Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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2 drowned #refugees #syria #Europe #britain #swim #Scandinavia #Norway #Sweden #Denmark

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To flyktninger forsøkte svømme

I vinter ble det gjort to identiske likfunn i Norge og Nederland med 67 dagers mellomrom. Stedet gutten en gang kalte hjem, Damaskus i Syria, var ikke lenger noe hjem. 22 år gamle Mouaz Al Balkhi fra Syria skrev til sin onkel at han trodde det var mulig å komme seg ut til en båt, eller svømme over kanalen til England. Han møtte en reisekamrat på veien Shadi Omar Kataf som også sendte en melding til sin onkel: «Det er Shadi. Jeg er i Calais i Frankrike. Du må komme og hente laptopen og ryggsekken min. Jeg har ikke nok penger til å bruke menneskesmuglere, så jeg skal kjøpe en våtdrakt og svømme til England.» Disse to valgte å forsøke å svømme over fra Frankrike til England i Oktober.
I Nordsjøen og Den engelske kanal er temperaturen i vannet sjelden over +15C. I slutten av oktober, da liken etter guttene ble funnet, er normaltemperaturen +10C, og senere på året enda lavere.

Om bare noen hadde fortalt dem at nordiske farvann er livsfarlige om vinteren og medfører hypotermi etter bare en kort stund i vannet. Kanskje ville de da ha valgt å ikke forsøke å svømme, kanskje de da ville vært i livet i dag?

Jeg ble trist da jeg leste om dette. Hvor farlig brist på kunnskap kan være, om hvor farlig det er med lite kunnskap om forskjell i områder mot det de er vande med, og hvor farlig brist på kunnskap om temperatur og lave temperaturer er, at lave temperaturer dreper.

Men hvem har skylda? Om man nå skal finne noen å legge skyld på. Jeg klandrer dem som gjorde hjemmene deres umulig å leve i.

Kilde: og Kripos

In English

Two refugees tried to swim

This winter it was made two identical findings of corpses in Norway and the Netherlands with 67 day intervals. The place the boy once called home, Damascus in Syria, was no longer a home. 22 year old Mouaz Al Balkhi from Syria wrote to his uncle that he thought it was possible to get out to a boat, or swim across the channel to England. He had found a travelling companion Shadi Omar Kataf who also wrote to his oncle “It is Shadi. I’m in Calais in France. You must come and fetch my laptop and my backpack. I do not have enough money to use traffickers, so I’ll buy a wetsuit and swim to England.” These two chose to attempt to swim across from France to England in October.
In the North Sea and the English Channel temperature in the water is rarely over +15C (59F). In late October, when their bodies were found, the normal temperature is +10C (50F), later in the year even lower temperatures.

If only someone had told them that Nordic waters are dangerous in winter, actually life threatening, causing hypothermia after only a short while. Maybe then they maybe had been alive today.

Reading about this made me sad. What lack of knowledge can do. It is not the same everywhere, temperatures vary, and low temperatures kill.

But who is to blame? I actually blame those who made their home impossible to live in.

Source: and Kripos

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Genes and smoking – Research

New research: Specific gene makes you a heavy smoker

“Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital has for the first time demonstrated that there is a direct link between smoking and a significantly increased mortality.

The researchers followed 55,568 people. These include 38,823 smokers who were followed for 10 years. The scientific study also documents that genes play a crucial role in whether one who smokes ends up as a heavy smoker. Smoking gene has no bearing on whether you start smoking, or even if one stops again. But if you smoke, one gene make you smoke more. Those with the gene variant inherited from both parents smoke 20 percent more than those without the gene variant specific. Evidence suggests that it may be genetically predisposed to heavy smoking. Smokers who carry a particular genetic mutation that is at a higher tobacco consumption and are more affected by smoking, for example, by having a higher content of nicotine in the blood. Continue reading

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Asthma in the 20 when mother exposed during pregnancy

“Children exposed in the womb to two chlorinated chemicals widely found in the environment are more likely to develop asthma by the age of 20, according to new research in Denmark. The study is the first to link asthma to hexachlorobenzene exposure during fetal development, and builds on two earlier studies that linked the respiratory disease to polychlorinated biphenyls.

The study is the first to link asthma to hexachlorobenzene exposure during fetal development, and builds on two earlier studies that linked the respiratory disease to polychlorinated biphenyls.”


Congratulations all with MCS

Congratulations all my readers having MCS. From 1 of July 2012 MCS will have its own health diagnose code in the Danish Health Care and Social Security System. A little step forward for you all.

From Dagens Medicin:

“Characteristic of severe cases is that patients describe general symptoms, which often limit them in daily life. Often they describe reactions to multiple chemical substances, such as. perfumed care – and cleaning products, evaporation from recent publications and new furniture and exhaust.

Diagnosis code for fragrance – Chemical Sensitivity will be labeled ‘symptoms related to scents and chemicals’ (DR688A1) and placed under the main category DR688A ‘Medical unexplained symptoms’ in Healthcare Classification System (SKS).

Diagnosis is subject to the following five criteria:

  1. Patients related symptoms commonly occurring scents and chemicals (eg. Evaporation from scented products, fresh print and new home furnishings).
  2. Symptoms from the central nervous system is mandatory, for example. headache, dizziness, difficulty concentrating and fatigue. Also occurs frequently symptoms from other organ systems, such as. respiratory tract disorders, musculoskeletal system, or the gastrointestinal tract.
  3. Symptoms improve or disappear when exposure is removed.
  4. The condition is chronic (> 6 months).
  5. Symptoms accompanied by significant lifestyle – or functional impairments, for example. loss of business, work and social network.”

Source: Dagens Medicin