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Hawaii proclaims July 2010 as Toxic Injury Awareness and Education Month

Wednesday 4 August 2010

State of HawaiiThe American Chronicle reports:


Christiane Tourtet B.A.
July 25, 2010

It is wonderful news for the State of Hawaii as Governor Linda Lingle, and Lieutenant Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr. have signed on July 22nd 2010, the proclamation of Toxic Injury (also known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) Awareness and Education Month in Hawaii. With over 47 million people in the US suffering from the devastating chemically triggered, environmental illness of Toxic Injury/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Governor Linda Lingle, and Lieutenant Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, have done a remarkable work of public awareness by signing the Toxic Injury/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness and Education Month Proclamation, which was obtained through the hard work of Sue Quimby and with the help of several other people.

Below is the text of the proclamation:


Toxic injury, or multiple chemical sensitivity, is described as a chronic condition in which exposure to low levels of chemicals or other substances the environment cause adverse affects. Oftentimes debilitating, toxic injury is suspected to be caused by smoke, pesticides, plastic, synthetic fabrics, scented products, petroleum, paint and common household products.

Affecting all ages and both genders, symptoms of toxic injury range from mild to disabling and include anaphylactic shock, difficulty breathing, chest pains, hives, headaches, paralysis, seizures, visual disturbances and insomnia among other health challenges. As a result, toxic injury has been attributed to negatively affecting the respiratory, central nervous, immune and endocrine systems.

According to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Beacon of Hope Foundation, founded in 2000 by and for those who suffer from toxic injury and disabilities, 15 percent of the population report chemical sensitivity and just under half of those affected experience life-altering changes that lead to disability. Toxic injury diagnosis is based on six criteria: 1) The condition is chronic; 2) Symptoms recur reproducibly with repeated chemical exposure; 3) Symptoms recur in response to lower levels of chemicals than previously tolerated; 4) Symptoms appear in response to multiple chemically unrelated substances; 5) Symptoms improve when the offensive chemical is removed; 6) Multiple organ systems are affected.

As of yet, toxic injury has no cure. In Hawai'i, to increase the publics knowledge about this chronic condition, students and members of the community from the Sierra Club, American Heart and Lung Associations and MCS Hawai'i will participate in sign waving on July 28, 2010. In addition, there will be a gathering at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park for anyone who is interested in learning more about toxic injury. Raising awareness in the community helps individuals maker safer choices, employ responsible practices and choose nontoxic products.

THEREFORE, I, LINDA LINGLE, Governor, and I, JAMES R. "DUKE" AIONA, JR., Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai'i, do hereby proclaim July 2010, as


in Hawai'i, and urge all citizens to increase awareness, education, understanding and research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of toxic injury.

DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawai'i, this twenty-second day of July 2010.

Linda Lingle, Governor, State of Hawai'i

James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai'i


Thank you very much Governor Lingle, and Lieutenant Governor Aiona Jr. for signing the Proclamation. The people of Hawaii , as well as people from other states, are delighted and very grateful to you. And thank you, Sue Kimby, and your helpers for your hard work and dedication in getting this outstanding proclamation.

For more information on Toxic Injury/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, (MCS) please visit the following outstanding websites:



© 2010 Christiane Tourtet.

The above originally appeared here.

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