Ray Dehghan is a determined and fierce advocate for Environmental Health. He recently started the Facebook group called Environmental Health Awareness, it has over 1,300 members. Members include those suffering with this illness. Yet he also has led high ranking federal officials, top journalists, leading human right’s activists, various politicians, and even renowned athletes, as he seeks to raise awareness on this major issue confronting our society. Ray has reached out to so many on this issue and he needs our help.
His story began when he moved into a residential housing facility in Chicago 1.5 years ago. This is where Ray began to battle severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Despite the fact that it is illegal to smoke in public housing the law is not being enforced. This is a common problem in our society today, and this needs to change. Since moving into this apartment Ray has been hospitalized 8 times. He has numerous letters from Doctors that tell the story of how this exposure has caused him to develop numerous health conditions and how this illegal smoking has greatly impacted his health.
On December 13, Ray went before the County Health Board for the 9th time. So far his efforts have been futile and he is being ignored. Ray has chest pains, body aches, breathing issues, insomnia, and his Dr has written that the environmental exposures are triggering his Bipolar to become more frequent and more severe. “Research has demonstrated that smoking is correlated with more severe mood symptoms in BD, including more severe symptoms of depression, rapid cycling, greater overall illness severity, and increased likelihood of suicidal ideation and behavior.” Research Study Link
Ray’s IGE levels are 500 percent above normal and his Dr states this is due to his exposure. Ray is doing all he can to stay alive, despite his numerous and serious health issues, both physical and mental in nature.
Ray’s rights are being violated and those who are in a position to help have rejected him nine times. He has numerous letters from professionals who agree he needs help, and many have even stated that the smell of smoke is overpowering for them and they are healthy. The bottom line is this illegal in his state and every state. Obama Passes Law Smoking Ban All Public Housing
I pray that Ray is finally heard and gets the detached housing that he needs to improve his health. Ray is somebody, we all are somebody, we all deserve to live in a home that does not make us sick. Please watch Ray speaking to the board of Kane County about his serious health issues and the illegal smoking. At the 1:25 minute mark you can see Ray standing up and being Somebody! One thing I can say about Ray is he has Ray has great determination and that will win the race in the end. Don’t ever give up Ray, and remember you are Somebody!