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Posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

I have Multiple Chemical sensitivity and I work in a residential treatment facility for youth ages 11-17. Today while I was sitting at my computer the maintence worker came by with a spray bottle, spraying insecticide in the air as I sat there! I demanded he stop, and told him not to do that while I am there as it makes me feel ill. Then my eyes started to burn, and my throat felt like it was swelling, and I felt as if I could hardly breathe, alon with disabling mental confusion. I just couldn't think straight so after an hour I went home. This building also houses a high school with about 30 students, and they were having classes at the time!!!!
Five days ago the pest controller was there spraying ouside for spiders, etc.
I also clean houses for people and the sprayer has been to every house I have cleaned in the last month.
I feel like I can't escape it, and I am sensitive to it.
What kind of jobs are out there for people who are chemically sensitive. I got a degree in business to work in a clean environment, and so far all the offices I have worked in, including a elderly residential facility have been totally gross with all the pesticide applications.
When I took this last job, I thought I was getting a clean environment because it was a facility and school for children. I am so disappointed!!
Also what kind of supplement can I take today, to alleviate my symptom. (I take Garden of Life perfect food every morning.) I took about 3 grams of ester c, and some milk thistle.



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by ukchris [1400.2844] on September 22, 2006 at 20:52:08:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

Take this up with your employer. It's a matter of your health and unless they acknowledge this and take action, it then becomes a legal matter, which I'm sure will be in your favour.



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Happygal [2062.2844] on September 22, 2006 at 21:54:13:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

Hi Annod,

The 3LS can help with chemical sensitivity. See the archives and our book, Recapture Your Health. Also see a clinical ecologist.

About jobs, my solution to avoid a toxic world was to go into business for myself. I became a massage therapist and have my own practice. I can control my environment. Maybe you can find something to do. It is a lot of work to be self-employed, but there are a lot of benefits.

Best wishes,
Jan



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Lu [2211.2791] on September 22, 2006 at 22:24:49:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

I also have mcs and work. No one at work takes me seriously. They
continue to wear chemicals. The Disabilites Office nearly laughed
when I explained the situation. They will not help me at all. I don't
think there is anything I can do legally because no one is listening to
me.

In the last two years, I tried two different protocols for those w/ mcs.
To no avail. Neither one worked--they made me feel worse. I
continue to suffer. I cannot afford to quit, and I do not have the
energy to find a job in which I can control my own environment.

Good luck.



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by dmaryd [7109.2727] on September 22, 2006 at 23:39:57:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

I too have a problem with MCS. I was fortunate enough to be able to retire early so I didn't have to deal with all the stuff at the office. I now work out of my home. It takes a long time to get better when you are dealing with MCS. The 3LS is an essential part. The other things I have found helpful are cleanses (these can make you very sick in the beginning as all the toxins are released) and steam rooms. Some people use saunas but I cannot tolerate that high dry heat. Another thing that alot of people swear by are the far infared saunas. I have not been able to find one that I can use and cannot afford to buy one. Another thing that has helped some people I know is Hot Yoga.Good luck on your journey.



know you distress

Posted by Penny [1429.2450] on September 23, 2006 at 00:33:51:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

Before I got laid of, the idiot they brought in to "help" out, would pick up anything in a spray can and have a free for all if ANY thing flew in. he was a paranoid nut! some of the shtuff he spray, brake cleaner, spray lubes, paint preps spray adhesives in addition to bug spray and disinfectants.
I swear he would spray some of everything just before I would come in the morning out of pure meaness.
When I did complain, it was ME they called paranoid, even though they could see the sweats, vomiting and coughing so hard i couldn't breath. as it was just the 2 of us ini the enclosed work area, it was my word against his..
i have no medical documentation of my MCS, I don't have insurance and I quite running from doctor to doctor in an effort to determine what caused all my symptoms.. once you have any form of anxiety diagnosed, it seems to get used for every ache and pain you develope afterward.

Good luck on finding a chemically sypathetic work group.
I would rather face Mold, dust spiders and wasps than bug spray!

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Build your own sauna

Posted by Lurch [140.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 06:50:37:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by dmaryd [7109.2727] on September 22, 2006 at 23:39:57:

Hi,

Have you seen Dr. Larry Wilson's website? He tells how to build your own for about $100, which is what I did. He says this unit is better than a far infrared sauna and for a fraction of the cost.

Dr. Wilson's Sauna Therapy info.

Lurch



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on September 23, 2006 at 07:03:49:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

Annod,

Listen to Happygal for the long term solution.

Walt

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Re: Jobs for people with MCS. (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on September 23, 2006 at 07:16:23:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by dmaryd [7109.2727] on September 22, 2006 at 23:39:57:

Thanks, dmaryd.

i hope anyone who suspects MCS will read your note.

Walt

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Re: Build your own sauna

Posted by Jim H. [422.2562] on September 23, 2006 at 07:33:06:

In Reply to: Build your own sauna posted by Lurch [140.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 06:50:37:

Thanks for this post, Lurch. I found what I hope is a good referral on
his site for a local practitioner. I want to have hair analysis done.

How long have you been using the sauna, and what is your
experience with it?

The Silver Fox uses one and got me interested awhile ago, but I have
been moving around the last few months and had to put it on the
back burner. It looks like it is possible to built a portable one, which
is of particular interest to me.

Thanks again.

Jim



Re: Build your own sauna

Posted by Happygal [2062.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 08:12:13:

In Reply to: Re: Build your own sauna posted by Jim H. [422.2562] on September 23, 2006 at 07:33:06:

Hi,

I put together my own "portable" far-infrared sauna, in my bathroom. I went down to home depot and got 5 far-infrared lamps, and 5 of those heavy-duty reflective lamps with clamps (check the voltage). I clamp them onto the shower curtain rod and clothes hamper, etc. and aim them into the bathtub at different angles to hit different parts of the body (and I turn frequently).

When plugging them in, I have to make sure I don't trip the circuit breaker because the voltage is high (I have to run a heavy-duty extension cord to a different part of the house).

In the middle of winter, I find I also have to use a space heater to get the room hot enough to make me sweat (I do this on a different circuit).

It does create an effective sauna.

I just take it all down when I'm done until next time. It works and it is the least expensive way of doing this. I think it cost me less than $200. There are also some reasonably priced units on e-bay. They were still out of my budget, though.

Best wishes,
Jan

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Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by annod [739.1399] on September 23, 2006 at 10:27:09:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by Happygal [2062.2844] on September 22, 2006 at 21:54:13:

I have frequent this board frequently for years. It is my favorite web site. I also do the 3LS, and have read and practiced Walt's book. I noticed a huge imporvement, as far as reactions to allergens like pollen, and foods, molds, etc., but the chemicals still wipe me out, especially when they are sprayed in my face!!

I sold on Ebay for many years, so I could stay home with my daughter, so she wouldn't have to go to day care and be exposed to toxins. But, my profits fell, because of the competition. If I could just find more things to sell!!

Isn't there anything the we can do to stop all this spraying???



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by annod [739.1399] on September 23, 2006 at 10:49:10:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by Lu [2211.2791] on September 22, 2006 at 22:24:49:

I cannot even function when I am exposed. I once tried to work in a stoves store that had several gas stoves running at the same time. About 1/2 hr. after I got to work, a mental fog would hit me. I would be working on my computer and I would forget what I was trying to do. I got fired from that job, because I didn't get anything done!!!

I remember I went to a doctor, and told him my symptons, and he was really nasty to me. I have not been back to a doctor for this type of thing since.
In fact something in that doctor's office sets me off too. I wonder if they spray there also!! Geeeez!


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Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Sally [7059.1192] on September 23, 2006 at 12:04:17:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by Lu [2211.2791] on September 22, 2006 at 22:24:49:

What a dilemma. You will probably never get others to change their habits for you and possibly that is unfair to ask. Is there no way you can use air purifiers or ionizers in your workspace?

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Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Matt [6896.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 15:05:06:

In Reply to: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 22, 2006 at 18:47:31:

I have a problem just like this and I'd love some suggestions on different types of jobs one can do where our environment can be controlled. Massage therapy was mentioned, does anyone have any other ideas? I'm 23 so I am just starting in the workforce, but I'm not going to to last long at this rate :(



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by annod [739.1399] on September 23, 2006 at 21:42:27:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by Matt [6896.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 15:05:06:

You could go to college and get a psychology degree, then set up your own office somewhere. You are lucky since you are young there are more options for you..



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Matt [6896.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 22:54:13:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 23, 2006 at 21:42:27:

Indeed. However I just graduated college a few months ago. Oh well, I guess I could go back.



Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Penny [1429.2450] on September 24, 2006 at 01:51:51:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by Matt [6896.2844] on September 23, 2006 at 22:54:13:

Yes go back... the psycology angle would be perfect... There are SOOO many people that would then benefit from your PERSONAL experiences and then you could assure them they are not Crazy and it is NOT all in their heads.

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Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Happygal [2062.2844] on September 24, 2006 at 08:15:20:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by annod [739.1399] on September 23, 2006 at 10:27:09:

Hi Annod,

Stop the spraying? Do you mean to help your own personal situation, or society in general?

Sure, you can work in that direction. Will you see quick results? Probably not.

Take care of yourself first! Then work to change the external world. The only thing you can really count on is your own change.

Best wishes,
Jan

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Re: Build your own sauna

Posted by Lurch [140.2844] on September 24, 2006 at 09:59:24:

In Reply to: Re: Build your own sauna posted by Jim H. [422.2562] on September 23, 2006 at 07:33:06:

Jim,

I used it for 45 minutes every morning for about a year and it helped. Then I drank a lot of cayenne tea and got too much heat in me and had to stop the saunas.
The regular sweating helps unload toxins.

Wilson says this type is more effective than a far infrared, and I think he's right.

I hope to resume them some day.

L


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Re: Jobs for people with MCS.

Posted by Matt [6896.2844] on September 29, 2006 at 01:22:39:

In Reply to: Re: Jobs for people with MCS. posted by ukchris [1400.2844] on September 22, 2006 at 20:52:08:

I wouldn't be so sure about that. From my research, winning an MCS legal case is extremely difficult, and the risk is high because employers tend to use the legal system to bleed as much $ out of you as possible in an attempt to get you to give up.

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