Alison Johnson has a new video coming out about the need for fragrance-free policies.
From her website:
“This film covers not only fragrance issues but also presents an overview of multiple chemical sensitivity. It features Dr. L. Christine Oliver, an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Co-Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The film also contains footage of an interview with the former Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Ronald R. Blanck. People with MCS in the film include Gulf War veterans and survivors of the 9/11 WTC attacks, as well as people from all walks of life.”
You can watch the trailer here:
To learn more, and to download the full transcript, please visit the website.
Alison Johnson has a long history of working to make MCS understood. Her website has films, books, and resources that she has created, as well as links to further resources.
12 reasons why is this more important than ever:
From Anne Steinemann’s 2016 US research:
Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions
“Overall, 34.7 % of the population reported one or more types of adverse health effects from exposure to one or more types of fragranced products. The most common types of adverse effects were as follows:
- 18.6 % respiratory problems;
- 16.2 % mucosal symptoms;
- 15.7 % migraine headaches;
- 10.6 % skin problems;
- 8.0 % asthma attacks;
- 7.2 % neurological problems;
- 5.8 % cognitive problems;
- 5.5 % gastrointestinal problems;
- 4.4 % cardiovascular problems;
- 4.0 % immune system problems;
- 3.8 % musculoskeletal problems; and
- 1.7 % other.
20.2 % of the population reported that if they enter a business, and smell air fresheners or some fragranced product, they want to leave as quickly as possible.
15.1 % of the general population reported that exposure to fragranced products in their work environment has caused them to become sick, lose workdays, or lose a job.
(not to mention housing)
From the just released Australian research:
Health and societal effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products
…”Finally, for public officials, the problem of “secondhand scents,” or indirect exposure to fragranced products, has parallels to secondhand tobacco smoke. Prevention from fragrance product exposure will enable individuals to work in their workplaces, attend school, and function in society without suffering involuntary harm.” …
Be fragrance-free. It’s good for you. It’s good for me.