How to Donate
CSF Board Members

Alison Johnson, Chair
Topsham, Maine

Pamela Gibson, PhD
Churchville, Virginia

Lynn Lawson
Evanston, Illinois

Jeffrey May
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Ann McCampbell, M.D.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Karen McDonell
Gig Harbor, Washington

Steven Temes
Red Bank, New Jersey

Robert Weggel
Reading, Massachusetts


The World Trade Center attack produced chemical exposures of almost unprecedented magnitude. Photo courtesy of Don Shapiro, Healthy Housing Coalition.

Unfortunately, the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation has no money available to help people with workplace issues, housing, or legal problems, nor are there any other groups providing such aid. We do not have a salaried staff to answer your questions and suggest that you read the articles reached by the links on the left of this page. Of particular importance are “Searching for an Elusive Cure,” “Heating Systems and Gas Stoves,” and “Air Quality Testing.”



Welcome to the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation

The primary goal of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation, is to raise public awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). The following two videos will help viewers understand this condition that is making it extremely difficult for large numbers of people to remain in the workforce or find a safe place to live.

Click here to play Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Life Altering Conditionto play Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Life-Altering Condition.

This film features Dr. L. Christine Oliver, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. It also contains footage of interviews with the former Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and four leading members of Congress. People with MCS in the film include Gulf War veterans and survivors of the 9/11 WTC attacks, as well as people from all walks of life.

Click here to read the read the transcript.

Click here to play Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Short Introductionto play Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Short Introduction.

This 29-minute film contains the same experts as the preceding film but less footage of people with MCS.

Click here to read the read the transcript.


New CDC Policy Limits the Use of Fragranced Products in All CDC Facilities Nationwide

In June 2009, the CDC implemented a new indoor environmental quality policy for all its facilities. This policy prohibits, among other things:

  • Incense, candles, or reed diffusers
  • Plug-in or spray air fresheners

The policy also states: "[The] CDC encourages employees to be as fragrance-free as possible when they arrive in the workplace. Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines."

View the entire 13-page CDC policy.

Recent Research from Dr. Anne Steinemann

Dr. Anne Steinemann, formerly a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public Affairs at the University of Washington, has recently published important research documenting the presence of a large number of toxic chemicals in widely used fragranced products, including detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, air fresheners, disinfectants, cleaning products, shampoos, and other household and personal-care products.

Read more about Dr. Steinemann's research

Useful information from publications by members of the CSF Board:

Videos and books by Alison Johnson, Chair of the CSF
Visitors to Johnson's website,, can play her documentaries and read excerpts from her books.

Click here to read the Introduction to Johnson's book Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity Read the Introduction to Johnson's book Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity, which traces the development of multiple chemical sensitivity in Exxon Valdez clean-up workers, veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, First Responders and others exposed to the toxic aftermath of 9/11, and Katrina victims housed in toxic FEMA trailers.
Click here to read Chapter 1 of Johnson's book Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity Read Chapter One of Amputated Lives, "The Struggle to Find a Safe Workplace."
Click here to read Chapter 2 of Johnson's book Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity Read Chapter Two of Amputated Lives, "The Elusive Search for a Place to Live."
Click here to read Chapter 2 of Johnson's book Amputated Lives: Coping with Chemical Sensitivity Read Chapter Three of Amputated Lives, "The Consequences of Disbelief."

What Is MCS?
This is the first section of a booklet published by Ann McCampbell, M.D.
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Making Your Environment Safe
This is the first section of Chapter Four in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Survival Guide by Pamela Reed Gibson, Ph.D.
Read more

HUD Considers Multiple Chemical Sensitivity to be a Disability

Another goal of the Foundation is to call attention to the housing problems faced by those with multiple chemical sensitivity. There is a great need for housing that is constructed, remodeled, or furnished in such a way as to minimize the use of building materials and furnishings that contain and release formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals that can cause severe problems for the chemically sensitive. We also believe that it is important to educate landlords about the effects that their pest-control or cleaning chemicals can have on the chemically sensitive. In 2004 the Foundation provided seed money to produce a DVD to raise awareness about chemical sensitivity among landlords serving renters receiving funds from programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This DVD contains an introduction from Bennie Howard, then Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Disabilities at HUD, in which he stated that HUD considers multiple chemical sensitivity to be a disability under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Click here to read Bennie Howard's complete statement, a portion of which appears in both videos at the top of the home page.

NIEHS Seminar: "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity"

A major milestone in the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness about chemical sensitivity occurred in October 2010, when Chair Alison Johnson was invited to present a seminar titled “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A Rapidly Growing Disorder” at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a branch of the NIH. This event was cosponsored by the NIEHS National Toxicology Program and the NIEHS Disability Advocacy Committee.

Click here for the article about the seminar appearing in the December issue of the NIEHS newsletter.

Chemical Sensitivity Bibliography

Our efforts to raise awareness about chemical sensitivity include the distribution of a twelve-page selected bibliography of studies and articles on chemical sensitivity published in peer-reviewed journals. The amount of solid research on this subject is expanding each year, and we believe it is important to alert physicians and researchers to scientific information on this condition that is as yet not always recognized or understood. One of our goals in distributing this list is to stimulate other scientists to consider launching research studies in this field.

Click here for the Selected Bibliography of Research Articles.





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