
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.
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
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
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
with ES/MCS have fallen on the wrong side of this ‘risk management.’ The Federal government must help Canadians
suffering from ES/MCS.
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." 
policies must reflect the need of Canadians. For example, the avoidance of
health risks in our communities. These policies must include the following:
of a moratorium on the use of pesticides on lawns for cosmetic purposes – across
– along the lines (but stricter) of Quebec’s
of the principle that the sole mission of Health
is to protect the health of all Canadians, and it is not responsible for the
economic health of chemical companies.
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
These products must be banned immediately and not phased out to finish stocks to
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.
expeditiously towards ensuring that
food supply is free of hormones, antibiotics, rendered animal remains,
pesticides and genetically engineered organisms.
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.
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:
for education, diagnosis, treatment and testing for toxins in the human
adapted accommodation in hospitals.
in the workplace.
for support groups and for education on the link between human health and the
monetary help for the chemically/environmentally injured across
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
look forward to hearing from you on true health protection and your plans to
help people suffering from ES/MCS.
-----------Please write your name
and address here, and include the references
full report available at:
Sears M, Walker CR, van der Jagt R, Claman P.
Pesticide assessment: Protecting
public health on the home turf.
Child Health. 2006;11(4):229-234.
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