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Xcel's New RF Radiation Emitting Meters

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Minnesota Radiation Level Spikes

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Less-Toxic, Less-Moldy, Less-Allergenic Minnesota Apartments, Condos, and Townhouses

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I am joining this community primarily because of:
My own environmental health concerns, My concern for someone (or more than one person) I personally know with environmental sensitivities
I have:
Extremely severe environmental sensitivities
About me:
I have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and severe environmental sensitivities. Please be patient with me, as I am unlikely to move as quickly or be as reliable as I would wish.
My interests include:
learning, reading
A book or article I found to be informative or helpful:
“Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” by Jim Collins & Morten Hansen. Although the intended audience for the book is not necessarily those with bad health luck; I found it interesting nonetheless. They write: “Of all the luck we can get, people luck—the luck of finding the right mentor, partner, teammate, leader, friend—is one of the most important." I hope this community helps us all find better "people luck."
A favorite fictional character from a movie, book, cartoon, comic, or television show:
Miles Vorkosigan from the science fiction works of Lois McMaster Bujold. Miles doesn't let the fact that he was severely chemically injured and remains physically fragile, stop him from shaking up the universe.

One of the Many Quotations that Inspires Me:

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At 8:15pm on March 25, 2015, oldcanary said…

Thanks for the welcome.  I look forward to exploring the site soon. cwt

At 5:55pm on January 5, 2015, Darlene said…

Thanks for the welcome!  Thanks for the website.  Did you see an opinion piece on fragrance today in the STRIB?  Always nice to see someone trying to educate the public!


One more plea for fragrance restraint

Please, please help me to persuade the people who insist on wearing fragrances that it is sometimes deadly and always serious to the many people who have allergies. Is it really necessary to load up their clothing, their skin and their hair with “just a little” of the scent?

I have had to quit singing in the church choir (they said they had a “no-fragrance policy” when I joined, but they didn’t enforce it). I had to leave many times in the middle of the services to use my inhaler and try to keep from going to the emergency room just in order to keep breathing.

Statements like the following really are annoying:


• “I just put a little on …”

• “Go and sit over there …”

• “All I used was scented hand lotion …”

• “It isn’t me — I never wear perfume very often.”


I always ask people in a nice way, saying: “It is not a whim; it is a serious health problem.” Yet too many people still think they can put on “just a little” and I won’t be affected. Once someone who has allergies (and there are more than people realize) takes a few breaths of perfumed air, the damage is done. It is in the lungs and the rest is very serious.

Many doctors’ offices, real estate offices and other public places have signs saying: “This is a fragrance-free workplace.” And they enforce it, because many of those employees can’t tolerate fragrances, either.

Remember when smoking was allowed in public places? After thousands of people died from that, here we are polluting the air with chemical fragrances that too many people find deadly. Thanks for listening!

Donna Hawkinson, Plymouth

At 7:32am on May 20, 2014, CB said…

Thanks for the welcome! Hope your spring is going well.

At 2:33pm on January 28, 2014,
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Organic Lawns

Thanks for the welcome and the tip on the classifieds section.  I put an ad in already.

At 2:57pm on May 18, 2013, chlypaine said…

I have been struggling for so long, it was hard to find the right site to go to..So far, this is the most informative one for me...Although, there are no doctors anywhere near me that can or will help..Not even environmental doctors. So this site is helping me a lot.Thank you

At 6:53pm on March 2, 2013, Little Bird said…

Thank you!  Ive been suffering from severe fragrance, chemical and environmental sensitivities since 2009. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you for the wealth of information on this professional and informative website.

At 8:37pm on December 25, 2012,
Member Liaison
The Allergy Whisperer
Thank you for all the work you have put into this site. It is an awesome reflection of generosity of a sense of community, generosity of spirit, and determination. Your example inspires me. I hope to come know you better in the new year. With warmest wishes, Ruth - The Allergy Whisperer
At 4:40pm on June 11, 2012, Marcia said…

My husband and I are moving back into the MPLS/ST Paul area after living outstate and are interested in the local EI community any aid in locating housing. We wish to rent at this time. Any info would truely be appreciated.


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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