Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Yoghurt og hodepine- #astma #allergi #sensitivitet – Yogurt and Headache 

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Yoghurt og hodepine

En fortelling om mellommenneskelige relasjoner og konsekvensen av å legge byrden på den sjuke

Noen mennesker mener at astma, allergi og sensitivitet er helt den sjukes ansvar og de fraskriver seg eget ansvar ved å si at

Det er ditt ansvar å ta medisin. Jeg har rett å gjøre som jeg vil. Du skal ikke begrense meg.

Tenk deg at du får hodepine av yoghurt, likevel tar jeg og heller i deg yoghurt under tvang. Du sier til meg at jeg får hodepine av yoghurt, slutte! Jeg fortsetter å tvinge i deg yoghurt og sier at du får vel bare ta et hodepinepiller da, jeg gjør som jeg vil og har lyst og jeg liker å helle yoghurt i deg det er min rett! Du fortsetter å si at du får hodepine av yoghurt mens jeg fortsetter å helle i deg yoghurt og du medisinerer for å få mindre vondt, men jeg tar ingen hensyn fordi jeg synes det med yoghurt er bra, du får hodepine og må ta enda mer medisin. Og sånn går dagene… Og det er ikke bare jeg som syns yoghurt er bra og som syns du skal vise hensyn til at vi andre liker det, de forer deg også med yoghurt og du får bare mer hodepine. Da du ber om å slippe yoghurten og forklarer hvorfor da sier vi bare at da får du vel bare holde deg unna! Vi kan sitte her og du kan sitte langt der borte. Og du blir sittende aleine mens vi andre fortsetter som før, og tvangforer andre med yoghurt, og tar ikke hensyn. Du må leve i samfunnet. Du vil ikke være alene. Jeg og de andre som liker yoghurt fortsetter å tvangfore deg med yoghurt mens du får mer og mer vondt i hodet. Du tar så mye medisin mot din hodepine at du blir negative påvirket av medikamentene. Du får bivirkninger. Men vi fortsetter som før. Til slutt ender du opp på sjukehuset, kroppen klarer ikke mer.

Og da du sier fra at det ikke er greit da blir vi sure på deg fordi du verner om helsen, og vil hindre oss med yoghurten,  fordi du vil ikke ha hodepine hele tiden.

Sånn er det med astma, allergi og sensitivitet da du velger at din frihet og dine valg er viktigere enn andres helse.

Skjønner du nå?

In English

Yogurt and headache

A tale of interpersonal relationships and the impact of adding the burden on the sick

Some people think that asthma, allergies and sensitivity is the responsibility of the sensitive person and disclaims own responsibility by saying that

It is your responsibility to take medicine. I have the right to do whatever I want. You may not limit me.

Suppose you get a headache from yogurt, yet I take no consideration and force yogurt to your diet.  You say to me that I get headaches from yogurt, stop! I continue to force in you yogurt and says you’ll just have to take a headache pill then, I do what I want and I want and I like to pour the yogurt, it’s my right! You keep saying that you get headaches from yogurt while I continue to pour into you yogurt and you medicate to get less hurt, but I take no consideration because I think it with yogurt is good, you get headaches and have to take even more medicine. And so it goes day by day …  And it is not only I who think yoghurt is good and who think you should show respect to the rest of us who like yogurt, they feed you well with yogurt and you only get more headaches. When you request to drop the yogurt and explains why then we say that then you just stay away! We can sit here and you can sit far over there. And you will be alone while the rest of us continue as before force feeding others with yogurt and takes no account. You have to live in society. You do not want to be alone. I and the others who like yogurt continues to force-feed you with yogurt while you get more and more headaches. You take so much medicine for your headache so that you get negative influence of the drugs. You get side effects. But we will continue as before. Eventually you end up at the hospital, the body can take no more.

And when you say that it’s not okay then we get mad at you because you cherish your health, and will deny us with the yogurt, because you do not want to have headaches all the time.

So it is with asthma, allergies and sensitivity when you select your freedom and that your choice is more important than the health of others.

Do you understand now?

In Swedish

Yoghurt och huvudvärk

En berättelse om relationer och samspel mellan människor och konsekvenserna av att lägga bördan på de sjuka personen

Vissa människor tycker att astma, allergier och känslighet är den sensitiva personens ansvar och friskriver eget ansvar genom att säga att

Det är ditt ansvar att ta medicin. Jag har rätt att göra vad jag vill. Du ska inte begränsa mig.

Anta att du får huvudvärk av yoghurt, men jag häller i dig yoghurt under tvång. Du säger till mig att jag får huvudvärk av yoghurt, sluta! Jag fortsätter att tvinga i dig yoghurt och säger att du bara måste ta en huvudvärkstablett då om du plågas, jag gör vad jag vill och jag vill och jag gillar yoghurt och fortsätter att tvinga på dig yoghurt, det är min rättighet! Du säger att du får huvudvärk av yoghurt medan jag fortsätter att tvinga  i dig yoghurt och du medicinerar för att få mindre ont, men jag tar ingen hänsyn, eftersom jag anser att det med yoghurt är bra. Du får huvudvärk och måste ta ännu mer medicin . Och så fortsätter det dag för dag, dagarna i ända… och det är inte bara jag som tycker yoghurt är bra och som tycker du ska visa respekt för resten av oss som gillar det, de föder dig väl med yoghurt och du  få bara mer huvudvärk. När du begär att slippa yoghurt och förklarar varför då säger vi att du får väl bara hålla dig borta! Vi kan sitta här och du kan sitta långt där borta. Och du kommer att vara ensam medan andra fortsätter som förut, och tvångsmatar andra med yoghurt och tar ingen hänsyn. Du måste leva i samhället. Du vill inte vara ensam. Jag och de andra som gillar yoghurt fortsätter att tvångsmata dig med yoghurt och samtidigt får du mer och mer huvudvärk. Du tar så mycket medicin för din huvudvärk att du är negativt påverkad av medicinerna. Du får biverkningar. Men vi kommer att fortsätta som tidigare. Till slut hamnar du på sjukhuset för kroppen orkar inte ta mer.

Och när du säger att det inte är okej då vi bli arga på dig eftersom du vill vårda din hälsa, och vill hindra oss som gillar yoghurt, eftersom du inte vill ha huvudvärk hela tiden.

Så är det med astma, allergier och känslighet när du väljer din frihet och att ditt val är viktigare än andras hälsa.

Förstår du nu?


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Help someone with asthma

What to do?

You can actually make a huge difference for everyone having asthma so they become more healthy and get a better life. Yes You!

What is asthma?

How to recognize asthma?

I know this person

If you know the person, ask what the person can not tolerate, allergies and other stuff they get sick from. When a person have asthma even things they are not allergic to can make their airways kick back and make trouble in form of an asthma attack. When you know what the person get sick from keep this away from the person at all times. If it is something you use yourself. STOP! even if you think in your own mind that it must be a silly thing.

I do not know this person

Around you there are many people who have asthma. One count that about 20-25 % of the population in a country have asthma. Worldwide (numbers from 2011) 300 million people have asthma, in Europe (counting from 2014) approximately 30 million people have asthma, and it is estimated that around 2036 about 400 million people will have asthma worldwide (information from World Health Organization WHO, Ginasthma.com, and EFA). In Norway for example there is in 2015 about 5 million people. 20 % out of 5 million people (counting low) is 1 million people who have asthma (5.000.000 x 0,20 = 1.000.000). How many live in your country? Count how many ( x million people times 0,xx equals?) So you see out of the hundred of people you see around you about 20 of those have asthma. And that is if we count low with 20 %. That is 20 people! So what can you do for all of those?

The nature of asthma is like this:

A person can be allergic to different things that causes asthma attacks, and in addition there are substances that causes irritation to the airways in the lungs causing asthma attacks even if the person is not allergic to them. Asthma comes in 4 different levels from mild to severe. Asthma can be deadly. To live you must be able to breathe, and the nature of asthma is trouble breathing. Think about this when you travel in the room where the public have access, and also in your home if your friends or family have asthma.

Common triggers for asthma:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Vaping – some but not all react to vaping
  • Fragrance (both male and female scents) – both from the bottle and added to other products.
  • Incense
  • Scented candles and candles
  • Air fragrance, also known as signature scent
  • Airfreshener – what you use to hide bad odor or to fragrance the room
  • Animals – most common is fur and birds. But remember that it is not only the fur and the feathers that is source for the allergy, saliva and skin dandruff too.
  • Food – most commonly known is nuts and peanuts and that is both the whole nut or added to food and oils. Nut allergy can be fatal both taken in and airborne. But even milk, egg, fish and other foods can give such reaction both by eating it and airborne.
  • Exhaust from vehicles, both diesel and gasoline, and maybe others. Gas – actually most people have it bad from gas, but people with asthma have it even worse since they do not tolerate even smaller amounts.
  • Gassing from stuff – it can be gas from filling petrol, diesel, oil, alcohols, solvents, new plastic, cleaning products, ammonia, among many other things.
  • Dust of various kinds, not only house dust.
  • Pollen
  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Evaporates

So how can you make the world better for a person having asthma to avoid the person get an asthma attack? It is actually rather easy.

  • Do not smoke or vape around other people. Smoke outside away from entrances and ask before you light a cigarette or e-cigarette.
  • Cut out the fragrance and fragranced products, only use fragrance free. The emissions, pollution, from fragrance and fragrance products cause asthma attacks. If you use fragrance and someone tells you to stay clear it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.  Take the hint and go fragrance free.
  • Do not use incense, it pollutes the air. A sensitive person gets asthma attacks from it (even outdoors). If a person tells you not to use it, it is not to be rude, it is not to be against your religion, it is to stay healthy.
  • Do not use candles and scented candles since they emit a lot of invisible chemicals to the air that triggers an asthma attack. And the smoke from putting them out is just as bad.
  • Airfresheners, products giving away scent and signature scent for marketing is a big no! no! it goes under the same as Fragrance.
  • Turn the engine off as soon as you have stopped the car.
  • Think of fire smoke and other kinds of smoke, gas and off-gassing as pollution and keep such away from others. Ask before you do something that can emit to the air.
  • Avoid if possible to bring animals where there are a lot of people. A rather big percent of the 20 % of the population is allergic. That also goes for your clothes if  you have been around animals. Change your clothes to allergen free clothes and wash yourself.
  • Flowers are lovely, unfortunately many is allergic, so if possible try to keep the flowers packed in during transport home. And if you are going to give someone flowers, ask if they are allergic to it before buying it. Maybe something else is a better gift?
  • Dust and dirty – Keep the place clean from dust, but use as less chemicals as possible to get as clean air as possible. Cleaning and washing agents goes under the same as fragrance products, it causes asthma attacks. Go fragrance free here!
  • Pollen, yes it is a natural thing and not your fault. What you can do is to think of all that is allergic to it, do not brush or dust it off indoors, and if someone tells you to hand your coat outside it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.
  • Food – Avoid eating where other people travel the society. Of cource you can eat in a restaurant or a cafe’, but avoid eating other places. Rather many get sick from airborne food emits, and when you eat you might get it on handles, seating, doors and so on, and the next one get it on their hands and then in their mouth for example (grown and children).

Remember that things that emits and evaporates to the air can be for sensitive people as pollution regardless of the smell. It is not the smell that hurts it is what is in the smell. We are constructed to breathe air, nothing else. If someone tells you – No!, it is not to be rude, it is to stay healthy. Avoid to have things that evaporate and emits to the air where the public is. Make the air as fresh as possible without additives, additives that is for all of us sensitive nothing more than pollution. Maybe it is a new way of thinking for you, but regardless what you think of it, it is all sensitive persons reality. If you adopt the way of thinking you can make the air cleaner and fresher for us all to breathe. In that way you can help us stay healthy. In polluted air we get sick, in fresh air we are healty. It is that simple. Have a nice day. / Annelie


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Hypothetically religiously

Incense

Incense in a Buddhist temple. (photo sanaakosirickylee.wordpress.com since I can not enter to take a photo myself.)

Incense in a Buddhist temple. (photo sanaakosirickylee since I can not enter to take a photo myself.)

Today we got the first Buddhist temple in Møre and Romsdal County, and that made me think of the issue asthma, allergy and Chemical Sensitivity when using a temple or church.

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Incense in a Catholic church. (photo: oodegr.co since I can not go there take one myself)

Both Buddhists and Catholics use incense. Incense is known to admit substances to the air that is both carcinogenic and a cause of asthma attacks. For sensitive persons incense is just as bad as scented candles, tobacco smoke, exhaust and fragrance.

In a religious perspective use of incense would make the temple or church unavailable.

I know, if I would have been a Buddhist or a Catholic, I would not be able to go, so that makes me wonder, –  So how about you? What is your experience? Have you experienced the temple or church being unavailable to you because of bad indoor air from incense?

/ Annelie


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Allergy vaccination does it work for everyone and all kinds of allergies?

Allergen-specific immunotherapy

Allergen-specific immunotherapy ASIT, commonly called allergy vaccination is currently used to treat patients with allergic disease, such as allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and asthma caused by airborne allergens. It is the only form of treatment that enhances allergic symptoms, affect long-term disease progression in children and creates immunological tolerance to the allergen.
The treatment requires regular contact with health services for several years. SCIT begins with an escalation of allergen dose for 14 weeks. This is followed by a maintenance phase with return visits was sixth to eighth week over 3-4 years.
It is most common vaccine directed against birch and grass pollen-induced symptoms, mites are a common goal. Attempts are made to different kinds of food allergy. Milk, eggs and peanuts are the foods tested most to vaccinate against. Vaccination against cat allergy is frequent, while dogs and horses are much less common. The demand for dog and horse vaccinations, however, is palpable but the scientific evidence is insufficient and the clinical experience of the treatment effects varied. Today, this therapy is primarily for highly motivated patients where the allergen can not be avoided and pharmacological treatment, ie antihistamines or nasal steroids, does not provide adequate disease control.

Any treatment using vaccination against allergies must be done under the supervision of an allergy specialist, and it is  not adviced to do this on your own.

So far there is no vacination against sensitivity, asthma and allergy to perfumes and chemical products. Many people are mistaken that you can vaccinate against all allergies. This is wrong.

And it is wrong of the public to say when they put a asthma and allergy sick person to fragrance to say:

“I know you can train your allergy away. It is good for you to be subjected to fragrance, then you can train it away.”

This is nothing but abuse. When you put a person in the posistion to be forced to inhale the blend of chemicals, allergens and irritants their body can not tolerate it is like if you kick them in their body. You hurt them.

So please stop doing this.

Instead help their everyday struggle to stay healthy by going fragrance free in the public room.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Sweden – Allergy Facts 2015
http://allergiforskning.se/trycksaker/allergifakta-2014-15/#1/z


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Merry Christmas shut out

Happy Holidays?

Fresh-Air-For-All-Guests-Christmas It is this time of year when all families gather together and salubrate the holidays together, first Christmas and then New Years.

Invitations are sent and everyone is expected to come on the invitation like the host want it.

I am visiting in different asthma and allergy, and sensitivity fora online and read page up and page down about relatives inviting their kids, cousins, grandkids, siblings and other relatives to the holidays and everyone want to come, just they can not.

And why?

Family can sometimes be even worse than other friends in life, it seems like they are deaf to life and others needs. They want to be presentable and they want to make a cozy holidays for all and make a happy party – on their terms.

I then wonder why they are not listening to what their family and friends tell them about their asthma and allergies, that they can not be around cats, dogs, birds,, tobacco smoke, vaping, fragrance, air fresheners, incense, scented candles, and can not eat a range of different things. Many allergies are even airborne so if any of the things they are allergic to is there they get sick from breathing.

I read about families who invite to holidays and parties and demand to have the gathering at their home even though they know and have been told many times their friends or family members are sick from their animals, fragrance products, tobacco smoke (second and third hand), vaping and some food, fragrance, aftershave and other things. They are told all year-long and every year at Christmas and New Years that the family member is sick from these things, still it is like the host behave like they are thick in the head. Either they have a hearing problem, or it must be they are either thick in their head and do not grasp for a moment what is the problem, or they just do not care.

But actually it should not have to be explained in detail what happens in the body when a person is exposed to allergens and irritants, it should be enough they are told the person get sick from it, and when told – Could you please come to our place instead? And could you please come fragrance free, smoke free, fur free, and bring no food or what ever the allergy and asthma is against? They should do that without hesitating, all for the cause and best for the person we all love who has allergies and asthma.

Every year it is the same thing, and every year I wonder what is wrong with these people? They say they love their family and friends, but still they seem to not care and go on hurting them.

In the end the person having asthma and allergies end up having a Christmas and New Years being sick, really sick, being on medication and having a bad health. All because some people do not listen.

It should be easy. They could just listen and do as asked of them for the greater good and good health of someone they claim to like and love, and someone they claim they care for.

If you claim these things, that you love and care for a person, please step up and show for real that it is true by showing it with your actions.

Caring about your loved ones should be more important than where and how you salubrate your Christmas and New Years.

Or your loved ones end up sitting alone at the Holidays, or getting really ill just because you do not care.

Read about asthma and allergy by looking through the menu, and links. Also read about testimonials, Go fragrance Free archives, and all the other knowledge. Take your time and be a better family and friend.

Please, let it be a Happy, including and Healthy Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for everyone.

Fresh-Air-For-All-MerryChristmas

/ Annelie