About Us

 Environmental Illness Network Minnesota is a community where environmentally sensitive Minnesotans and the people (and organizations) who care about them, can:

  • Form connections
  • Learn from each other
  • Identify local resources

  • Cooperatively overcome obstacles

HISTORY:  In November of 2011, two environmentally sensitive women had a conversation while at a Minneapolis natural foods’ grocery store. One of them had been struggling with multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pain issues for years, and the other had become so disabled by her sensitivities that she could not find affordable housing that she could tolerate. Lacking adequate options, the latter woman had started sleeping in her car. The former woman understood how hard it could be for someone who is chemically sensitive to find healthy housing and accessible local resources and had often wished herself that there was a local organization where she could find practical advice and support. Although she felt ill-equipped to manage many of her own everyday challenges, no less help someone else; she realized after that conversation that something had to change. So soon after, she started contacting her friends, family, and fellow canaries to ask for their help in creating this on-line community. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

PHILOSOPHY:  One of the beautiful things about on-line social networking is that it provides a platform for individuals—even severely health challenged individuals—to pool their resources. Mother Teresa once said:  “I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” No single person—whether healthy or health challenged—can overcome modern day environmental health obstacles completely on his or her own. It takes a community. It takes a state. It takes a nation. And it takes a world.

Environmental Illness Network Minnesota was not created to promote one particular member's story alone, or focus on any single type of environmental health issue, whether mild or severe. This community is for people and organizations to come together to form connections and find practical solutions to environmental health challenges.

Environmental Illness Network Minnesota also supports the "precautionary principle" and believes that potentially toxic or immunologically stressful chemicals and technologies should be safety-tested 
before the public is exposed to them. Eleanor Roosevelt noted: "Life is like a parachute jump; you've got to get it right the first time."

  Environmental Illness Network Minnesota is not being operated as a commercial enterprise. It is operating on a tiny budget that falls well below state reporting requirements for charitable organizations. Environmental Illness Network Minnesota does not have commercial relationships with any advertisers, but it does use some free services that may show ads. Additionally, Environmental Illness Network Minnesota may show ads that are informative.  This does not mean, however, that Environmental Illness Network Minnesota endorses or recommends any specific organization, product, or approach.

THANKS:  Thank you to the many volunteers who helped to get this community network up and running. Special thanks to the Hennepin County Library system for stocking simple books about how to use social media! And extra special thanks to all the new free and low cost social media service providers who made this community possible!


ATTRIBUTION TO: The photographers at 
stock.xchng for providing royalty-free photos for use on this site, including Nick Benjaminsz who provided the photo of green puzzle pieces.

Air Quality Forecast

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - Air Quality Forecast

Location: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Today, 02/25/2017: Good - 50 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Last Update: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:45:11 CST



Why Use Images of Canaries?

Canaries are known to be sensitive to toxic fumes, so miners used to bring the birds into mines with them as an early danger warning system. That's why “a canary in a coal mine” became an expression used for describing a person who provides early warning of a coming danger. For the environmentally ill who are sensitive to toxic fumes, the expression seems especially apt. That is why some of us refer to ourselves as canaries.


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