Last month, the American College of OB-Gyne’s and the American Society for Reproduct Medicine issued a joint statement to URGE better control over the release of toxic chemicals into the environment because of their proven role in a wide variety of devastating medical conditions. Women, infants, children and men suffer needlessly from medical conditions like endometriosis, miscarriage, still birth, birth defects and cognitive decline that are directly linked to toxins in our environment.
We cannot help but wonder if interstitial cystitis is also being influenced, in some way, by toxic chemical exposure to the urinary tract! Chemotherapy and ketamine have clearly been linked to bladder wall damage and, as the release states below, additional research is desperately needed. We should NOT be allowing the introduction of new chemicals into our environment without the manufacturer first PROVING that they are safe for the environment and our health!
We urge every patient to begin, TODAY, to reduce chemical exposures in their homes, foods and personal living space, by reducing the use of pesticides, scented products, toxic aerosol cleaners, artificial colors, sweeteners and more. The Winter 2013 IC Optimist discussed, in depth, the role of multiple chemical sensitivity and provided several tips that you can use to reduce chemical exposure in your daily lives, including:
- Clothing sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. Wrinkle free perma-press and polyester shirts may contain formaldehyde. Avoid dry cleaning. Select clothing made from 100% natural fibers, such as cotton or linen.
- Clean up your home environment. Stop using all products that release chemicals into your indoor air quality, including bleach, ammonia, oven cleaners, paint strippers, waxes, room deodorizers and ALL scented products. Most of all, avoid ALL toxic pest control products. Replace insecticide sprays, moth balls, crystals and moth proof papers.
- Avoid the use of new furniture that contains particle board, plywood or fiberboard coated with formaldehyde. Flame retardants used in some foam and fabric have also been linked to cancer.
- Buy products free of toxic chemicals… look for the new non-toxic green household cleansers and products currently on the market. Select products made from plant based materials, such as oils made from citrus, seed, vegetable or pine. These are biodegradable and generally less toxic.
- Use PUMP spray containers rather than aerosols to avoid inhaling finer mists
- Use No and LOW VOC paints and varnishes when finishing walls, floors and furniture
- Select carpeting that meets indoor quality air standard.
- When possible, buy organic fruits and vegetables. If in doubt, purchase foods made in the USA rather than imported, where they may use more toxic and sometimes banned chemicals on food.