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The site-based committee met at our school and on the agenda for the September minutes was creating policy to make our high school fragrance free.

I looked up the two articles that our principal discussed and include them for your perusal. Thank you, Mrs. Parkhurst.

Open Letter: Perfumes Contaminate Our Classrooms

Our Natural Health’s Post on the CDC Fragrance Free Policy

If you would like more info on what it means to have MCS — Please read MCSgal’s article it sums it up really well.

When someone tells me why they are not switching from a toxic product, they usually give the same reason: “But I’ve always used ….” Somewhere it has become the accepted norm to believe a TV commercial and the company making the profit from our suffering rather than listen to our own bodies. As a science teacher, I always told my students when you read a study know who’s behind it. Obviously, I haven’t seen a negative study from the fragrance industry. This would affect their profit margin. I have read a number of negative studies from other researchers.

Truthfully, I don’t need any studies. I am living the hell of what it means to be disabled with MCS. But you know my addiction to TED talks, if you’ve followed my blog at all. So here is one to think about. I was even amazed at how slanted the publication of positive studies is to negative ones in medical field.

Trust your body and your instincts. And please respects those of us that require clean air for our very existence. If a product — any product — is not contained entirely within your personal space, please do not force it on the rest of us. For those that have made changes to your lives to leave less of a toxic “footprint”, Thank You.

I often ask for you to help someone today that is ill or suffering. Today, I’m asking all those that have MCS or another chronic illness, with your limited energy — thank someone that is fighting for us. If you hear of any researcher, doctor, lawyer, parent, government official, superintendent…. that is fighting to make a change. Let them know it matters to each and everyone of us.

The most courageous people are the ones that weren’t there for me in the five years of my struggle to keep my job but have now stepped forward to make a difference. I read an article once about a doctor that made an error that resulted in a patient’s death. Against the advice of the hospital, he apologized to the family and accepted responsibility for the error. The hospital was convinced they would be sued. Instead, the family was thankful. The hospital now has a policy requiring doctors to apologize to families for their errors and the amount of malpractice lawsuits plummeted.

Dr. Maya Angelou said it best, “When you know better, you do better.”

I am pleased my school district has learned from the mistakes in the past and are now doing what’s right for our kids and employees. Thank you.

A special thanks to my colleague who inspired this post. He is very private so no names. But I appreciate the support.