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Chronic Travel

As promised, I am going to write about my recent experiences with travel. For those unfamiliar with this blog who have stumbled upon it, I don’t mean the phrase “chronic travel” to be taken quite as literally as one might think. (Those of you who are regular readers here will undoubtedly know what I mean straightaway)!

The dictionary defines the word chronic as:

“of long duration; continuing or lingering”

If taken literally in context with the word travel, a healthy person reading this might think this post is about travel of a long duration. Not so. In this case, chronic refers to the medical conditions the traveler (in this case me) has.

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This post is about when travel and chronic illness intersect. Needless to say, chronic conditions can make it more challenging to plan, execute, and recover from a trip. Any chronically ill patient daring enough to attempt travel despite the many barriers and difficulties involved can testify to the fact that traveling when chronically ill can be very challenging.

What happens when you leave your “safe place”? What happens when you are away from the “comforts of home” if you are ill to the point where the “comforts of home” aren’t just luxuries but necessities? What happens if you forget any necessities at home? What happens if issues come up during your trip that result in you wondering if you can continue? What if you begin to seriously consider going home early due to medical issues?

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In addition to the inherent complications that can accompany chronically ill travel, our recent trip was scheduled at the last minute. Due to the nature of my husband’s job, we weren’t sure if there was going to be a trip. He provides 24/7 support and is oncall 365 days a year. Our potential destination was a mere 2.5 hours away and we knew if we went he’d need to take his laptop and wear his cell phone. So, work would be able to call or email him at any time and if things really got ugly, we’d have to bail on the trip and head home so he could go in to work.

The good news was that I got word from him to go ahead and book a place to stay (for a mini-vacation of 3 nights and 4 days). Needless to say, this wasn’t much notice to find a place during peak summer tourism. Another challenge for finding a place to stay on 24 hours’ notice is that my multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) prevents me from just randomly picking a hotel. Virtually all of the major hotel chains use harsh cleaning products and other chemicals to which I would surely react.

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To make a very long story short, I looked into all of the options I could find in the area we were going to be visiting and decided that we’d be much better off at a Bed & Breakfast than at a major hotel chain. The list of things I react to in hotels is too long to even mention. So, I researched online and came up with a couple of Bed & Breakfasts in the area we were visiting. Bear in mind that I was calling around on 24 hours notice because my husband didn’t know if he’d be able to get away for 3-4 days until the last minute. (In all the time he has worked at this job, he has worked 7 days a week, on call 24/7 for 365 days/year. So 3-4 days away was a big deal). Yes, he logged into work on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s just that kind of job.

So, he gave me the green light to book a place to stay. I called the Bed & Breakfast that looked the best to me and they only had one of the 3 nights we needed available. I called the second Bed & Breakfast and they had a room that was available for all three nights. I quizzed the B & B owner about whether smoking was allowed anywhere in the house. (A no smoking room does me no good if the next room over allows smoking. I’ve been in hotels that are like that).

She assured me that there was no smoking anywhere in the house. She then indicated that guests are permitted to smoke outside on the porch but she said that most of their guests don’t smoke. While I wasn’t thrilled with the idea that there might be people smoking on the porch, we had less than 24 hours to find a place and all of the other options I had looked into online (which were many) were worse.

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So, I decided that if I had to hold my breath and walk quickly in and out of the house, it would be no different than when I do the same thing to get into my doctor’s office. (By the way, that doctor’s office is on a smoke-free university campus where there is supposedly no smoking anywhere on the university’s property, including its parking lots, but it’s not enforced. So the many large signs proclaiming it a no-smoking campus are useless and people smoke right outside doors to the cancer clinic. But I digress).

In any event, this is clearly too long for just one post. So I will pick up where I am leaving off here in the next post. I’d like to end on a positive note, though, because the trip did have its nice moments and because I don’t want to lower anyone’s spirits. There were definitely peaceful, positive moments amidst the challenges I’ll be blogging about in a future post (or posts?)

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Due to some circumstances which I’ll write about in an upcoming post, I spent more time on the beach and less time in the water than I had planned. While this was not what I had planned or wanted, it did give me an opportunity to take things in and simply observe. This was peaceful in its own way. I got to see things I might have missed if I was out in the water. I loved the colors in this scene above with the empty lifeguard chair. It just looked really pretty to me. The picture above was among my favorite pictures from the trip. I will be blogging more about chronic travel in an upcoming post (or posts). There you’ll get to hear about my “adventures”. It has been a week and a half since the trip and I am still recovering. So it’s taking me longer to blog about the trip than I had planned but I need to listen to my body and pace myself accordingly. So look for my “adventures” coming up soon.

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September 2, 2009   16 Comments

Chronic Healing In Blog Carnival

I received a nice surprise today. I was informed that one of my blog posts was selected to be featured in the How to Cope with Pain blog’s Pain-Blog Carnival, July 2009.

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The post featured was:

Hummingbird Happiness

It was a pleasant surprise to be featured in this pain-blog carnival since I hadn’t submitted anything. I encourage you to check out the How to Cope with Pain blog, which has long been in my blogroll as a site of interest for chronic pain and chronic illness patients.

Thank you to the How to Cope with Pain blog for featuring my blog post. This post was one of my personal favorites since it touched on the importance of nature for healing and since I got to share some pictures from right outside my house. So I am pleased that this post is resonating with others.

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July 29, 2009   8 Comments

Paging Dr. House

HOUSE_MD

Have you ever watched the show House M.D.? Well, sometimes I wish I had one of those teams of doctors figuring out my medical mysteries.

Much as I would love to write about what’s been going on, I am still not feeling well and have very little energy. I apologize for not posting more frequently lately. I will post an update as soon as I am able to.

In the meantime, I just wanted to remind readers that the current book giveaway winner will be selected tomorrow at 9:30 pm EST. So it’s not too late to enter by posting a comment on the Blog Giveaway 4 post.

I will post updates as I am able.

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July 16, 2009   25 Comments

Foxy Friday

Meet Foxy. Foxy lives in my yard and the surrounding farmland. Pretty cool, huh?

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My husband snagged this shot of Foxy the very same day he took the skunk pictures from an earlier post. Our yard has been a regular Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom lately. (I know some of you are too young to know what I’m talking about. It was a nature show that aired when I was growing up).

Today’s post is 10 tips for being clever as a fox when interacting with healthcare professionals. The tips are general and may apply to a number of conditions. Some are more specific than others but most are pretty universal.

Top 10 list for being a clever fox in the healthcare world:

1- Get educated about your condition(s) in order to be a strong partner with your doctor(s). Ask questions when you don’t understand!

2- Bend over backwards to network with fellow patients who “get it”. This is a very important step that will reap rewards you never dreamed imaginable. This is huge.

3- Make treatment decisions carefully. Whether it is a decision involving prescriptions, surgery, acupuncture, physical therapy, alternative medicine, etc… take it seriously. You only get one body!

4- Just as you would shop around for a car to purchase, you may need to invest time “shopping” for the right doctor for you. Spend at least as much time and energy taking care of your body as you would your car.

5- Never, ever be afraid to seek a second opinion (or more).

6- Consider taking notes during appointments, taking a loved one with you to help you absorb everything, or even tape recording the office visit (with your doctor’s permission). This can be invaluable.

7- For surgeries, I highly recommend getting a copy of your operative report for your own records at your post-op appointment. You have a legal right to your own medical records. This should be as simple as signing a release form. Some states allow providers to charge for copies. New York State has a cap of 75 cents/page. Most operative reports aren’t that many pages as they are dictated and typed.

8- If you are fortunate enough to have a local (in-person) support group, take advantage of it! This is an incredible resource you don’t want to overlook.

9- Establish a strong partnership with your doctor. Working as a team to manage symptoms is far more effective than working against each other. If you have trouble working with a doctor, maybe it’s time to seek another opinion. There may be a better fit for you out there.

10- If, despite all efforts on your part to listen and take notes, you are haunted with an important question right after an appointment, don’t be afraid to call the office and explain that you know the doctor is very busy but would greatly appreciate if you could either speak to a nurse or leave a message for the doctor regarding your question. Whether they respond as quickly as you’d like, you will have done everything in your power to get your message across. At least you’ll have the peace of mind to know you tried your best.

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You are your own best advocate with healthcare (assuming you don’t have a health care proxy making decisions on your behalf). So it’s important for you to speak up for yourself.

Be clever as a fox and make the most out of your doctor’s appointments. Go prepared (list of meds, list of recent symptoms/changes, list of questions)…

These are just a few tips that may help you feel more comfortable and in control in healthcare situations. [Read more →]

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July 10, 2009   14 Comments

Fun For Healing UPDATED

Longtime readers know that I occasionally post about things like art, music, and fun to break up the monotony of talk about chronic conditions. It’s important to connect with fellow patients. They can be an incredible source of inspiration, information, ideas, and resources. It is also important to occasionally think about things that have nothing to do with illness and pain… or at least provide a brief break or distraction from them.

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A few weeks back when I was having a “good day”, as we who are chronically ill tend to call them, I was fortunate to go for a spin up in the clouds. My husband’s friend has a small plane (big enough to seat four) and we went flying! How cool is that?

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Now, for the record I was a backseat driver this time. However, I have flown this friend’s plane before. It was one of those moments I’ll never forget because I didn’t know it was going to happen! I was sitting next to the pilot and all of a sudden he said, “OK, your turn”. My brain was thinking, “huh?”… He then told me what I needed to do and I just did it. (He was right there next to me, ready to take over at any time if needed… of course). In any event, it was far easier than I thought. (Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t want to take off or land the plane. However, flying it was much easier than I thought).

Anyway, as I said, this flying fun took place a few weeks back. My husband and I had our 11th wedding anniversary that weekend and he’s obsessed with anything related to aviation. So this was a special treat.

Anyway, fast forward to this past weekend. I needed a break from the heat! More details to come about that but first some background.

Those of you who communicate with me via other means besides this blog are most likely aware that I have been feeling particularly ill for the last couple of weeks now. It has been challenging to do the simple things involved in getting through the day. Walking from room to room was a challenge at times.

So I was as surprised as anyone when I came up with the idea to go have dinner at a cute little restaurant we like by the lake.

I’ll take a quick break from from “healing post of fun” to explain what it is I was healing from this past weekend when we headed for the water. (I picked water as my theme for this blog because I associate water with healing).

Here’s a picture of a windsurfer we saw on the lake this weekend…

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Symptoms of a number of my chronic conditions have been flaring up simultaneously. My fibromyalgia has been flaring for weeks, I’m just coming out of a brief but fairly intense interstitial cystitis flare-up, my neuropathy has really been bothering me and I am bracing for my next period (which isn’t always entirely predictable and likes to hit me at the worst possible times). Thank you very much, endometriosis.

In addition to the pain and other symptoms associated with the above conditions, I have been feeling very faint every day, feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and feeling nauseous. I have had off-the-charts fatigue. This is above and beyond my “normal” level of fatigue. I have been taking naps for hours at a time during the day. I haven’t been able to tie this last bunch of symptoms to a multiple chemical sensitivity exposure. (MCS has been known to make me faint). Nor have I been able to tie them to medication side effects. All I know is this has been a significant problem for a good couple of weeks now.

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All of these things were well in place when the heat hit. The heat. My body does NOT like heat. Rather than re-invent the wheel trying to explain heat intolerance for those unfamiliar with it, I will refer readers here to Endochick’s recent blog post on this very subject Heat Intolerance & The Midwest Summer. As Endochick mentioned, the heat can cause powerful symptoms for those with heat intolerance. (Please be sure to read the comment I posted on her blog post too). Let’s just say that if I felt the way I did before the intense heat hit my area, it was about to get much worse.

So, I have to say that I made the right choice this past weekend. The amount of car time involved to get to the lake is such that I knew there was some risk of stirring up my interstitial cystitis. On the other hand, we don’t have air conditioning at home. So being in the air conditioned car was a huge plus. I also knew that once we got there we’d have a yummy meal and pretty view of the lake. Plus we read Harry Potter by the lake. How much better does it get than that? My hunch was right and I felt much better after our trip to the lake than I did before.

They say laughter is the best medicine. I think “they” have a point. Having fun flying made me feel better a few weeks ago. Having fun this past weekend made me feel better than I had in a couple of weeks. So… if you’re feeling lousy, in pain, having symptoms and the circumstances are right (trust me I know that there are times leaving the house is impossible), give your kind of fun a try when you can. What’s fun for me may not be fun for you. For example, if you don’t like airplanes then going flying isn’t your thing. The point is try to find the time and the means to do what’s fun or healing for you. We’re all busy and this is sometimes easier said than done. I realize this. However, you only live once. So once in awhile, try slowing down and having some fun. You might just find it healing!

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Finally, I just have to post these pictures. Believe it or not these were taken with my husband’s cellphone camera right by the roadside in front of our house! (My husband spotted this turtle as we were approaching our driveway). Look at how HUGE this turtle is! I’m including these two pictures to symbolize the importance to our health of knowing when to slow down…

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Last but not least, if you liked this article, please retweet it to share it with others. Cassie recently added an adorable “Tweet This” bird at the end of each post before the comments section. She had already included a hyperlink for tweeting posts here but now it’s easier to spot. So don’t be shy. Try it out.

P.S. I plan to post the next blog giveaway soon… Hopefully this week (depending on how I’m feeling). So stay tuned for more blog giveaways. We’re not done yet!

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What? You’re still here? Don’t you know the post is done? Oh! Wait a minute. That’s right. I updated it. Yes, that’s why you’re reading this. Silly me. The above picture of a parasailer will make more sense to you when you read the blog comments to this post. Specifically, the comments exchanged between Alicia and me. I don’t know who the parasailer pictured here is but decided to add a parasailing picture for reasons which will make more sense after you read the blog comments. This picture actually doesn’t do justice to what I was trying to show but it at least gives you an idea about parasailing if you’ve never seen it.

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June 29, 2009   34 Comments

“Jeanne’s Endo Blog”: Please Vote Using My New Poll! It Will Help Me Meet Your Needs Here Better!

There’s a brand new poll in my blog’s right sidebar. I would GREATLY appreciate it if you could just take a few seconds (literally) to vote there.

This poll should help me understand readers’ needs better, figure out where to focus my attention when writing blog posts, and just get some sort of an added handle on things.

You are more than welcome to check off as many boxes as you see fit. Many of you will respond to more than one, I’m sure. We’ve actually already had 5 people vote already! So please keep those votes rolling in. The more, the merrier!

SUMMARY:

Why do you read this blog?? (Please choose more than 1 if needed)…

POLL LOCATED IN RIGHT SIDEBAR. SUMMARY OF OPTIONS TO VOTE ON BELOW…

Do you read this blog for…

Endo info?
MCS (multiple chemcal sensitivity) info?
Infertility info?
Fibro info?
Interstitial cystitis info?
Support (general)?
Tips: coping/relaxation?
Chronic pain/illness?
IBS info?
Vulvodynia info?
Alternative med info?
To read comments of others to posts?
To find blogs of interest?
Environmental issues?
Other?

THANK YOU very much, in advance, for voting on this poll (and your feedback in the comments field here would be the icing on the cake)!!! I would love it if you could post any feedback about this poll here (i.e. What might you have changed about the poll? What details were you not able to specify since “other” didn’t have a “fill in the blank”, etc.)

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January 27, 2009   18 Comments

VIDEOS on Glass Recycling Day & Over-packaging With Plastic, Why Plastics And Endometriosis Are Not Good Companions, & Facebook Groups Of Interest!

I just joined the Keep it Organic group on Facebook.

I discovered Keep it Organic group after Vanessa Posada has posted about it on another Facebook group: Fake Plastic Fish.

Both are interesting Facebook groups so check them out!

Anyway, the Keep it Organic group recently uploaded a new video for Glass Recycling Day called “Glass Can’t Recycle Itself”. (Had I known about Glass Recycling Day (which was December 10, 2008), I would have posted about it sooner but I’m figuring “better late than never”).

In any event, here is the winner of the Recycle Glass Day YouTube competition:

(Per YouTube, this stop motion video was posted on YouTube on November 11, 2008 and produced for GPI’s Glass Recycling Day PSA by Michigan State University)

For more information about glass recycling:

Glass Packaging Institute

The link below is the source for the information below it titled “Toxic Link to Endo”:

The Endometriosis Association

Toxic Link to Endo:

ENDOMETRIOSIS and the TOXIC LINK-

Endometriosis is an endocrine and immune disease that affects an estimated 89 million women and girls around the world, regardless of ethnic or social origin. The incidence of allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities in women with endometriosis is higher than in the general population. Women with endometriosis are also at higher risk for autoimmune diseases and certain types of cancers.
The connection with chemical toxins-

Dioxin is a toxic byproduct of industrial and consumer processes that involve chlorine or incineration of chlorine-containing substances, such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as “vinyl”) plastics. The main sources of dioxins are medical waste incineration, municipal waste incineration, chemical and plastic manufacturing, some pesticides, and pulp and paper bleaching. PVC disposable medical devices, such as IV bags and tubing, are a major concern because they become medical waste, which is often incinerated. Dioxins formed during incineration are released into the air and travel via air currents, contaminating fields and crops. Cattle and other livestock eat the crops and the dioxin enters their tissue. Humans then eat the contaminated animal products.

In the early 1990s, the Endometriosis Association found that 79% of a group of monkeys developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin in their food during a research study over ten years earlier. The severity of endometriosis found in the monkeys was directly related to the amount of TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin – the most toxic dioxin) to which they had been exposed. Monkeys that were fed dioxin in amounts as small as five parts per trillion developed endometriosis. In addition, the dioxin-exposed monkeys showed immune abnormalities similar to those observed in women with endometriosis.

I came across this 1 minute video on YouTube and just had to share it.

Here is the YouTube description of it: Winner of Friends of the Earth’s Best One-minute green film award.

Director Ulla Jacobsen (Denmark) on her entry: “Over-packaging of children’s toys takes on absurd dimensions…”

What our judges said:

“Simple story, simply told” – David Sproxton
“Brilliant film. Perfect! The best!” – Dilly Gent
“Good concept” – Andrew Macdonald

This post was a bit of a hodge-podge about glass recycling, some interesting Facebook groups, and the dangers of plastic manufacturing and incineration to people’s health (specifically in regard to endometriosis but also impacting other conditions).

Reducing, reusing, and recycling is so important!

Finally, don’t forget to check these out!!!

(1) The Together We Can Cure Endometriosis Facebook group

(2) The “Jeanne’s Endo Blog” Blog Network on Facebook

I look forward to seeing you on Facebook. There are many worthwhile groups there.

This article was posted by Jeanne via “Jeanne’s Endo Blog” at www.endendoat.blogspot.com.

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December 19, 2008   No Comments

(VIDEO) CNN clip: “FDA Failing You: Govt Says BPA IS Good For You”

I have posted about BPA (bisphenol A) before.

It’s a chemical that readers here are typically particularly vulnerable to… given the nature of their chronic conditions.

Rather than get all wordy, I’ll let this video speak for itself:

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Description of above video as per YouTube: Airing Date Aug.18, 2008 – Lou Dobbs Tonight: FDA Failing You: Govt Says BPA IS Good For You

News links:

Pollution. It’s in you. Brought to you by toxic nation.

Plastic bottle ban?

Common Dreams.org News Center: Canada Moves Toward BPA Ban; Wal-Mart Will Pull All BPA-Laced Items

Lawmakers introduce BPA ban

Wikipedia entry on BPA:

Bisphenol A

Related link:

Thursday, October 30, 2008 Endometriosis Blog: BPA Controversy Continues As FDA Disputes Scientific Findings (UPDATED)

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December 18, 2008   8 Comments

Endosulfan Pesticide Banned in New Zealand: Endometriosis, Infertility, Breast Cancer & Pesticides…

Do you have endometriosis, infertility, or breast cancer? Then this post may be of interest to you.

I am currently reading a book called Silent Spring (for information regarding this book, please see the environmental section of the right sidebar of this blog).

It talks about a number of things including pesticides. I am about 2/3 of the way finished with this book and I look forward to telling you more about it in a future post.

Interestingly, I just last night received a Google alert for endometriosis regarding a pesticide called endosulfan that has been banned in New Zealand.

Here is the Google alert I got that was flagged for the key word “endometriosis”:

The New Zealand Herald: Cancer group delighted with ban

The reason this is particularly interesting to me is that the Silent Spring book I’m currently reading was written decades ago and covers the dangerous effects of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides.

ALL THESE YEARS LATER, SUCH TOXIC CHEMICALS AS THOSE WRITTEN ABOUT IN SILENT SPRING ARE STILL IN USED IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD.

It is alarming that the warning bells of Silent Spring were not heeded and that chemical companies’ profits appear to have won out over public health, the well being of the planet itself, and common sense. Rachel Carson’s prescient story of the profound impact of such toxins is mind-boggling to me.

Endosulfan has been banned in many countries as per the preceding wikipedia link.

Per the wikipedia entry on endosulfan, it is registered for agricultural use in the United States.

Here is an excerpt from the endosulfan wikipedia entry:

Health effects

Endosulfan is one of the more toxic pesticides on the market today, responsible for many fatal pesticide poisoning incidents around the world [see the wikipedia entry for footnotes]. Endosulfan is also a xenoestrogen — a synthetic substance that imitates or enhances the effect of estrogen — and it can act as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. Whether endosulfan can cause cancer is debated.


For more information on endocrine disruptors, see the “Our Stolen Future” website.

This book is next on my reading list and I plan to review it in the future.

After numerous quotes from and references to this book on this blog, I am finally going to read it in its entirety! (See book info in right sidebar of this blog).

First, I need to finish reading “Silent Spring”!

Related articles:

There are numerous articles that have talked about some of the topics mentioned in this post. For more info from past posts, please use the search engine located in the top left corner of this homepage. Type in your search word and then just click search to be routed to previous articles.

This article was posted by Jeanne via “Jeanne’s Endo Blog” at www.endendoat.blogspot.com.

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December 17, 2008   4 Comments

VIDEO: Dangers Of Plastic Bags, Reducing Plastic Bags Will DECREASE Foreign Oil Dependency!!

The previous post that mentioned the dangers of plastic bags has received a good-sized reaction. So I decided to post some more info on it. After all, this issue affects our health, the health of the planet, The United States’ dependance on foreign oil, the safety/survival of wildlife, etc.

So here is a video with more information…

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Per the video above, China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags. — Source: CNN.com/asia January 9, 2008

That’s a lot of oil!!

The slideshow above was created by The Pocono Record.

For more information, see PoconoGreen: Your place for the latest environmental news from the Pocono Record.

Here’s their multimedia section (see below) which discusses the dangers of plastic bags if you’d like to learn more. It contains a petition regarding plastic bags. As you saw in the video clip above, numerous other countries outside the US have taken measures to outlaw or tax plastic bags… PoconoGreen Multimedia.

San Francisco, CA was the first US state to attempt banning plastic bags.

See related articles about that here:

S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS: Supermarkets and chain pharmacies will have to use recyclable or compostable sacks

Unfair Park: The Dallas Observer Blog – Article title: San Francisco Banned Plastic Bags. But Dallas? Not Going to Happen.

The Dallas article above quoted the American Chemistry Council, which was apparently quoted in April 2008, as stating that insisting a ban on plastic bags and food containers would:

“have negative consequences on the local environment, the economy and the school system”

Really!? I’m not following their logic but that is apparently their argument against banning plastic bags. I do know that my quick scan of their site just now looked like one big ad for how wonderful they are and how they are helping everyone from the infant pictured in an incubator to a small child smiling from her bicycle. I’m not saying that plastics don’t ever serve any useful purpose. I just thought the pictures prominently displayed on their site were interesting choices. I’ll leave it at that.

Anyway, moving on to others working to tackle the plastic bag problem…

The Whole Foods chain announced in January 2008 that it would stop offering plastic bags to its customers:

Whole Foods Chain to Stop Use of Plastic Bags.

As Jessica of Live On Purpose, a reader of this blog, remarked in a comment to a post the other day, some areas in Colorado reward shoppers with 5 cents off their grocery bill for returning their plastic bags to stores.

As Ayaka Nangumo from Facebook noted:

“In many stores in Japan, if you bring your own bag, you receive a point. You collect the points, and you can use the points to exchange to something or get some discount. I always carry what we call “eco-bag.” These bags look much nicer than plastic bags, and they are durable, so I don’t have to worry that the bag may get torn while I’m walking back home”.

Susie from The Canary Report just clued me in to a very interesting site written by Beth Terry called Fake Plastic Fish. I can’t wait to take a closer look at it as it seems jam-packed with information!!

Finally, Beth’s site mentioned PVC and reminded me of a cool movie I saw awhile back called Blue Vinyl.

For those unfamiliar with PVC, it has been linked to endometriosis. PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride (PVC)… (i.e. “vinyl”).

When reading the wikipedia entry above on PVC, you may want to pay special attention to the mention of the toxins dioxins and phthalates. These are connected to a great many illnesses, including endometriosis!

For information about the relation between endometriosis and toxins like dioxin and PVC, see the EA website section: Endometriosis Association’s section titled “Toxic Link to Endo”

Related are some links (see blog archives for more):

Thursday, December 11, 2008 The Canary Report Features This Blog, Why Plastic Bags Are Bad News, And What Houghton Mifflin Is Teaching Students About Global Warming… (UPDATED)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: How You Can Help Patients With This Often Debilitating Condition!! (UPDATED With USA Today article)!

This article was posted by Jeanne via “Jeanne’s Endo Blog” at www.endendoat.blogspot.com.

This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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