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Diane said, “It was startling to learn a number today. A hundred and twenty is the answer. 120 chemicals in care products, creams, shampoos, used everyday by women – most of them untested an a lot by men as well. Today, even lawmakers said it was time for a wake-up call …” (ABC World News, 4/30/12).
ABC Senior National Correspondent, Jim Avala went on to explain, “The average woman applies 12 beauty products to her body every day – 120 chemicals. For men, it’s six cosmetics and 80 chemicals.”
The report gave a small example of problematic chemicals such as formaldehye, dioxane, lead, parabens, mercury, toluene, diethyl phthalate (allergies, hormone disrupters, dermatitis in perfume) stating that Europe has banned 1,200 chemicals, which the U.S. has only banned 10.
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Journal of Applied Toxicology published a study on January 12, 2012 finding 99 percent of breast tissue samples from post-mastectomy contained parabens. Tissue was collected in England from 40 patients with primary breast cancer between 2005 and 2008.
Parabens Seen in Almost All Breast Mastectomy Samples. MDNews.com. January 12, 2012.
Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum. Journal of AppliedToxicology. L. Barr, G. Metaxas, C.A.J. Harbach, L.A. Savoy, P.D. Darbre. Wiley Online Library. January 12 2012.
“Fabric softener ads often portray an image of comfort, freshness and sweetness. Yet most fabric softeners contain a grim list of known toxins which can enter your body through the skin and by inhalation, causing a wide range of health problems, particularly for young children” (NaturalNews).
Fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals. Selena Keegan. NaturalNews.com. January 11, 2012.
A new project was just launched by the Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign called, Choose Friendships Over Fragrances, This campaign provides awareness about Environmental Illness, information about those who report these adverse effects to chemicals and fragrances, as well as helpful tools and resources.
Research done in 2004, 2005 and 2009 by Stanley M.Caress and Anne C. Steinemann “… found that nearly 38% of Americans report adverse effects when exposed to some kind of fragranced product” (Steinemann). With approximately 310 million people in America in 2010, that is almost 117 million Americans who report adverse effects to normal, everyday products.
It is suspected that many more may possibly live with these reactions, but do not make the connection between the fragrances and their symptoms. Therefore, it is hard to determine exactly how many more people actually live with Environmental Illnesses.
Various terms are often used to describe Environmental Illnesses, such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Toxic Injury, Chemical Injury and/or Toxic Encephalopathy. Many living with such conditions as Allergies, Asthma and COPD often react to chemicals and fragrances as well. Reported severity can range from mild and aggravating to severe and debilitating, with symptoms varying from coughing to closing of the throat to migraines and memory loss.
As we can imagine, people living with these conditions often experience limited access into public places, issues at work and inability to attend functions with friends and family. Regrettably, these barriers can lead to loneliness, isolation and feeling abandoned when loved ones choose not forgo the fragrances that cause these problems.
Therefore, if our loved one is telling us they are getting debilitating migraines, dizziness or fatigue from our laundry detergent, maybe we should consider simply switching it out so that they may remain a part of our lives.
Check out our latest project, Choose Friendships Over Fragrances.
■ Learn more about those living with adverse effects to chemicals and fragrances.
■ Find out how to keep these loved ones a part of our lives!
■ Get a list of Readers’ Favorite Fragrance-Free Products.
■ Share our posters!
Sherri battles Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Lyme Disease on a daily basis. She also lives with severe neurological reactions to chemicals that create synthetic fragrances. She is not alone, as millions report various mild to severe adverse health effects when exposed to chemical fragrances.
Sherri wrote on her YouTube Channel, But I LOOK Good: “Exposure to perfumes, colognes and other chemical fragrances can cause people living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (Chemical Injury, Environmental Illness, Toxic Encephalopathy) such debilitating symptoms as migraines, pain, vertigo, memory loss, brain damage and worsening of condition with each reaction. … Sadly, many with MCS often miss out on family gatherings, special events and even simple visits with friends and family, causing them to feel isolated and alone.”
Don’t miss this very informative and enlightening audio interview about chemicals in every day personal care products and cleaners. Anne C. Steinemann, Ph.D is a highly respected professor and researcher who has made some very cutting edge discoveries.
This is a must listen to interview for all living with environmental illness, their loved ones and the general public!
Researches, Stanley M. Caress and Anne C. Steinemann discovered that, “…30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating, 19% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners, and 10.9% reported irritation by scented laundry products vented outside.” Of course they also found that the percentages were higher with those with asthma and chemical sensitivity (Prevalence of fragrance sensitivity).
Caress, SM, Steinemann, AC (2009) Prevalence of fragrance sensitivity in the American population. Journal of Environmental Health 2009 Mar; 71(7); 46-50. PubMed.gov.
The study found that “Among asthmatics, 38% report irritation from scented products, 37.2% report health problems from air fresheners, and 13.6% report their asthma was caused by toxic exposure.” Toxicology and Industrial Health 2009; 25: 71–78 (Asthma and Chemical Hypersensitivity).
Caress, SM, Steinemann, AC (2009) Asthma and chemical hypersensitivity: prevalence, etiology, and age of onset. Toxicology and Industrial Health 2009; 25;71. Sage Publications. PDF on University of Washington Libraries Website.
“Even if the general population isn’t likely to suffer acute effects from exposure to fragrances, there are long-term chronic health effects connected to these chemicals that we don’t fully understand yet,” says [Carrie] Loewenherz [an industrial hygienist for the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health] (Lyman).
Lyman, Francesca (Feb 12, 2003). “What the nose knows – Think twice before buying a loved one perfume, cologne.” MSNBC: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3076635/.
The term, Environmental Illness, is generally used to describe a number of mild to severe health responses to the environment, whether it be such things as: food, plants, animals, smoke, smog, chemicals or electromagnetic fields. Most people are familiar with allergies to our surroundings that can range from mild seasonal allergies to trees and grasses to severe anaphylaxis to peanuts. Many people even know how asthma is a closing of the airways that can be triggered by many different … [MORE]
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