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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.


MEETINGS

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, Aug. 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Susan Molloy of Snowflake, Arizona, is a leading national spokesperson for the chemically and electromagnetically sensitive people. She is coming to Washington, D.C. again to advocate for us at the National Council on Disability July 23-25, and the National Center for Independent Living conference July 28-August 2 (see below). This year we shall meet with Susan in our usual meeting room at the Russett library in east Laurel, Maryland (directions below).

Susan Molloy is best known for building apartments and houses to accommodate chemically and electrically sensitive persons, first in San Rafael, California in the 1990's, and more recently east of Snowflake, Arizona. She is a delightful, knowledgeable activist who has found public monies for her housing projects and dealt effectively with the government requirements and constraints... a truly committed and effective diplomat.

Susan is also one of us, being both electrically and chemically sensitive. And she knows how to listen effectively to others while alternately sharing her own encyclopedic wisdom and knowledge.

We have reserved the room from 2:00 until closing at 4:30, our usual times. We'll assume occupancy at 2:00 for those who wish to come and relax together, and those who want to ask questions about their problems living with sensitivities. Then Susan will speak. One of our goals is to inspire you to activism. The disability movement has grown from advocates for the movement-impaired, deaf and blind to include now those who cannot tolerate scents, tobacco, wi-fi, computers, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals. It is people like Susan and Mary Lamielle whose work throughout the past 30 years have facilitated this growth.

Please note: The meeting room has been “wired” for Wi-Fi access.

This will be the last Laurel meeting before September 26. CSDA’s telephone call-in meetings for members will continue without interruption, but will now be the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you are not currently a member and wish to join in on the call-in’s, please become a member by filling out our CSDA membership application, available from Larry at 301 897 9614.

Do not wear fragrances to any CSDA event, including smelly 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 Meetings, 2015:

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 lap@laplumlee.us.

We also supervise an interactive internet group, csda-local@yahoogroups.com. Email lap@laplumlee.us. 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 lap@laplumlee.us.

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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Chemical Sensitivity Network Blog: Environmental Medicine Matters

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

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ChemTracker chemical research tool at ToxLaw.com

Chemical Injury .net

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MultipleChemicalSensitivity.org 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

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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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