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MCS Aware

January 2012

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Fragrances can cause allergies

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The formulas that make up fragrances are considered trade secrets and ingredients that make up the fragrance portion of the product are not revealed on labels. However fragrance is increasingly cited as a trigger in health conditions such as asthma, allergies and migraine headaches. In addition, some fragrance materials have been found to accumulate in adipose tissue and are present in breast milk. Other materials are suspected of being hormone disruptors. A summary of the effects of fragrance on health by Betty Bridges reveals how fragrance enters the body through the skin as well as inhalation. The cumulative effects of fragrances cause more irritants than single chemicals, which is a concern since almost every manufactured product contains some form of perfume or masking fragrance. Chemicals can also bind with proteins to form allergens. Read article...


News Update


The Department of Work and Pensions have issued a document to answer frequently asked questions about the new Personal Independence Payment. This is a new benefit to help disabled people live full,
active and independent lives. It will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from April 2013 for eligible people of working age (people aged 16-64). 
You can read more here.

Good News

Last night, the government was defeated in the Lords on three votes in successionThe welfare reform bill was amended so that ESA in youth will not be axed, many cancer patients will continue to be exempt from the work capability assessment and contribution-based ESA for claimants in the work-related activity  group will be paid for two years instead of just one. Unfortunately after most peers had gone home last night, Lord Freud succeeded in sabotaging the reinstatement of ESA in youth by limiting it to current claimants only. The vote this coming Tuesday will be on axing DLA and replacing it with personal independence payment (PIP - see above). However the government now seem to be claiming that although disability organisations aren’t in favour of PIP, the majority of individuals who responded to the consultation were. Please consider signing this petition now to prove this is not true: You can add your name to the petition here.

And if you have read about PIP and can explain concrete ways in which you personally would be disadvantaged, please email the cross bench peers to explain that. If you responded to the original DLA consultation in December 2010 tell them that too. There’s alist of crossbench peers here with links to their email addresses. For more information see

Smart Meters

The Smart Meter Petition is going well. Including paper petitions we are up to 2,000 signatures - a brilliant effort by you all, thank you. We have extended the deadline to April 2012 to see if we can hit the 100,000 signatures we need for it to be debated in parliament. See

Get Well Soon 

Verteran MCS campaigner Margaret Anderson is recovering in hospital. Read more....

For Sale:

Health Stream Juice Press. As new cast iron juice press - only used twice. Cost £400 new. will sell for £75 plus postage or collection from Hertfordshire. All proceeds directly to MCS-Aware. For picture and  more info see

Recipe: Chickpea Chilli

chickpea chilli

Try this delicious warming chilli. Perfect for wintry days. Free from dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, soya, egg & nuts. Click here.


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Hi, I am Jim Duncan and I have worked with nutritional supplements for the last 20 years.

All of that time was spent working within a well known company specialising in Nutritional Medicine along with two highly respected doctors from England and Scotland.york_nutrition_image

We are a mail order company but anyone is welcome to call and collect orders or just drop in for a chat. All our products are allergy free and are top of the range supplements. We sell a wide range of products including those manufactured or distributed by Allergy Research, Klaire Labs, Ecological Formulas, Vitamin Research, AOR Ltd, E-Lyte and LivOn Labs.

We will mail any order for next day delivery, as long as your order is placed before 3.00pm. Our hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm but I am available at the weekends if required.

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