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Kromosomer og autoimmune sjukdommer

“Kvinner er mindre utsatt for infeksjonssykdommer enn menn, men blir oftere rammet av autoimmune sykdommer. Noe av denne overhyppigheten er knyttet til X-kromosomet, som har mange immunrelaterte gener. Det er en fordel for kvinner å ha to X-kromosomer, men prisen er en økt tendens til utvikling av autoimmunitet.

Kvinner er friskere og lever lenger enn menn, de blir sjeldnere rammet av infeksjonssykdommer, men til gjengjeld er 80% av individene med autoimmune sykdommer kvinner.”

Det er altså ingen tilfeldighet at der er fler kvinner ned allergiske besvær og fysiske sensitivitetssjukdom enn menn.

Hva er autoimmune sjukdom?

“Autoimmune sykdommer utgjør en stor gruppe sykdommer som har det til felles at kroppens immunsystem feilaktig angriper friske celler, ødelegger disse og det vevet de tilhører.

Autoimmune sykdommer oppstår som følge av at kroppen feilaktig starter å produsere antistoff som angriper kroppens egne friske celler og vev – om igjen og om igjen. Det finnes mer enn 80 sykdommer som er av autoimmun karakter, mange av dem med overlappende symptome.

Et fellestrekk for autoimmune sykdommer er at de forårsaker inflammasjon, betennelsesreaksjoner i vevet, som ikke har noe med infeksjoner med bakterier og virus å gjøre.

Autoimmune sykdommer kan angripe nesten enhver del av kroppen, som hjertet, hjernen, nervene, musklene, huden, leddene, lungene, nyrene, kjertlene, fordøyelseskanalen og blodkarene.

For autoimmune sykdommer finnes det ikke behandlinger som helbreder sykdommen, som gjør det mulig å bli kvitt sykdommen. Det finnes derimot medisiner som kan dempe immunsystemet slik at inflammasjonen minskes og tar vekk de verste symptomene.”

“Kortikosteroider er en hyppig brukt legemiddelgruppe.

Kortison tilhører en medikamentgruppe som kalles steroider eller kortikosteroider. Det er medikamenter som demper kroppens immunreaksjoner.

Hva er kortison?
Kortison tilhører en medikamentgruppe som kalles steroider eller kortikosteroider. Det er medikamenter som demper kroppens immunreaksjoner.

Immunsystemet er vårt forsvarssystemmot betennelser, enten det er inntrengere som bakterier og virus eller det er betennelsesreaksjoner (inflammasjoner) som oppstår innenifra i kroppen. Binyrene lager kortisol, som er et tilsvarende stoff som kortison, men det produseres i mye mindre mengder enn det man kan tilføre som medisin.

Kortison brukes i behandlingen av mange tilstander. Det brukes i behandlingen av hormonforstyrrelser når kroppen ikke klarer å produsere nok av sitt eget kortison i binyrene. Det brukes også til å behandle mange immunsykdommer og allergiske tilstander som leddbetennelser, lupus, alvorlig psoriasis, alvorlig astma, ulcerøs kolitt og Crohns sykdom. Kortison brukes også i mange andre sammenhenger.”

Eksempel på kortison som brukes mot astma og allergi er f.eks Prednisolon og inhalasjonsmedisiner.

Hva er astma?
Astma er en kronisk betennelse i lungene som ikke er forårsaket av virus- eller bakterieinfeksjon og som forverres av allergi eller irriterende stoffer i luften, s.k. irritanter, og bronkitt luftveisinfeksjon. Luftveiene er delt inn i to deler, de øvre luftveiene (munn, nese, og øvre luftrør), og nedre luftveiene som består av bronkiene, bronkiolene, alveolene o.l. Astma sitter i de nedre luftveiene, dvs i bronkiene / bronkiolene. Har du bronkitt, altså luftveisinfeksjon, vil det kunne være med på å forverre astma da bronkitt også sitter i bronkiene.


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Medicines solves all? – by Annelie Molin

Take a pill!

Sometimes I get provoked. That happens when I get a comment like ” Take a pill and medicine”  and you will not have any trouble kind of attitudeabout asthma and allergy. This last time I heard it from NAV (Norwegian Social Security office).

There is a common belief that medicine solves all problems when it comes to asthma and that everyone and every place around can carry on like always and before. That is so further from the truth as you can come. And the worst thing is that even the professionals seem to believe medicine is the overall solution when it comes to asthma.

They are right in that medicines helps, so far so good, but it do not clear away any obstacle.

Like for me. I know (March 2012) take the highest dose of  one of the strongest available asthma inhaler Symicort Turbuhaler 160/4,5 with 3 inhales taken 3 times a day, and in addition to that I take SingulAir 10 mg x 1. Still I get heavy breathing, and even more when subjected to allergens and irritants. Like today I have like a cotton boll rumbling around in my lungs making it harder to breathe, and I just took my medicine 30 minutes ago.

So when NAV and the professionals, or any other say I will be all fine as long as I take my medicines, I get provoked. Surely they may not have asthma, and surely not my asthma, since they do not know better. Still on this high doses of asthma medicines I still get chokes from my asthma when I get in touch with (eg. inhale) any of the stuff I get sick from. This may hinder me to do some things. That make it a disability, and the disability do not entirely go away because of constant medicine use. It can also hinder me from doing some work, even if not every job. Sometimes I have to ask my colleges to do stuff for me, like going down in the basement and get toilet paper in the storage room because of mold there, I have been through not being able to start my route directly because of perfumed colleges who sat there, or passengers perfumed, but had to wait ’til I had aired out the bus/car, I have been forced to stay home from company events because of asthma and air pollution in form of third hand smoke and also fragrance, and probably I have to decline the offer to drive some tourist routes because of the tourists fascination of perfume, they shower in it.

I am only healthy when I take my medicine AND are able to AVOID and stay away from the chemicals and substanses that make me sick.

But of course, without medicines if would be A LOT worse. Without medicines I would be really sick everyday, and off medicines over time my lungs would probably suffocate me.

And again, it is also depending on what you get sick from. And how? It has to do with the situation you get exposed in. Is the allergen and irritant on every person or most persons? Is it all year around or only seasonal? And are the asthmatic person subjected to it all over? Long term is worse than really short term when it comes to being subjected to what make you ill. Those with seasonal asthma like against pollen are probably symptom free at least half the year, those like me who is sick from chemicals have to avoid it all year around everywhere. For example, only think of how many uses perfume / fragrance in any form? Or how many locations are cleaned with fragrance cleaning agents and strong cleaning agents?

It is a good thing listening to those who got asthma themselves.

Medicines do not solve all difficulties about asthma, but yes it helps oneself to not totally choke on it when you are able to avoid what make you sick. This means that even if you avoid what makes you sick when you do not take your medicine you would get sick. I have actually tried it a period of time a long time ago and I can tell you that is no good idea. I ended up with a hugh asthma attack. That is the brutal truth about how asthma works.

So I take my medicine and I try to avoid what make me sick as much as possible. If I meat it at you, I may have to avoid you. And still I try to do whatever I am able to, and I will not stop working, but yes asthma is a disability, and it strikes in a way others who do not have asthma can imagine. When you get affected by an allergen or an irritant you have to escape the premises, and then take your medicines, and you can not enter the place again before the allergen or irritant is gone. In a job situation that can be a bit tricky depending on the situation and location. Is it possible to escape the location and leave the person? Surely one would leave anyway, but just as well. Is it in-doors or out-doors, is it windy or still? Out doors when the wind is blowing allergens and irritants fly away faster. In-doors it is locked in the room, and not even a good ventilation is good enough to carry the allergen or irritant away. This is why I for example want a fragrance free and tobacco free world, it would really help a lot. Fragrance and tobacco is the two most common things, besides other chems that pollutes the air for me and commonly force me to escape the premises.

When an asthmatic tells you something is bad and pollutes, do listen, it is those with sensitive lungs that learn it the hard way.

And sometimes I turn the thing around on its head and say,

– It is not my asthma that is the problem, but he pollution that prohibit me from going anywhere and doing what ever I want or need to do.

It is like with stairs and a wheel chair. The person in a wheel chair can go about anywhere as long as the floor or the ground allows it. It is just the same way with me. Where the air is fresh and clean I can be any time.

Problem is that the air is not always fresh and clean, and I myself can not alone choose when it is, that others do for me.


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but in the midst of living.”  ~ Anais Nin

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Strong scent inhibit many in the daily life

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Fakta om parfyme- og duftoverfølsomhet

( : 17.06.2011)  “De fleste mennesker får umiddelbare assosiasjoner til noe velduftende eller positivt når de hører ordet ”parfyme”.  Denne reaksjonen er ikke allmenngyldig og noen vil både assosiere og reagere negativt på ”parfyme”. For denne gruppen mennesker kan en hel rekke dufter vi stilles overfor i hverdagen legge store begrensninger på det daglige liv. Disse menneskene har det vi kaller en miljøhemming.” (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Astma og andre lungsjukdommer er en av de grupper som hemmes av parfyme og andre sterke dufter. Den godlukten du tar på deg hver morgen er til besvær for litt over 370.000 – 1.2 millioner personer i Norge hver dag enten grunnet astma, KOLS eller annen sensitivitet. Da du tar trikken, bussen, toget eller går på butikken eller kjøpesentra er det veldig sannsynelig at du møter noen med astma. Ca 1 av 4 personer fra alder 0-100 har astma, og de fleste av disse –  om ikke alle –  blir syke av parfyme.

Parfyme er alt som er parfymert. De fleste tror at parfyme er det du har i parfymeflasken, men parfyme er i så mange produkter idag (år 2011)  at det ibland kan være en mare å unngå det. Parfyme er ikke noe man trenger for å holde seg ren. Parfyme er kun en dufttilsetning og gjør inget for å vaske deg, klærne dine, huset ditt, bilen din eller noe annet rent. Det du trenger for å holde deg og dine ting rene er kun såpen, og den kan du kjøpe parfymefri. Også deodorant finnes det parfymefri. Der er mange produkter på markedet som er frie for parfyme og da bidrar du også til å minke risikoen for at du selv blir allergisk og i tillegg gjør du hverdagen til alle astmatikere mye bedre.

Tenk deg f.eks. at bussjåføren din har astma. Ombord bussen går ca 400 parfymerte mennesker hver dag. Bussjåføren blir sjuk av parfyme, og med 400 parfymerte personer ombord bussen hver dag så er livet på jobb = å være sjuk. Bussjåføren får pustevansker og sliter med å puste, noe de fleste tar for gitt. Vi bare gjør det, puster, helt naturligt. For en astmatiker bør det også være naturlig å puste fritt uten problemer, men en hverdag sammen med parfymerte mennesker umuliggjør dette.

Hva er parfyme?

(NAAF) “Rent teknisk er parfyme et begrep som knyttes til en rekke kjemikalier, som enten kan fremstilles syntetisk eller utvinnes naturlig fra for eksempel planter i form av oljer eller vekstekstrakter. Kjemikaliene fordeler seg godt i luft, og våre neser oppfatter dem generelt som velduftende. Kjemikaliene tilsettes oftest til vanlige forbrukerprodukter for både å gi produktet en egenlukt eller en duftsignatur. I følge parfymebransjens eget organ IFRA har kosmetikkprodusentene i en frivillig tilbakemelding fra 2008 (transparency list) rapportert at det er ca 3200 stoffer som kan anvendes med formål å gi dufttilsatte produkter.” (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Menneskets sanser er laget for å beskytte oss mot det som er farlig for oss. Dårlig mat lukter vondt og vi vet at vi ikke bør spise det for å ikke bli syke. Høge lyder varsler at noe kan være farlig, vonde lukter varsler at noe kan være lite heldig for oss, eller sjukdom, og den sjette sans og erfaring sier oss gjerne når der er fare på ferde. Men hva når de farlige kjemikalier dufter godt, eller godlukt brukes for å skjule andre kjemikalier som ikke er gode for oss? Da lures sansene våres å tro at det er ufarlige stoffer vi har med å gjøre. De fleste av oss er gjerne også litt godtroende og tror det beste om produsenter fordi man kan jo ikke tro de vil oss noe vondt?

Allergi mot kjemikalier og parfyme

( “Kosmetikkbransjen er lovpålagt (2011) å regulere bruken 26 parfymestoffer på grunn av sterke allergifremkallende egenskaper. Hyppig og uregulert bruk i kosmetikk har medført en større andel både av allergi og sensibilisering i befolkningen (dvs begynnende allergiutvikling). Reguleringen er ment å forebygge og til dels for å beskytte de sensibiliserte. EU har i kosmetikkdirektivet bestemt at 26 spesielt allergifremkallende parfymestoffer skal med på ingredienslisten til kosmetiske produkter og kroppspleiemidler som inneholder dem. Andre parfymestoffer får stå under samlebetegnelsen ”parfyme”. Alle de 26 allergifremkallende parfymestoffene har du dermed mulighet for å unngå. Mattilsynet i Norge gir deg en oversikt over de 26 stoffende og maksimale mengder som får inngå. Reguleringen av de 26 parfymestoffende gjelder utelukkende for kontaktallergi … I en studie fra 2007 (Dotterud & Smith-Sivertsen) rapporteres det at kontaktallergi mot denne gruppen av allergene parfymestoffer (fragrance mix) forekommer hos 1,8 % av befolkningen. Det blir presisert at dette tallet er noe høyere enn det man ser fra Danmark. Symptomer ved kontaktallergi kjennetegnes ved rødt, kløende utslett – tørr og flassete hud, med små blærer som kan gi væskende hudområder og skorpedannelser.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

( “Kjemisk kontaktallergi kan også utvikles mot veldig mange andre kjemikalier enn parfyme (for eksempel hårfarger, såpe, konserveringsmidler, fargestoffer osv), og i motsetning til parfymekontaktallergi tilskrives kjemisk kontaktallergi hyppigst men ikke utelukkende fra yrkesskader der mennesker blir utsatt for større mengder kjemikalier enn man normal ville blitt i det daglige liv.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Du har krav på å få vite hva der innholder i det du bruker. I mat er det pålagt å definere hva som er i et produkt helt ned til salt og andre vanlige innhold og innholdsfortegningen skal vise hva er mest av. Det som er mest av i et produkt skal stå først i innholdsfortegningen. Når gjelder parfymer er kun påkrevd at 26 stoffer (år 2011) må deklareres, og alt annet kan gå under parfyme. Det er ikke godt nokk. Også om et stoff i listene ikke ennå er gradert som allergiframkallende på huden så betyr det ikke nødvendigvis at der ikke er noen i verden som reagerer mot det. Produsenter er gjerne litt etterpå når det gjelder kunnskap om effekten av stoffene de tilsetter i produktene sine, og forskere på stoffene og kjemikaliene ligger gjerne i forkant, og da helst uavhengige forskere. Ofte er man gjerne etterpåklok og sier, “Det visste vi ikke da.” etter at flere er blitt sjuke. Og i noen tilfeller kan det også være at de unnlater å bry seg fordi det ville koste penger å finne en erstating eller forandring, eller i deres øyne vil endre effekten av produktet. Det er ikke godt nokk. Der er mange stoffer i produkter som ikke er gode for mennesket å bruke som har en effekt på produkter, jeg snakker da om ftalater og parabener f.eks, men ikke utelukkende disse. Der er masse å lese om dette på siter overalt i verdenen der uavhengige forskere advarer mot mange av stoffene i bl.a parfyme, parfymerte produkter og også andre stoffer og produkter. Det må også være lettere å leve etter føre vare prinsippet både hos forbrukere og produsenter. Jeg mener alt i et produkt skal deklareres. Da er det lettere for forskerstanden og folk flest å rope varsku, og å velge selv hva de ønsker å bruke. Det er langt fra kun kontaktallergi som lager problemer hos mennesker med allergi, astma og sensitiviteter. Produsenter skal ikke kunne gjemme seg bak et ord som ikke forteller noe annet enn at det dufter.

For astmatikere er det gjerne luftbåret det som utløser astmaattacker. Det betyr at alt som avdunster, sprayes eller på annen måte sprer seg i lufta kan være med på å gi astmaattacker. Det eneste som trenges er at den som har astma og blir utsatt for stoffet puster det inn for å få en astmaattack. Det beste for en astmatiker er ren naturlig luft og oksygen.

( “I Danmark er det publisert en større vitenskapelig undersøkelse ”Forekomst av selvrapporterte symptomer og reaksjoner relatert til inhalasjon av luftbårne kjemikalier i en dansk befolkning”. Det ble plukket ut 6000 individer i alderen 18-69 år fra folkeregistret i en befolkning rundt stor-København til en spørreundersøkelse hvor de fikk tilsendt et spørreskjema om symptomer relatert til 11 alminnelig forekommende dufter og kjemiske stoffer samt om konsekvenser relatert til dem. Dufter og kjemiske stoffer inkluderte andre personers bruk av parfyme, rengjøringsmidler, oppløsningsmidler, friske trykksaker, nytt boliginventar, bløt plast eller gummi, nytt elektronisk apparatur, steke- og matos, utstøtning fra motorkjøretøy, tjæreprodukter samt røyk fra forbrenningsovner. Svarprosenten på denne undersøkelsen var på 71 % (4242 svar). 45 % av de som svarte oppgav de at de var sjenert/plaget av minst én av de alminnelig forekommende dufter og kjemiske stoffer som det ble spurt om. 27 % av  4242 personer var sjenert/plaget i en grad som var symptomutløsende. 17 %  av  4242 personer oppgav at reaksjonene fremkalt av dufter eller kjemiske stoffer hadde betydning for deres valg av personlige pleiemidler, andre for hvordan det ble gjort rent i deres hjem og for hvilke butikker de handlet i, sjenerte/plagede rapporterte at symptomer fremkaldt av dufter og kjemiske stoffer begrenset dem sosialt eller arbeidsmessig og flere oppgav, at symptomene hadde negativ innflytelse på begge disse forhold. Av de som svarte på undersøkelsen, oppgav respondentene at de hadde opplevd ubehag eller symptomer i relasjon til andres parfymebruk, at symptomene deres påvirket dem både sosialt og yrkesmessig, hvilket i en Dansk befolkning svarer til at ca. 17000 voksne danske mennesker.”  (Norges Astma og Allergiforbund,

Ved en allergi reagerer kroppens immunforsvar når man utsettes for stoffer man har rukket å utvikle allergi for. Allergi spiller typisk en rolle ved f.eks. astma, pollenallergi (rhinitt) og eksem og kan bekreftes ved blodprøve eller en test på huden.


Miljøhemming er situasjonsbetinget. I miljøer som ikke inneholder noe av det som ikke tåles, er den berørte “frisk” i den meningen at den er symptomfri. Derfor kan i enkelte tilfeller betegnelsen ”risikant” brukes.

Er du rammet?

“Professor Emeritus Kjell Aas er readktør på NAAFs nettside og Han har laget en spørreundersøkelse for å kartlegge miljøhemming. Foreløpig er det flest med kjemisk miljøintoleranse som har sendt svar. Det dreier seg om at mennesker blir syke av luftforurensninger og inneklima som de aller fleste tåler godt. De får hodepine, tørre og irriterte slimhinner, kvalme, unormal tretthet, problemer med konsentrasjon, oppfattelse og hukommelse og andre subjektive følelse av dårlig helse. Ikke få føler seg helt utslått med symptomer som kan minne om en slags forgiftning. ”

Har du astma, allergi, mcs, eller annen sensitivitet og sliter med å vistes i miljø der stoffer , avgassinger, parfymering brukes, eller rett og slett ikke kan være der, da har du miljøhemming.

Hvis du ikke ennå er rammet, tenk da på at veldig mange andre sliter med ditt eventuelle bruk av parfymer / godlukt og kjemikalier i hverdagen. Velg et uparfymert og kjemikaliefritt produkt så er du på god vei med på å gjøre hverdagen til meg og tusener av andre mye bedre!

På forhånd takk

In English

Facts about perfume and fragrance sensitivity

( 06/17/2011) “Most people get immediate associations with any aromatic or positively when they hear the word” perfume “. This reaction is not universal and there are poeple both associate and react negatively to ” perfume “. For this group of people, a whole series of fragrances we face in everyday life put severe restrictions on daily life. These people have what we call an environmental inhibition. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

Asthma and other lung diseases is one of the groups that are inhibited by perfumes and other strong scents. The scent you put on every morning either in form of perfume, cologne, after shave, deodorant, body spray or other perfumed products a little over 370,000 to 1,200,000 persons in Norway breathe in and get sick from every day either due to asthma, COPD, MCS or other sensitivities. When you take the tram, bus, train or go to the store or shopping centers, it is very likely that you meet someone with asthma/sensitivites. Approximately 1 in 4 people from age 0-100 have asthma, and most of these – if not all – are sick of perfume. In addition to them you have all those with other lung diseases and sensitivities.

Perfume is all that is perfumed (frangranced). Most people think that the perfume is what you have in the perfume bottle, but the perfume is in so many products today (year 2011) that at times it can be a nightmare to avoid it. Perfume is not something you need to keep themselves clean. Perfume is just a fragrance additive and do nothing for to wash yourself, your clothes, your house, your car or anything else. What you need to keep you and your stuff clean is just pure soap, and you can buy perfume free. There are many products on the market that are free of perfumes and then you are also helping to decrease the risk that you may become/get  allergic and also do the daily lives of all asthmatics much better.

Imagine for example… The bus driver have asthma. Aboard the bus is about 400 perfumed people every day. The bus driver is sick from perfume, and aboard the bus come 400 people scented every day, there is life on the job = being sick. Bus driver gets breathing difficulties and struggling to breathe, something most people take for granted. We just do it, breathe, naturally. For an asthmatic, it should also be natural to breathe freely without problems, but a day with perfumed people makes it impossible to do so. But fragranced people are everywhere in society so whatever one do or wherever one go, there it is.

What is the perfume?

(NAAF) “Technically perfume a term linked to a variety of chemicals, which can either be produced synthetically or obtained naturally from such plants in the form of oils or growth extracts. The chemicals are distributed well in air, and our noses perceive them in general as fragrant. The chemicals are added frequently for common consumer products for both to give the product a scent or a fragrance signature. According to the perfume industry’s own body IFRA has cosmetic manufacturers in a voluntary feedback from 2008 (Transparency list) reported that there are approximately 3200 substances that can be used for the purpose of give fragrance added products. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

The human senses are designed to protect us against that which is dangerous to us. Poor food smells bad and we know we should not eat it for not being sick. High noise signals that something may be dangerous, bad smells warn that something may be unfortunate for us, or illness, and the sixth sense and experience tells us when there is danger ahead. But what if the hazardous chemical smells good, or scent is used to hide other chemicals that are not good for us? When our senses are tricked to believe that it is harmless substances we are dealing with. Most of us are like a little gullible and believe the best about the producers because they can not believe they will do us any harm?

Allergy to chemicals and perfumes

( “Cosmetics Industry is required by law (year 2011) to regulate the use of 26 fragrances because of the strong allergenic properties. Frequent and unregulated use in cosmetics has resulted in a greater proportion of both allergy and sensitization in the population (ie the onset of allergy development). The regulation is intended to prevent and partly to protect the sensitized. The EU has in the cosmetics directive specified that 26 particularly allergenic perfume substances to be included on the list of ingredients for cosmetic products and body care products that contain them. Other fragrances will be under the collective term “fragrance.” All the 26 allergenic fragrance substances you are thus able to avoid. Food Safety Authority in Norway gives you an overview of the 26 drug immediately and maximum amounts that can be included. The regulation of the 26 perfume substances shall apply exclusively for contact allergies … In a study from 2007 (Dotterud & Smith-Sivertsen) reported that contact allergy to this group of allergenic perfume substances (fragrance mix) occurs in 1.8% of the population. It is clear that this figure is slightly higher than that seen from Denmark. Symptoms of contact allergy is characterized by red, itchy rash – dry and flaky skin, with small bladders that can cause skin and exuding skorpedannelser. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

( “Chemical contact allergy may also be developed against many chemicals other than perfumes (such as hair dyes, surfactants, preservatives, dyes, etc.), and unlike perfume contact allergy attributed to chemical contact allergy frequently but not exclusively from industrial accidents where people are exposed to larger quantities of chemicals than you normally would in everyday life. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

You are and should be entitled to know what are in the products you use. The food is required to define what is in a product right down to salt and other common content. That which is most of  in the product will be first in the table of content too. When it comes to perfumes / fragrance is only required that 26 substances (year 2011) must be declared, and everything else can go under perfume. It is not good enough since one fragrance hold several hundreds of chemicals. Note that the 26 substances is only those that is against contact allergies, and even if a substance in the lists are not yet classified as allergenic to the skin so it does not necessarily mean that there is no one in the world that reacts with breathing difficulties and other ways to it. And what about those who breathe it in, and it goes to the blood stream through the lungs? Manufacturers are usually a little later when it comes to knowledge about the effects of the substances they add in their products, and researchers in the drugs and chemicals is often in advance, and preferably independent researchers. Often, one is often wise after the event and says, “We did not know.” after several gotten sick. And in some cases it may be that they fail to care because it would cost money, or in their eyes it  will change the effect of the product. It is not good enough. There are many substances in products that are not good for man to use that has an effect on the products, I’m talking about phthalates and parabens such as, but not limited to these. There is plenty to read about this on sites all over the world where independent researchers warn against many of the ingredients of including perfumes and perfumed products and other substances and products. It should also be easier to live after the principle care before accident and illness, both producers and consumers. I mean everything in a product to be declared. This makes it easier for the research profession and people shouting warning and to choose for themselves what they want to use. It is far from only cantact allergy that give people who got allergies, astma and sensitivites problems. Manufacturers should not be able to hide behind a word that does not tell anything other than it got a scent and smells.

For asthmatics, it is usually airborne what triggers asthma attacks. It means that everything that evaporate, sprayed or otherwise spread in the air can help to provide asthma attacks. The only thing required is that those who have asthma and are exposed to the substance and breathe it in to get an asthma attack. The best for a asthmatic is pure natural air and oxygen.

( “In Denmark, published a major scientific study” Prevalence of self-reported symptoms and reactions related to the inhalation of airborne chemicals in a Danish population. “It was selected 6000 individuals aged 18-69 years from the National Registry in a population around large-Copenhagen to a questionnaire where they were sent a questionnaire about symptoms related to 11 common occurring scents and chemicals and the consequences related to them. Fragrances and chemical substances included other people’s use of perfumes, detergents, solvents, fresh print, new residential furniture, soft plastic or rubber, new electronic apparatus, frying and cooking fumes, exclusion from motor vehicles, tar products and smoke from incinerators. The response rate for this survey was 71% (out of 4,242 persons responses). 45% of respondents provided that they was shy / suffering at least one of the most commonly occurring fragrances and chemicals that were asked. 27% of 4242 people were shy / harassed to a degree that was symptom-triggering. 17% of 4,242 persons provided that the reactions induced by scents or chemical drugs had influenced their choice of personal care products, others for how it was done purely in their homes and the stores they shopped in, shy / sufferers reported symptoms until cold of fragrances and chemicals limited their social or work activities and tasks, that symptoms had a negative influence on both of these conditions. Of those who answered the survey gave respondents that they had experienced discomfort or symptoms in relation to others’ perfume use, that their symptoms affected them both socially and professionally, which in a Danish population corresponds to that around . 17,000 adult Danish people. “ (Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association,

One should note that this is only 4242 persons out of over some millions people in a country. 47 % out of approximately 4.5 million people is… 2.115.000 persons.

In an allergic reaction the body’s immune system when exposed to substances they have managed to develop allergies to. Allergy plays a typical role for example. asthma, pollen allergy (rhinitis) or eczema and can be confirmed by blood test or a test on the skin.


Environmental inhibition is situational. In environments that do not contain anything that is not tolerated, the person is concerned “healthy” in the sense that it is asymptomatic. Therefore, in some cases, the term “risikant” (in-risk-person) is used.

Are you affected?

“Professor Emeritus Kjell Aas with website and He has made a survey to determine the environmental inhibition. Currently, the majority of chemical environmental intolerance that have responded. It is about people become ill from air pollution and indoor air quality, which most other people can tolerate well. They get headaches, dry and irritated mucous membranes, nausea, unusual fatigue, difficulty with concentration, perception and memory and other subjective feelings of poor health. Do feel completely eliminated with symptoms which resembles a kind of intoxication. “

Do you have asthma, allergies, mcs, or sensitivity and are struggling to appeared in the environment where drugs, gave the singer, perfume ring is used, or simply can not be there, then you have the environmental inhibition.

If you have not yet been affected, think of that very many others are struggling with your potential use of perfumes / fragrances and chemicals in everyday life. Choose an unscented and chemical free product, you’re on your way to making life for me and thousands of other much better!

Thank you in advance
a person with asthma

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The book – Environmental inhibition (Norwegian) – By prof. Kjell Aas

Now the book The Environmental inhibition is released in pdf format. The book is written by professor Kjell Aas and tell in a light digest manner information about environmental inhibition. Book in Norwegian.

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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?