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Movie tip: The Good Witch

Even the movie industry have picked up the allergies and sensitivities to perfume and chemicals. In The Good Witch season 1 episode 2 The good doctor tells about his allergies to aftershave and finds out a patients health problems being sensitive to chemicals.

Portraid in a nice and serious way.

The Good Witch is about a New York doctor and his son moving to a small town, where he finds that the mayor has lured him to the town on false promises, and that the next door lady has all his patients.

 

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Parfymeallergi – din godlukt skader andre – Elin Wiese Engh – Nyhetsettermiddag NRK

Opplysning er en god ting 0:45:45 min inn i programmetParfymeallergi-P2-Nyhetsettermiddag

Effekten av ditt parfymebruk. 20% av befolkningen blir sjuk av din parfyme og parfymerte produkter. Har du med mennesker å gjøre da skal du være parfymefri sier NAAF. Lytte her:

https://radio.nrk.no/serie/nyhetsettermiddag/NPUB51017416/01-09-2016#t=45m45s

“Det skal handle om følsomhet for lukt, for 20 % (ca 1 million personer) av oss er nemlig andres bruk av parfymer generende. For pleietrengende Elin Wiese Engh er problemet så stort at hun ikke kan få hjelp hjemme lenger. (dør åpnes) Vi er hjemme i leiligheten til Elin Wiese Engh i Stavanger, hun har slitasje i de fleste ledd i kroppen og aktive prolapser i ryggsøylen,  det gjør at hun lever med store smerter hele døgnet og er  sterkt hjelpetrengende. Jeg har det godt inni meg men kroppen har det forferdelig, kroppen har det jævlig for å si det sånn rett ut, forteller Elin Wiese Engh. Elin Wiese Engh har fått innvilget 35 timer i uken med brukerstyrt personlig assistanse av Stavanger Kommune, men det har hun måttet stoppe da pleierne som kom ikke tok hensyn til at hun blir dårlig av lukt og av parfyme. Elin forteller: Jeg får veldig kraftig hodepine som om jeg har migrene og blir veldig kvalme.

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Skjermbilde av NRK Rogaland Facebook Les artikkelen klikke på bildet

Les også artikkel i NRK Rogaland https://www.nrk.no/rogaland/reagerer-pa-parfymerte-produkter—mener-helsetjenesten-ikke-tar-hensyn-1.13114691

 

Parfymer, deodoranter, shampo, og vaskemidler er produkter som kan avgi sterke lukter. Flere og flere nordmenn reagerer på dette og Norges Astma og Allergiforbund anslår at rundt 20%  (ca 1 million personer i 2016) av befolkningen opplever lukten som generende og for rundt en 0,5%  (ca 5000 personer i 2016) er problemet så stort at de ikke kan oppholde seg i det offentlige rom. NAAF forteller: De kan oppleve at de får kvalme, hodepine, noen føler det faktisk som en forgiftning. Det sier Hildur Østbø, regionssekretær i Stavanger i Norges Astma og Allergiforbund, NAAF. Helsearbeidere som jobber for Stavanger kommune har ikke forbud mot å bruke parfymerte produkter men kommunen prøver å ta hensyn og legge til rette for den enkelte bruker så godt det lar seg gjøre, det forteller direktør for Oppvekst og Levekår i Stavanger Kommune, Per Haar: – Jeg mener at i utgangspunktet så gjør vi veldig gode vurderinger i Stavanger på pasienter og brukere sine helseutfordringer på at vi tilpasser tjenesten i forhold til de behovene som den enkelte bruker har så mitt svar er at hovedbilde er at det fungerer veldig bra. NAAF forteller: – For de som jobber i helsevesenet bør det å bruke parfymefrie produkter være en selvfølge mener Norges Astma og Allergiforbund (NAAF), de som jobber i forhold til mennesker må ta dette på alvor og unngå å bruke parfymerte produkter. Elin Wiese Engh sier: – Jeg synes det er trist fordi jeg kan ikke da ta imot hjelp fra de i det hele tatt. Elin Wiese Engh er oppgitt over situasjonen, selv har hun prøvd å gi parfymefrie produkter til pleierne. Elin Wiese Engh sier: – … deodoranter har de fått, Blenda Sensitive vaskepulver har de fått fra meg, shampo har de fått av meg, tusen produkter de har  på apoteket, de har tatt imot det men det har ikke blitt bedre for det, sier Elin Wiese Engh mens hun ler litt beklemt og med gråt i røsten.” Reporter var Tomas Haldeland NRK

“de som jobber i forhold til mennesker må ta dette på alvor og unngå å bruke parfymerte produkter.”

Og jeg er meget enig. Det spiller ikke noen rolle vilken stilling du har, om du jobber i forhold til mennesker da skal du være parfymefri slik at du ikke gjør kundene og kollegaene sjuke, det gjelder i alle jobber.

/ Annelie


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@TodayShow what NOT to do at the #loo – #IndoorAir #Health #AirSafety #Asthma #AirFreshener #TodayShow #Media

This is a story about how ignorant people do their absolute best to mess up the lives of others. When you have read this I hope you know and do better in the future.

 Image of a bathroom.

Screenprint of Today Show headline. “How to clear the air after using the bathroom.”

Responsible for others health

Today I read an article at Today Show and I was horrified to read their advice on how to avoid the embarrassing feeling of “certain air you’ve left behind”.

Today show (and unfortunately other media too) communicates the destruction of your health.

Today Show only gave two good advice in the whole article. As follows:

“First and foremost, reduce odors by flushing the toilet as soon as you can. The quicker the flush, the less the odor. A “courtesy flush” is not only courteous, it’s smart.

Ventilate! Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan. Most bathrooms have exhaust fans above the toilet. Just make sure you’ve turned on the fan and not the heater portion of the fixture. Leave it running even after you leave the bathroom.” Today Show

I would have added make the sit on the toilet as short as possible, the longer you sit the greater the possibility for the odor to spread, and put the lid down before flushing to keep it all in the toilet.

What they say after this is what endanger people’s health and lives.

Then Today Show follows up with saying:

“Unfortunately, toilets don’t come with built-in air fresheners.” Today Show

I am happy every time I enter a WC without built-in air polluters since it in reality pollute the air to the point that I can not even enter the toilet to do what I need. In worse case if I have actually managed to enter before that chemical machine burst out it’s bomb I have to run out when it does. Actually I have to always be aware and check the room before I even enter because such fragrance machines send me to the ER for asthma treatment because the contents coming out of it makes me suffocate due to asthma attacks.

There are worse things than poo odor. Such so called Air Fresheners are actually hazardous chemicals. Open a window or accept that’s the way nature is.

It is way better to clean the WC room fragrance free, and a little more often. In the end it is cleaning that keeps the toilet clean, not fragrance.

Today Show  then follows up with saying even more health damaging tips.

“Fragrant hand lotion: Apply it liberally to your hands then wave your hands in the air. Some people go so far as to squirt a bit of lotion into the commode.” Today Show

This is enough to give allergy and asthma symtoms in a person entering after you.

“Hair spray: The heavier the fragrance, the better when it comes to this emergency air freshener. Again, a puff in the air and one in the toilet works wonders.” Today Show

This is enough to send any asthma sick person entering after you to the ER. NOT recommended.

“Perfume/cologne: If you’re lucky enough to have a small vial of perfume with you, your troubles are over. One sprinkle and odors are gone.” Today Show

This is enough to send any asthma sick person entering after you to the ER. NOT recommended.

“Spray bathroom cleaner” Today Show

This is enough to send any asthma sick person entering after you to the ER. NOT recommended.

“Cleanser” Today Show

This is enough to send any asthma sick person entering after you to the ER. NOT recommended.

“Bleach” Today Show

This is enough to send any asthma sick person entering after you to the ER. NOT recommended.

“White vinegar” and
“Baking soda” Today Show

This is often recommended as a more natural choice but combined in the same cocktail it produces a gas that is irritating the airways in the lungs.

“Liquid hand soap” and
“Shampoo/Conditioner” Today Show

Those go under the same as above-mentioned. This is enough to give allergy and asthma symtoms in a person entering after you. Depending on the grade of severity of the asthma, it can give all from minor issues to send the person in to life threatening asthma attacks.

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Today Show Are you out of your mind? is all that comes in to my mind when I see these advices. People doing this can send anyone having asthma or other lung disease or sensitivity to the ER with life threatening conditions.

You are such a big news media and you have a great responsibility for what news you share and the impact it has. Last time I checked your post was shared 196 times. A post shared 196 times by people having about 300 people in their friends list is 58.800 possible views.

Are you aware that there are 300 million people having asthma in the world (WHO 2011)? expected to be 400 million people in some years (WHO). In Europe there are 30 million people having asthma (Efanet.org), and in the US 25,5 million people (2010) have asthma  (adults 18.7 million, children 6,8 million, fig 2010).

Figures from 2010 shows that in the US those made 14.2 million visits to the physician office (2010) and 1.8 million emergency visits to the ER (2010), 439.000 hospitalized (2010), 3630 deaths from asthma (2013).

Also see

Do you now realize the severity in what you have done?

Imagine the damage you have done to all the people in the world having asthma.

Polluting of air increase the health risk of those having asthma. But it do not stop there, the same goes for those allergic (can be life threatening), other lung diseases (can be life threatening, other kinds of sensitivity like for example hyperactivity, hypersensitivity to chemicals and so on.

By sharing such stupid tips you spread and increase the endagering of people’s health.

Please also read:
Perfume and air pollution
Did you know this about fragrance? Perfume has become the new passive smoke. It’s become as common with perfumed products today as smoking was before,  the spreading in the air violates the rights of those who get sick from it.

Ban scent marketing
Did you know this about scent marketing?

/ Annelie

Source for videoes: Youtube.com


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#Phenoxyethanol in #allergy friendly products #NAAF @astmaallergi

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Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol er på EUs liste over farlige stoffer, men benyttes ofte i kosmetiske produkter.

Jeg kikket i dag på forskjellige hudkremer på butikken som var parfymefri fordi jeg var tom for ansiktskrem. Det jeg fant i hyllene var hudkrem fra HTH og Neutral. HTH er ikke godkjent av astma og allergiforbundet NAAF, men det er Neutral.

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Da jeg kikket på innholdet fant jeg at begge to kremene innholder Phenoxyethanol. Det som skuffer meg mest er at kremen fra Neutral er godkjent av Norges Astma og Allergiforbund  (NAAF), det er dok ikke hudkremen fra HTH.

Innhold i HTH

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Innhold i Neutral (NAAF godkjent)

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Fra Wikipedia:
“In 2005–06, methyldibromoglutaronitrile/ phenoxyethanol was the ninth-most-prevalent allergen in patch tests (5.8%).

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that the chemical is toxic to infants via ingestion, and “can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.” Combined with Chlorphenesin, these two chemicals can cause respiratory depression in infants. Since these chemicals are often present in cosmetics and lotions applied to the hands and are easily ingested, caution should be exercised.

German research in 1999, concluded that it had neurotoxin potential, but in a concentration-dependent manner.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) data sheets show chromosomal changes and genetic mutation effects in testing as well as testicular atrophy and interference with reproductivity in mice for other glycol ethers, although phenoxyethanol is not mentioned in the abstract.” Wikipedia

Hva med cocktail effekten, og bruk av flere produkter med dette i, det vil jo øke forbruket av Phenoxyethanol. Hvorfor tillater et Astma og Allergiforbund kjente farlige stoffer i produktene?

/ Annelie

In English

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is on the EU list of dangerous substances, but is often used in cosmetic products.

I looked today at various skin creams in the store that was fragrance free because I was out of face cream. What I found on the shelves was cream by HTH and Neutral. HTH is not approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation NAAF, but Neutral is.

When I looked at the contents, I found that both creams contain phenoxyethanol. What disappoints me most is that the cream from Neutral is approved by the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association (NAAF), but the skin cream from HTH is not.

Contents of HTH

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Contents in Neutral (NAAF approved)

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From Wikipedia:
“In 2005-06, methyldibromoglutaronitrile / phenoxyethanol was the ninth-most-prevalent allergen in patch tests (5.8%).

The Food and Drug Administration has warned That the chemical is toxic two infants via ingestion, and “can depress the central nervous system and cause apr Vomiting and diarrhea.” Combined with bullet Chlorphenesin, These two chemicals can cause respiratory depression in infants. Since These chemicals are often presented in cosmetics and lotions Applied to the hands and are Easily ingested, caution should be exercised.

German research in 1999 concluded Thats it had neurotoxin potential, but in a concentration-dependent overpowers.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) data sheets show chromosomal changes and genetic mutation effects in testing as well as testicular atrophy and interference with reproductivity in mice for other glycol ethers, manager and staff phenoxyethanol is not Mentioned in the abstract. “Wikipedia

What about the cocktail effect and use of multiple products with this chemical added, that cause increasing consumption of phenoxyethanol. Why does a Asthma and Allergy Association grant use of known dangerous substances in the products?

/Annelie


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Oxidizing #fragrance is #allergenic

Allergenic oxidizing fragrance contents

“The oxidizing fragrances in everything from toothpaste to shampoos and deodorants. These fragrances contents may not all be allergenic themselves but can quickly become so when they oxidize. When they are broken down by oxygen in the air to form hydroperoxides that are highly allergenic substances. Nobody knows today how many people in the population who are allergic to the oxidized fragrances because they are not included in the allergy tests done.

Researchers have now discovered that the allergenic substances may have formed already when the oils and fragrances from the supplier. When they are broken down by oxygen in the air to form hydroperoxides that are highly allergenic substances. International studies of eczema patients have shown that five to seven percent of the patients are allergic to the oxidized fragrances.

At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Gothenburg University, have developed a new analytical method that makes it actually possible to investigate hydroperoxides in various consumer products.

– Using mass spectrometry strikes disrupting substances so that they are small fragments and it is the first time that there is a method to find these individual-specific hydroperoxides in small quantities and in complex mixtures, explains Johanna Rudbäck, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.

dr. Johanna Rudbäck has defended her thesis “Allergenic Oxidation Products from Fragrance Terpenes. Chemical Analysis and Determination of Sensitizing Potency “.

This is really important. Now, manufacturers can not sit back and say that the problem does not exist. So far, the perfume industry used a 1800-century approach when examining this type of oxidation products and then find they can not find these little difficult certain substances. Now the industry must deal with the problem in an entirely different way.

Ann-Therese Karlberg explains that it only takes small amounts of hydroperoxides to trigger allergy and eczema in a person who has become allergic to them.

Previously, scientists believed that it would take a long time before fragrances change of air. But when the research team used the new method to analyze the essential oils of lavender and orange peel, they discovered that it went faster than expected.

– We saw that it formed hydroperoxides already when we got the oils from the supplier. This was surprising to us, says Johanna Rudbäck.”

from article in SVT 26 september 2013

Source: http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/allergiframkallande-amnen-i-skonhetsprodukter-kan-sparas

“Spa personnel who works with essential oils in high consentrations is a rather new profession found hurt by handeling the oils. During some years back the skin clinic at Sahlgrenska hospitals have received several patients in the profession of masseuses from several parts of Gothenburg, Skövde and Varberg.

– The read thread here is that they have worked with essential oils smelling of for example lavender, roses or citrus, says Lina Hagwall who is researcher and expert on these substances. When the occupational dermatologic clinic tested the essential oils on several of the patients they could confirm that is was the oxidizing fragrance in the oils they were allergic to.

How can you, in your marketing say that your aromatherapy oil is healing and protective to the skin when you know that there are masseuses who have suffered from allergy and eczema of your oil?”
Source: http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/foretaget-bakom-oljorna-vi-har-utbildat

“Sanna Gunnesson, Mia Senor and Nina Sellman that all three worked at Hagabadet Spa in Gothenburg, where they massaged customers with organic oils from Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy series, and then got allergic reactions, says that it felt immoral to sell oil to customers. I can not do it. I can not stand and lie to a customer that way. It feels wrong to sell a product when you have a rash on the hands, says Sanna Gunnesson.”
http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/foretaget-bakom-oljorna-vi-har-utbildat

“Oxidized fragrances of aromatherapy oils of the brand Kerstin Florian has given several masseurs and spa personnel contact allergy. Masseuses Mia Senor, Nina Sellman and Sanna Gunnesson got so severe discomfort that they had to change profession. Mia Senor showing us pictures of how her hands and arms might look when she came home from work. It almost looks like a burn. The skin on her hands became all swollen, and her fingers were like glued ogether. It stung and did hurt so evil, she says, and explains that her hands were so sore and infected that it even went impossible to work with gloves. Sanna Gunnessons trouble also started with eczema on the hands. Since she had no other jobs she stayed at Hagabadet even though it hurt to massage. Eventually, she was itching all over the body.
http://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/de-skadades-av-massageoljor

Imagine what it does to your skin, and then imagine what it does to your soft tissues in your airways and lungs. So next time you are thinking of putting some fragrance or oil on – Don’t!