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The environmental impairment by allergy and sensitivity


Most people can go where ever they like, they can do what ever they like, and they take it for granted. They go to work, they got to the store, they go to the movies, training studio, hotels, visit friends and family and many other places without getting ill.

Not everyone is as fortunate. Chemicals are everywhere in the surroundings, in everything we use every day from soap, perfume, cologne, after shave, deodorants, tobacco, washing agents, fabric softeners, shampoo, conditioner, toiletry products, cosmetics, hair color, beauty products like hair spray, hair mousse, hair gel, nail polish, fragranced products, furnitures, cars, petroleum products, paint, houses, plastic, clothes, shoes, water is cleaned with chlorides a.s.o. Our waste we get rid of either tossed in the toilet, flushed down the drains, or it is transported to the waste station, and all this sets its mark on us and on the environment around us together with all the things we use and put on us every day.

It affects the quality of the water and it spreads its chemicals to the lakes and the water. The animals take it in and it travels through the food chain to us, the humans. Chemicals in the everyday use from soap to the diesel you fill your tank which affect the health of the humans. Most people do not think of their cleaning products and washing products for their clothes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, cosmetics with perfume as a threat, not to themselves and not to others.

The plain truth is that all those products contain perfume, and what is perfume? Perfume is partly made from industrial produced oil and petroleum products, undustrial alcohol, among other ingredients and lots of them are a danger to our health in the long run, and can cause cancer, allergies, asthma, mcs, have an effect on our reproduction capability and many other illnesses. They are also a problem for those already sensitive.

Many of the products that the manufacturer state is natural or even organic may contain some chemicals, and also some products like for an example pine, flowers and other natural content, essential oils,and other products also give away fumes of such kind that may trigger the illness to break out.

Now how can this be a handicap?

When people develop allergy, asthma and other lung diseases, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and such diseases they get sick from many or in many cases all of the above mentioned chemicals and products.  A person with allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and such can get acutely ill from such products. To improve the environmental handicapped’s daily life they have to remove themselves from all of such. Perfume, smoke, scented and chemical filled products others use and chemicals in paint, furnitures, buildings, building materials, plastic and similar, cars, clothes,  pesticides a.s.o are a hazard to the environmental impaired person. A person with environmental handicap by sensitivities can help their own situation to a degree and stop using the products that make them sick, and if they can afford it also build a house, a home from safe materials. But all around there are people who uses all what they get sick from, and places built from materials from unsafe materials.

In shops for an example the location of products and how they are set up in the store can be of great importance to the sensitive persons health. Is it good to let chemicals and chemical filled products stay with food and allergy friendly washing agents and allergy friendly personal hygiene products a.s? Is it good to have the perfume products right beside the cashier desk? Flowers just inside the entrence of a store, is that a good idea? Smoking everywhere in public places, both indoors and outdoors? Clean public room, restaurants a.s. places with high chemical and perfumed washing agents? Probably not, and you will understand why if you continue reading.

What makes it an environmental handicap?

An illness becomes an environmental handicap when the person is prohibited from going places, living places, work, associate with other people in a normal way because if they do they would get sick from chemicals people use, what chemicals are in building materials, workplaces, indoor air environment as well as outdoors a.s.o.

What makes this a problem that most people do not think of, is that most people have some kind of perfume on them. Now you may think and want to say: – No, I have not sprayed perfume on me today! Well, maybe you have not, but still you probably got perfume on you. Think back, what did you put on today? You showered, took a bath or washed yourself, did you use scented products washing yourself? Soap, shower creme, shampoo, conditioner? After that you maybe put some lotion on? Was it perfume in that? And later on did you put on a scented deodorant? And then you combed your hair and maybe styled it. What did you put in your hair? Did you use hairspray? Hair mousse? Hair gel? Hair wax? What was in that? Now it is time to get dressed… The clothes you washed yesterday or another day before.. What wash agent did you use? What about fabric softener? Were they fragranced? What else were in it? If you are a woman you maybe put makeup on. What is it in that? If you are a man you probably used barber foam and maybe aftershave?

Before you even had breakfast you have put on a lot of perfume and chemicals without even thinking about it.

You did not have to take the bottle and spray it to your body, put it behind your ear or smear it on your face.

How can this be a problem?

People who have allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and other similar illnesses have a reaction to things they are subjected to in the surroundings. For some it takes real small dozes, so small a healthy person would not recognize it. People having asthma react on such as 0,02 ppm substances in the air. They can remove all of what make them sick from themselves and in their own home, but when they go out they meet you and all the others that have their own habits and likes, and that use every day what they like to use without thinking of their use and that they use many bad chemicals.

In addition to all the fragrance products we have perfume, deodorants, aftershaves, cologne and so on. This is the ones that are the strongest smells that contain a lot of  chemicals. And the perfume in the scented products are the same as in the bottle you spray on yourself.

Chemicals you find in most of the things we use everyday, and in most of the buildings we are in and visit everyday Spread in the air we all breathe. Some chemicals are worse than others but all chemicals evaporate and give fumes from themselves that is what make allergic, asthmatic, mcs and similar ill from the exposure of it.

Look out

Look out the window and think of how many things are made from chemicals? How many people are there in the world? And how many of those use perfume or fragrance products? Buildings are they chemical free? Paint? Fabrics? Fillings? Wet protections? Glue? Carpets? What are they made of?

How does this work for those with allergy, asthma, MCS and others with similar illnesses?

The environmental handicap

Allergy, asthma and other lung diseases, MCS and other similar diseases got to do with the capability to stand outer impact on the person being sick. In an environment free from what make those people sick they are not as sick, and in best cases without symptoms.

Environmental Illness Resource:
“Environmental Illness is a term used to describe illness in which environmental triggers play a significant role in producing symptoms, and the illness itself. People suffering from environmental illness may have allergies, be sensitive to certain chemicals, as in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or be unable to work/stay  in an office or other enclosed environment without becoming ill, which is known as sick building syndrome.”

In an environment with allergens, irritants and products, substances and fumes that have a bad impact on the allergic, asthmatic or other lung disease, MCS sick person they have everything from small to severe symptoms of their illness. Any person that get ill from something would like to remove themselves from what make them ill, in order to feel better. When a person get sick from something in the surroundings (environment) or the symptoms get so bad the person can not be or stay  in the place, location and environment, they have an environmental inhibition. That goes for all buildings public, private and homes, shops, buisnesses, public transportations, hospitals, doctors offices, other health care, a.s.o. Even a person that is stuffed with chemicals – mostly tobacco and perfume or scented products but not excluding other stuff – on them can be an environmental inhibition area, equally with their home, car and such.

So what defines an environmental inhibition?

When a person have an illness that is only a problem some places and the person can be even free from the symptoms of the illness other places where what make the person sick is removed from the premises, it is an environmental inhibition. This is because the surroundings/environment hinders the person from going there. If the same place were cleaned from what make the allergic, asthmatic, MCS or similar get sick from, then the person can enjoy the place without getting sick.

The tobacco smoke, smog, dust, along with perfume, chemical filled and perfume filled cleaning agents, candles, scented candles, incense, airfresheners, and other airborne pollution makes a threat to the environmental inhibited’s health and possibility to be in the environment where this is found, both indoors and outdoors.

It is for an example not uncommon that allergic, asthmatic, MCS and others with sensitivities must “cruise” between and/or away from smoke, perfume and other chemical use in the public room, even outdoors to avoid getting sick. They are chased and forced other places by others use.

Then they can just stay away from it and avoid it?

Yes, that is the theory, but in the real life it is unfortunately often not practically done.

If you have an illness that make you sick from fumes from building materials commonly used, perfumed and scented products, chemical filled and/or perfumed and chemical filled washing agents a.s.o that is used all over every where, where would you go? Maybe you even get sick from the house you live in, because it is built from materials that evaporate fumes that make you ill.

Where would you then go?

The legal and the medical say:

In the lungs that looks almost like a sponge with small pipes air and oxygen is transported. Those pipes are air-ways called Bronchi and out from them springs the even smaller ones called Bronchiole and in the end of those the Alveoli is located. The Alveoli is connected to the blood stream of the body and the blood transports the oxygen to the rest of the body including the brain, liver, kidneys, muscles and so on.

Asthmatics and people with other lung diseases need oxygen too. Air is breathed in through the mouth and nose and goes through the wind-pipe to the lungs. When the air/oxygen arrive to the lungs it is first transported to the bronchi and over into the bronchiole wich then transport the air/oxygen further to the alveoli that is the last stop in the lungs before the oxygen is transported to the rest of the organs in the body.

The bronchiole in an asthmatic person narrows (se img) when subjected to perfume, smoke, dust, exhaust or other things the person having asthma get sick from. When the bronchiole’s narrows it hinder air to get through to the alveoli, and the person get hard to breathe or what we call an asthma attack. When breathing fresh air with no pollution, irritants or allergens in the air breathed in, the asthmatic person usually can breathe rather normally. When a person having an asthma attack get all tight lungs then it is the bronchiole that get inflamed and cramp, and the asthmatic person can not breathe easily. Therefore oxygen can not be transported to the rest of the body and organs. If not helped and the person having asthma do not get to breathe normally again the person can in worst case suffocate. The help needed is to get away from irritants and allergens that make the person sick, and also to give medicine at once. If the person do not get better the person should be brought to the hospital to get stronger medicine.

A little thought here is if the helper, maybe even health medical staff, wear perfume and the asthmatic person is sensitive to it, what will happen?

AstraZeneca on asthma:
“Approximately 300 million people worldwide (year 2010) suffer from asthma. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be an additional 100 million sufferers.”

Related publications: search word: Mannitol test done search word: An ordinary day with asthma search word: What is asthma?

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority on chemicals “Chemistry is the science of substances or chemicals’ properties, composition and reactions. Chemicals are: Element, Chemical compounds – a substance with a particular form of two or more elements. Mixtures of elements or chemical compounds. Chemicals present in their natural state or they can be industrially manufactured. Chemicals can pose a risk to worker safety and health. You can be exposed to chemicals by inhalation, through skin or if swallowed. What is the risk depends on the chemicals Properties, how and how long you have been exposed. Chemicals can be corrosive, toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic, allergenic and irritating, and some chemicals can cause or increase the incidence of cancer.” Arbeidstilsynet

The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority on smoking: “The employer is responsible for the work environment, including for the protection from smoke in the workplace. All are entitled to a smoke-free working environment. For employees means the Tobacco Act that dispatch offices, workrooms where two or more works or visited, corridors, stairwells, toilets and lifts in the workplace should be free of smoke.”… “It is not allowed to smoke in premises where there is food and / or drink. This includes cafeterias and dining rooms.” … “The outdoors can smoking be permitted if the shielding does not sufficiently restrict natural ventilation, and if smoking is not a nuisance.” …. ” Entrences and such places should also be smoke free.” … “Remember that you have no right to smoke in relation to the work.” Arbeidstilsynet

EI Resource on MCS: “Martin Pall is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University and Research Director of The Tenth Paradigm Research Group. He has focused his research efforts on multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other interconnected multi-system illnesses for a number of years and developed arguably the most complete theory for their pathophysiology. His basic hypothesis states that an initial stressor of some kind (e.g. acute pesticide exposure, viral infection, physical trauma etc) initiate a response in the body that while protective and helpful in the short-term, becomes pathological in the long-term and leads to symptoms and illness. This he proposes is what happens in MCS, the reaction to the stressor never gets switched off and the resulting biochemical dysfunction causes and perpetuates the illness.”

The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications on public transportations “From 1 April 2006 The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Norway has made the law and regulations for bus companies harder when it comes to adjusting conditions for physically impared. The rules are also for those with asthma and allergy.” The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications

“According to Norwegian public reports,
NOU 2005: 8 on equality and accessibility. Legal protection against discrimination on the basis of disability. Defined disability as: “Functional inhibition occurs when there is a gap between an individual’s capabilities and ambient design or function requirements in the surroundings/environment/buildings a.s.” This is also known as: The Act on prohibition against discrimination on the basis of disability (Discrimination and Accessibility Act)

Professor dr. med. em. Kjell Aas on the inhibition: “Environment Inhibition is such a disability, but it is a hidden and anonymous disability that is little known. Health workers and the general public knows too little about this disability. Lack of knowledge and lack of understanding creates major problems for those affected.” … “It is known that the number of  environmental inhibited, ie asthma  analysts and allergies, is high and the possible increase.” … “The word environment inhibition is used as an umbrella term for a variety of conditions with environmental intolerance ie hypersensitivity there something in the environment lead to disease and ailments of such strength that the affected person can not stay healthy and function normally in the environment.” … “It includes both well-defined respiratory symptoms with accepted diagnosis, such as bronchial asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis” …  “Some allergies are so severe that the disease can be triggered by very little of the relevant allergens. Many people with asthma have severe hyperresponsiveness (of irritability) in the airways that provide asthma exacerbation when exposed to different kinds of air pollution.” … “Chemical environmental intolerance of others and unknown mechanisms include people with fragrance sensitivities and people with what is popularly called “indoor air illness”. They are sick from air pollution that most people tolerate well. They get headaches, dry and irritated mucous membranes, nausea, unusual fatigue, difficulty with concentration, perception and memory, and other subjective feeling of poor health. Not few feel completely knocked out with symptoms that can resemble a kind of poisoning. Symptoms can occur suddenly or after a couple of minutes and hours. They can last from several hours to several days. This includes complaints without objective signs and therefore can not be proved, but not disproved. There are large individual differences. When the environmental inhibition caused by allergies or asthma with hyperreactivity can be much objectified and you have a lot of research based knowledge. For the climate-related disease, odor intolerance and other environmental intolerance there is little relevant research and such research is very demanding.” … “Although the chemical causes are obvious, the mechanism is not well known for MCS. It is presented several theoretical explanations that in part based on known and unknown biochemical phenomena and partly to possible malfunctions in the network between the olfactory bulb and the so-called limbic system (the animal brain) in the brain.””  Professor dr. med. em. Kjell Aas

So what is the point?

Now when you got the knowledge, you got the tool to make the environment better for your fellow man.

By the pen
Annelie Elisabeth Molin


At Rodale we can read “The new research detected that the labels of popular perfumes don’t list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems, reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. The study was released on the heels of the President’s Cancer Panel report, which suggests environmental factors like hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products, plastics, and pesticides used on our food could be causing many more cases of cancer than initially believed. … The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study. … “Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others ” second page:  “Just because your favorite fragrance wasn’t on the list doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thousands of products and are not listed on the label. It seems like you should have the right to know how these seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers don’t have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’t limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances everyday in the form of scented cleaners, hair spray and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding that many of these scented products interfere with our hormones, which regulate how our bodily systems function.” One of the coalition members for this research was the Breast Cancer Fund.  Read the whole story:

Pulmonary Clinic at Ålesund Hospital, Norway
 I have also personally been talking to people having MCS and through that harvested knowledge about the illness – MCS-People

Here is another link I recommend:
What is environmental illness?


Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

5 thoughts on “The environmental impairment by allergy and sensitivity

  1. It is great information. Unfortunately, unless it actually does happen to the other people, they really do not care. I work around nurses who say why do we have to be fragrance free, we don’t work in the hospital… They should be fired and lose licenses for such statements! The right to breathe out weights vanity any time! This is what is wrong with America!


  2. Good article. For more information about the health effects of indoor contaminants, check out the Global Indoor Health Network. GIHN is a group of experts and laypersons from around the world who are uniting to promote the truth about this important public health issue. We have members throughout the U.S. and in six other countries. The website is


  3. Annelie Elisabeth Molin’s excellent post surveys the problem comprehensively…explaining why the present predictions at least here in the U.S.A. are for one in two men and one in three women to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime…that is far too high a risk!! Change your practices, change your outcome!!


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