Tips on Foods to Avoid for the Chemically Sensitive
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Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
Many people who have MCS also suffer from food intolerance. Eating can be a real minefield as reactions can occur due to small triggers from food. The list below is not exhaustive but gives an overview of things to try and avoid when choosing ingredients.
Artificial colours (derived from coal tar dyes; suspected and, in some cases, confirmed as carcinogens)
Preservatives (added to increase shelf life)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (added as a flavouring agent; common in Chinese foods and hidden in a large number of other foods)
Artificial additives and other conditioning agents, such as “dough conditioner” in bread
Genetically modified foods
Irradiated or microwaved food
This list was taken from the FREE downloadable book: "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survivor's Guide" by Pamela Reed Gibson PHD. She goes into more details in the section called "Facing Food".
This tasty salad can be eaten on its own or as an accompaniment. The quinoa is a complete vegetable protein. The salad is also full of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
HBM4EU, which is co-ordinated by the German Environmental Agency, is a joint effort of 28 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, co-funded under Horizon 2020. The initiative is coordinating and advancing human biomonitoring in Europe. HBM4EU is generating evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects in order to support policy making.
The HBM4EU initiative represents a novel collaboration between scientists and chemical risk assessors and risk managers, including several Commission services, EU agencies and representatives for the national level. The project is building bridges between the research and policy worlds in order to deliver benefits to society in terms of enhanced chemical safety.
This interesting video from HBM4EU, talks about the effects on the body of being exposed to chemicals.
HBM4EU is a five year project, that kicked off in 2017 and will run to the end of 2021. You can download the leaflet which gives more information on the work they will be conducting here. Their website is https://www.hbm4eu.eu/
This is a good video on what fragrance is, it's from the USA but gives a good oversight.
This article gives information on the safety of wireless headphones and the dangers of EMF's
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