Archive for the ‘Fragrance’ Category

Today: Wal-Mart. Tomorrow: the world!

From the comment section

I just saved a comment from the spam pile. Daniel writes, “Flame retardants do outgas from electronic devices and they are toxic in many ways. they are neurotoxic, immunotoxic, hormone disrupting and endocrine disrupting.” I’d like to direct you to his website, Outgas Report, which links to a ton of information about the problem of outgassing. Much more than I could ever list here. Thanks for visiting, Daniel!

Another commenter, Julie, said, “I researched this problem because I have severe allergies to scents and chemicals, like bleach and other normal household cleaners. All I could find was to see an allergist.” Julie, what cleaners do you use? How about your family’s body products? Have you been able to find any you can tolerate?

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I’m sorry I’m not more organized on here, y’all. It’s mostly due to laziness. Well, laziness plus my other blog seems to suck my blogging time. I’ve thought about doing some in-depth posts on, for example, the FF products I use. But that requires concentration, organization, multiple links…ugh! I’m more of a community organizer than a drill sergeant. It may have something to do with my sleepy chemical-laden synapses. 😉

One interesting development to report: At my local Wal-Mart I requested they carry a certain free and clear dish detergent which I have been buying at Wal-Mart in another town. I talked to a lovely associate named Cara, who listened patiently as I lamented my difficulty in finding FF products as well as the symptoms of fragrance sensitivity. She took my name and number and said she would speak with her manager and let me know what she found out.

The days went by, and I didn’t hear back. I expected that Cara had handed off my number to management and went about her business, and that management either didn’t order the product I wanted or they didn’t think about calling to let me know.

Well, Cara herself called me yesterday, just to let me know what was going on. It touched me that she had taken a personal interest in my plight. She said that they were still waiting to hear back from the buyers, who were not only ordering the single product I’d requested, but also looking into what other fragrance-free products they could find. Hallelujah! Hopefully they’ll come up with some shampoo, which I also mentioned, and lots of things I didn’t expect.

The moral of the story: It never hurts to ask. And sometimes you get an answer which goes beyond the query. Now I’m thinking of writing up a letter to the editors of my local newspapers. I have dreams of being a paid FF consultant for Wal-Mart, relocating to Bentonville, AR, and making sweeping changes in the world of retail.

But those things would require concentration, organization…well, you know.

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Symptoms of my fragrance sensitivity/allergy/whatever

This is an edited version of a page on my other blog, Sherri Blossoms, where I tell a bit about my story and list my symptoms.

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I’ve brought up my symptoms to doctor after doctor, and the most common response is one of dismissal. To be dismissed by your doctor is disheartening, to say the least. They just don’t know about this problem.

So here I’ll list the chronic symptoms which I’ve recently been able to directly link to my exposure of fragrance. Don’t forget that your symptoms may not match up perfectly with mine.

  • sinus pressure
  • migraine headaches
  • eye fatigue
  • blurry vision
  • asthma-like symptoms
  • sore throat
  • inability to concentrate (such as not being able to follow a conversation or read a book or follow a movie plot.)
  • dizziness

All these symptoms seemed to worsen throughout the day, and especially while shopping. I thought I just had no stamina, now it’s apparent that the exposure to chemicals wore me down. I got an inhaler for the asthma, nasal spray for the sinus pressure, migraine drugs for the headaches, glasses for the blurry vision. None of these things helped much, if any. I felt stupid when interacting with others because I couldn’t speak intelligently with them.

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It’s much nicer to be able to recognize the symptoms for what they are, rather than hypochondria or weakness or idiocy. I haven’t brought it up with my doc yet, because I’m broke. And I don’t think he’ll be able to help, since it seems about the only thing one can do is avoid the offending chemical(s). But when I do see him, I’ll have plenty of subjective data to present, and hopefully he won’t dismiss me. I don’t think he will.