I’ve been busy with work lately so it may seem that I’ve nearly abandoned this blog. But I haven’t. My hubby spied this article for me: Judge says perfume lawsuit can proceed. Sounds like it will be a real long haul – it’s already been a year and 4+ months! One step at a time.
Last week, I received an email from the folks at Fragrance Free Body Products. They asked if I could put a link to their site on my site. I’ve not tried their products, but I’ll certainly consider them in the future. If you try them out, come back here and tell us how they work for you.
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.
Although the title of this blog suggests it is strictly about inhaled substances, I really like to address all things related to MCS or Environmental Illness or even Randolph’s Disease. This week the topic is excitotoxins. From the book, The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., an excitotoxin is
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:
Anyone with MCS is painfully aware of the variety of symptoms that are MCS. And that is a major reason that so many people want to deny that it is real. But that isn’t really what I want to address today.
Instead, I thought it would be good for us all to share our particular symptoms. Perhaps then, those searching for answers may be better able to know what they are dealing with.
Recently, Voiceless Wonder wrote a post titled Shave and a haircut… She had just visited dtox Natural Hair & Skin Care located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. dtox is owned by Ashley Smith who suffers with MCS herself, hence her concern with the chemicals. She now runs the salon out of her own home.
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.