What is Environmental Illness?

Environmental illness is often defined as multiple chemical sensitivity, a condition in which individuals become sensitive to even seemingly small toxic exposures; however, the term can have broader connotations as well.

There are a number of conditions that many are concerned could be caused or exacerbated by environmental stressors; including:  chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autism, asthma, food sensitivities, food intolerances, and allergies (amongst others). Minnesotans looking to make less-toxic and less-immunologically stressful choices, for whatever reasons, are welcome in this community.

If you want to learn more about multiple chemical sensitivity, check out the links, videos, and documents in the following Storify story "What is Environmental Illness?":

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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