Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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Hypothetically religiously


Incense in a Buddhist temple. (photo 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.


Incense in a Catholic church. (photo: 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

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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.


/ Annelie