Interview in SVT Debatt:
Make and introduce policies for perfumes in all workplaces
“PERFUME FREE – Chemical intolerance is a hidden disability that affects up to one in three humans. But for those who can not tolerate such fragrances is difficult to ask other people to “adapt” – and many of my friends have opted out of friendship for the benefit of their perfumes. By abstaining perfumes at work and at school, we can reduce sick leave for all, writes Lisa Billö.
Becoming sick of perfume chemicals is a rapidly growing health problem. Whole 10-30 percent of the population is affected by some form of sensitivity to chemical agents, and more than three per cent are so severely injured that they greatly restricted in their daily lives.
Obvious things like grocery shopping in a business can mean long illness for me and others who are suffering from MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – or chemical intolerance, as it is also called. This means that you get sick of a low dose of chemicals, a handicap that makes it not free to reside in the community, among other things because of other people’s perfumes.
I can not sit on a bus with other people who use scented products, go to the movies, theater, restaurant, seek treatment or go to private parties and events.
Asking other people to “adapt” itself is hard. Many of my friends have opted out of our friendship in favor of their perfumes. My children are getting sick every day in school because of friends ‘and teachers’ perfumed products and fabric softeners. This means that they miss a lot of teaching. Once they are there, they have the same opportunity to benefit from the instruction as other children, because of the symptoms they get.
Because it is a hidden disability they are also met by questioning from the principal and staff.
In many of our members, have often ruined economy as a result of sickness, and even loss of service. In many cases it could have been avoided by understanding colleagues and surroundings. Most are doing well in a healthy environment and are then fully or partially working.
Living with MCS greatly affect an individual’s ability to school, work and livelihood, but also leads many times to the great social isolation.
Perfume contains 95-100 percent of synthetic chemicals, which means that even people who are not chemically intolerant or allergic adversely affected. Children are particularly vulnerable. Headache, nausea, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue are common symptoms.
As with tobacco smoking affected the environment, whether they want to or not, so-called passive perfumery. By abstaining perfumes in the workplace can not only avoid unnecessary sick leave but also reduce absenteeism and for all. Fragrances affect the environment even on the bus, in the store, school and other public places.
Fragrances can be found in deodorants, shampoos, hair styling products, shaving products, skin creams, detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning Products and such fragranced products. To all products are as good fragrance-free options.
Besides chemicals in perfumes can also tobacco smoke, fabric softener, mold, emissions from building materials, inks, chemicals in electronic appliances, furniture and textiles, candles and car exhaust trigger symptoms. Common symptoms of MCS can be dizziness, nausea, brain fog, aches in muscles and joints, mucus in the throat, hoarseness, cough, nasal congestion, chest pain, palpitations, rash, fever, mood swings and depression.
MCS Sweden, the National Association for mold and chemicals damaged work for not more people will suffer and for those already injured will be staying in society on an equal basis with others.
Therefore we seek a perfume policy in all workplaces and schools, where employees are encouraged to use fragrance-free products.”
Lisa Billö, Founder MCS Sweden
Source: SVT DEBATT (Swedish original)
Since I have asthma I can only agree with Lisa and all MCS affected that fragrance stinks.
Perfume-2013 is chemicals. Although it smells good so it’s chemicals. In perfume, we find among other synthetic musk (is on the EU blacklist), parabens (endocrine disruptors), toluene, formaldehyde (what you embalm dead with), benzol, methylchlorid, benzyl chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, methylene chloride, toluene and phthalates, etc.
The Environmental Health Association in Quebec, Canada: information at www.aseq-ehaw.ca:
“For some chemicals in perfumes can have serious health effects. Babies and children are most vulnerable as people who is suffering from chemical intoleranse Such as Environmental sensitivites and Chemical Sensitivities, and people recovering from cancer and other illnesses. “…” Perfumes are Considered to be the most consentrated form of fragrance. Fragrance … can be extracted from plants, flowers, and animals. Today … 80-95 percent of fragrance materials are synthetic and are derived from petroleum. … Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are: aldehydes, benzyl acetate, toluene, ethanol, acetone, benzene derivatives, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, benzyl chloride and many others known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, nervous system damage, allergy symptoms, headaches, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throut irritation and other injuries. … The brain is overpriced impacted by fragrances containing neurotoxic compounds. ”
The Sunday Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk tells us about scientists thathave found Cancer Causing chemicals in known perfume brands.
“SCIENTISTS have found high levels of a chemical blamed for Causing infertility in some of the best-known perfumes and cosmetics. Chanel No. 5, Christian Dior’s Poison, Eternity from Calvin Klein and Trésor by Lancôme, were among 34 toiletries found by a Swedish study to containers di-ethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP) or other phthalates. ”
At Rodale http://www.rodale.com we can read
“The new research detected That the labels of popular perfumes do 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’ve 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 Also included are a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others “second page:” Just because your favorite fragrance was not on the list does not mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thou sands of products and are Not Listed on the label. It seems like you shouldhave the right to know how These seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are Affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers do not have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’ta limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances every day in the form of scented cleaners, hair sprays and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding thatmany 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: http://www.rodale.com/perfume-ingredients
Perfume also contains chemicals that is suspected be the cause of cancer.
Very many of these chemicals is also found in tobacco smoke and some also in brake fluid.
For those who have MCS goes on the contents of that smell, more than the smell. This is also true for us who have asthma.