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Enviro-Mich message from "Rita Jack" <ritaj@flint.umich.edu>

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Subject:        	GLIN==> Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Educational Fair Announcement

Friday 4/21/00

Attention:  Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Fair Announcement

Michigan Governor John Engler declares Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
(MCS) Week in Michigan May 7-13th.  Local group holds special event
which is as follows:

May 7th ,  2000 -  Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Fair

Location:  Good Food Company West; Canton,  MI
Time: 2-5pm 
Crossroads:  Ford rd and Lilley- Good Food is located at the S.E.
corner of Ford and Lilley Directions: I-275 to Ford rd.  East on Ford
rd to Lilley.

*Information and resources for those who suffer from MCS with be on
hand as well as refreshments

*The 1998 video entitled "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How chemical
exposures may be affecting  your health" that interviews experts in
the field as well as sufferers of MCS will be shown

* Spokesperson Chris Cote of Air Analysis Inc. of Michigan will talk
of the importance of indoor air quality in regards to MCS.

* Spokesperson Steve Tvedten will talk of the importance of 
Pest Management

*Chemically injured Federal Workers quilt will be on display

*Books and other publications on MCS will be on display

* Resources such as the (CIIN) Chemical Injury Information Network,
the National Coalition for the Chemically Injured (NCCI), and other
networking contacts will be made available *Time will be taken to
explain what chemical products make people with MCS ill and how to
protect healthy individuals from getting MCS

*Discussion will be made on how to improve indoor air quality

*Meet others with MCS

*Interesting articles such as the 1999 Wall Street Journals
investigation of Halifax, Nova Scotia where 80% of the schools and
public buildings are scent free and violators are sent immediately
home to shower will also be on hand

     The purpose of this gathering is to inform the general public as
     well as
the chemically injured--
We’re asking  the public to please come unscented to the gathering-
for many cannot tolerate fragrances, hairsprays, bodycare products,

     Please tell friends and those you know who have MCS about the
     fair as this
is a one-time event and will have a big turnout, so many of their
questions can be answered--and if you don't have MCS, learn how to
protect yourself and your family.  Learn to question what cleaning
products, perfumes, paints and solvents do to indoor air quality and
how this can affect people over time.
 Mark your calendars!

     MCS Friends of Michigan is a state member of the National
     Coalition of
the Chemically Injured (NCCI), whose mission is to promote efforts of
its member groups to educate the public, medical community, elected
government officials, and the media of the need for greater
recognition, treatment, accomodation, research, and most importantly
prevention of chemical injury and chemical sensitivity disorders.

     Many, many people do not know what this condition is or how it
     might affect
their lives over time—they may experience symptoms of sensitivity to
perfumes or hair sprays, or have trouble walking in shopping malls, or
feel ill at work when their office is renovated with improperly
ventilated building materials and not  be able to make the connection
to their symptoms.  This is a growing health issue; simply ask people
on the street these days if they are allergic or sensitive to the
above substances and you’ll be surprised what you hear.
  Also, people who then become ill do not know what they have nor do
  their doctors;
only the leading toxicologists and experts in the field of
environmental medicine or  those who suffer from the illness and the
like have a grasp of what it means to have MCS- for once one gets it
their life is forever changed in trying to accommodate the illness and
to date there is no cure.  We want people to know there are resources
out there to help them, ( though to date, they are limited due to
politcal and industrial conflicts of interest --that’s why simple
awareness is key for our health )  that many others suffer from
varying degrees of this illness.  We believe there are reasons why
people have developed this condition- the enormous increase in the use
of new chemicals since World War II has led not only to the pollution
of the outdoor environment but also the sharp decrease in the quality
of indoor air in the home and the workplace.  We hope MCS will be a
signal to the larger community of the power of chemicals on the health
of people so action can be taken to clean up our environments.  If
environmental activists had any doubt about what they might have been
fighting for in the past when tackling environmental issues, now they
can know more concretely what happens to the human organism when
exposed to pollution, let alone ecology itself.

For more information contact Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Friends at
(248) 349-4972

Come Join Us!
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