Something Is Really Wrong With This Picture
There’s a global proliferation of artificial fragrance and methods of dispersing it. Fragrance concoctions are added to almost everything imaginable (with more ridiculous ideas emerging all the time). They are sold and used everywhere at the same time as more people are developing adverse health effects from them, effects like serious allergies, disabling “sensitivities”, migraines, asthma, neurological disorders, lowered IQ, birth defects, etc. (the list keeps growing).
These health problems are due to unregulated and secret ingredients, ingredients which pollute our bodies, our air, and the waterways they get washed into from our sinks, tubs, and showers, ingredients that are impossible to avoid now, even when we don’t want them in our lives.
If you or your child had celiac disease or a severe peanut allergy, it would be the same as the peanut and gluten industries adding peanuts and gluten or peanut and gluten mist along with doses of mood altering drugs to every product imaginable, including building materials. That would be in addition to having peanut and gluten essences worn by everyone (in their hair, armpits, clothing …), pumped out of air ducts, automated devices in public washrooms, transportation, stores, apartments, offices, hotels, even medical offices, and your neighbours burning peanuts and gluten in their fireplaces, washing with laundry with them, and then pumping the residues out of their dryer vents 24/7.
You could imagine cat allergies too, but they are usually more inconvenient than life threatening and disabling.
The fragrance industry is very aware of the adverse effects its products have on people and the environment, yet they continue to look for more ways to pollute us and every product and environment conceivably possible. They knowingly create concoctions that harm and act like drugs! Yet they consider these risks reasonable and acceptable, and choose to dismiss or ridicule those who have problems, using similar tactics the tobacco industry used to deny there are problems and to continue to profit from them.
They hide behind lax regulations that they lobby to create, indeed they have remained a self-regulated industry, able to keep their ingredients secret from us, except for a voluntarily disclosed list of over 3000 ingredients. Who knows how many were not disclosed? Some of the ones listed are able to cause very alarming health problems, as they include known endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, and other toxic waste!
It’s a huge violation of human rights for people with environmental “sensitivities” and other health conditions that are immediately (and painfully) exacerbated by unwanted and unavoidable exposures to fragrance ingredients, (the long lists of adverse long term effects are still emerging). Some of the effects can take weeks to recover from.
It’s also a violation of decency and trust to knowingly promote products that cause harm to so many, and it’s possibly even criminal under the circumstances, considering the serious consequences of emerging effects, the increasing barriers to safe access, even for food, the suffering being inflicted on so many, all from completely unnecessarily allergenic and toxic products.
How is this different from terrorism?
To profit from knowingly polluting people and the planet we depend on for life is not good business, it’s despicable! And it should be a criminal offense!
“Perfume is a $6.1 billion industry in the U.S. and $29 billion worldwide. Add to that the billions more spent to create other fragrances used in soaps, lotions, deodorants, detergents and other household products.”
Some of us are housebound and can’t even find safe food that hasn’t passed through fragranced environments, thereby contaminating it all (just like smoke moves and creates 2nd and 3rd hand problems, fragrances contaminate in the same ways).
Trying to get disability related “accommodation” one place at a time, when everyone everywhere has been manipulated into using these products, believing them to be safe, harmless, or even beneficial (!) is something few people have the energy to fight for.
Yet, clean air (and water) would benefit everyone’s health! Not just those of us who are immediately affected by these unnecessary substances.
Any thoughts on how we can deal with this problem?
See these (and other) posts for more details:
Can you imagine a world where it’s unacceptable to profit from polluting people and the environment we all depend on for life?
What will it take?