Barb Wilkie's EHN Website
Last updated 2008

EHN Board President Barb Wilkie was very ill from chemically-induced kidney disease for several years. She passed away May 31, 2011. EHN presents this site both as a tribute and as valuable information. Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time. We will be transferring the site page by page, with updated details, to EHN's main site. If you would like to reach an EHN staff person, please contact us directly.

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The Work of Julia Kendall (1935 - 1997)


NOTE: Julia's information is now dated. For example, her Twenty Most Common ... refers to 10 million people living with asthma. That number -- in 1997 -- hit 17.6 million according to the CDC's "Fast Stats" . . . and soaring! Now, we're to October 2002 and the latest information I have from ALA Calif. is a whopping 24.7 million people have been diagnosed with asthma. I can only wonder if these numbers wouldn't be skyrocketing had the people already suffering fragrance sensitization had been listened to, instead of ridiculed? Many someones, somewhere in our various agencies charged with protecting public health, should read, and take to heart, The Guy In The Glass by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934 at

Julia looked up the chemicals found in the 1991 and 1992 EPA reports (see links below) and then searched for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for them, and that is the information she compiled. MSDS, produced by the industry, give us only a hint of what we might expect to find about any one chemical. Often times, you will read that "The chemical, physical, and toxicological properties have not been thoroughly investigated."

How, praytell, can synthetically scented products be released to market without at the very least carrying the required FDA statement: "WARNING: The safety of this product has not been determined." (See I ask you! I haven't gotten any answers from the FDA.

Should you wish to write to the FDA, informing them of your adverse reactions, and/or the reactions of your loved ones, please visit EHN's FDA Petition, where you will find contact information, analyses by reputable laboratories and complementary information. I think we all could do this in memory of Julia. See -- barb

Julia's work was based upon the 1991 and 1992 EPA Reports:
Addicted to fragrances?
Years ago -- early 90s -- a co-worker said, I HAVE to wear perfume!
You can imagine tone of voice and look upon face as that was stated.
I mentioned it to Julia Kendall, who responded, "Oh, the poor dear is
addicted to fragrances. I'm sure of it, based on my research!" Now, read on . . .
-- barb

PubMedQuery Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 1999 Apr;63(4):743-8
Potentiation of GABAA receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes by perfume and phytoncid.
Aoshima H, Hamamoto K
Department of Physics, Biology and Informatics, Faculty of Science,
Yamaguchi University, Japan.

The identification of polar organic compounds found in consumer products and their toxicological properties
Cooper SD, Raymer JH, Pellizzari ED, Thomas KW
. Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA.

  • Julia Kendall's opinion of ABC's John Stossel
    08 Jan 1997
    "The chemical industry has billions to spend on false advertising and planting
    'news' items, and obviously paying Stossel, who, by the way, showed up at
    Ecology House, low cost, subsidized housing, for the disabled, in a stretch limosene,
    hidden behind dark windows and dark sunglasses, to verbally abuse the residents.
    If Stossel had wanted an accurate, honest report, he had the scientic data. I gave it to
    him along with names and phone numbers of respected physicians and scientists. He
    chose to ignore the truth. There are honest journalists. I've worked with quite a few.
    Stossel has chosen to sell his credentials to the highest bidder, the Chemical
    Manufacturer's Association."

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