We are a small, non-profit think tank. Our primary purpose is to
provide practical information for people with severe multiple chemical sensitivity
(MCS) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS/ES). MCS and EHS are closely related
illnesses, which together are referred to as environmental illness (EI).
We started in 2007 and are based in the United States. Most of our
readers are in North America, but our site is accessed from more than a hundred
countries each month. We therefore try to make our articles globally relevant. We
are aware that building codes, practices and product availability can vary by
We specialize in articles about how to modify the home environment so
people with MCS/EHS can live a life in dignity. We prefer to write about methods
that have proven themselves to work and we usually avoid untested ideas. We provide
enough details to make it possible to do the projects successfully, though that
means our articles tend to be long and may be overwhelming to some — sorry, there
are few one-page answers to difficult issues!
We do not cover treatments, since we have no medical qualifications.
The information presented reflects the experience and opinions of
individuals who wish to help others. Naturally, what works for one person may not
work for another. The reader should evaluate the information in the context of his or her own situation,
and apply good judgment and common sense before following suggestions presented.
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Environmental illness is an intolerance to something at a level that
does not affect healthy people. It may even be at such a low level that healthy
people are not even aware of it. Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is an
intolerance to chemicals such as fragrances, pesticides, food additives, solvents,
ink fumes, etc. Electrical sensitivity (EHS) is an intolerance to radiation from
power lines, wireless devices, computers, etc. Some are also affected by extremely
low levels of mold, sunlight or sound.
People's levels of sensitivity vary dramatically. The vast majority
have the mild form where they are able to live normal lives as long as they reduce
their exposures. Their family and co-workers may not even be aware of it. Those with
the severe versions have great trouble functioning in normal society. They have to
make major modifications to their lifestyle and struggle to hold on to their jobs or
have had to stop working.
Since there is a social stigma, many people prefer to keep their
The information here may seem extreme to people who do not have
severe environmental illness. We do not suggest these measures be used by those who
do not need them. Of course, common sense is always a good idea. Children and
pregnant women should avoid toxic chemicals and wireless gadgets — even though this
presently may seem like a tall order.
It is our opinion that some products advertised to people with
environmental illnesses are of very dubious value. We have also heard many credible
stories where a product has been helpful to some and harmful to others. We thus urge
caution and healthy skepticism. Try a little of a product first before committing
yourself, especially if a failure will be expensive or have severe consequences.
Some people have literally lost their homes because they didn't test a
"safe" product first.
We also suggest a healthy skepticism towards any consultant in this area, whether paid or not. Some consultants lack sufficient educational background to
fully understand the issues. This is especially a problem with EMF mitigation,
which is a complicated area with many common myths. A college degree in
engineering, physics or related fields is often necessary to give competent
advice. Be especially skeptical when the consultant sells a particular product, as it is easy to
promote it as a solution to "all" problems.
advertising or other commercial
This is a non-profit organization completely focused on serving the
We do not accept any advertising. We have no ads, no sponsored
content, no sponsored links, no product placement, no "free" infomercial
articles, etc. The management of this site does not offer any paid consulting
services, and does not have any commercial interest in
We do not have any corporate sponsors.
The vast majority of our articles are written by people with a degree
in engineering or other scientific backgrounds (our editor has a Master's degree in
engineering). Most articles are about the author's personal experience, or otherwise
about an area the author has experience in.
Our authors are not paid for their work, they simply want to help
We do not believe any of our authors have conflicts of interest,
unless one is stated.
Some of our authors wish to remain anonymous, but their identity is
known to the site management.
We are not able to help individuals. We are a very small operation
with many more worthy projects than we can do as it is.
If you have a question or can't find what you are looking for, try
the search function at the top of this page.
readers with electrical sensitivities
Many people with severe EHS are unable to use a computer and the
Internet, yet unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a good alternative way to make
the information available inexpensively. To help those who can't use a computer, the
site and its articles were designed so that a helper can print out the menus and
articles for the EHS sufferer to read and select from. Most documents are available
in Acrobat format (PDF), which should be universally printable.
Due to staffing and funding limitations, we are unable to offer paper
copies through the mail. There are individuals in the
disability community who will print out articles from the web and mail them to
you for a reasonable fee.
The issues facing people with EHS are
sometimes more complex than the issues that pertain purely to MCS. Consequently,
many of the articles pertaining to EHS are more technical in nature.
slow internet service
Some of our readers have slow internet service, so we try to make the
HTML version of our documents fast to download. Some web browsers have the option to
not download pictures, unless they are clicked upon. Choosing this option can help.
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