This site is devoted to providing support and ideas to those who are chemically sensitive and inspiring others to protect themselves and their loved ones by reducing their exposures to common toxins in consumer products and their surroundings.
Hi, I’m Pookie Sekmet! (Actually, I’m not – in today’s world of rampant online abuse I am choosing to develop this website and also write using an assumed name.) Since I was a small child I have had a medical condition, sometimes called Environmental Illness, or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, or, most applicable for me personally, Toxicant-induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT). I will use the term “chemical intolerance” on this site. This condition, in which relatively small exposures to fragrances or other common chemicals cause disproportionate medical symptoms, has defined the experiences and choices of my life. I and others with chemical intolerance possess unique insight into the prevalence of toxins in everyday consumer products and environments. This is because our bodies respond to the presence and toxicity of substances that the science of today has not yet developed the tools to “scientifically” measure or define as toxic. Properly viewed, my ability to discern the toxicity of objects and environments is a superpower, although when I am ill I certainly don’t feel like a superhero and in fact each time I’m made ill I feel like I have lost some of my own life force!
I’ve become convinced that many people, less acutely affected by environmental chemicals than I am, nevertheless suffer some degree of neurological disruption from them. This disruption manifests most commonly as bad sleep, fatigue, or brain-fogginess.
We are living through a dark time in terms of the prevalence and detrimental impacts of fragrances and other chemicals. I will provide resources, examples, and encouragement so that people can see these common toxins more clearly and develop habits of avoidance to protect themselves and their loved ones.
It takes time to describe important things well, so the content of this website will evolve over time. Also, I’m determined to be my own webmaster, so please bear with me as I gain technical knowledge and continue to develop the website infrastructure.