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Forskning og påvirkningsnivå ved astma – Research and level of reaction for asthma

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Påvirkningsgrad for personer med astma

0,02 PPM (parts mer million, milliondeler)


National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council Washington DC USA 26. November 1965

Just denne undersøkelsen gjelder TDI som er en kjemikalie, men det er en pekepinn på hvor lite som skal til for å utløse et astmaanfall.

“Industrial exposure to TDI vapors has resulted in many cases of allergic reactions involving the respiratory tract with symptoms of asthma. The Threshold limit value of 0,02 PPM is believed to prevent sensitization but may not be low enough to prevent asthmatic attacks in sensitized individuals.” Ph.D Harry W. Hays National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council Washington DC USA 26. November 1965

Parfymer er også kjemikalier, så ikke tro de er trygge. Å ha astma er som å være et levende, gående brannalarm. Vi vet når noe er i luften som ikke er god fisk. Våre lungene reagerer på det, og protesterer. Vi får pustevansker.

In English

0,02 PPM a level for asthma attacks

Since 1965 the level for developing a asthma attack is stated to be 0,02 PPM (Parts Per Million).


National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council Washington DC USA 26. November 1965

This research shown here is specifically about TDI chemical but it actually shows how little is needed to start a asthma attack. 0,02 PPM

“Industrial exposure to TDI vapors has resulted in many cases of allergic reactions involving the respiratory tract with symptoms of asthma. The Threshold limit value of 0,02 PPM is believed to prevent sensitization but may not be low enough to prevent asthmatic attacks in sensitized individuals.” Ph.D Harry W. Hays National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council Washington DC USA 26. November 1965

Fragrances is chemicals too, so do not believe they are safe. Having asthma is like being a living, breathing, walking fire alarm. We know when something fishy is in the air. Our lungs react to it, and protest. We get breathing problems.

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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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#Phenoxyethanol in #allergy friendly products #NAAF @astmaallergi

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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.



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


Innhold i Neutral (NAAF godkjent)


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 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


Contents in Neutral (NAAF approved)


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?


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Movie tip: Bones Harbingers in a fountain Season 5 Episode 1

Bones and MCS

It is not often one see MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) talked about in the movies and tv-series, but in the detective serie Bones Season 5 Episode 1: Harbingers in a fountain MCS is part of the story evolving in a murder case.

Dr Brennan, aka Bones is the forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute and kind of a female mix between detective Sherlock Holms caracter and Dr John H. Watson just she do not do drugs. Her partner doktor John H. Watson is the investigator with the human touch like Dr. Watson have.

A party of people living in the city have the disease MCS and want to move to a under-sea hotel to escape the envorinment making them sick.

Bones and Booth with the FBI come in contact with a clairvoyant and fortune teller reading cards, who read in her cards that there are bodies under the fontain in the park. It is Bones’s and Booth’s job to solve the crime.

Look it up at for example and prepare yourself for a thrill.

Read about the Bones TV-series

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Gasses from luggage at Arlanda Airport made personell sick –

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Kjemikalier for parfyme gjorde flyplasspersonale syke

To ansatte på Arlanda Flyplass har hatt sykdomssymptomeretter å ha åpnet bagasje container fra Moskva. Nødetatene har transportert bort beholderen og deretter fant en skarp luktende væske. – Eieren skal ha sagt at han importerer ekstrakter av parfymer, sier Magnus Andersson på redningssentral i Stockholm fylke. Flyet fra Moskva landet på Arlanda ved 19 onsdag kveld. Når to ansatte på flyplassen åpnet bagasje container fra flyet, følte de en sterk lukt og deretter begynte å hoste. En av dem har selv fått en hodepine. Når bagagehanterarna åpnet denne beholderen kom en veldig sterk lukt, som gjorde det tilkalte brannvesenet. Bagagehanterarna har blitt pleiet av sykepleiere. – De pustet inn noe som luktet skarpt og så følte seg noen dårlige. Ambulansen har sett på dem, men de føler seg bedre nå, og har ikke blitt transportert til sykehuset, sier Magnus Andersson, chief operating officer i redningssentral i Stockholm fylke.

Les aartikkelen på Aftonbladet

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Chemicals to fragrance made airport personell sick

Two employees at Arlanda Airport had disease symptoms after opening the luggage container from Moscow. Emergency services have transported away container and then found a sharp-smelling liquid. – The owner allegedly said that he imports extracts of perfumes, says Magnus Andersson rescue center in Stockholm county. The plane from Moscow landed at Arlanda at 19 Wednesday evening. When two employees at the airport opened the luggage container from the plane, they felt a strong odor and then began to cough. One of them even got a headache. When luggage crew opened container got a very strong odor, which made it summoned the fire department. luggage crew has been cared for by nurses. – They breathed in something that smelled sharply and then felt bad. The ambulance has seen them, but they feel better now and has not been transported to the hospital, says Magnus Andersson, chief operating officer of rescue center in Stockholm county.

Read the article in Aftonbladet

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway sensitive to fragrance –

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Prinsesse Märta Louise er meget sensitive mot parfyme

Som barn oppdaget Prinsesse Märtha Louise at hun ble sjuk da hun kom i kontakt med parfymer. I en artikkel i forteller hun om hvordan hun ble kvalm da hun luktet på sin mors parfyme Chanel no. 5. I det livet hun levde som offentlig person var det hun som skulle ta initiativ til kontakt på offentlige møter og fester, sensitiviteten gjorde at hun ble genert og inadvendt, hun skammet seg over å være annerledes.

Å hele tiden måtte møte parfymerte personer har hele livet vært en utfordring og er det fortsatt.

Hun forsøkte i mange år late som hun var “normal” og slet med å bli sjuk av parfymer, å late som at hun var normal innebar å utsette seg og utstå parfymer og dermed bli sjuk og måtte late som at hun var frisk.

Da hun ble voksen fikk hun en diagnose og hun har det bedre fordi hun vet at hun ikke er rar. Hun sier hun bruker aldri parfyme.

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is highly sensitive against perfume

As a child discovered Princess Martha Louise that she was ill when she came in contact with perfumes. In an article in she tells of how she was nauseous when she smelled on her mother’s perfume Chanel no. 5. In the life she lived as a public person, it was she who should take the initiative to contact the public meetings and parties, sensitivity meant that she was shy and withdrawn, she was ashamed to be different.

To be subjected to perfume on others has been a challenge all her life, and still is she says.

She tried for years to pretend that she was “normal” and struggled with getting sick from perfumes, to pretend that she was normal meant exposing herself and endure perfumes and thus become sick and had to pretend that she was healthy.

When she became an adult she got a diagnosis and she’s better because she knows that she is not weird. She says she never uses perfume, Princess Märta Louise is perfume free.

Read the article in Aftonbladet (Swedish)

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Hva sier Arbeidsmiljøloven? Kjemikalier

§ 4-5.Særlig om kjemisk og biologisk helsefare

(1) Ved håndtering av kjemikalier eller biologisk materiale skal arbeidsmiljøet være tilrettelagt slik at arbeidstaker er sikret mot ulykker, helseskader og særlig ubehag. Kjemikalier og biologisk materiale skal fremstilles, pakkes, brukes og oppbevares slik at arbeidstaker ikke utsettes for helsefare.
(2) Kjemikalier og biologisk materiale som kan innebære helsefare, skal ikke brukes dersom de kan erstattes med andre eller med en annen prosess som er mindre farlig for arbeidstakerne.
(3) Virksomheten skal ha nødvendige rutiner og utstyr for å hindre eller motvirke helseskader på grunn av kjemikalier eller biologisk materiale.
(4) Virksomheten skal føre kartotek over farlige kjemikalier og biologisk materiale. Kartoteket skal blant annet opplyse om fysikalske, kjemiske og helseskadelige egenskaper, forebyggende vernetiltak og førstehjelpsbehandling. Beholdere og emballasje for kjemikalier og biologisk materiale skal være tydelig merket med navn, sammensetning og advarsel på norsk.
(5) Arbeidstilsynet kan i det enkelte tilfelle helt eller delvis gjøre unntak fra reglene i denne paragraf i forbindelse med forsknings- og analysearbeid e.l.

(6) Departementet kan i forskrift gi nærmere bestemmelser om gjennomføringen av kravene i denne paragraf, og kan herunder bestemme at det skal føres register over arbeidstakere som eksponeres for bestemte kjemikalier eller biologisk materiale.

(7) Departementet kan i forskrift gi nærmere bestemmelser om bruk, registrering, vurdering, godkjennelse, rapportering, informasjon, begrensning og annen behandling av kjemikalier.

Les hele loven og oppdateringer

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Lilleborg AS borrows the earth @plusstid #environment #pollution

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Lilleborg AS Låner jorda av barnen

Som det står i reklame ved Lilleborg (iflg. A. Myklebust):

“Vi har ikke arvet kloden etter våre foreldre, vi låner den av våre barn!”

Opprinnelig skal dette være sagt av en vis indianer.

Jeg utgår fra at Lilleborg sikter til å verne miljøet. Om Lilleborg AS virkelig mener at de verner om miljøet da burde de  kutte ut alle unødvendige kjemikalier i produktene som for eksempel parfyme og fargestoffer som overhodet ikke har noe med rengjøring og vask å gjøre, Continue reading

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Fragrance Free intime zone

Your sex should be Fragrance Free!

PicBadge-No-FragranceAlready in the 1980’s we learned that fragrance have nothting to do in Your private parts! Fragrance was already back then known to be be the cause of rashes, eczema, allergies, infection and more. It was all over in the biggest newspapers and Magazines. And now in 2014 we know by Research that fragrance holds Chemicals that is also hormone disrupters, it damage sperm, is cause of cancer, Chemicals is transported from the mom to the unborn child and it impact the Health of the child, in addition to the old knowledge. Still when one browse the shelfs in the stores today one find almost nothing but fragrance Products for intime use.

  • Fragrance soap for Your sex
  • Fragrance shower soap / cream / gel
  • tampons containing fragrance
  • sanitary pads containing fragrance
  • fragrance in underwear fabric (or any fabric at all)
  • Products used for sex, like sex toys, underwear, lubricants and more
  • hair removal Products (shaving foam, wax, and such)
  • after shave
  • skin lotion

Are You lured by marketing powers?

In the intimate parts of the body there is a lot of sweat glands and the importance of good genital hygiene. Wash With a soap that is well suited for Your genitals. If you use strong soaps and soaps with perfume it can actually disrupt the natural balance of the region and there may be more odor.” by a Health care worker at

This is really knowledge since many, many years. Do not be lured by the markerting of fragrance Products for You.

To all of You Readers. Do not use Fragrance in Your private parts (rather not at all)! All of You who produce such Products should care about Your customers and cut it out! And if You have a store,  do not sell the Products holding fragrance!

Take a stand! CARE! Take a stand for Health!

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Chemical exposure before birth

“The established Western medicine and the FDA is true (Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also is about drugs, vert.) Warn regularly presumed dangers of alternative medicines and dietary supplements, but they never talk about the widely used and perfectly legal chemical toxins that invade our bodies through the environment. And there’s more, the American nature there is little to do for many of these chemicals that threaten the health, to ward off common consumer products. Now, two new studies have shown that many children breathing problems could have caused by this common chemical threats.

A good example is that by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (the CCCEH), working at the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center, has shown that children who have been exposed before birth to the widely used pesticide ingredient piperonlybutoxide (PBO) have a greater chance that they have chronic cough at the age of five and six years. Their research, which was recently published in the online edition of the journal Environment International, provides evidence that the lungs of children are susceptible to damage by toxins while children are still in the womb. The problems are not the result of an infection, but chronic cough in children, the normal daily activities of the children quite upset and they also disrupt the sleep of both the children and their parents. But what exactly PBO? It is a chemical that enhances the effects of pyrethroids, substances used in pesticides that are most used by both professional pest control operators as well as consumers, according to a survey by researchers at the Mailman School from 2011. Previous research had shown that exposure to any of the pyrethroids, in particular a variant of the fabric permethrin, was in particular related to the occurrence of cough at the age of five years. The new research shows that children who are pregnant have come up with PBO contacted had an increased risk of cough that were not related to colds or flu. A chemical cause of asthma in children? Another new study by the CCCEH shows an even see much more serious problem, that the ability of children to get free breath can hamper. It appears that children who are exposed to diethyl phthalate (DEP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), substances belong to chemical group phthalates, which are widely used in personal care products and plastic objects, have an increased risk of infections airways that are related to asthma. research team examined 244 children aged between five and nine years old and found that phthalates in urine were detectable in all children. The children with the highest concentration in their urine of both phthalates had a higher concentration of nitric oxide in their exhaled air, which is a biomarker for airway inflammation. The link between exposure to GDP and airway inflammation was especially strong among children who had recently had shown, wheezing a common symptom of asthma. “Although there are many factors that contribute to the development of asthma, our research shows that phthalates a play an important role, “says Allan Just, PhD, first author of the new study recently published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. It’s hard to protect your children from phthalates because the manufacturers allowed them use, including plastic, vinyl flooring and body care products. countless consumer products We get phthalates in with our food and inhalation. They can also be absorbed through the skin. Except that they are likely to cause in children, asthma is of different phthalates known that they may cause, the neurological and behavioral problems may impair fertility and may cause eczema in the Author: The work of author Sherry Baker is in many publications, including Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA’s “Healthy Years” newsletter , Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s “Focus on Health Aging” newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic’s “Men’s Health Advisor” newsletter and many others.”  14 March 2014 Source: Natural News Translate: Google Translate

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Swimming pools, swimmers, chlorine, and asthma

The air in swimming pools can cause asthma

“Elite Swimmers live healthy, but they have still twice as often signs of asthma as the rest of the population, according to new Swedish research. Air in swimming halls could be the explanation.

The many hours of training in the pool can increase elite svimmers risk of asthma. You should not fear that the child gets asthma because you are taking a walk in the hall sometimes. Swedish research shows that all the training elite swimmers making can increase the risk of asthma.

It appeared in an article in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine in Sports from last year. Now, one of the authors, Kerstin Romberg from Lund University, wrote a doctorate on the subject.

The conclusion is clear: Although elite swimmers live healthier lives than others, so they have almost twice as many diagnoses of asthma or asthma-like symptoms.

Greater risk than other sports

Research has shown that all athletes have an increased risk of asthma, but it ‘s probably not just the hard training that is the cause of it.

Swedish researchers have in fact compared swimmers with tennis players. In the population as a whole has 16 to 17 percent an asthma diagnosis. Among elite swimmers have 37 per cent of asthma. In tennis players have 25 percent the same diagnosis.

The explanation is probably the drug ” trikloramin ,” as found in swimming halls.

– When one purifies water in swimming pools using chlorine, there is a reaction between the chlorine and organic materials , such as urine. This leads , among other things, that the drug trikloramin formed , which has a detrimental effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract . It may be one of the reasons , says Kerstin Romberg , who is employed at the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Allergology at the University of Lund in Sweden. ”

So what is my comment?

Well, I do not agree in all of this. I have asthma myself and I get very ill from chlorine. In fact I get ill from the gasses coming from hair and skin from swimmers entering a bus for example or someone coming to Close after swimming in a swimming pool. And that it should be only the trichloramin being the problem I do not believe, because I get sick from chlorine straight from the bottle too. Chlorine is strong and bad enough on its own.

They also claim in the article that the air in the swimming pool hall is good for a person already having asthma, which i strongly disagree With. Staying in the pool hall is bad notice for my Health. I live With it and they can not tell me it is good for asthma.

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Perfume anno 2012

This article is blogged from the site and published in whole in English. If you want to read the article in Norwegian, please click here. The article is published here as a forwarding providing of information. Article is written by Professor Kjell Aas, Norway. Links in this article leads to Norwegian pages. Please use a translator to read links.

Perfume anno 2012. Part 1 Chemicals and health aspects

Many suffer from perfume smell. A Danish study featured in Berlingske Tidende showed that 4 out of 10 Danes suffer from perfume smell. It is particularly a pest and a nuisance for many people with asthma with hyperresponsiveness and in-risk persons the chemical environment intolerance.

Also, many without known hypersensitivity otherwise the bad of perfume. Caress and Steinemann (2004, 2005) found that 17.8% and 20.5% (respectively the first and second examination) reported headaches, breathing problems and other ailments of “airfresheners” and deodorants, and 10.9% reported complaints of the smell of detergents and fabric softeners. Among asthmatics, this occurred in respectively 29.7% and 37.2% with breathing difficulties, headaches and other ailments. If you had asked a sample of people with chemical environmental intolerance / scent intolerance / MCS numbers would probably have been near 100 percent.

This has been the subject of two detailed dissertations, respectively, in Denmark (Elberling, 2005) and Sweden (Sten-Eaters Hasseus, 2005).

Aftenposten had at the beginning of May 2012 an article about this, but called it allergy. Fragrances are a major cause of contact allergy with eczema, but in asthma, it’s not about allergic reactions to perfume. Worsen of asthma not due to allergies, but the hyperreactivity of the airways, while the chemical environment intolerance is all about sensory hypersensitivity of the airways and / or the eyes mucosal øyeslimhinnen (conjunctiva). When the perfume evokes allergy, there is talk of allergic contact eczema in those who use perfume. All perfumes contain allergenic substances. Those who have contact allergic dermatitis to the perfume is also developing light sensitivity in other organs by the smell of perfume.

Perfume and other fragrance substances used as cosmetics and in the air-fresheners and cleaners, etc. belong to the bad guys right on par with tobacco smoke for many people with asthma and all the chemical environment of intolerance.

The chemicals in perfumes

Perfumes are diverse complex chemical and petrochemical products with volatile solvents plays an important role. Almost all perfumes gases ethanol and similar volatile hydrocarbons (solvents) along with a host of other ingredients. Some have a twenty chemical ingredients, others may have several hundred. Much of this added to soaps, lotions, detergents, etc. (Bickers et al., 2003 Ford et al., 2000).

From 1997, a private site, the Fragranced Products Information Network FPIN conveyed information about “the dangers of our highly scented world.”

Through chemical analysis of perfumes, we know that different perfumes evaporate altogether over 2600 different VOCs (Ford et al., 2000). Many of the ingredients is amended in contact with such oxidizing substances in the air. Terpenes such as limonene and pinene reacts with ozone ozone and other oxidants in indoor air to form potentially harmful pollutants such as ultrafine particles, formaldehyde glykoletere and radicals such as hydroxyl (Destaillats et al, 2006 Singer et al 2006 Wainman 2000). In an indoor environment where walk many people who use different perfumes, so the air can contaminate thousands of products. Most common are ethanol, limonene, linalool,?-fenetyl alcohol?-myrcen, benzylacetat, benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde,?-terpinolen,?-citronellol, and ?-pinene.

It is mostly of carbon-containing chemical compounds that occur in ephemeral form (gas) at room temperature. Perfume and perfumed products can make the majority of common human exposure to VOCs in the day. What it means for children who are the most vulnerable among us, we do not know. See Children and perfume (which comes later).

Evaporation occurs in concentrations too low to appear toxic, but the trigger disease in many over-sensitive. It is a common cause of exacerbations of asthma and chemical environmental intolerance / scent perfume odor intolerance which gives severe headache, dizziness, loss of power and causes shock-like conditions with fainting in some people. Although the concentration of these may be low, there is often a matter of almost continuous exposure where the accumulated dust bound chemistry can be important (Rudel et al 2003.

In the United States is full contents lists a large number of perfumes and other “fragrances” for women fragrance for women , men and children in the Government House hold products database. (Use search term “fragrance” in Household products The list of perfumes does not indicate anything about ingredients’ potential health problems. substances specified in the list of names and abbreviations can be confusing for most people. Whoever wants to know more, you can copy the name into the search field Toxnet .

There can one find out how the drug may work for most people, but not in people with allergy, hyperreactivity or chemical environmental intolerance. They want to ban perfume in public spaces.

Increasing knowledge of perfumes chemical diversity can contribute to skepticism about the use of them for others. Many perfumes contain chemicals that can enter the body through the skin and especially the respiratory tract. There are overviews of many perfumes information can seem daunting. Some may be able to console itself with the concentration of each of the many harmful substances are too low to cause toxic effects. However, it may be a poor consolation when one takes into consideration that many people are exposed to (exposure to) the substance is almost continuous.

Steinemann (2008) refers findings by chemical analysis of 6 perfumes and perfumed products. It was discovered under the 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 10 of them considered to be toxic or harmful. Among these, acetaldehyde, chloromethan, and 1,4-dioxan. Such potentially harmful content declared no perfume or scented products.

There is also evidence that certain phthalates and synthetic fragrances (musk) has a negative effect in this context. The frequent use and increasing exposure may be some risk of endocrine disruption as well as the environment can be damaged by perfumes musk substances perfumes musk substances. Greenpeace warns: In 2003 and 2004 saw Greenpeace for analyzing a random sample of a total of 36 perfumes and perfumed products (eau de cologne) with respect to the content of chemical substances that can damage the ability to have children (reproduction and fertility). The reason is that a number of studies show an increasing tendency to poor sperm quality in men. Greenpeace believes that perfume use may be important causes. Greenpeace claims to have shown that many of the chemicals in perfumes pollute the environment and can impair fertility. And they have published a report on perfume in a subtitle Greenpeace writes: “L’eau de toxin. (The Toxic of water). ” It is a legitimate characteristic that many people with fragrance intolerance can confirm. The study focuses, however, only about nearly imperceptible long-term effects of some ingredients in the perfume and provides no explanation for the reported immediate effects in the over-sensitive. They is probably more the content of volatile hydrocarbons (solvents) (Platt 2009). The report contains an extensive bibliography (referring here to this).

The warning is especially true content of phthalates and synthetic fragrances (musk), but it must immediately be noted that the allegations in that report is rejected both by an expert committee in the European Union and the Food Safety Authority and Public Health in Norway, according to VG online. Phthalates are also present as plasticizers in a variety of plastic products. They have given cause for concern in the notification of the Environment for phthalates.

Phthalates in perfumes Diethyl (DEP) is used in a lot of cosmetics that contain alcohol, is added as a rule to make the alcohol undrinkable. The drug will rarely, if ever, be indicated on the ingredient list. DEP can be absorbed through the skin. In the body breaks the drug down to monoetylftalat (MEP). New American trials have shown high concentrations of MEP in the urine of American men. At the University of Harvard researchers have found correlation between the MEP in urine and damage to DNA in sperm from American men. MEP amounts found in several urine samples the researchers examined, proved to be enough to impair fertility. Also glykoletere (as mentioned earlier) are suspected to cause reproductive disorders (miscarriages, testicular damage) and birth defects in addition to listening to the hazardous substances.

Musk in Perfume Musk is a group of fragrance materials that originally came from the scent glands of musk deer (a threatened species in Asia). The original natural substance from the male’s scent glands have been used in perfumes for a long time, but is very expensive. It is replaced by aromatic substances from plants in some perfumes, but now used mostly synthetic musk that is relatively cheap to produce. They are used in perfumes and in many common skin care, personal care and household products.

It deals with different chemical variants. Typical is the musk xylene (5-tert butyl-2 ,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene) and musk ketone (1 – (4-tert-butyl-2 ,6-dimethyl-3 ,5-dinitrophenyl) ethanone). Such substances are found in human adipose tissue and in breast milk as clear evidence of exposure and deposition in the body. (Rimkus, Rimkus, Wolf 1994) Musk badly decomposed in nature so that they can be found in water where they are toxic to many organisms and is often found in fish and shellfish .. They are pollutants pollutants causing concern in the notification of the Environment Norway

See also Perfumery anno 2012 Part 2: Children and perfume .

With big knowledge on perfume and fragranced products.


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Prof. Kjell Aas (c) (Last updated 13. februar, 2012) Original article on

Many thanks to prof. Kjell Aas for good and easy understandable article for all.

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What is good…

What is good for those with MCS is good for us with Asthma and Allergy.

26. mai is the day for an event in London, Canada.

Where and when?

Saturday May 26th from 2-3pm at the Mary Campbell Co-op at 587 Talbot Street. This will be a nut and scent free event. Email us with any questions or to volunteer.


“The best style is the style you don’t notice.” Somerset Maugham

Be stylish without scent.

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Allergies can’t be that bad? or? – Vicky –

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Mange mennesker tror allergi er bare en lett kløe eller svie. Og for de fleste er dette sant, men veldig mange har alvorlige reaksjoner. Derfor bør man ikke ta lett på allergier, du vet aldri hvor eller når du møter noen som er allergisk.

Vicki fra England fikk et bisting i unge år og lever nå et hyperallergisk liv. Det kan vi lese om i The Sun. Vicki er allergisk mot alt i hverdagen, kjemikalier, inkl parfymer, tobakk og mange andre ting. En allergisk reaksjon kan gi en anafylaktisk sjokk og hun risikerer å dø av det.

Vicki beskriver selv:

«Jeg er redd en dag mine allergier vil drepe meg. “

“Det er for farlig å la noen i huset mitt, som selv den minste lukten av parfyme, røyk eller etterbarberingsvann vil forlate meg syk i flere dager.”

“Jeg er allergisk mot hundrevis av ting – det er lettere å fortelle folk hva jeg er ikke allergisk mot. Jeg er allergisk mot det moderne liv. “ Og med det mener hun kjemikalier.

I Norge er ca 1 million mennesker sensitive mot parfyme.

Les I am the most allergic woman in Britain.

Kilde: The Sun og NAAF


Den med full mage og den fastande syng ikkje same vise.

Jeg skulle ønske de gjorde det.

In English

Many people believe allergies are just a slight itching or burning. And for many, this is true, but there are many which have serious reactions. Therefore, do not take lightly allergies, you never know where or when you meet someone who is allergic.

Vicki from England got a bisting in young years and now live a hyper-allergic lives. This we can read about in The Sun. Vicki is allergic to everything in life, chemicals, including perfumes, tobacco and many other things. An allergic reaction can cause an anaphylactic shock and her risk of dying from it.

Vicki describes itself:

“I’m afraid one day my allergies will kill me. “

“It is too dangerous to let anyone in my house, as even the slightest scent of perfume, smoke or aftershave will leave me sick for days.”

“I’m allergic to hundreds of things – it’s easier to tell people what I’m not allergic to. I’m allergic to modern life.” And with that she means chemicals.

In Norway, about 1 million people are sensitive to perfume.

Read I am the most allergic woman in Britain.

Source: The Sun and NAAF


The fed one and the fasting one do not sing the same song.

I wish they were.

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3. May – NO to perfume – NAAF

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3. mai er startdagen for Norges Astma og Allergiforbunds kampanje ved Norges sjukhus med informasjon om helseskader angående parfyme og parfymerte produkter. Trasig er at de ikke stiller ved sjukhuset der jeg bor til tross for at jeg meldte meg som intressert å stå der, det er både skuffende og dårlig. :(

Men likevel, deltake du også og gjør verden et bedre sted å være!!

Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, NAAF, Fresh air for all – without smoke and perfume. Foto: Irene H. Hansen

3. of May is the day for the information campaign about the health danger with perfume at hospitals and kindergarden arranged by the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association NAAF. Unfortunately and disapointing they are not attending at the local hospital where I live even though I announced my interest to join. :(

But anyway, join and make the world a better place to be!

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Allergic… Antihistamine, histamin, generic what?

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Om du har en allergisk reaksjon da kan Antihistamin hjelpe deg å bedre tilstanden din. Allergi er en overreaksjon av kroppens immunforsvar. Mennesker som har allergi har et hyperalert immunsystem som overreagerer på stoffer i omgivelsene som kalles allergener. Eksponering for det som normalt er et ufarlig stoff, som for eksempel pollen, hundehår/hud, eller andre stoffer fører til at immunforsvaret reagerer som om stoffet er farlig. En allergisk reaksjon er en overømfintlighet overfor noe du kommer i kontakt med enten ved berøring eller luftbåret. Er du ømfintlig for et stoff da er det immunforsvaret ditt som klikker og jobber for fult. Cetirizindihydrochlorid er et vanlig stoff og type anthistamin. Det fåes normalt i tabletter om 10 mg per tablett.

Man kan også være allergisk mot ting som f.eks. parfyme, blomster o.l. Der er mange ting en person kan bli allergisk av.

Hva er et antihistamin? Et antihistamin er en klasse av legemidler som motvirker virkningen av histamin i kroppen. Kroppen frigjør histamin når immunforsvaret møter et antigen (molekyler som kan fremkalle en kroppslig forsvarsreaksjon forkortelse av “anti(stoff)gen(ererende)”) som enten kan være skadelig eller uskadelig for personen. Histamin framkaller allergiske reaksjoner som for eksempel rødme, kløe og irritasjon i luftveiene. Antihistaminer (er anti: motverkar histminer) kan således lindre slike allergiske plager i større eller mindre grad.

Hva er et histamin? Histamin er en viktig betennelsesmediator (en mediator er et stoff som har evnen til å sette i gang en reaksjon) som frigjøres ved blandt annet allergiske reaksjoner, i dette tilfelle startes en betennelse som følgd av den allergiske reaskjonen. En allergi resulterer altså i en betennelse i kroppen. Det fungerer også kjemotaktisk, dvs innretter seg på å aktivere hvite blodceller (kroppens forsvar).
Effektene til histamin skjer via histaminreseptorer (er oftest et protein) och når disse bindes sammen da startes reaksjoner som endrer cellens funksjon. Histaminreseptorene kalles H1, H2, H3, H4.

H1 gir vasodilatasjon, det vil si avslapning av muskulatur i åreveggen, og dette gir et fall i blodtrykket fordi det blir mer plass til blodet. Vasodilatasjon gir større gjennomblødning i et vev. I huden gir dette for eksempel rødming. Vasidilatasjon aktiverer også bronkokonstriksjon (sammentrekning av musklene rundt luftveiene i lungene som gir andnød), som er en av mekanismene bak astma – derfor brukes antihistamin som en del av  astmamedisinering. Histamin er med på å starte/fremme en betennelsesreaksjon.

(Nevner bare de andre 3 for sakens skyld: H2 finnes i magesekken og bidrar til å lage saltsyre i magen, H3 finner man i det sentrale nervesystem og er med på å ved diverse stoffer gi stimulering på nervestystemet, H4 finner man i beinmargen og i diverse indre organer og har en mulig funksjon å frigjøre vite blodkropper.)

Har du nå fått allergi og/eller astma (man kan ha kun den ene eller begge samtidlig) så har du kanskje fått en resept fra legen din i hånda. Der står mye rart. Hva?

Hva er generisk bytte? På resepten din står det kanskje “Generisk bytte tillatt” eller “Generisk bytte ikke tillatt”. Jeg begynner med å forklare hva generisk egentlig er.

Generiske legemidler er legemidler av annet merke som innholder samme virkestoff i samme styrke og legemiddelform* som det legemiddel din lege har skrevet på resepten. Legemiddelform betyr enten tablett, inhalasjon sprøyte osv. For at et legemiddel skal betraktes som generisk må det også være godkjent av myndighetene som likverdige. Et generisk legemiddel har altså samme effekt og virkning som det legemidlet du ble forskrevet av legen din.

Med andre ord:

“Generisk bytte tillatt” betyr at apoteket kan gi det samme typen medisin som det som er skrivet på resepten, men av et annet merke.

Bare ta et piller! Riktig eller feil?
Om en person er allergisk/astmatisk og kommer i kontakt med et allergen, er da et piller den enkle løsning i alle tilfeller? Kan en person som er allergisk/astmatisk omgåes f.eks. hunder, parfymerte mennesker, puste pollen o.l. hvor mye som helst ved å bare ta et piller? eller bør du holde hunden, parfymen eller hva det måtte være unna de som er allergiske?

Det er mange som tror at bare en allergikere/astmatikere tar et piller så løser det alle problemer, at den kan omgåes f.eks. hunder og annet så mye som helst. Men dette er feil. Legemidler mot allergi og akutt astma skal kun brukes som forebyggende og i slike situasjoner som beskrevet herover som et nødvern og skal unngåes å måtte brukes for mye. Dette betyr at en allergisk/astmatisk person skal unngå det som gjør den sjuk for å unngå å bli sjuk og å unngå å bruke unødvendig mye medisiner. Hvis de ikke gjør det så blir sjukdommen over tid verre, og kan gradvis eller raskt blir meget alvorligere og risikere at den blir kronisk; dvs sjuklig vedvarende daglig. Legemidler gir også bivirkninger, og hyppigere og større bruk av bivirkninger gir verre bivirkninger, og dette er ytterligere en årsak til at man bør unngå det som gjør en sjuk for å slippe å bruke unødvendig mye medisiner.

In English

If you have an allergic reaction then antihistamine can help you improve your condition. Allergies are an overreaction of the body’s immune system. People who have allergies have a hyper-alert immune system which overreacts to substances in the environment known as allergens. Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, dog hair / skin, or other substances causes the immune system respond as if the substance is dangerous. An allergic reaction is a hypersensitivity to something you come into contact with either by touch or airborne. Are you sensitive to a substance then it is your immune system that clicks and works fully on the edge. Cetirizindihydrochloride is a common type of substance and an anthistamin. It is normally available in tablets of 10 mg per tablet.

You may also be allergic to things such as. perfume, flowers and other things. There are many things a person can be allergic to.

What is an antihistamine? An antihistamine is a class of drugs that counteract the effects of histamine in the body. The body releases histamine when the immune system encounters an antigen (molecules that can cause a bodily defense reaction abbreviation of “anti-(substance) gene (rotation of)”) which can be either harmful or harmless to the person. Histamine evokes allergic reactions such as redness, itching and irritation in the airways. Antihistamines (the anti: hold back histamines) can thus relieve these allergic symptoms to a greater or lesser degree.

What is histamine? Histamine is an important infection mediator (a mediator is a substance that has the ability to initiate a reaction) that is released by, among other things, allergic reactions, in this case initiated an inflammation followed by the allergic reaction. An allergy resulting therefore in an inflammation in the body. It also works chemotactic, ie comply with the activating white blood cells (the body’s defense). The effects of histamine via histamine receptors (most often a protein) and when they are tied together when starting the reactions that alter the cell function. Histamine receptors are called H1, H2, H3, H4.

H1 gives vasodilation, ie, relaxation of muscles in the vessel wall, resulting in a fall in blood pressure because there is more room for blood. Vasodilation allows greater blood flow in tissues. In skin, this gives, for example blushing. Vasidilatasjon also activates bronchoconstriction (tightening of muscles around the airways in the lungs which make difficulty to breath), which is one of the mechanisms of asthma – therefore antihistamine is used as part of asthma medication. Histamine is involved in starting / promoting an inflammatory response.

(Mentions only the other 3 for the case of guilt: H2 found in the stomach and helps to produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach, H3 is found in the central nervous system and helps with various substances cause stimulation on central nervous system, H4 are found in bone marrow and in various internal organs and a possible function to release and activate the white blood bodies.)

If you have gotten allergies and / or asthma (one can have only one or both at the same time) you may have received a prescription from your doctor in your hand. There are a lot of things written. What?

What is generic substitution? On your prescription is perhaps “Generic substitution allowed” or “Generic substitution not permitted”. I begin by explaining what generic is.
Generic drugs are drugs of a different brand that contains the same active ingredient in the same strength and pharmaceutical form * that the drug your doctor has written on the prescription. Pharmaceutical form means either tablet, spray inhalation, etc. That a drug should be considered a generic it must also be approved by the authorities as equal. A generic drug thus has the same effect  and content as the drug you were prescribed by your doctor.
In other words:
“Generic substitution allowed” means that the pharmacist can provide the same type of medicine that is written on the prescription, but of a different brand.

Just take a pill! True or false? If a person is allergic / asthmatic and come in contact with an allergen, is then a pill the simple solution in all cases? Can a person who is allergic / asthmatic associate eg. dogs, perfumed people, breathing pollen unlimited, often, long-term by just take a pill?
There are many who believe that if an allergic / asthmathic only take a pill that solves all the problems that it can associate eg. dogs and other things as much as anything. But this is wrong. Medicines for allergies and asthma should only be used as a emergency sort and to avoid having to use too much. This means that an allergic / asthmatic person should avoid what makes them sick to avoid getting sick and to avoid using unnecessary amounts of medication. Medicines got side effects and to much use of medicines gives side effects, and if they do not avoid the allergens, then the disease can worsen over time and may gradually or rapidly become very serious and the risk that it becomes chronic, ie being ill continuing daily.

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Norges Astma og Allergiforbund NAAF nr. 2 2012

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Not so sexy – researched perfume

Again I have found an article where researchers have conducted tests on perfume. The test is called The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics May 12th, 2010.

To qoute them researchers:

“A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that is an independent lab tested 17 fragrance products, and their partner Environmental Working Group gathered information from the ingredients labels of the products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group concluded with:

“Fragrance is now considered among the top five allergens in North America and European countries and is associated with a wide range of skin, eye and respiratory reactions. Repeated, cumulative exposure to chemical sensitizers like allergenic fragrance ingredients increases the chance that a person will develop allergic symptoms later in life. Our tests found an average of 10 chemical sensitizers in each fragrance product.”

The analyze gave the result that:

  • “Fourteen secret chemicals not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets.”
  • “Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis.”
  • “Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer.”

The majority of the chemicals found in this report have never been tested and checked for for safety by any publicly approved agency, and also not by the perfume and cosmetics industry self-policing review panels.

And The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and their partner Environmental Working Group also announce the chocking effects and numbers of  damage on peoples health:

“When sprayed or applied on the skin, many chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products are inhaled or absorbed through the skin. A recent EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants; these chemicals were found in all but one fragrance analyzed for this study. Diethyl phthalate (DEP), which appeared in 12 of the 17 products we tested, has been found in 97 percent of Americans tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Source: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Click the link to read the entire article and research.

Think before you stink! When you stink you pollute the air we shall all inhale!

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515 chemicals

Beauty… Everyone wants to be beautiful and feel good. But did you know that many women put on 515 chemicals before breakfast? Do you use any products before you are ready for the rest of the day? Then you should read on…

Many women use about 13 products a day. A quick shower, and some lotion is all that is needed to have used very many chemicals on your body in a jiffy.

Showering in Shower cream, shampoo, conditioner, removing hair using a cream or barber foam, and after body lotion, hand lotion, face lotion, deodorant,  doing the hair with some gel, mousse and hairspray, putting on makeup, and then you add the last little thing perfume. Then time for clothes washed in wash agents and fabric softeners with perfume added to them because you want to smell nice. And now you are ready for breakfast. Do you see your self in this?

Before you have even had breakfast you have added more than 515 chemicals to your body and some are even harmful to you and your environment, and even to people around you.

Most products women use contain some kind of perfume, and this is in addition to the perfume you spray on yourself. Even your makeup most likely has perfume in it, along with your lotions, shower cream, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, gel a.s.o. A perfume contain on an average a cocktail of 250 ingredients, the study found, with some containing as many as 400.

For example: Lipstick contains on average 33 ingredients, body lotion 32, mascara 29, and the purest product tested, hand moisturizer 11.

“The new ‘wonder treatment products’ contain more chemicals to be able to achieve better results, which means that women are more at risk.”

You like musk?

Synthetic musks (by Greenpeace) 
“Synthetic musks are man-made fragrance additives used in laundry detergents, air fresheners, hand creams, soaps and perfumes in place of more expensive natural musks from the behind glands of  the musk deer.  They are environmentally persistent chemicals that have become widely distributed through the environment.  Two nitro-musks (musk xylene and musk ketone, or MX and MK) and two polycyclic musks (Galaxolide and Tonalide, or HHCB and AHTN) make up 95% of the European market for synthetic musks.  Emerging evidence suggests that these commonly used musks or their metabolites may be capable of interfering with hormone communication systems in fish, amphibians and mammals and may enhance the effects of exposure to other toxic chemicals.  Although the estrogenic activity of HHCB and AHTN is relatively weak, anti-estrogenic effects have been observed for the same compounds at concentrations more than 100 times lower.”

And what more all those products containing all these chemicals evaporate fumes from them with scent and else, plus the skin sucks up the chemicals and transport it via your blood stream to your organs. Taking a blood test one can count the chemicals in your blood and determine if you have a high amount of chemicals in your blood. Chemicals in your beauty products / deodorant have in research been found in for example breast cancer. Also the perfume and scents in the products are spread around you and affects also those around you. The feel good from your beauty products may just as well be a plague for others. You think you smell nice and that others like you, but very many get ill from your fumes and therefore you become a problem.

Not only are you risking your own health using those products, you can get eczema, allergies, asthma, sensitivities, reproduction problems and even cancer. But you also make others that already got those sensitivity illnesses sick from your use.

Take a look in your cabinet, and throw all way and replace it with non-perfumed products, also see to that you choose a product that got no Paraben in it. Paraben is chemical used in most beauty products a.s as a preservative to prevent the product from getting damaged. But Parabens is one of the most dangerous ingredients and is found in cancer.

There may be reason for people to be concerned about the findings.

“Their detection in human breast tumours is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen, Oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants.”

Greenpeace tested 36 brands of perfume and concluded with that they hold chemicals that is hazardous to the reproduction ability with men, Many perfumes also contain a lot of  Phthalates, and EU has concluded with that they are bad for the reproduction. According to Greenpeace a high concentration of the substances can change the DNA of the sperm. Phthalates are used in plastics, in perfumes and as denaturing agent in the rubbing alcohol used in cosmetics and grooming products.

Whale vommit, or Ambergris, is vommit from whales that is a common ingredient in perfume. Ambergris is also used for scenting cigarettes. It is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. Natural Whale vommit is now mostly replaced with a chemical substitute, natural whale vommit is still used in some perfume brands.

Phthalate esters (by Greenpeace) – “used as softeners in flexible PVC products, including floors, wallpapers, furnishings, prints on clothing and toys, as well as ingredients in cosmetics and perfumes.  They are almost universal contaminants in both the indoor and outdoor environment.  Two commonly used phthalates, namely di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) are listed as reproductive toxins in the EU.  Concerns for other phthalates in common use (including di-isononyl and di-isodecyl phthalate, or DINP and DIDP) centre on adverse impacts on the liver and kidneys.  Together, these concerns resulted in a recently proposed EU ban on the use of three phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP) in all products intended for children; the use of the three other phthalates (DINP, DIDP and DNOP) will only be prohibited in toys and childcare items for children under 3 years than can be put in the mouth.  However, they will still be allowed for use in all other products.”

EU is working with a law to reduce the use of harmful ingredients.

Alkylphenols (nonylphenol, octylphenol and their derivatives) (by Greenpeace) – “primarily used as non-ionic surfactants in industrial detergents, though also used in textile and leather finishing treatments, water based paints and as components of some personal care products.  Alkylphenols are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic to marine life.  Nonylphenol and other alkylphenols have the ability to mimic natural oestrogen hormones.  Recent research has also raised concerns that exposure to alklyphenol compounds could cause direct damage to DNA and to sperm structure and function in mammals.”

What do you got in your cabinet? If you let me, I suggest you replace it with something organic, and non-scented. Personally I am on the lookout for cleaner cosmetic products here where I live.

Source: Telegraph, Health-Report, DinSide, Greenpeace,

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My Allergy

In addition to my asthma  I got some kind of allergy. They discovered that at the same time as they discovered I got occupational asthma in 2007. But they could not put a finger on what I am allergic to, I am sensitive to so many chemicals it was impossible to pick one. The work finding the specific allergen was to hard, since there are thousands of chemicals. But probably it got something to do with what I am asthmatic to, I was told. (View about asthma: info sheet and videochemicals)

Anyway.. I got medicine for it, antihistamine, and that I must take everyday. Sometimes when I forget to take the allergy medicine I get rather quickly reminded. It starts itching all over the body and I get red blushy areas where it itches.

It happened once when I went to my sister for the holidays one year. I forgot to take my medicine with me, actually I forgot all of my bag with shampoo, conditioner, shower cream, brush, tooth-brush and everything. And went 1100 km by car to visit my sister. I found out I forgot my bag half way there. To late to turn to get it…

And what is the problem with that? Well, besides that I must have special products for showering and such, and I had to go shopping to maybe find some products I could use without getting sick because of my asthma, my sister lives in another country than me and during the holidays most stores are closed.  It is also harder to get help with the doctor and pharmacy. And my subscription for my medicine is not valid in the country where my sister live. So to get my medicine I had to go to the emergency hospital and wait for hours to see a doctor (on Christmas day) to get a new subscription and then go and try to find an open pharmacy before I could take my antihistamine. And it took hours. And before I made it I itched so bad all over my body that I thought I was about to go nuts over it. It itched from top to toe, my sculp, all body, and even under my feet, and my hand palms.

This happened today too. I forgot to take the pills for two days. A really bad idea. I went to a restaurant with a friend and we had a very nice evening with lots to talk about.

During the afternoon I got my reminder. And did I have my allergy medicine with me? No. Of course not. They were resting on my kitchen counter at home.

I had a really itchy evening, doing my best to ignore it. Well at home, it got my medicine and the itch stopped. During those itches my body feels all stressed out, and it itches really badly all over. But after taking the allergy medicine it gets rest. It all goes away and everything feels ok and normal after a while.

It is absolutely no fun at all when it happens. I actually wonder if this is common? Or am I the only one getting this problem not taking my antihistamines?


My asthma no-no list

Smoke from fire

Is there only one thing making people asthmatic? No. Lots of things can make a person have an outbreak of asthma. My asthma no-no list is long. When I tell people I got asthma it is very common to hear: Oh, pollen, animals and such? And often I hear that people often think there are only on kind of asthma, that it is only one kind of things one get asthmatic from. Many also seem to think it is only some kind of allergy, and that is not true. Asthma can be triggered by an allergy or even other stuff called irritants that make an asthma attack. Asthma is a disease of the lungs.

Me, I am not asthmatic to pollen, animals, food, or anything like the most common things most people get to hear about. But for me it works like this with pollen: It is not pollen itself I am asthmatic to, but if it gets to much pollen in the air I can react to the fact that the air is un-clean.

People with asthma also react to chemicals, smoke of different sorts and different kinds of pollution of the air both indoors and outdoors. All chemicals and chemical filled products emit fumes into the air that is to be regarded as pollution of the air. Therefore products people use on their person emitting scent is also to be regarded as air pollution. This also goes for products sticking to their person, clothes, room, tools and other things after use.
To take a light example: If a person with asthma can not use a schampo or other product themselves, this person is sick from the products scent / odor on you too.

My asthma no – no list is:

Fragranced products and as following:

  • acetone
  • after shave
  • air freshener
  • ammonia
  • anything on a spray bottle
  • a used ashtray
  • fumes from fresh asphalt
  • barns – not the barn itself but the air inside the barn
  • car cleaning agents
  • chlorine – both for cleaning and swimmingpool
  • chock and bad treatment
  • cleaning agents heated up – fumes get airborne – f.ex in kitchen when cleaning oven, stove, pots and pans
  • cold weather and physical activity
  • colds
  • cologne
  • conditioner
  • cookery fumes
  • degreaser solvents
  • deodorant (specially but not limited to spray deodorant)
  • diesel
  • diesel fumes
  • disinfectants
  • dissolvents
  • dust
  • enamel
  • exhaust
  • fabric softener
  •         fire extinguisher
  •         fire smoke
  • fog and cold weather
  • frying fumes
  • fumes from brand new fernitures
  • fumes from frying chilli pepper
  • gasoline
  • gasoline fumes
  • glass fiber, gelcoat, hardener and glue – f.eks making of boats
  • glue
  • grease/fat – for example pouring hot water in a greasy pan cleaning it even if the pan is cold
  • grease/fat – for lubrication
  • grief and hard personal psychological stress
  • hair bleach
  • hair dye
  • hair permanent liquid fumes
  • hairspray
  • very hot and dry weather
  • incense
  • lacquer
  • methylated spirits (rødsprit)
  • mold – even on a person
  • mosquito spray
  • mosquito poison
  • Nitrogen-  Freezing Treatment with liquid nitrogen
  • bug poison
  • pesticides
  • poison
  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • oil
  • oil fumes
  • oven cleaner
  • paint fumes
  • perfume, fragrance and scents – in products, anywhere in the environment and
  • pipe- and plumbing cleanser like Plumbo (natriumhydroxide)
  • plastic – fluid or burning
  • psychological stress, like grief, mistreatment, a.s
  • road dust
  • scented candles
  • shampoo
  • shower cream
  • smog
  • smoke from fire
  • smoke from BBQ
  • smoke from candles put out
  • soap
  • spray paint
  • stress – stress, laughter, strong emotions, negative emotional stress.
  • tobacco smoke
  • tobacco scent
  • fumes from fresh tobacco
  • tobacco smokers breath
  • tobacco smokers fumes from  hair, skin and clothes a.s
  • tunnels – well not the tunnels itself but the exhaust, smog, road dust and lack of clean air and oxygen inside the tunnel.
  • un-clean air in general – when it gets too much
  • closed up spaces with bad air – closed warm/hot rooms
  • A room filled with people –  the fumes from them, and lack of fresh air in the room.
  • varnish
  • washing powder
  • fabric softener
  • washing liquid
  • washing up liquid
  • washing up powder
  • washing up dishes
  • washing up machine – fumes from opening the machine after use
  • wc cleaner
  • wc blocks
  • welding fumes
  • wet and cold weather
  • wet, cold weather and physical activity
  • weather changes
  • window and glass cleaner
  • fumes from commonly used hygiene products
  • fumes from ironing new fabric treated with chemicals
  • … and so on

Now you may think.. How on earth does she keep her self, clothes and the house clean? Well, I have to buy brands suitable for me. I can not use other perfume, color and chemical filled added brands you normally find in the shop without getting sick.

This list will be updated.

Unfortunately getting asthma put a limitation on what kind of jobs I can take. And I am not an A4 woman, I like to work with jobs not so commen for women.

Asthma no no – work
Jobs impossible for me to work with..

  • Auto repairist – to much oil, diesel, benzen, and fumes
  • Service job including people using fragrance, and use of fragrance
  • Kitchen – cookery fumes
  • Cook – cookery fumes
  • factory that produces any product containing any chemicals
  • fragrance shop – chemical fumes
  • Hamburger bar – cooking and frying fumes
  • Petrol station – petrol and chemical fumes.
  • chemical factory – chemical fumes
  • factory – dust, fibers and chems in the air
  • Cleaning – cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes.
  • Cleaning agents – same as for cleaning
  • Warehouse – cause of all the dust there
  • Garage – se autorepair
  • Vehicle wash – solvents, degreaser, cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Hair dresser – cleaning, chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Gasolin/Diesel/Oil/Chem transportation/delivery – chemical fumes
  • Dish washer cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Waitress – waiting tables – cause of people smoking at outdoors cafe/restaurant tables, and also heavily perfumed people.
  • Taxi driver: I can not sit in a small car, a small closed in space with people wearing perfume and smokers. In a car passengers sit all to close to the driver.
  • Truck driver:  I am not sure this profession would work for me since so many truck drivers  smoke in the trucks, and if I have to share a truck with a smoker that would not work.
  • Drivers school teacher: I can not sit in an small enclosed space with people wearing perfume, hairspray, smoke chemicals and other chemicals added to themselves. And it is a problem demanding every student to come showered in Neutral asthma and allergy associations approved products.
  • Ashpalt worker – asphalt fumes
  • Fire fighter – fire smoke
  • Pool life guard – chlorine
  • Professional swimmer –  chlorine
  • Welder – welding fumes
  • Fashion shop worker: due to that in such shops they most often also sell perfume, costmetics and hairstyling products, and modern clothes often holds chemical dusts.
  • Colonial shop: I can not handle/be around washing agents, and chemicals.
  • Cosmetics shop – same as for fragrance shop
  • Construction worker – a lot of dust I am afraid
  • Warehouse: Fork truck driver: Warehouses often got very much dust in them, and i get breathing problems in such environment.  I used to work with this, can not go back to it.
  • Bus driver : I have some problem with this job too, because of perfumed and smoking passengers. I have to say no to jobs where I have to drive perfumed people, like some siteseeing where people come showered with perfume to look nice to others. It is a pity they do not see fragrance make a barrier between them and others.
  • … adding more later

I have been working as a bus driver for a long time, and it works, but it is actually not the really best for me since I risk meetng a lot of people using perfume and smoke. And then I get sick. But since 2010 I have changed location working now in the country side and there are less fragrance and smokers people so it is a better environment for me.

But what should be the best job for my asthma? I like driving busses, it is fun, only sometimes my asthma disagree. Luckily not so often anymore.