For more links:
- See other pages on this site (e.g., Alternative Pest Control contains pesticide links.
- Use a search engine. For example, search on ”Natural Bedding” for on-line stores selling organic cotton sheets, pillows, and mattresses. Links to back-ground articles (e.g., an article on organic cotton) are often included.
The internet contains a huge amount of information on MCS. Some of it is reliable and valuable, some is personal opinion, some is for commercial purposes, and some is fallacious. Below are some of the better non-commercial sites we have found for MCS information and support.
NOTE: Some of these links will bring up a new web-browser page, that will require allowing “pop ups” for that page. See the little bar at the top of the screen to do this.
Tucson - Rural Disabled Assistance Foundation “A 501 (c)(3) charitable, non-profit all volunteer organization based in Tucson, Arizona that helps physically disabled individuals who must live in rural areas outside Tucson to avoid ordinary chemicals that produce life-threatening reactions.”
New Horizons “We are a non-profit organization with a mission to make information and life experiences accessible to individuals with lifelong disabilities and their families.”
National Human Ecology Action League (HEAL) - HEAL of SO AZ is part of this organization. They offer materials (available to be purchased by mail) of the highest quality, on almost every MCS subject.
Chemical Injury Information Network (CIIN) CIIN’s newsletter “Our Toxic Times”, is of the highest quality and contains the latest MCS research at a level of detail and technical depth not found elsewhere. CIIN also offers such services as expert witness and in-depth research by MCS subject.
Local/State MCS Support Groups
There are MCS support groups in nearly every state, some of which have web sites. For information about HEAL chapters in a specific area, contact National HEAL (404-248-1898) The following groups have web sites.
North Carolina - North Carolina Chemical Injury Network is organizing groups in this state.
Ohio - Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured
Northern Virginia and Maryland - ChemSense Chemical Reaction Support “Sponsored by the Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association, a support group for people with chemical sensitivities”
New Mexico “ The MCS Task Force of NM is a statewide advocacy organization of and for chemically sensitive New Mexicans. It is involved in advocacy, education, and legislative issues concerning MCS.”
Other Good MCS Web Pages
the Chemically Sensitive: has a large list of alphabetically
Many groups are aware of the damage to health caused by chemicals and are working for clean air, food, and water. Their agendas may not be identical to those of MCS groups, but they accomplish wonderful things to our benefit. Some of those groups are:
American Lung Association Has many
good pamphlets on air quality and information of Asthma.
Burning Issues Working for air free from toxic wood smoke.
ToxTown from the National Library of Medicine – fun and informative interactive town.
US EPA to find out what the actual current and future legal standards and laws are for air pollution.
We have over 10 million cohorts disabled by chronic illness, and 50 million with semi-disabling chronic illness. Our commonalities - for example, loss, isolation, lack of validation, SS, depression - are more important than our differences. The following sites offer comfort to those with chronic illness and better understanding to loved ones.
Chronic Fatigue or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Manual (M.E. is another name for Chronic Fatigue)
R.E.S.C.I.N.D. - Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic, Immunological and Neurological Diseases.
Co-Cure, Co-operate and Communicate for a Cure." To CFS and Fibromyalgia.
EMR Network Advocates for responsible use of Electro-magnetic radiation.
Safe Arbor, Porphyria Page
WASTE: a national support group comprising well over 100 individuals within the medical community who have been injured by glutaraldehyde.
Asthma and Allergies
Fact Sheet of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, “Living with Allergies: Resources for Patients”
The National Allergy Bureau™ (NAB™) is the section of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology’s (AAAAI) Aeroallergen Network that is responsible for reporting current pollen and mold spore levels
to the media. They do not have a counter in Arizona.
The following data bases can be used to look up a specific chemical or condition:
Journal of American Medical Information Association. Access to about 100 medical and biological journals. Searchable. Does not need password.
MEDLINE, The world’s most comprehensive source of life sciences and biomedical bibliographic information, with nearly eleven million records”
Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Current warnings and subjects under review.
TOXNET – by the National Institute of Health (US Gov.) “A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.” Includes “Toxline”
Chem finder -Enter a Chemical Name, CAS Number, Molecular Formula or Weight
Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Current warnings and subjects under review by this agency.
OMNI (Organizing Medical Networked Information) is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources
Household Product Data Base – Look up the product by name for the contents and the MSDS
Note: This list is not inclusive, other good sites do exist.
Some of the links may be broken, they are updated once a year.
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