Barb Wilkie's EHN Website
Last updated 2008

EHN Board President Barb Wilkie was very ill from chemically-induced kidney disease for several years. She passed away May 31, 2011. EHN presents this site both as a tribute and as valuable information. Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time. We will be transferring the site page by page, with updated details, to EHN's main site. If you would like to reach an EHN staff person, please contact us directly.


EHN [of California]
P.O. Box 1155
Larkspur, California, 94977-0074

Support and Information Line
(SAIL) 415.541.5075
A 501 (c) (3) non profit agency.


Mission Statement

We realize that not all barriers are visible and not all disabilities are obvious. Therefore, EHN's focus is on issues of access and developments relating to the health and welfare of the environmentally sensitive.

Our main goal is to promote public awareness of environmental sensitivities and causative factors. We firmly believe people have a right to know that some of the chemicals welcomed into our lives as personal care and cleaning/maintenance products are capable of causing debilitating and disabling illnesses. (One does not have to be a user of such products to become disabled by them.)

EHN is a 501 (c) (3) non profit agency; donations are gratefully accepted.

EHN is staffed by volunteers who are living with
Environmental Illness/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

This site is donated by me. The errors are mine alone -- they will be
mechanical in nature. They should bear no reflection on the organization, EHN.

There is a wealth of information available, which proves that chemicals cause illness.
We have become inundated with superfluous toxins. Synthetic, petrochemical scents are
ubiquitous. They are found in personal care products, in household and janitorial cleaning and
maintenance products. And of course, they are our modern colognes and perfumes, used by
men and women AND children. Some of us become sick and disabled before others . . . we are
the harbingers. Some of you may think of us as "the canaries."

Remember, there is diversity. In disease, too.

Those not already ill really should listen, look, learn. Perhaps they will spare their own body
something even more horrendous than living with MCS. And trust me, MCS, is bad enough.
It turns your life upside down . . . and can lead to premature death. It certainly affects the lives
of those around you, which in turn affects your life in new ways. 'Tain't easy. But I've
observed that those of us who are active in the cause, who take the energy to struggle for
change, we seem to be the overall happiest and healthiest. And there is a bonus. Some of
the most phenomenal folks I've ever known live with MCS.

Please join us as we strive for change.-- Barb Wilkie

Barb's personal mission:

I also wholeheartedly believe -- and do my utmost to put into practice --
Those who know have an OBLIGATION TO INFORM.

This website is my attempt to do everything in my power to prevent what happened
to me from happening to others. However, this site must be geared toward that of
a self-help resource directory. The information is here. You must gather it and present
it to your family, your doctors, your workplace management, your school administrators,
your friends, your city government, your place of worship, your US Access Board,
your representative and senators. It is up to you to present them with some of the
information that is available; to begin educating them.

If they are intelligent people, and not protecting a vested interest, they will come to
learn that synthetic scents are not just essences of flowers and alcohol . . . they are
petrochemical products and they have become ubiquitous in their use. And they will
also learn that "cide" means kill and pesticides can kill. People. Pets. Wildlife. Beneficial bugs.

What others -- including our medical and government experts -- must learn is that
these superfluous toxins can kill you or your children, or send even your elderly parents
to a premature death. And before they kill, they can steal away your right to pursue life,
liberty and happiness as they first steal your health. Insidiously. -- barb


As with all organizations, EHN depends upon your contributions of
time and energy, as well as your membership support.


Reach us by e-mail -- please indicate topic in ALL CAPS on subject line.

Please note: When either my computer or I am down, or I am away, this webpage
remains at your disposal, but there is no one to respond to a message. I'm sorry, but
that's how it is. Please bear with us.

(Barb's email is no longer valid, please contact EHN) -- barb wilkie
Board member, serving as president, web work and The New Reactor

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