Category Archives: Tip-sy Tuesday

Toxins in Air Fresheners

Our local television news last week had an item about the toxins in air fresheners. I always have to remind myself that the general public isn’t aware of things like this – so it really is news to many people.

The news article was based on research by Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs. She did a study of some top-selling laundry products and air fresheners after having many people tell how these products made them sick. Her study found nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from the six products studied. And, of course, none of them were listed on the labels.

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Do you have Randolph’s Disease?

Recently, I found a web site for Share, Care and Prayer, Inc, a nonprofit Christian organization serving thousands of people suffering with Environmental Illness. Their web site has a wealth of information on Environmental Illnesses and has the most comprehensive list I have seen for all of the diseases/syndromes that can be classified as Environmental Illness:

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Do Unto Others…

Yes, the Golden Rule applies here: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

If you had an allergy or other condition that was worsened in the presence of some substance, you would want to avoid it. And it should be reasonable to ask friends, family and co-workers to help by not using it in your presence. Yet it seems that when it comes to fragrance, the Golden Rule goes out the window. Honestly, I’ve had friends, family and co-workers that thought that I just didn’t *like* fragrance. So it was really OK to wear them in my presence. Which is baffling. People so often equate an allergy with dislike, which isn’t what it’s about. If it were something I just didn’t like, I would endure it. But there are serious health issues for those sensitive to perfume.

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