APRIL 28, ’15 THOSE TOXIC KILLING AIR FRESHENERS——

APRIL 28, ’15 THOSE TOXIC KILLING AIR FRESHENERS——

OK— WARNING– WARNING– WARNING– I’M STEPPING UP ON MY UNSCENTED SOAP BOX AGAIN———-

soap box

OUR LIFE HAS BEEN EFFECTED AGAIN— BY PEOPLE WHO USE THOSE TOXIC KILLING CHEMICAL AIR FRESHENERS—— SO I’M GOING TO SAY—– AGAIN—– WHY THEY ARE HARMFUL TO EVERYONE— & ARE A KILLER FOR ME WITH MCS!!!!!!!  SO FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS– HERE WE GO AGAIN — TRYING TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TOXIC AIR FRESHENERS REALLY ARE—– & WHY PEOPLE SHOULD NOT USE THEM———–

How Air Fresheners Are Killing You

http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/184-how-air-fresheners-are-killing-you.html

Why Air Fresheners Are A Terrible Health Compromising Idea

http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/158-why-air-fresheners-are-a-terrible-health-compromising-idea.html

 

NRDC: Toxic Air Fresheners?

http://www.nrdc.org/living/healthreports/hidden-hazards-air-fresheners.asp

Beware of Toxic Air Fresheners

http://drbenkim.com/dangers-air-fresheners.html

AIR 1

Air Fresheners Linked to Lung Damage

http://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20060727/air-fresheners-linked-to-lung-damage

 

FRAGRANCE

Air Fresheners Unregulated, Potentially Dangerous, Group Says | Worldwatch Institute

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5378

 

Fragrance-Chemicals-The-New-Secondhand-Smoke

Exposed: The Shocking Truth about Air Fresheners | Care2 Healthy Living

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/exposed-the-shocking-truth-about-air-fresheners.html

FRESH AIR

Glade Air Freshener: Poster Child for Toxic Secrets | MomsRising’s Blog

https://www.momsrising.org/blog/glade-air-freshener-poster-child-for-toxic-secrets

AIR 2

Health Risks of Air Fresheners | Health Scams Exposed

http://healthscamsexposed.com/2013/05/the-great-air-freshener-scam-thats-slowly-killing-you/

AIR 3

The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home | theorganicsinstitute.com

http://theorganicsinstitute.com/the-shocking-truth-about-air-fresheners/

AIR 4

Be aware of Air fresheners: Healthy living, Home awareness – Awake and Living

http://www.awakeandliving.com/awake-living/2010/08/be-aware-of-air-fresheners-healthy-living-home-awareness-.html

AIR 5

Toxic chemicals found in common scented laundry products, air fresheners | UW Today

http://www.washington.edu/news/2008/07/23/toxic-chemicals-found-in-common-scented-laundry-products-air-fresheners/

AIR 6

Air “Fresheners” Actually Releasing Toxins into Your Home

http://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/newsletter/11-21_NovemberNews02.html

AIR 7

The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home | theorganicsinstitute.com

http://theorganicsinstitute.com/the-shocking-truth-about-air-fresheners/

Exposed: Cancer-Causing Toxins Found in Air Fresheners | Care2 Healthy Living

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/exposed-cancer-causing-toxins-found-in-air-fresheners.html

 

The Toxicity of Plug-In Air Fresheners | eHow

http://www.ehow.com/facts_6941471_toxicity-plug_in-air-fresheners.html

FR1

FR2

AIR 8

Air Fresheners

http://www.silentmenace.com/-Air_Fresheners_.html

why aren't you listening

WHAT IS MCS:

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) is a
medical condition characterized by debilitating
chemical sensitivities. People who are chemically
sensitive are made sick by exposures to
chemicals found in many common products such
as pesticides, perfumes, tobacco smoke, new
carpets, air “fresheners,” new paint and building
materials, and many cleaning and laundry
products. Most of these chemicals will make
everyone sick at high levels, but for chemically
sensitive people exposures to even small
amounts of these substances can cause
symptoms. Some chemically sensitive people are
only mildly affected while others have the more
severe form of the illness called MCS.
Symptoms experienced by people with MCS
range from mild to life-threatening and include
headache, trouble concentrating, nausea,
diarrhea, fatigue, muscle and joint pain,
dizziness, difficulty breathing, irregular heart
beat, and seizures. MCS symptoms in children
include red cheeks and ears, dark circles under
the eyes, hyperactivity, and behavior or learning
problems. After an exposure, symptoms may
occur immediately or be delayed for up to a few
days. Reactions may last from a few seconds to
weeks or months. People with MCS often react to
a variety of foods, drugs, molds, and pollen as
well as chemicals.
Creating a Healthier Environment
Reducing exposures to chemicals improves the
health of those with MCS. Better air quality also
helps promote the health of everyone. The
following are ways to create a healthier
environment:
· Avoid pesticides, use least toxic integrated
pest management (IPM)
· Avoid newly built or remodeled buildings, or
build with less toxic materials
· Avoid new paint and solvent-based stains and
transparent finishes
· Avoid new carpets
· Avoid gasoline, solvent, dry-cleaning, and tar
fumes
· Avoid tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust
· Use least toxic, natural, and unscented
cleaning, laundry, and sanitizing products
· Avoid perfume, cologne, and scented
personal care products
· Avoid air “freshener” sprays, incense, and
fragrance-emitting devices
· Use electric utilities or radiant heat
· Open windows, ventilate buildings with clean
fresh air and/or use portable room air filters.

 

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is basically a subset of Environmental Illness (EI), which is caused by living in a toxic world. The chemicals that were synthesized after World War II (including, pesticides, synthetic fragrances, cleaning products, detergents, etc.) are mostly “petro-chemicals” (petroleum based) and are quite toxic to humans. There have been virtually no studies done on the majority of these chemicals to see how they affect humans – the industry just placed the chemicals in the environment with the assumption that they are “safe, till proven toxic”, instead of the other way around. One of the biggest offenders is PERFUME and other scented products. Did you know that many of the ingredients in your perfume are the exact same ingredients found in GASOLINE??!! I didn’t either! The scary thing is that the perfume industry is NOT REGULATED at all – they can put any number of chemicals in fragrance without revealing what those chemicals are – or how they affect humans. We humans are all participating in a giant “lab experiment” against our knowledge and against our will, and it’s making some of us VERY sick.
Those of us who are becoming chronically ill from these chemicals are similar to the “canaries in the coal mine”. Coal miners would take a canary into the mines with them to warn them when the air became toxic. They knew that when the canary stopped singing or died, it was time to get out before it affected them as well. We “human canaries” are here to warn the rest of you that, unless you start making changes and avoid as many toxic chemicals as possible, you too may become very sick. Non toxic living is actually much “simpler” and cheaper!
Don’t be fooled, these chemicals are affecting ALL of us in some way or another. Think about the last time you got a headache for no apparent reason. Could it be possible that someone had recently sprayed perfume or pesticides near you without you knowing it? Had you recently used scented laundry detergent or Clorox to clean with? Do you get headaches or feel nauseous from being around people wearing perfume or cologne? Do you feel you need to hold your breath when you go down the detergent aisle at the grocery store? All these things are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong with the air you’re breathing. While an MBA in health care  may help you understand the whys and wherefores of the medical issues it doesn’t take a masters degree to listen to your body and know that things are not right.
It’s like playing “Russian Roulette” – you never know how long your immune system can hold out before breaking down. Some people may never reach the point of “chronic illness” that I did – but most people are being affected, possibly without realizing it. Cancer has increased dramatically since World War II (after all the chemicals came out). Attention Deficit Disorder is on the rise (more and more of our children are being put on toxic, brain-altering drugs like Ritalin when simply cleaning up their environment could solve their problems). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, Allergies, Asthma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis are also increasing. All these illnesses could very well have a chemical connection to their cause or, at the very least, these patients  would benefit from using less-toxic products. Pretty much any “immune system” disorder could be helped by a cleaner environment and by using safer products.
The products we use on our skin are absorbed directly into the bloodstream (the reason why nitroglycerine, nicotine, and hormone patches work). The chemicals we breathe (such as perfumes, formaldehyde, pesticides, etc.) all go straight to our brains and can cause low-level to severe damage – similar to how someone can snort cocaine or glue to get a “high”. Start reading labels – check for petro-chemicals, formaldehyde, and fragrance, and avoid them as much as possible. A clue that an ingredient may be a petro-chemical is the “prop” prefix. A clue that an ingredient releases formaldehyde is “Quaternium”. Be careful about products labeled “fragrance free” or “unscented”. Don’t trust them! Read the label and be sure they don’t list “fragrance” or “masking fragrance”. Don’t put anything on your skin you’d be afraid to eat, because the end result is the same!
Before I got sick, I had no clue that I was slowly being “poisoned” by products that I assumed were “safe” since they were on the market! If this could happen to me – YOU COULD BE NEXT.

WHAT DO AIR FRESHENERS DO TO ME WITH MCS——-

GOLD FISH

WHAT DO AIR FRESHENERS DO TO ME WITH MCS——-

THE SAME AS TOXIC PERFUME & OTHER TOXIC CHEMICALS DO—

I FEEL LIKE I CAN’T BREATHE— LIKE I AM A GOLD FISH OUT OF HIS BOWL OF WATER FIGHTING FOR AIR– FIGHTING FOR LIFE————-

THIS PAST WEEK END I JUST STEPPED INTO A HOME THAT HAD AIR FRESHENER PLUG-INS– & I DO MEAN JUST STEPPED IN THE DOOR—- & GOT BACK OUT AS SOON AS I POSSIBLE COULD——–

AS IT FELT LIKE SOMEONE PUT THEIR HAND OVER MY FACE– & PUT THEIR HANDS AROUND MY NECK & STARTED CHOKING ME—- I COULD NOT GET AIR— COULD NOT BREATHE—- INSTANT HEADACHE– BRAIN FOG– COULD NOT THINK– COULD NOT REACT– THEN ALL THE REST OF THE MCS SYMPTOMS KICKED IN—

mcs sysmptoms

AND NO I DON’T HAVE ALLERGIES—- I HAVE MCS——-

When you choose to use fragrances, chemicals, or pesticides, You are not simply making a choice for yourself, You are making a choice for everyone around you!!!!

Researchers Confirm Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is Poisoning, Not Allergy

Researchers from Japan have confirmed that multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is not an allergy.Rather, MCS is a condition in which individuals suffer with symptoms when exposed to low levels of toxic chemicals in the environment. Several studies have shown that people with MCS are unable to break down these toxicants efficiently, a function the liver normally serves.

Researchers suggest that patients having allergic diseases may easily suffer from MCS at the same time or MCS may strengthen symptoms of allergic diseases. And though MCS and allergies may both occur in some people, they do not both occur in all people with one or the other condition.

Individuals who visited a specially built facility for Sick House Syndrome were examined in the study. Allergic rhinitis was the most popular allergic disease in the possible cases of MCS.

The key is understanding which is which so that proper targeted treatments may be selected. Testing is critical to making a proper diagnosis.

There are two types of reactions that may occur to the same chemical in different individuals:

Chemical Allergy

Toxicity (MCS)

In chemical allergy, the individual is actually allergic to the chemical and immunoglobulin E (IgE) is elevated. This is the type of reaction that would most readily respond to treatments such as low dose antigen therapy (LDA), nambudripad allergy elimination technique (NAET), and other allergy desensitization techniques.

In MCS, IgE is not elevated and the reaction is not allergic in nature. Often the reaction is of a toxic nature and results in neurological symptoms as opposed to typical allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and inflammation.

This neurological effect is what makes MCS disabling. The lack of IgE (allergy) renders MCS irresponsive to such treatments as LDA and NAET. Avoidance of chemical triggers is essential to maintaining functional capacity. This is often difficult to achieve as fragrances and chemicals which have neurotoxic effects are all around us.

It may appear that MCS is improving from allergy treatments in individuals who suffer from both allergies and MCS. When the allergic condition improves, it is not impacting the MCS condition as severely. The converse may also be true.

The most important information this study provides is confirmation that MCS symptoms are not easily treatable with allergy remedies. This also negates the perception that individuals with MCS overreact to what ails everyone. MCS is, based on studies showing impaired detoxification, quite literally, more attuned to chronic poisoning.

WHEN PEOPLE CHOOSE TO USE TOXIC CHEMICALS— THEY ARE POISONING EVERY LIVING THING!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

Unless you or someone you know is personally affected by Multple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), you’ve probably never heard of it.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is referred to as an invisible disability because it’s not easily apparent to others that the person has physical limitations.
MCS is a life changing condition — life changing for the person with MCS as well as their family and close associates. Avoidance of triggers causes many with MCS to become isolated.
Because the quality of life for a person with MCS improves as other people understand MCS, I want to make it easy for people to gain a simple understanding of MCS and recognize how it affects people. In future blogs, I’ll tell about ways I’ve been able to compensate for my limitations caused by chemical sensitivity and some things others can do to help accommodate the needs of someone with MCS.
Below I’ve included some definitions of and information about MCS from various sources. I have referenced the sources. The bold highlights are mine.
What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)?
MCS is a condition in which persons become ill following exposure to certain chemicals encountered in everyday life. Such chemicals include smoke, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, perfumes, scented products, petroleum products, fumes, and paints.
Persons who experience MCS have a more intense reaction to chemicals than most people, in much the same way some individuals have a far more severe allergic reaction to animals or pollen. (Retrieved 10/4/12 from: http://www.ilru.org/html/publications/readings_in_IL/MCS.html)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) was identified in a 1989 multidisciplinary survey of 89 clinicians and researchers, and modified in 1999. Top consensus criteria (Multiple chemical sensitivity: a 1999 consensus, 1999) for MCS define the condition by these criteria:
  • A chronic condition.
  • Symptoms recur reproducibly.
  • Symptoms recur in response to low levels of chemical exposure.
  • Symptoms occur when exposed to multiple unrelated chemicals.
  • Symptoms improve or resolve when trigger chemicals are removed.
  • Multiple organ systems are affected.
Toxic substances that people with MCS become disabled by include any quantity of exposures to pesticides, secondhand smoke, alcohol, fresh paint, scented products and perfumes, candles, fragrances, food preservatives, flavor enhancers, aerosols, tap water, cosmetics, personal care products, new carpets, petroleum products, formaldehyde, outdoor pollutants, newspaper ink, cleaning compounds, printing and office products, and other synthetically derived chemicals. Some also become ill from natural products that are highly concentrated such as natural orange cleaners due to high volatile organic compound and pesticide concentration. Symptoms can range from minor annoyances (headache, runny nose) to life-threatening reactions (seizures, anaphalaxis).(Retrieved 10/4/12 from: http://mcs-america.org/index_files/MCS.htm )
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is also called “environmental illness” or “sick building syndrome.” It refers to a variety of non-specific symptoms reported by some people after possible exposure to chemical, biologic, or physical agents. Some say that levels of exposure generally considered safe for most people can have an effect on a few.
The symptoms people report are wide-ranging and not specific. They include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes. (Retrieved 10/4/12 from http://www.webmd.com/allergies/multiple-chemical-sensitivity)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a medical condition characterized by a heightened sensitivity to chemicals. People who have MCS become ill when exposed to a variety of chemicals, many of which are commonly encountered in everyday life. Some people have only mild chemical sensitivities, while others have a more severe form of the illness called MCS.
Substances that frequently cause symptoms in chemically sensitive people include pesticides, perfume/cologne and other scented products, fresh paint, new carpets, many building materials, solvents, fresh ink, smoke, vehicle exhaust, industrial fumes, and many cleaning products. Other scented products include air “fresheners,” fragrance-emitting devices, fabric softener, potpourri, incense, essential oils, and most soaps, shampoos, hair products, skin lotions, and laundry detergents.
Symptoms can occur after inhaling, touching, or ingesting these or other substances. Reactions to scented products can occur even in people who cannot smell them. Because people with MCS react to chemicals at levels that ordinarily do not affect others, chemical sensitivity is similar to an allergy, but the symptoms and mechanism are not the same as those of traditional allergies to pollen, animals, and dust.
Many of the above substances can make anyone sick at high concentrations, but chemically sensitive people can be harmed by exposures to even minute amounts. While some of the symptoms reported by people with MCS are similar to known toxic reactions (such as those listed on Material Safety Data Sheets), they can occur at exposure levels considered safe for the general population. Additionally, many chemically sensitive people experience symptoms that are vastly different from typical toxic reactions. This individual variability and exquisite sensitivity can be so pronounced many scientists and doctors find it hard to accept as real
It should be noted that the full range of toxicity of most chemicals is not known. Of the more than 80,000 commercial chemicals in use today, only a small fraction have been adequately studied. In addition, little is known about the cumulative effects of chemical exposures and the effects of being exposed to more than one chemical at a time. Despite this lack of information, workers and the public are often falsely reassured of the safety of chemical exposures. People with MCS, the proverbial canaries in the mine, appear to be early victims of “better living through chemistry.”
Exposures to pesticides and solvents are most implicated in causing MCS. The types of substances that typically trigger symptoms in people with MCS are synthetic chemicals, such as those found in pesticides, plastics, and fragrances (most are manufactured from petrochemicals) and petrochemicals themselves, such as fuels and solvents extracted from crude oil or coal tar. Exposures to low levels of gases like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide (common components of outdoor air pollution) can also be problematic for people with MCS, as is exposure to chlorine and combustion products. Lead, mercury, and other heavy metals can contribute to the development or aggravation of MCS as well. MCS frequently involves imbalances in a person’s nervous, immune, and endocrine (hormonal) systems, as well as impaired detoxification abilities. Food intolerance is common and may be so severe that a person’s diet is limited to only a few foods. Medication intolerance is also common. A person with MCS may react to mold, pollen, animals, and dust, although the symptoms may be different from those of traditional allergies. Brain reactions, characterized by difficulty in thinking or speaking, are also common. People with MCS may also react to naturally-occurring chemicals like skunk musk, flower essences, and tree sap.
In addition, some people with MCS are sensitive to electromagnetic fields. They can be made sick by exposures to cell phones and towers, computers wireless telephones and utility meters, other wireless devices, fluorescent lights (including CFLs), microwave ovens, other electrical appliances, battery re-chargers, dimmer switches, and security and scanning equipment.
It is not uncommon for people with MCS to also have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. It is not yet known whether these are separate diseases or whether they represent different manifestations of a common underlying problem. The presence of candida syndrome (an illness thought to result from the overgrowth of, or hypersensitivity to, C. Albicans or other candida strains) is also common. Some people with MCS also have chronic Lyme disease. (Retrieved 10/4/12 from: http://www.chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org/pdf/What-Is-MCS-by-Ann-McCampbell.pdf)

 

CARD FRONT

CARD BACK

I HAVE BEEN DOWN & IN BED MOST OF THE PAST 3 DAYS— DUE– TO STEPPING INSIDE A HOME WITH PLUG-IN AIR FRESHENERS!!!!!!!!!

HOW DO THEY EFFECT YOU???????????????

PEOPLE SICK

OK– WATCH YOUR TOES– I’M STEPPING DOWN OFF MY UNSCENTED SOAP BOX——

KEEP SPREADING THE WORD—– I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN 90% OF THE WORLD WANTS TO USE TOXIC CHEMICALS EVERY DAY & GIVE NO THOUGHT ABOUT DOING SO—- WE WONDER DOES ANY ONE GET IT—– BUT SOME DO— KEEP SPREADING THE TRUTH— ABOUT TOXIC CHEMICALS!!!

LATER GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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About sondasmcschatter

I was encouraged to start a blog as I suffer from MCS /multi chemical sensitivities & other health problems & I have helped several hundred others who suffer from MCS set up "Safe Homes" & given them encouragement & HOPE & share information & lots of laughs along the way also. When you choose to use fragrances, chemicals, or pesticides, You are not simply making a choice for yourself, You are making a choice for everyone around you!!!! What makes me an expert on MCS-- not a darn thing-- BUT have lived with it for years-& years- & have learned lots the HARD WAY-- by experience!! And want to give others help & HOPE & encouragement -- as I know there are not many who understand what it is to live with this illness- & ALL THAT GOES WITH IT!!! Internet has been my way of communication with many who we are confined to their "safe homes" all over the USA & other countries!! I have communicated with many HUNDRED by e-mail-- phone & letters & internet forums-- I hope this blog will help in a better way to share laughter-- hope & information!!! As for many are not any longer able to even leave their homes-- & communication is sooo important & sharing & encouragement & GIVING HOPE!!!
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4 Responses to APRIL 28, ’15 THOSE TOXIC KILLING AIR FRESHENERS——

  1. Colleen says:

    The list is very long as to the symptoms I get from air fresheners. I spike a migraine just walking by cars with closed windows that have air fresheners hanging in them.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I don’t get what this air freshener frenzy is all about. I keep seeing ads for new air freshener devices. It makes me want to shout WHAT IS WRONG WITH FRESH AIR?

    • AMEN— STEPHIE———– AND PEOPLE PUT THOSE DAMNED TOXIC STINKING KILLING THINGS IN THEIR HOMES– THEIR CARS— EVERYPLACE——– SLOWER DEATH FOR THEM— FAST DEATH FOR US WITH MCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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