Chemical Reaction Support

CSDA Metro-Wide Group

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Do you react to common chemicals, such as perfume, petrochemicals, carpeting?

A support group meets occasionally in Maryland and Northern Virginia sharing information on everyday toxins, helpful advice, and social support.

The CSDA (Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association) is a national group with many members in Virginia and Maryland.


CSDA's regular meetings at the Russett Library in Laurel, Maryland, are open to all who are scent-free. At 2:00 on meeting days, we welcome new and old friends, and try to find solutions for individuals' problems. At 2:30, we turn our attention to our speaker of the day. You're welcome to ask them your questions when they invite them. After 4:40, the library closes unfortunately, but personal discussions continue in the parking lots and nearby cafes.

Saturday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.

Boosting Immunity: Herbal Medicine and Wellness Practices (with Nicole Rubin and Donna Koczaja): Learn how to support your immune system with herbs. Echinacea, elder berry, garlic, and more: roots, berries and bulbs to guide your body gently back to health and sustain your immune system in the long term. Also find out why herbs are your greatest allies for your wellbeing every day. Including a discussion of herbs and auto-immune support, along with how herbs can be supportive if you have the flu. Nicole and Donna will also provide information about the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Herbal Clinic services for low income clients.

Larry Plumlee comments: While herbs may be toxic, those used traditionally over centuries have generally been found acceptable. They have been unpatentable and therefore of little interest to profit-making pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Nicole Rubin has a Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism, a Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching, and is currently continuing her studies in the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism at MUIH. Donna Koczaja is a recent graduate of the MUIH and is currently training to be a clinical herbalist, also at MUIH.


September 27, 2014. 2:00-4:45 P.M.
At 2:00, there will be announcements and a general open discussion of any problems of concern to our members, friends, or visitors, and general socializing.

At 2:30, will be the “Boosting Immunity: Herbal Medicine and Wellness Practices” presentation.

Do not wear fragrances to any CSDA event, including personal care products and various laundry products! Anyone having a detectable fragrance may be asked to leave.

Location: The Maryland City Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD.

DIRECTIONS: From the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, head west on Route 198 less than 1/4 mile, then turn right at the first traffic light onto Russett Green East. Go past the Wal-Mart entrance, then turn left onto Russett Common. The library is on the left.

(Please note that the BW Parkway heading north from the Washington Beltway is also often backed up and very slow on a Saturday afternoon. Also note that an alternative of Rt. 198 (from I-95) through Laurel can also be somewhat slow. Either way, it is suggested that you give yourself extra time.)

Future Meetings, 2014:

October. 18, 2:00 PM. Keys to Unlock Radical MCS Recovery (with Bridget Hughes).
The many ways we use our Mind-Body connection enhance or undermine our health. The mind-body connection is our greatest, yet least tapped resource for personal health. The best key to unlock that resource is a meditation method which can profoundly change the biochemistry of the body. Scientific studies will be presented to support this. Combining personal insights from her own journey recovering from MCS, the latest mind-body technologies for activating our inner healing resources, and scientific research, Bridget will share 8 Keys to Unlock Radical MCS Recovery.

Bridget Hughes is co-founder of Healing Point LLC in Severna Park, Maryland, and of Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts in the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at the Medical Pavilion at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. She was named a 2010 and 2011 Favorite Doc in Chesapeake Family Magazine. Bridget is a licensed acupuncturist (certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, past Tai Sophia faculty member, Qigong instructor, meditation teacher, and has spent the last two decades looking at the many ways our mind-body connection enhances (or undermines) our health.

Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM: Tentative: Dr. Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D.
If we can finalize the arrangements, this will be an incredible “coup” for CSDA, Dr. Fotuhi is internationally known. He currently heads the clinical and scientific programs at the NeurExpand Brain Center and also teaches at both Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fotuhi developed a “Brain Fitness Program” to help people middle-aged and older sharpen their memory quickly and keep their brain sharp for years to come. He has written three books, most recently Boost Your Brain: the Art + Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance. An earlier book, The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease, sold more than 100,000 copies, and The New York Times Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young: The 6-Step Age-Defying Program, was the focus of his popular PBS program, Fight Alzheimer’s Early. Dr. Fotuhi has been interviewed by Dr. Oz, USA Today, CNN, Discovery Channel, ABC News, NPR, The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Montreal Gazette, and The Times (London).
Many thanks to our CSDA Vice President, Debbie Roy, for her tireless efforts to get Dr. Fotuhi and all our presenters to come talk to our small group.

Personal plea: The only way we can continue to have speakers willing to come talk to us, is if we have a good turnout of members and guests at our meetings. Please attend. This is your chance to learn from our speakers and each other, and socialize with others with chemical sensitivities -- those who truly understand what each of us are dealing with. This is a rare opportunity in our world, please take advantage of it.

Wishing you recovery and good health.

Warren Black (CSDA point of contact for speaker logistics and announcements)
For those who cannot come to our in-person meetings, CSDA has organized telephone meetings chaired by our long term member Jennifer Price in Charlottesville. To help protect privacy and safety on these calls, we created membership as a prerequisite of participation. These calls are also popular with some members who also come to our in-person meetings. If you'd like a membership application, email

We also supervise an interactive internet group, Email to join. The opinions expressed on this group are those of the participants. It is also a good way to keep abreast of news about chemical sensitivity.

Contact Information

For information via internet, email

Please! Do not wear fragrances to any group events, including personal care products or detergents!
About the CSDA

The Chemical Sensitivity Disorders Association (CSDA) welcomes your tax-deductible contributions. You may mail them to: CSDA, 7308 Cedar Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. If you wish to include email newsletters, please include your email address. You will then receive details of meetings.

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Dr. Plumlee, Debra Lynn Dadd, and Larry Radala

Group Members on a hike at Patapsco State Park
group garden
Photos from 2006 Home Tour, Front Royal

Important Considerations on Bt: Gypsy Moth Policy in Washington State
From the Free Press

Selected Links on Chemical Sensitivity and Health

NEW! Environmental Health News

Information for Chemically Sensitive Persons Having Surgery

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Chemsense Journal - Comments welcome!  

Chemical Sensitivity Network Blog: Environmental Medicine Matters

Chemicals in the Household EPA Chart showing alternative products

birdsDr. Ziem's Treatments Page including Neural Therapy (Links to Word Documents and PDF downloads.)

Chemicals Health Monitor

Environmental Illness Resource covering EI-MCS, CFS, and Fibromyalgia

Hazardous Products in the Home from Purdue

MCS Resources and Referral includes MUSES (carbon monoxide-induced sensitivity)

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Literary Critique by Patrick Casanova look

Indoor Environmental Quality, by National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) with funding support from The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)

Perfume: As Romantic as Hazardous Waste Jacki Barineau's page on toxins in perfume

MCS Support Groups - You may find one in your area!  look
They also have a list of physicians .

What is Chemical Sensitivity? at

Yahoo Support Groups - Wellness

A conversation with MCS researcher, Martin Pall, PhD - LookSmart's FindArticles, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients

Treatment Efficacy Reported by Persons with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity by Pamela Reed Gibson, Amy Nicole-Marie Elms, and Lisa Ann Ruding, JMU

Beyond Pesticides

ChemTracker chemical research tool at

Chemical Injury .net

CIIN - Chemical Injury Information Network

Environmental Health News

Environmental Working Group

Fragranced Products Information Network

Google Scholar for searching scientific papers

Green Living at

HEAL - Human Ecology Action League

Health and Environment Resource Center

Housing Information - Safe housing information Contribute to charity while you shop online

Maryland Pesticide Network

Maryland -- Baltimore MCS Email List on Yahoo invites your questions

MCS Task Force of New Mexico

Natalie's Nuggets

New Trends Publishing: Sally Fallon Morell, MA

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Online Allergy Center

Pesticide Watch (in California)

Virginia Health & Environment Project

Weston Price Foundation - Food, Farming, & Healing

Other links:

Maryland Smart Meter Awareness

The Rainforest Site (Click to Give)

Webmaster's Blog

Gypsy Moth Spraying

Gypsy Moth Treatments in Maryland

2014: Maryland plans gypsy moth spraying in Garrett, Allegany and possibly Talbot counties only. The acreage has yet to be determined. Maryland residents can get notice from MDGypsyMoth on Twitter.

Pennsylvania Interactive Spraying Map

Ohio Gypsy Moth Program

West Virginia will spray in Hardy County. Persons who must avoid this for health reasons should request to be added to the chemically sensitive list.

Comments on USDA Gypsy Moth Management Environmental Impact Statement

  1. CSDA Comments on Gypsy Moth Management
    including Comments on Pesticide (tebufenozide) by D. Goode and J. Goode (PDF)
  2. Maryland Pesticide Networks (MPN) Comments
  3. Maryland PTA Comments
  4. Extract from USDA Env. Impact Statement on predators of Gypsy Moths (PDF)
  5. Letter to Secretary Richardson on Saving Money and Health by not Spraying

Other Pesticide Spraying

West Nile Control Program
Notes on Maryland and Delaware Mosquito Spraying
Maryland Mosquito Control


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