UK study finds cocktail of pesticides in almost all oranges and grapes
A summary for food, chemical and electro sensitivities
Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides” according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys.
Each year, the government tests samples of groceries for chemicals to see if traces can be found in Britain’s food.
The official figures, analysed by Pesticide Action Network (PAN), found 122 different pesticides in the 12 most polluted products, which the charity calls the “dirty dozen”. Many of these are hazardous to human health; 61% are classified as highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), a concept used by the UN to identify those substances most harmful to human health or the environment.
The list of pesticides includes 47 with links to cancer, 15 “reproductive or developmental toxins” that can have adverse effects on sexual function and fertility, and 17 cholinesterase inhibitors that can impair the respiratory system and cause confusion, headaches and weakness. A quarter of the pesticides found are suspected endocrine disruptors that can interfere with hormone systems, causing an array of health problems including birth defects and developmental disorders.
Many of us will be wanting to decorate in time for Christmas. Decorating products can cause reactions. If you have severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) avoid decorating until you are well enough to thoroughly test materials. Choose water based paints rather than solvents, but be aware that these can contain plasticisers (chemical substances) and can still cause reactions even if they say they are suitable for MCS.
Always test products before using;
1. Cut out a small piece of card and coat thoroughly in the paint etc. Let it dry, then place in a sealed glass jar.
2. Put an unpainted piece of card in another jar as a control to check you're not reacting to the card or the jar.
3. Place both jars in a warm place for 24 hours, then sniff cautiously. This will be the worst that this product will smell, so if you can cope with that, you should be ok.
4. Try the test again to be sure by putting the jars in a warm place for 3 days. Try and have decorating done when the weather allows windows to be open freely and if possible be out of the house. Be prepared to allow a newly decorated room to outgas for as long as you can before using the room. Wallpaper paste containing anti-fungal should be avoided, instead use plain cellulose paste and add original borax to it to prevent mould.
Gluten, milk, egg, peanut, nut, nightshade and wheat free
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
80g carrot, peeled and grated
150g courgette, grated
1 tbsp tahini
Zest of half a lemon and juice of a whole lemon
Dash of tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
2 tsp mixed herbs, finely chopped
1 can chickpeas
1 can cannellini beans
Black pepper to taste
1) Line a small loaf tin measuring approx. 17cm x 7cm with greaseproof paper. Pre-heat the oven to 200oC (180oC fan, gas mark 6).
2) Place the vegetables into a large saucepan along with the oil. Stir and then place on the lid. Leave them to sweat over low heat until softened, stirring occasionally. This will take around 15 minutes.
3) Add the tahini, your choice of tamari or soy sauce, lemon zest and juice and mixed herbs, and stir well to combine.
4) Place the beans and chickpeas into a food processor and blend until fairly smooth. If you don't have a food processor, mash the beans and chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until smooth.
5) Add the bean mixture to the vegetable mixture, stir to combine and season with black pepper to taste (you shouldn't need salt because of the tamari/soy sauce).
6) Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the top. Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 45 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.
Serve with fluffy roast potatoes and blanched carrots, broccoli and green beans.
Thanks to Foods Matter.com for kindly letting us reproduce this dish.
Student Voice Prize for Rare Diseases
The Student Voice Prize is back for 2021. This is an annual, international essay competition brought to you by Findacure and M4RD! It is aimed at medical students, nurses and scientists who have never come across rare diseases in their training. Its purpose is to raise the profile of rare diseases.
This is not only an amazing opportunity to learn about the rare disease world it also gives students a great way to add to their CV!
The winner of The Student Voice Prize will get their essay published in The Orphanet Journal of Rare Disease - one of the most read scientific journals! In addition to this you could win;
- Speaking engagements, including at the Royal Society of Medicine
- Free trip to scientific conferences*
- Become an advocate for rare diseases
Applicants have 3 questions to choose from, each one based on an important topic relevant to the rare disease world ; 1. Rare Diseases and Health Inequalities 2. Rare Diseases and Intersectionality 3. Rare Diseases and Research Participation.
In 1,500 words or less, you must answer one of the essay questions.
On June 29, 2021, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) (National Institute of Public Health of Québec) released a report on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The report and its conclusion set a dangerous precedent for the future of this disability. The INSPQ failed to consult medical or research experts on MCS, as well as people with lived experience with MCS, and thus omitted crucial scientific research on MCS which led to the conclusion that MCS is caused by anxiety and not chemical exposures. This conclusion undermines clinical expertise and many scientific papers. It also fails to consider how the report will negatively impact requests for accommodations (such as a perfume/fragrance-free policy) for accessibility to essential services and within the community for those with the disability of MCS, which could cause extensive harm. If this report is allowed to stay up on the INSPQ website and is not withdrawn, it will influence policy not just in Québec but also across Canada and the rest of the world, creating harm for all people experiencing MCS.
Want to make a difference? Join in and let the government know that the conclusions of the INSPQ report on MCS are wrong. Demand that the report be taken down from the INSPQ website, revised and updated!
Opposing bill to force 100% of England and Wales to drink fluoridated water.
The Government is attempting to force 100% of England and Wales to drink fluoridated water. The Bill currently going through the Committee stage is set up to enable this action. We have sent the UK Freedom from Fluoride Alliance's template letter to Bim Afolami, the Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. We hope that it can help to delay and defeat this move. If you also wish to sign the petition against recommending adding fluoride to all tap water 'in order to combat tooth decay' click here.
Did you know that MCS-Aware has a shop? Everything in the MCS-Aware shop has been designed to be MCS-friendly. Our badges and stickers promote awareness of environmental illness so you don't have to repeat yourself. All proceeds go directly to the MCS-Aware charity helping people with Environmental Illness. Minimum delivery cost is £3. If you only want to order one badge or sticker please email us your order, pay using the donation button instead and add £1 postage, otherwise we'll treat the delivery payment as a donation.
Help support a friend or family by giving an MCS Gift Subscription for Xmas
With over 50 helpsheets, penpal community, help with benefits and welfare, free magazines, and discounts off products, (e.g Purity Organic Skincare gives 50% off their paraben and SLS free skincare range), there are lots of benefits from giving someone a gift that can help support them. Membership is worldwide, and you can choose to receive information by email or by post.Find out more here.