Sensitive: My Journey Through a Toxic World
Pookie Sekmet, author
Pookie Sekmet digs deep in her family history to uncover the childhood trigger for her chemical intolerance—an illness that has plagued her throughout her life—and tells how she overcame mysterious chronic health struggles and family trauma with determination and humor and went on to build an unconventional new life for herself. Finally, she shares how she achieved righteous justice, including a high-stakes act of financial services whistleblowing within a corrupt and patriarchal corporate culture. (Think Titus Andronicus, but with a slight woman with defiantly bad hair, wearing worn overalls and a home-sewn hemp jersey top, standing tall among the corpses.) Touching on themes of truth, loss, acceptance, and empowerment, Sekmet interweaves her personal story with timely guidance on the importance of avoiding toxic chemicals in cars, consumer products, and indoor environments. Through the story of her struggles and ultimate triumph, she lays bare the underlying selfishness, heedlessness, and lies of many of our political, societal, and business structures and offers a reality-based and practical path to self protection and even empowerment. In a society that’s become polarized by leaders seeking to consolidate exploitative power through the imposition of magical thinking and untruths, Sensitive is a much-needed memoir that will change the way you view fragrances and other common chemical toxins in your environments.