Black Friday at any in person location is a nightmare for those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, a Sensory Processing Disorder, and like conditions. But what if I told you there was just as good sales online? Without sale sites getting overwhelmed and possibly crashing (Like on Black Friday itself!). What if ? The sales were better then Black Fridays sometimes. Possibly customized to your shopping habits. And some items were FREE. And I don’t mean buy one get one free either.Would you be interested THEN!? Then you NEED to be an Amazon Prime member. And then you NEED to check out this URL’s page listed below ASAP. This is defiantly TIME Sensitive.
You defiantly DO NOT need everything on this page. But, with a 30 day free trial and a 6 month free trial for students. You can’t AFFORD to NOT check this out. ! Especially since it’s only once a year. And it IS Sensory Friendly and Environmentally, Chemically-Safe!
PS.! It’s not just one day either.!
Copy and paste the above URL into your favorite search engine’s search box. And then press enter/go!
Healthy at Home is a 4 week paid course focused on non toxic living. Starting on April 3rd. How to make your living space non toxic will make your sensory issues challenging or calmer and more manageable. While Meghan and Josh certainly aren’t sensory solution or ASD experts. Nor are they MCS experts. So, there will be suggestions that won’t work for you. They know how to live non toxic lives. To learn more go here now http://www.meghantelpner.com/?refer=425
Once on the above website scroll down a little to Healthy at Home. Then click learn more, for the details and an intro video.
I’m taking this course. To make sure I know everything I can on this topic. (In case I don’t know it all already). Also, for other reasons- that if you sign up you could learn. But, NOT because I don’t know how to live non-toxict.
On my update page on November first of this month I shared 1 of the stores that had/have great sales going on now that I’m a fan of. Since this blog caters to SPD and MCS reader’s I will say this. That store if you have MCS may not be a store environment you can handle. Especially while there incredible sales are on and if it’s a popular shopping time and day. Not only due to possible overwhelm. But, also for it’s scents/fragrances in the air. However, compared to a perfume/makeup/cologne store. It’s a very low scent/fragrant/ chemically filled environment. It didn’t bother me much if at all. And I went to a store in a very popular part of Manhattan in NYC. But, I’m the sensory solutions expert. So, I tolerate more then some. But, notice EVERYTHING. If you have MCS and wear a mask however you’ll be likely fine. And your purchased merchandise will only leave slightly fragranced. Most NT’s won’t notice what I’m talking about.
You can always shop through their app or website! And once you wash the clothing properly before wearing it (Which is a smart idea regardless of if it has fragrance in it or not) . The chemicals and smell will go away. The clothes sold through this manufacturer were created with chemicals (Like most clothing). If this is a problem for you. you already know who you are.
Now, wear are my Thank you’s!? Leave them in the comments section below!
PS. – The sales are happening through at least the New Year as well! So go now, before you miss out on a potential steal!
2. I earn nothing but, your respect and trust for this recommendation.
People with SPD, ADHD, ASD, any environmental Illness, and many others require more recovery time via sleep, then others. But other things require sleep too- Plants, Flowers, and Animals, if you really think about it.
Without the right amount of quality sleep allot of things alive today would be, well dead, or medically less healthy. It even effects your Sensory Processing Disorder’s daily tolerance intake. Which can effect what you eat and how you feel physically as well as mentally. And we do know that Sensory Processing Disorder has a mental component to it. Don’t we?
Therefore go visit here and sign up for, attend, and possibly purchase the Sleep Summit! Going on NOW!
Today I created a change.org petition so that people with SPD, Roscia, ASD, IBS, / and a number of other conditions could live healthier more easily. Making your own soups are not hard at all. IF you have already the right broth or base for them. Making other dishes more appetizing or possible will also be a possibility then. Allot of stock or broth isn’t very healthy for people who can’t tolerate any of the unnecessary added ingredients in all created stocks and broths on the market that are pre-made. Most of which has onion/high sodium. Both of which aren’t sensory friendly. And in some cases are highly unhealthy. Creating your own is very time-consuming. And you create with it allot of extra poultry, meat, veggies/seafood at times with it. Which you may then eventually throw out especially if your only cooking for 1/2 people. So, if I get enough signatures. I will try to get a manufacturer to create for us 1/more broths that work for us. Please go here for more details. To sign, possibly comment on, and certainly share. Thanks!
Just this month. Facebook added at least 3 more IBS support groups. Which I love! What I mean buy that is I love that they exist and are quickly gaining new members. Because the more options. The more awareness of our community is required from those in society. Which means more research, recognizing of the condition, and care is being addressed for this condition.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if it was as widely understood and respected as the GF world now is!? I certainly think so. IBS is a condition that people with a large variety of conditions (Diagnosed or not) have. Examples of other conditions it’s often if not always seen with are ASD, Fibromyalgia, SPD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dysphagia, PTSD, certain eating disorders, MCS, and GERD.
Regardless of when your diagnosed with it. IBS is a life long condition. It may not be realized at first. But, that’s partly due to lack of awareness. It’s also due to lack of knowledge/ease of it’s solutions. Even if the solution is temporary.
So, if you have it. I encourage you to find a support group or two for it. Regardless of if it’s an in person group or online. And make sure to visit it often if it’s online. To participate, help others, relate to/ ask for help in. And buy the way, there ARE free, non-facebook, online IBS support groups.
What ever you do. If you have it. Please recognize it and deal with it the best you can. Be part of the research if that’s something you can do safely as well.
Also, ASD is now and will be even more in the future contributing to this research big time. Everyone with ASD has IBS. Even if it’s not officially diagnosed yet.
In 1997 the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders declared every April to be Irratible Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. The biggest reasons I am very thankful for this. Is because 1. It shows that the traditional medical field admits it’s a legit real issue, 2. It works towards important entire world accurate awareness and research for it. 3. It helps Sensory Processing Disorders also get a real reputation as well. As you may know in the past (And still some today, Unfortunetly) . Both IBS and SPD at times can be seen as non existant. / Not a big deal. At least according to some traditional medicine mindsets. Regardless, of how wrong. That may be.
IBS is especially bad for those with a combination of SPD with atleast 1 additional co-morbid diagnosis. So, those who have ASD and SPD for example have particular difficulties with this Digestive Sensory Disorder. Another words. IBS is a Sensory disorder and sometimes a sensory Processing Disorder sub type/ branch of SPD. Although, modern or traditional medicine thinks about 25% (Tops) of the world has IBS. Functional medicine actually believes that percent is way to low. And it is in reality higher. I agree, it is higher. I’m not sure. How much though.
Sure IBS may not kill us. But, there still real problems. And it is not only in your head literally not figuratively. If at all. And even the parts of them that maybe in our head literally. IBS symptoms and needs need just as much recognition and respect as any other parts of these differences. After all. We can’t ignore the micro biome brain connection. Right!?
What we don’t need is – blaming thoughts, comments, or excuses coming from yourself or ANYONE ELSE. And especially not ignorance or avoidance from others/ the individual with them.
While it’s true IBS has things in common with conditions like Colitis, Chrohns, Irratible Bowel Disease, and certain other conditions. IBS is ignored far more frequently. And that effects everyone with it. Because when it’s ignored, research is less. Seriousness of it seams lower. And the need for awareness, solutions, and services. Are harder to come buy. And as I’ve shown in certain posts. On my blogs. IBS is certainly not a condition to laugh at or ignore. And NOT just because it could kill.
Here you can find some solid basics on it though. I don’t love how the below URL states some things. And it’s missing some key facts. But, to be honest. I looked awhile. And couldn’t find any 1 URL that I loved to help you learn about IBS. But, this url is pretty good.
The other conditions mentioned above get more acceptance from society because in traditional medicine they are thought of as more deadly. Also, sometimes those conditions don’t always change what you can or cannot eat. However, that’s likely, slowly changing too.
Functional medicine however, treats IBS as a more common condition. Because lifestyle choices and being healthy can often significantly improve (If not cure in the FM mindset) the quality of life of someone with IBS. Also, Functional Medicine exists to serve where traditional medicine fails or could use more work.
Because of the severity of Colitis, Chron’s, and other Irratible Bowel Diseases. Modern medicine, serve patients with these conditions pretty effectively.
I would say my mindset is Integrative. Which buy the way, (Shh! Don’t tell anybody this. Okay!?) is the best/ only kind to have- if you ask me.! 😉
My book(s), will cover this topic with more depth.
A few months ago I watched The Big Short in movie theaters. It’s about the housing crises in the mid 2000’s and it shares real stories. But, with very good explanations so many can understand it. It’s an important film for adults to see. However, there were a couple brief parts in the movie that could trigger sensory reactions visually/in an auditory fashion. So, I recommend if you see it, to do so, where you can control the sound. And are comfortable in a home like environment to minimize sensory reactions.
I do NOT recommend going to church tonight for Christmas Eve. Sorry for the delay EST and PST time zone (Among others). Between the fragrant chemicals that are especially festive on adults. And incense throughout the parish. It’s a MCS, mold sensitive, and sensory hell. People with mold sensitivity can react extremely poorly to chemicals, weather, and even clothing without mold on or in it. And no one to my knowledge likes the incense smell. But, it’s especially bad for people with these issues.
Instead go during the day on Christmas. It will be a far better service too.
I’m going to be effected buy my exposures from tonight and tomorrow at least for the next week. Ugg! Society. When will they obey for improved health?
Need a visual of what constipation inside of you looks like? No prob! Want to see what keeps it moving? Or why you might get constipated? (There ARE other root causes to what causes the constipation-not mentioned, here as well) .
Constipation and IBS are two reasons to eat healthy and possibly consider/be on 1/more special diets. Can you think of other reasons too?
For a complete picture make sure to check out my last two IBS Digestion posts on here as well. Including their brief videos. And don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments section below!
Need to see the IBS (Irratible Bowel Syndrome) Brain Gut connection? No Problem! Check this couple minute u tube video out. After watching this do you see how SPD and IBS are both sensory related now? In SPD your brain gets miscommunication regarding your sensory triggers too. The triggers don’t just come in through your gut with SPD though. And in SPD your body doesn’t react normal or in a healthy way regarding incoming triggering information either.
However, your IBS symptoms defiantly don’t only have to be coming from your gut/stomach however. But, that’s for another discussion. This can be caused buy Stress, Food sensitivities, lack of good bacteria, and more.
Thanks Nathan Devery!
Understand? To get a more complete understanding make sure to see my two additional recent Irratible Bowel Syndrome Visual posts and there utube videos on this blog.
Research shows IBS (Otherwise known as Irratible Bowel Syndrome) effects 58 million people in the US. With a 2 to 1 Women to man ratio. Most people with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Autism have it. And numerous others with a large variety of other conditions also do. From MCS, Celiacs, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety disorder’s, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Intestinal permeability (Otherwise known as Leaky Gut), Candida, SIBO, Neurological Differences, Gut Dysbiosis, Gulf War Syndrome, Depression, and many more.
Watch this video only till the host is done showing you the insides of a colon. Although, the host is accurate that typically IBS and it’s symptoms don’t kill people. It can. 1 example of how it could kill someone (And Did) is shown in an article on my nontoxic4us blog post called, “Pooping is no laughing matter!” IBS symptoms include internal inflammation that may or may not be seen or felt inside of you/externally (However, often, it is felt). Enough internal inflammation can cause all kinds of problems- especially if it hangs around too long. Including Cancer. An external common symptom/consequence (Especially if Constipated/and most likely if you have ASD too) is bloating.
In Denver, Colorado at the Lone Tree Arts Center on June 16, 2015 their was the first ever, Sensory Friendly Summit. Hosting 50 organizations and 80 participants. The STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research Center) joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation (SPDF) to prepare Denver to be the FIRST city in the country to be the most Sensory friendly to people with these challenges= us. If it’s successful, the hope is that other cities will follow.
What changes this entails is not yet publicly shared. Which means if you or someone you care a lot about or work for. Would benefit from this (Or would if your area also did it) NOW is the time to speak up and contact the Movements leaders from the Lone Tree Arts Center or PHAMALY (For the Denver Area) or STAR or the SPDF area for the rest of the nation.
The SPDF and STAR Center this fall will be launching the first Sensory Friendly Certification nationwide for businesses and organizations joining in the movement. If you ask me. ( and there not :(. ) Scents and fragrances in places, as well as restaurant food quality, and many options for sensitive tummies should DEFIANTLY be encouraged. INCLUDING in hospitals. And enforced, for sensory friendly certification approval. If you could help this be focused on adults as well as children’s sensory needs. I’m certain far more then people with SPD, Autism, and Down Syndrome would be greatly positively effected and grateful. Think of all the extra business! People with MCS, autoimmune food issues, diabetics, ADHD, IBD, IBS, GF diets, and others would also come. Some who can’t now. Wouldn’t that be GREAT?!
I first learned about this via someone else’s post on a SPD Facebook group. Isn’t this exciting? SPD is going to hopefully be more widely accepted as a legit need. One that society will have to at least accept and somewhat understand.
We already have some plays and movies getting sensory friendly showings and performances. But, let’s expand the number offered. And increase the ways, and places, society should assist us. Who’s with me on this? Comment below if you are.
Do you celebrate Easter or Passover? If so, which one?
I celebrate Easter! But, without the sweets, alcohol, spices, food intolerances, and gluten. Unlike most of my family. My family celebrates mostly with all the above. Why I won’t say, to copy me (Even if that’s the smartest thing to do, I’m sure some of you might laugh if I did). I will say, keep in mind your health, sensory needs, addiction factors, routines, and how those things will effect you both short and long term. Not just how they effect you. But, how your actions, delivery of actions, and the lack of them. How they effect, or may influence other’s as well. Even if it isn’t always obvious, when someone else notices them and let’s your actions change theirs. (Children are very easily influenced.) But, so are some adults with certain disabilities as well. Like some with ASD.
But, if your an adult. Most of all. Don’t get unwound from alcohol. That’s key no matter what extra differences you have, true. But, those who celebrate with you should appreciate you for you. And not for what alcohol makes you become. ( Same is true for any other toxin that may just be one for you and not them) If this isn’t true, there toxic. And you need, an untoxic family or group of close friends to celebrate with. If you celebrate at all.
If you need to/ should stay sober, in routine, and avoid what’s toxic, DO SO. Stay strong. And please know. You are SO not alone. But, do it tactfully.
For a limited time, Allergic Living Magazine is offering year and two year gift subscriptions for there best rate yet! . The special rate is only available this month. Each year they publish 4 magazines. This is the ONLY SPD/ Environmental Illness, somewhat related magazine, I’m currently highly considering a renewal for at the moment. And the GF and More Food Sensitivities mag. I’m NOT renewing.
I’m looking to renew Allergic Living Mag. now, not only due to the holidays/ great temporary discount, if I can get it gifted to me. It’s also do to the fact that when I called them. And suggested improvements, and told them I wanted to cancel my subscription. Among other info. They not only changed my mind to try it longer, they promised they’d incorporate my suggestions into there future magazines immediately. And after recently getting there latest one. (The first one published that was created after our discussion) thus far, they have delivered some on that promise! Do you know how hard it is to change my mind and please me sometimes? This one, being some of those times.
However, I must say, most magazines I’m not that found of. And I’ve tried SEVERAL in different categories. Regardless of there topics. I also should say, that a lot of the info found in magazines (With a few exceptions at most) repeat tons of info you can find elsewhere, or info you can come up with not too much difficultly on your own. A lot of which, can be accessed for FREE.
But, back to this magazine. Their single, listed, issue price is 5.95 each. There CURRENT normal prices for subscriptions are, 19.99 for 1 yr, and 29.99 for two years, 8 issues. As a gift you can give it or receive a 2 yr subscription for about 27.$ and a 1 yr for about 18$ normally. This is in US currency only. However, for a limited time you can gift give or receive it for 19.99 for two years or 14.99 for 1 year. Which is atleast 50% off when purchasing the two yr plan! The two yr plan is 2.50 per issue which is under there production costs to make and send you each magazine. The 1 year discounted cost is a little under 3.50 an issue with tax. See the description below in the link below for more details. This is one of a very small number of magazines (That I can tell) sold in the US, that address MCS/ mold issues sometimes. I’d love for some of you effected buy MCS who subscribe, to contact there editor to include more about these issues in any of there magazines. However, before doing so, you need to learn first what they have already covered along those lines. But, you probably knew that. Now didn’t you?
The only other way to access this magazine is buying it before they sell out. At certain Whole Foods across the country and possibly in Canada. However, they price it above 5$ a magazine.
In the beginning of this past August I posted, to give you all a heads up, about a documentary that looks very good, but, off topic, called, “Toxic Hot Seat”. It is about the dangers of flame retardants in the US. In my previous post called “Movie, “Toxic Hot Seat”” I link you to the documentaries website, which remains to still have it’s trailer, among other things. I will be editing that post title to say documentary soon. There is also a very brief trailer on u tube (slightly over 2 mins to be exact) along with a 10 minute and 25 second, Filmmakers Q and A session on u tube about the documentary. Last August, I didn’t know how anyone, including me, could see the movie, realistically.
In the beginning, if you aren’t super aware of your symptoms, and what might cause them. And know that there not normal. How will you know you need any solutions for them right? Or in the case of a loved one knowing, how will they understand, and be sensitive to your needs? Or even in some cases, help you cope and prevent them? Both you and they won’t be able to well, if at all. They also need to understand that numerous others have similar issues. This blog helps with them recognizing your not alone. But, so does this app! Which is mutually available in the apple and android store. The Google play and android market combined has 914 reviews on this app with an overall rating of 4 stars out out of 5. Although this app, doesn’t cover all kinds of symptoms super well, and it may be better suited more for families then individuals. (Next month, if your lucky, I’ll share an app that addresses these other things on my other blog) This one, does, what it does VERY well, without being overwhelming. As long as you turn on it’s notifications and put in your location for the weather forecast. It’s very customizable. So, your (Or your child’s, husbands, ect)) MCS, Roscia, or PSD, symptoms can defiantly easily be added. And the note section is crucial.
It has 1 Zyrtec add but, it doesn’t kill your battery. And it certainly isn’t annoying.
Bye the way, I bought this, researched many similar apps, and started using this one, before I noticed It’s android presence. Recognize symptoms for what they are ( this app may not due that for you, but, other free sources can), find out your causes, share them with your correct doctors, or close friends/ family. And cope or get rid of of them, as effectively as possibly! Because awareness, and others seeing, accepting, and accomodating, you/ your families needs. Are key, in finding solutions.
For the Apple Store the App is called just “Allergy”. For the Google android store it’s called “WebMD Allergy” there both the same. Completely free. And with a dandelion on the icon.
In the States, once a year there is a holiday that is called Thanksgiving Day. Which if you haven’t heard yet, is today. Where typical foods eaten on it are, Turkey, mashed potato’s, turkey gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pumpkin egg nog (If your really lucky). And other things that are chosen buy the cooks of each family/group gathering. Sometimes people eat under 3 meals a day since the Thanksgiving feast is so, large. And large groups of people who are often close to one another often gather to socialize and catch up with one another. However, throughout the world, there are many other very similar holidays. Holidays that have the same or similar purpose. To thank, whatever god you believe in, for the Harvest. And everything else your thankful for.
In quickly reviewing the URLS in the photo I’ll create a new post for shortly. You can learn more about the other Holidays, people celebrate that are like their own Thanksgiving version. All over the world. At least one of the holidays is a couple days. And atleast a couple are a week long. Most are in August-October. Except for Kwanzaa (Late December- Jan first) and Tai Pongal (Mid Jan). Most are for the entire family.
From what I can tell, some if not all of these holidays have some strong tasting foods, and unusual ones for our palets. Many with SPD, struggle with change physically, not just with mental transitioning. So if our brains can handle the social adaptations required without a shutdown or meltdown. It doesn’t mean our whole body can. Which can defiantly be sometimes a problem, for many of us. Before, during, or after, eating problematic foods these reactions may occur. Sometimes, even up to a year after eating it if it has unhealthy gluten in it.
Their are also, fragrance, and scent, issues people can be exposed to being around others. Those with PSD sometimes can’t even tolerate the smell of many strong smelling spices or food. I am no exception to this. Some with MCS, can even be hospitalized if exposed too certain chemicals. So, PLEASE be aware of and sensitive to these people especially. These chemicals are often in household cleaners, clothing detergent, and body and hair products. Not just cologne and perfumes. Their ARE safer alternatives. Fresh lemon for example, in a cleaning product will make me black out. Lavendar if strong enough will do the same. Among other problems. So, don’t think all organic is the way to go either.
This year, like some of the more recent previous years. I’m eating on my own. Or atleast eating my own foods. But, with others. Why? Because, I can’t eat must if not any, of whatever others in my party are going to. No cranberry, onions, sweet peppers, turnips, parsnips, turkey, stuffing, egg nog, or pumpkin anything for me. And no GF stuffing doesn’t work for me either. For one regular (and most rice) isn’t my friend. I have over 100 food intolerances. Some of which, include most spices, including black pepper. And I NEVER drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages. Did you know that brain fog is more likely if your exposed to unhealthy gluten?
In conclusion, please don’t forget to remind people of your needs. Take Care of yourself, BEFORE making others happy. Be aware and accepting of what others needs are, and most importantly take care of each others health. No matter when, how, or what you call your holiday.
And if you have SPD or MCS, diagnosed or not. Know your NOT alone. numerous others struggle during the holiday. But, let’s try to advocate for ourselves and each other. In the end, it will help others who don’t have these challenges, (But who interact with us) happier too.
This should be a page but, I can’t post any more that will actually appear to you. This is SO sensory related.
After starting this post and got to think about it a little more. I decided I should probably first tell you why shopping appeals to many NT Women, but, for us, it simply doesn’t work.! So here’s part 1. The italics can be often the NT speaking/ mindset. The non italics is me/ a potential Aspie/MCS reply. Which may or or may not be an internal mindset response. If it is internal, the individual may not be aware of its existent cue immediately.
In store only, card holder, special events!
But online, I can find it cheaper! And I don’t want your unique in store gift anyway. It’s often another bag or perfume.
I mean who doesn’t want a free makeup artist do you up?
Who’s said that I like that you were in charge? How do I know your products are PSD friendly? I bet you don’t even know what PSD is. Am I right?
And don’t you just love that peakinease or lavender room smell?! (Think VS’s cologne and body products section)?! It’s a free stress reliever too!
Or how about the excitement of style with the crowds of like minded people! Want new friends? There are shopping clubs. Didn’t you hear?
More artificial friends!? Like when did I need more of them!?
2. Learning what’s in style
Wait, are you saying I can’t learn that at home?! You can, and at your own speed. So, it might actually stick this time!
3. The social aspect.
When did shopping become fun!? It requires money, means more space is needed to put it all in, not to mention the social stress, or environment changes!
4. Eating out, Who always wants to cook anyway?
Avoiding GMO, herbicides, pesticides, and hormones buy putting control into my own hands, is far more convenient then the planning and cleaning up of my one time meal. So, no thank you! Not to mention, it’s cheaper, and less of a headache, in the long run too!
5. The sales, Black Friday everyone?
Need I say more?!
6. The bragging rights.
You really think I have friends to brag too? And even if I did, how do you think your going to make me think that shopping is awesome?
7. Sizing footwear okay this one, with SPD I can relate to, but, I’ll teach you in another post exactly how to make this not matter anymore.
8. Impulse shopping addiction anyone? Impulse what? I nearly don’t know the words meaning! I’m a control freak, not impulsive!
9. The personal shopper fan. What do you mean I have to make another professional friend?
10. a. Influencing taste/ trends and B. getting glammed up to go!