I’ve been looking through some of my old files and ran across this printable brochure about fragrances. Made by Betty Bridges in 2002, it has very useful information that is still relevant.
What has changed since then is that fragrance industry members voluntarily disclosed over 3000 ingredients that they commonly use (only they know how many were not disclosed, as the fragrance industry is still not regulated), and more research has come out on how harmful many of the fragrance ingredients are.
Additionally, many more people have become permanently disabled with MCS/ES, often originally triggered from fragrance chemical exposures (in Canada, there was a 31% increase in people diagnosed with MCS between 2005 and 2010, with many more undiagnosed due to a lack of doctors trained in environmental health matters), and now it has become impossible to avoid 1st, 2nd and 3rd hand fragrance chemical exposures in the “developed” world, so everyone is constantly being exposed to these chemicals.
Screenshot of brochure. Download the document at link below.
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Education, Fragrance, Health, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, Betty Bridges, brochure, cancer, dermatitis, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, indoor air quality, MCS, MCS/ES, petrochemicals, phthalates, printable brochure, risk, sensitizers, toxic chemicals
Amy from Florida shares this with us:
Q ~ If you could tell the world ONE thing about your life with MCS/ES (or any other invisible disability that has MCS/ES as a symptom), what would it be?
A ~ What I’d really like to tell the world about my life is a full explanation of MCS, such that everyone would understand it enough to prevent, treat and accommodate me and everyone with this illness. That seems like more than I could do even if I had a whole book rather than a blog post. So I will focus my answer on something a bit more manageable.
I would tell the world that the invisible nature of this illness affects me on many levels. Some of the substances I react to are invisible, though they are obviously detected by my body. Some of my symptoms are invisible to others, but are still felt by me and still limit my abilities. Most importantly, the primary survival mechanism of chemical sensitivity is avoidance, which means that I have to avoid public places. Thus, the sicker I am, the more invisible I am to my community. That invisible nature of this illness is the most devastating part for me.
Q ~ How has this one thing affected your life?
Posted in Accessibility, Chemicals, Disability, Education, Environmental Health, Mental Health
Tagged Fragrance, invisible, invisible disabilities, isolation, public space, risk, TILT, visibility