Recent research that conducted in three countries (United States, Australia, and the UK), found that 83.7% autistic adults reported adverse health effects from exposures to fragranced products, effects such as:
migraine headaches (42.9%),
neurological problems (34.3%),
respiratory problems (44.7%), and
asthma attacks (35.9%)
62.9% of autistic adults report health problems from air fresheners or deodorizers,
57.5% from the scent of laundry products coming from a dryer vent,
65.9% from being in a room cleaned with scented products, and
60.5% from being near someone wearing a fragranced product.
Health problems can be severe, with 74.1% of these effects considered potentially disabling under legislation in each country. Further, 59.4% of autistic adults have lost workdays or lost a job, in the past year, due to fragranced product exposure in the workplace.
Results show that vulnerable individuals, such as those with autism or autism spectrum disorders, can be profoundly, adversely, and disproportionately affected by exposure to fragranced consumer products.
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Tagged air freshener, Anne Steinemann, ASD, asthma, autism, chemical sensitivity, cleaning products, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, IAQ, invisible disabilities, laundry products, MCS, migraines, Neurological symptoms, scent, scent free
Alison Johnson has a new video coming out about the need for fragrance-free policies.
From her website:
Card available from Alison Johnson
A Video Produced / Written / Directed by Alison Johnson
“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:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Public Health
Tagged Alison Johnson, allergies, Anne Steinemann, asthma, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, video
From Dr Anne Steinemann’s latest research
“Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions”
“Basically, if it contained a fragrance, it posed problems for people”
“This is a huge problem; it’s an epidemic”
says Professor Steinemann.
She is especially concerned with involuntary exposure to fragranced products, or what she calls “secondhand scents.“
“Over 22% of Americans surveyed can’t go somewhere because exposure to a fragranced product would make them sick.”
“These findings have enormous implications for businesses, workplaces, care facilities, schools, homes, and other private and public places,” said Professor Steinemann. For instance, a growing number of lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act concern involuntary and disabling exposure to fragranced products.”
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, Anne Steinemann, asthma, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, epidemic, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, health, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, petrochemicals, Research
Independent researcher Dr. Anne Steinemann was recently interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola about undisclosed toxic chemicals found in laundry products, air fresheners, cleaners, lotions and other (mostly) fragranced consumer products.
She will be testing foods found in supermarkets for fragrance chemicals. Many of us have had to stop buying food from supermarkets etc because they taste like fragrance and cleaning product chemicals.
She also notes that just because a product is “fragrance free”, doesn’t mean it really is, or that it doesn’t contain other harmful chemicals.
Important, worthwhile interview, especially if you don’t know what all the “fragrance-free” fuss is about.
For more info, see Dr. Steinemann’s website
Posted in Disability, Environment, Fragrance, Health, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Products
Tagged Anne Steinemann, environment, fragrance chemicals, fragrance in food, fragranced products, problems with fragrances, science