Canary in coalmine: worst job ever.
BackstoryMay is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Month!
The expression “canary in a coalmine” comes from the practice of miners taking a canary into the mines with them because canaries are very sensitive to toxic gases in the environment. If the canary stopped singing (or died), the miners knew the air was toxic and evacuated the mine.
I became chemically sensitive 8 years ago after acute carbon monoxide poisoning and as a result I reluctantly became a “human canary.” Since then, whenever toxic substances are present, I am the first to realize it because my body reacts physically. Sadly these toxic chemicals are ubiquitous and affect everyone, although people don’t always make the connection. But, when you smell paint fumes and feel a little lightheaded or someone’s perfume makes you sneeze, your body is telling you that you are in the presence of toxic chemicals. Pay attention to these signs or to any human canaries and act like a miner and clear out fast! To your health!
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