Resources and Support for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness, and Chemical Injuries in Canada

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General

MCS-CanadianSources Canadian content site MCS-CanadianSources is a support, information and resource exchange for those living and coping with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), or Chemical Injury (CI). We also discuss invisible illnesses as they relate to chemical sensitivities, for example: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Asthma, and Allergies. Since January 2001, we have offered support to Canadians dealing with the challenges of living and coping with MCS/EI/CI. Although our focus is Canadian, our membership base is worldwide. We also welcome significant others, family, friends, medical professionals and other parties interested in the issues and challenges we face.(Click here to join)

Environmental Health Associations in Canada:

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Resources at The Environmental Illness Resource. Includes information, news and research updates, doctor authored articles and forums.

Immune The main mailing list, started in December, 1990 has over 400 subscribers and averages around 10-20 posts a day. This is the list for support and information about multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, porphyria, allergies, asthma, and other immune-related ailments. Most subscribers are people with one or more medical condition. Significant others, family, friends, medical professionals, activists, and other interested parties are welcome. Posts are archived. The list is moderated which means all posts must be approved by a member of the moderation team before they will appear on the list. (Click here to join)

Immune-Parenting This list is for both men and women who have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, or other immune system medical issues--or their partners--who are parents, pregnant, trying to conceive, or who are thinking about parenthood. (Click here to join)

Immune-Partners This is a support group for people whose partners, family members, or friends have environmental illness such Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, etc. This is not a list for patients ( please refer to immune @ http://immuneweb.org ). This is a safe place for people to vent and complain about the difficulties involved in living with people who have environmental illnesses. (Click here to join)

Immune-Survivors Immune-Survivors is a special list that is not open to the public. It is for people who are survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence, rape, or other forms of severe trauma (or their significant others). The list explores the intersections between emotional trauma and immune-system problems. There are around 40 subscribers and 10-20 posts per week. There are no archives. The list is unmoderated (posts are not screened). Note: If you do not have a history of abuse and wish to join this group out of curiousity, please do not. The intent of immune-survivors is support in a safe and private environment. Please use other sources of information for research or learning purposes. If you are the significant other of an abuse survivor, you may join the list. If you are a professional working with abuse survivors you may also join but keep in mind this is not a professional list. If you aren't sure if this is the right list for you, please ask. Please send an email to to join or for further information.

MCSVillage The purpose of this group is to discuss the feasibility of building a village(s)or community in which MCS/EI patients can live safely, and to provide a forum in which the legal, medical, geographic, architectural, social and funding issues relating to building such a community(ies) or village(s) may be discussed and resolved. In order to stay on topic, we will provide bookmarks to sites that cover other aspects of MCS/EI. Please be courteous. Think of the members of this group as potential neighbors, as they will think of you. (Click here to join)

CHEMICAL-ILLNET is an internet community where the chemically ill, their friends, family and loved ones can come to gather information, support, and learn how they can become pro-actively involved in advocating for accommodation and acceptance of this illness. Members include activists, medical professionals, scientists, and the general public. The vast majority of our members are chemically ill or injured and deal with varying degrees of disability on a daily basis. (Click here to join) (Or here to view archives)

Live Chat at HERC For those interested in live chat, the Health and Environment Resource Center (HERC) offers a free chat. Everyone is welcome, old and new chatters alike. This chatroom is not associated with any group. It is unmoderated and no password is required. Chat Times: Saturday - 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm Mtn, 4 pm Pac; Monday - 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT, 7 pm Mtn, 6 pm Pac; Wednesday - 8 pm ET, 7 pm CT, 6 pm Mtn, 5 pm Pac.

MCS-CI-Heal This is a forum for sharing what has worked for you or people you know in healing from MCS-CI, and for asking for ideas on how to heal. All healing modalities may be shared and all MCS/CI-related symptoms may be discussed. In this forum, we recognize that we are each a mix of genetics and exposures, and that this mix is different for everyone. Some treatments work better for some than for others. Further, we recognize that the effectiveness of all treatments is dependent on our individual ability to allow healing into our bodies. We honor the fact that illness serves a purpose in our lives by providing us with challenges that prod us to learn life lessons on Schoolhouse Earth and grow in ways we might not otherwise have chosen to expand our consciousness. (See site for further details.) (Click here to join)

Sauna DetoxThe purpose of the group is to share information on using a sauna to detox our bodies. It does not matter if you use a top of the line sauna. or heaters. or infrared lights to detox. We are all here to help each other with what works for us. Most that join this group will be Multiple Chemical Sensitive like me ... People that have CFS, MCS, ME, CFIDS, and FMS are often Chemical Sensitive as well and are welcome to join us. People with other illnesses that want to detox using saunas are also welcome. We may also talk about supplements to help recover from detoxing. (See site for further details.) (Click here to join)

gasslist-L (Glutaraldehyde, Aldehyde, and Solvent Sensitivity) This list has been established to serve persons interested in Glutaraldehyde, Aldehyde, and Solvent Sensitivity, especially darkroom personnel, radiographers, and diagnostic medical sonographers. The purpose of the list is to promote internet-wide exchange of research and information. (Click here to join)

Disinissues Disability Insurance Issues The purpose of Disinissues-L is to share information and advice about the processes of applying for, appealing, and renewing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and private long-term disability insurance. Disinissues stands for DIS-ability IN-surance ISSUES. It is targeted mainly towards those with invisible disabilities, particularly neuro-immune disorders such as CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), Fibromyalgia, R.E.D.D. (RnaseL Enzyme Dysfunction Disease), Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). Disinissues is not a support group. We strongly discourage discussion of illnesses, and chitchat is totally non-existent. We are very heavily dependent on US laws in our advice and in the majority of members' experience. We do, however, have some Canadian members, and apparently much of our discussion applies to the issues in Canada. We are not a group for discussion of medical problems, nor how to live with disability. We have just one topic, and that is how to obtain and maintain disability insurance, from either Social Security or insurance companies. All messages are reviewed by the moderators before being put on the list. Discussion of personal, financial, or medical matters, including Medicare, is not permitted. (Click here to join)

GreenCanary This list is dedicated to a life free from toxic chemicals, and the health problems that they can cause. People who suffer from Environmental Illness (such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS) are often referred to as "canaries": like the canary in a coal mine, people with extreme chemical sensitivities provide a warning sign that the human body cannot tolerate indefinitely the toxic chemicals we have invented, and with which we have made much of our world unsafe for habitation - not only for us, but for many, perhaps most, other forms of life as well. Fish kills, mutant frogs, and human cancers all sound a warning in the voice of the canary; but, it is people with Chemical Sensitivity who are made most immediately aware of just how prevalent toxic chemicals are in our modern world. Here we can come together and share the information and experiences that have taught each of us a piece of the knowledge necessary to survive and thrive, eliminating unnecessary toxic chemicals from our lives, and replacing them with the elements of health and the alternatives offered by the natural world around us. (Click here to join)

CreativeCanariesCommunity This group is a meeting place for artists with multiple chemical sensitivity. We offer connections between and information for artists with MCS and related illnesses. If you want to join the group, please introduce yourself with a short mail revealing your name, address and what kinds of art you are involved in. Anonymous or fake name memberships are not accepted. Membership in the CreativeCanariesCommunity automatically includes membership in the network Artists with MCS. Members who do not want to be displayed on the network homepage, are listed as "silent members". (Click here to join)

MCS Toxic Injuries MCS-Toxic-Injuries is a safe place for toxically or chemically injured or environmentally sensitive people to support one another and exchange our coping methods, treatments and experiences. Our emphasis is toward building individual and public awareness of the serious health problems caused by toxic chemicals, toxic molds and other man-made and environmental toxins. If you have been toxically injured and suffer from or are caring for someone who suffers from environmental illnesses, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or related syndromes, please join and help us create a better, less-toxic world. (Click here to join)

Planet Thrive A grassroots community for personal wellness, with a focus on environmental and other chronic illnesses like MCS, CFS, FMS, Lyme Disease, Mold Illness and more. Packed with important health resources and tools, including comprehensive resource listings, anonymous health profiles, expert advice columns, conversation forums, personal healing blogs, safer classifieds, e-cards, member storefronts, contests, health horoscopes, games and much, much more!

SHARE-FAQ Seeking Healthier Alternatives, Resources, Education FAQ (SHARE-FAQ) This newsletter is a way to share accumulated materials about many of the common topics on discussion lists. The information comes from years of sharing with the mcs community, Internet research, library materials, vendors, and support groups. Archives for members only. (Click here to join)

CDANET A Discussion/Chat/Mutual help list run by and for the CHEMICALLY DISABLED. The list is Australian based but as Chemical Disability is a worldwide problem people from other countries will be most welcome. If you have MCS or are otherwise disabled by chemical exposures or want to help those with a chemical disability you are most welcome to join us here. (Click here to join)

mcs_australia Australian content site Chemical Sensitivites/MCS in Australia. Sensitive to chemicals? Perfumes, Food Allergies? ADHD? CFS? My Daughters & I have MCS. We are very empathetic to this disabling illness. We have had to eliminate most chemicals from our daily life. We are just another canary in the coalmine. I hope to help fellow suffers with sensitivies, by sharing resources & the knowledge that took me many many hours to research. (And hopefully pick up a few pointers myself.) (Click here to join)

WSMCSN Washington State MCS Network: WSMCSN is a decentralized network of groups and individuals in Washington State who share information about the issues of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. (Click here to join)

4MOM According to Mt. Sinai Medical School, there are many illness' caused by toxic substances such as pesticides. They are studying the role other toxins play on the new childhood diseases triggered by environmental factors. They call this the new epidemic. Mothers of Many is for all parents with children who are ill and are affected by toxic chemicals such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Cancer, Autism, Tourettes Syndrome, Multiple Chemicals Sensitivites (MCS), Parkinson's, and any other condition affected. (Click here to join)

chronicpagans malachite & agate This is a chronic pain/fatigue support group for those who are queer-friendly, goth-friendly, pagan-friendly. [Note: this group is also for those with chemical sensitivities.] Welcome and blessed be.

porphgroup This is a list dealing with the metabolic disease porphyria. While it is hoped all members of this list will act in a reasonable manner, the owner(s) of the Porphgroup email list cannot guarantee this, nor will they be held responsible for these actions. Offending members will, however, be removed if their behavior is deemed by the list owner as inappropriate. (Click here to join)

Children with MCS

Kids With MCS This is a fully moderated group for kids under 13... a place where kids can talk with their peers about MCS, play games, or just have fun chatting with other kids. Please see the site for full details. (Click here to join)

Recycling for MCSrs

MCSRecycle This group is restricted to those with chemical sensitivities. There are many "freecycle" groups, however we with chemical sensitivities often cannot benefit from those groups due to the various chemicals on the items. The objective of this group is to be able to share with each other items that are chemical free and have been used in a non-toxic environment. This group is planet-wide. (Click here to join)

Spiritual Support Groups

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Interfaith Celebration Gathering For Christians with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) or EI (environmental illness) and related illnesses (like CFS, FM, etc). Please join us for weekly services devoted to expanding our awareness of God's love for us. Interfaith Celebration Gathering services are written by Rev. S. Suzanne Fisher and is sponsored by Nature's Country Store (which is run by Suzanne, a person with MCS).

CMCS-EI For Christians with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) or EI (environmental illness) and related illnesses (like CFS, FM, etc). (Click here to join)

Share, Care and Prayer Share, Care and Prayer is a nonprofit, Christian organization encouraging, educating and equipping the environmentally sensitive (i.e. sensitive to foods, chemicals, molds, and other inhalants) as well as those suffering from Candidiasis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. We have no set fee for our newsletter and other activities. However, we request contributions be sent as able to help cover our expenses. All gifts are tax-deductible, needed, and appreciated. Run by Janet Dauble.

MBS-Healing This is a list with focus on mind/body/soul and healing. To subscribe, . An e-mail should open up in your browser with the necessary info included. Just click "send". (Click here to view archives)

Online Church Services

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Often, the perfumes and personal care products used by members of a congregation keep those who have MCS, asthma and other disabilities from attending services. The following online churches offer services and a gathering place where these issues are understood.

Aroma of Christ Janine Ridings. The purpose of the Aroma of Christ Ministry is to help people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) find hope, strength, and encouragement for their lives through Christ. (People with MCS often have related conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ADHD, M.E., Parkinson's, electrical sensitivity, Lyme disease, porphyria, and Gulf War Syndrome.)

Bridges Church. [Link is currently being updated.] Rev. Jeanne Howell. Bridges Church is a ministry to and by persons for whom place-specific fellowships are medically dangerous. Its goal is to serve God by serving one another and the broader community through gestures of presence, compassion, caring, education and support. Spiritual vitality at Bridges is through worship, through supportive mutual presence, through discussion and study groups as they naturally evolve and through missionary activism among the members.

Interfaith Celebration Gathering Rev. S. Suzanne Fisher. Weekly services devoted to expanding awareness of God's love for us.

Church of the Larger Fellowship Rev. Jane Rzepka. Welcome to the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a congregation of Unitarian Universalists found all over the world. Our members may be isolated by chance or by choice, but through the CLF we maintain a spiritual connection to our religion for ourselves and our children. Many of our members are active in local congregations as well as the CLF.

Lakeview Church Canadian content site Lakeview Church is a diverse community of people with different backgrounds, races, personalities, ideas and visions; united by a relationship with Jesus Christ. (Free Methodist.) Saskatoon.

oneplace.com Christian Radio Programs.

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