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.


Saturday, November 14, Jennifer Michalak has had to cancel as our speaker and will come on a later date. Instead, we are happy to have Alan Cohen, a licensed commercial pest control applicator in Maryland and DC, and the president of Bio-Logical Pest Management, Inc. He also serves as the Integrated Pest management advisor to the Maryland Pesticide Network, and is a board member of Beyond Pesticides. Alan was active in the recent successful campaign to ban herbicides for cosmetic purposes in Montgomery County, MD. He will answer your questions about safe ways to control pests.


Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:00-4:45 P.M.

At 2:00, there will be announcements and a general open discussion of any questions or problems bothering our members, friends, or visitors, along with general socializing.

At 2:30 will be Alan Cohen's presentation and your questions and their answers.

This will be our last meeting of calendar year 2015.
Do not wear fragrances to any CSDA event, including scented personal care products and various laundry products! Anyone having a detectable fragrance may be asked to leave.

Also, as some of our members are Electromagnetically Sensitive, please turn off cell/smart phones, tablets, and ALL electronics (the only electronic / computer equipment allowed to be operated will be those required by our guest speaker for their presentation).

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 CSDA meeting dates:

Jan. 24, 2016 (Sunday) featuring Albert Donnay
Feb. 27
Mar. 19
Apr. 16
May 14
Sept. 17
Oct. 15
Nov. 19
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.

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

MCS Referral and Resources)

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Literary Critique by Patrick Casanova look

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

Food and Water Watch

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 Smart Meter Awareness invites your questions

MCS Task Force of New Mexico

New Trends Publishing: Sally Fallon Morell, MA

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Organic Consumers Assn.

Pesticide Watch (in California)

Virginia Health & Environment Project

Weston Price Foundation - Food, Farming, & Healing

U.S. Access Board Indoor Environmental Quality Report

Other links:

The Rainforest Site (Click to Give)

Webmaster's Blog

Gypsy Moth Spraying

Carol B. reports that state governments will not spray for gypsy moth in MD and DE in 1015. But private parties could still spray without notice.

Pennsylvania Interactive Spraying Map

Ohio Gypsy Moth Program

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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