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Frequently Asked Questions
for the Environmental Health Network

Q: What is EHN?

A: We are a registered nonprofit (501(c)(3)) located in the San Francisco Bay Area providing support, advocacy & information for the chemically and electrically injured and hypersensitive.  We incorporated as a nonprofit in 1988.

Q: How do I join EHN?

A: All members (paying or not, signed up or not) can participate in our mailing lists, come to our meetings, and use our services.  Paying members will get our newsletter, The Reactor, when it comes back into production.  To join, please use this link: http://ehnca.org/membership-donations/

Q: When are your meetings?

A: Most of the year, we meet the first Saturday of the month at 4pm (some exceptions).  The best way to find out about upcoming meetings is to join the EHN-Announce mailing list, since we do sometimes change meeting days, times, and locations.  There is a speaker, a support group where everyone gets the chance to talk, and then a potluck.  Meetings are held in Ecology House’s Community Room.  375 Catalina Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901.  People must come scent-free.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Q: When are your picnics?

A: During the summer, we have picnics instead of regular meetings.  Although we aim for the first Saturday of the month, often the dates aren’t quite the same.  We vary the locations and usually meet in San Rafael, Berkeley, and priligy in australia Santa Rosa, but we’re open to other locations around the Bay Area.  All of our events are scent-free and held in areas free of pesticides, air freshener, cigarette and bbq smoke, and other avoidable toxins.

Q: How can I find out details about upcoming events?

A: As we expand our website, you’ll soon be able to find that information here.  Other ways are to join the EHN-Announce mailing list or our Facebook page.

Q: How do I join your mailing lists?

A: EHN runs two member mailing lists: EHN-Announce (low volume, announcements only, no discussion, local SF Bay Area focus) and EHN-Chat (medium volume, lots of discussion, local SF Bay Area focus).

Q: What do you have for people outside of the SF Bay Area?

A: Please join our Facebook page.  And let us know what else you’d like.

Q: What do you have for people with limited or no computer access?

A: In addition to our in-person meetings (and The Reactor when we are back in production), we are planning to add phone conferencing.

Q: How can I volunteer?

A: We have volunteer opportunities for both members of our community and for scent-free supporters.  Let us know if you’re local or not and what you have in mind.

Q: How can I donate?

A: Donations are welcome.  Please use the contacts below (online donations by credit card coming soon!).  You can also take used goods to Community Thrift in San Francisco.  Be sure to give them EHN’s account number, which is 49.  If you shop online, check out GoodShop for coupons and set your designated charity to Environmental Health Network of California – EHN (Larkspur, CA).

Q: How can I contact EHN?

A: (415) 541-5075 to leave a message.  P.O. Box 1155, Larkspur, CA 94977-1155 for snail mail.  For email, send to ehn at ehnca dot org.  You can also leave questions in the comments below.


  • Mary Ann Handzus said:

    Do you know of a good allegist for allergy shots in the East Bay? I’m in Pleasanton, but anywhere in the East Bay would be good. Hopefully, a doctor who takes Medicare and AARP Supplemental Health Insurance. Thanks

  • Paualann said:

    Does anybody know of a safe, effective product that will remove toxic smells from a clothes dryer in a public laundromat? I’m looking for something I can put in the dryer either a short time in advance of drying my clothes or at the same time that will prevent the residue smell (and chemicals) of Bounce and similar dryer sheets from clinging to my clothes.

    This is a serious and very frustrating problem in my life!

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated.


  • Elizabeth Monte said:

    Hello, I had an episode @ work w/ an allergic reaction to someone using fragrance.

    I would like to discover more about your organization – left a message on the voice mail a few weeks ago…

    thank you for your help,


  • Virgilia said:

    Dear madam or sir, 

    My name is Virgilia Hess and I am a journalist student making a documentary on perfumes. I am contacting you because I need one person (I would prefer a woman) with the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome for this documentary, who would agree to show me how she/he lives, how her/his life is, how you deal with this syndrome, etc. I am from Paris (France) but I live in New York and I need to film this person 2 or 3 days between february and end of march 2012, in New York or around (I can move to NJ, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or around)
    If you think that you could help me and telling me if you know some people living in these areas, please let me know! thank you so much in advance !

    Best regards,   
                            Virgilia Hess  

  • Kathy Carman said:

    Are there any benefits for Army service men that guarded the Hanford Base? My husband was guarding the base in 57-58 for 8-9 mo. In those days they worn no protection, no badges, just watched the smoke an? come out the stacks. He got skin rashes has had prostate cancer, skin cancer, now suffers from fierce headaches that won’t go away and dizziness. He has been to Mayo, Jacksonville,FL., Laser Institute in Tampa, FL. The doctors wonder why his radiation is high.
    Is there anything being done to help him?

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  • Linda Miranda said:

    Is this group still around? I, desperately, need help with my MCS.

  • penelope Johnstone said:

    phone # listed does not work.
    i have been disabled with multiple chemical sensitivity for 25 years,the help i have received has been in education of MCS, but nothing truly helpful like safe low chemical Housing, and basic medical care, normally when i can’t tolerate medications, Dr.s refer me to mental health. been doing mental health regularly for 8 years +, but no MD. i am 62 and NEED a Dr. who understands MCS and all it entails. i live near Yosemite national park and central San Joaquin Valley, Ca.

    thank you for your support,

    Penelope Johnstone

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