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 Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time.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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Dadd, Debra Lynn
The Daily Californian

Dalhousie University: Environmental Health & Safety Home Page

Danish Environmental Protection Agency


  • The DataHand Ergonomic Keyboard
    " DataHand Is The Provider Of The Unique Computer Ergonomic Keyboard And
    On-board Ergonomic Mouse That Is A Different Ergonomic Keyboard From All
    Other Ergonomic Keyboards And An Assistive Technology To Provide Repetitive Stress
    Injury Relief And Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Relief In The Office."

    Daubert Case
    "Petitioners, two minor children and their parents, alleged in their suit against respondent
    that the children's serious birth defects had been caused by the mothers' prenatal
    ingestion of Bendectin, a prescription drug marketed by respondent. "

    Diethanolamine and Cosmetic Products
    "The National Toxicology Program (NTP) completed a study in 1998 that found an
    association between the topical application of diethanolamine (DEA) and certain
    DEA-related ingredients and cancer in laboratory animals. For the DEA-related
    ingredients, the NTP study suggests that the carcinogenic response is linked to
    possible residual levels of DEA. The NTP study did not establish a link between
    DEA and the risk of cancer in humans. ..."
    Hypertext updated by dms/cjm 2001-JUN-14

    Yes, we all have to go sometime, but let's strive for quality of life in the meantime. If each of us
    makes wise purchasing decisions and works to clean up our own environment, we will also
    be cleaning up the environment for the next person, and for our fish and wildlife. -- barb

    • 10 Leading Causes of Death, United States
      1999, All Races, Both Sexes

      Or, start with this URL . . .


    • Death by perfume
      • 11 Algerians . . . huffing
        Acute asthma - acute tachycardia - anaphylactic reactions caused by Fragrance & Perfume
        "In January of 1995 11 young Algerians deceased, following an attempt to get high on
        perfume of the international brand name ".............". They did not have a chance; only a
        few toxins are rapidly effective to such an extent, that death comes into effect within
        48 hours, as seen in this case.

        +++ "According to a recent opinion of the Swiss professor and pediatrician Ottmar Tsnz,
        breastfeeding mothers and women should boycott scented laundry-detergents. It is
        known from general medicine, that todays common mixture of scents can be (partly)
        responsible for any symptom of illness: .... [goes on to give a lengthy list . . . barb[


      • Scents To Die For -- Literally
        Charles W. Moore; September 1999
        Pull quote: "In July 1998, 16-year-old Jonathan Capewell of Manchester, England died
        due to spraying his body with too much deodorant. Jonathan had 10-times the lethal
        dosage of propane and butane in his blood when he suffered a fatal heart attack. The
        coroner's report determined that chemical fumes built up in his body following months
        of "high" deodorant use."
        Also see EHN's section on Death at


      • Washington Post
        Obituaries: Saturday, March 16, 2002; Page B
        Samantha Snyder Turner, Nurse Practitioner
        " Samantha Turner, 52, a nurse practitioner who specialized in obstetrics and
        gynecology for the Kaiser Permanente HMO in Reston, died Feb. 28 at Inova
        Fairfax Hospital. She died of complications from an allergic reaction to perfume.

        NOT REAL:
      • Death by Perfume?
        A story by Amy Marsh, June 1998


    • Aspirin-like drugs are 15th leading cause of death
      Optimal Wellness Center
      Posted by Herfea on June 16, 1999 at 18:49:17 PT:
      " BOSTON (Reuters) -- Aspirin and related drugs kill almost as many
      people every year as AIDS and are responsible for a "silent epidemic,"
      researchers said in an article to be released Thursday.

    • Chronic diseases that can lead to premature death
      ~ Diseases of Civilization / Degenerative Diseases ~


    • Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Killing 250,000 People Every Year
      Optimal Wellness Center
      " ... 250,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

      "What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a
      physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment. ..."

    • Doctors Kill More People Than Guns and Traffic Accidents Combined
      By Don Harkins; The Idaho Observer - April, 1999

    • Medical errors kill tens of thousands annually, panel says
      CNN; November 30, 1999


      July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins
      School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading
      cause of death in the United States.

      "The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery;
      7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from
      errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year
      from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per
      year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. ..."


    • New York Times
      Reactions to Prescribed Drugs Kill Thousands Annually, Study Finds
      By DENISE GRADY; Wednesday, April 15, 1998


    DEHP - di-ethylhexyl phthalate
    People may be quick to see the connection between DEHP and plastics as it makes them softer
    and pliable, but they fail to see the connection with DEHP in fragrances, yet it is commonly
    used in the concoction of our modern synthetic scents to make them linger longer on the
    ambient air. Air we all are meant to breathe even if our astute doctors tell us to 'AVOID
    fragrances." See the analyses that are part of EHN's Citizens' Petition, 99P-1340 at
    Also, please remember, EHN makes no recommendations and none are implied by links.
    Information provided only as an educational tool. -- barb

    As with any product, listen to YOUR body! Dennyfoil is glued. -- barb
    Also see (opening on new pages) ...




    Deodorizers/Air "Fresheners"
    These are nasty chemical concoctions that you do not have to use. Learn about safer alternatives! -- barb

    See Air Fresheners/Deodorizers at


    • ATSDR's ...1.1 What are dichlorobenzenes?
      "... Each of the three types of DCBs (i.e., 1,2-DCB, 1,3-DCB, and 1,4-DCB) contains two
      chlorine atoms connected to one benzene molecule. 1,2-DCB is a colorless to pale yellow
      liquid used to make herbicides. 1,3-DCB is a colorless liquid used to make herbicides,
      insecticides, medicine, and dyes. 1,4-DCB, the most important of the three chemicals,
      is a colorless to white solid. It smells like mothballs and it is one of two chemicals
      commonly used to make mothballs. 1,4-DCB also is used to make deodorant blocks used
      in garbage cans and restrooms, and to help control odors in animal-holding facilities.
      1,4-DCB has been used as an insecticide on fruit and as an agent to control mold and
      mildew growth on tobacco seeds, leather, and some fabrics. Recently, using 1,4-DCB
      to make resins has become very important. ..."


    • Chemical Glossary
      Copyright © 1997 LifekindÆ Products, Inc.


    • A Consumer Guide To Safer Alternatives To Hazardous
      Household Products, Part 2


    • Dichlorobenzene
      Found in moth balls and deodorizers. Nasty stuff!!,4-Dichlorobenzene


    • Potential Hazards in Your Home
      "CONCEPT: Many products we use in our homes consist of hazardous chemicals,
      but less hazardous alternatives do exist."
      Of special interest to me . . .


    • Table 1. Chemicals Commonly Found in Household Products, and their
      Potential Effects to Health

      "ÝXylene ÝLiver and kidney damage have been observed. Possible
      reproductive hazard. Eye and respiratory irritant. Can cause dermatitis and central
      nervous system depression. "

    Depleted Uranium
    Derma/ Dermatitis / Dermatology
    • Allergic Contact Dermatitis -
      75 % Irritant Contact Dermatitis; 25 % Allergic Contact Dermatitis


    • Alternatives to Skin Irritation Testing in Animals

    • American Academy of Dermatology

        Check for adverse effects of commonly prescribed drugs on the website of
        MedlinePlus Health Information (Drug) -- barb

      • Allergic Contact Rashes
        See AAD's section, "Skin Care Products." While AAD mentions, " Perfumes, lotions, and
        cosmetics may cause allergic contact dermatitis ...," again there is no mention about not having to
        use the product to be adversely affected by synthetic scents. Remember, synthetic scents are
        only benign in the mind of the beholder AND these products volatilize. That's the nature of
        the beast. For a glimpse at the chemicals used to manufacture synthetic scents, see the FDA
        and its analyses at -- barb


      • Allergies: The Culprit Could Be Hiding In Your Cosmetic Bag
        "...Studies suggest that up to 10 percent of the population may have some adverse
        reaction to a cosmetic item over the course of his or her lifetime. These reactions are
        not gender-specific, but typically women are affected more than men since they tend
        to use more cosmetic items. ...
        Is this a no-brainer or what? Obviously missing is the fact that women use scented cleaning
        and maintenance products too. What do detractors of women who have become severely
        sensitized to the chemical compounds known as "fragrance" have to say about this bit of common
        sense? I'd say this article is a MUST read. While it says nothing about airborne fragrance
        reactions, it does give you gems such as the following . . . -- barb

        "... Fragrance is the No. 1 cause of allergic cosmetic reactions. There are more than
        5,000 basic fragrances, but this encompasses far more than cologne or perfume. ..."
        Remember to visit EHN's FDA Petition and its analyses


      • Atopic Dermatitis: Taming "The Itch That Rashes"
        Ronald C. Hansen, MD "... For reasons that are unclear, atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema
        (I'll use the terms interchangeably here), is much more common than
        it used to be.[1] This condition now affects 10% to 20% of children
        younger than 14 years at some point in their childhood; from 5% to
        10% of children in your practice probably have atopic dermatitis at
        any one time.[2] Although atopic dermatitis is not usually a major
        illness, managing it successfully is extremely important because
        intense itchiness makes the patient miserable and leads to disruptions
        in the family and a host of other psychosocial problems. ..."
        "...Caution parents not to use preparations with a fragrance, which can irritate the skin. ..." Just wondering, what it takes for dermatologists to understand that perfumed products do not
        have to be worn to have an adverse effect upon the skin? One can develop eczema, acne,
        rashes, hives, buring and itching, non-healing wounds . . . all from being around scented --
        including pesticides and disinfectants -- products used by others! Got a case of eczema, or acne
        and the person does not use fragrances? Ask about the environment! Is the individual in a
        home, school, workplace, healthcare facility, place of worship ... where fragrances are used?
        Fragrance is such an innocuous sounding word . . . but fragrance on the label means a
        combination of tens to hundreds of chemicals that are derived from petrochemicals. If our
        experts looked to the environment, which is commonly scented, the reasons for atopic dermatitis
        may become very clear. One has to measure, or one will never manage. --barb



      • Contact Dermatitis
        AAD recognizes, "Airborne nickel dermatitis."
        Why do they not recognize airborne fragrance dermatitis? -- barb


      • DerminfoNet
        Educational info by AAD



      • Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis
        Not a mention about synthetic scents! Not even as worn or used by the individual suffering
        eczema AND, of course, no hint of AIRBORNE CONTACT DERMATITIS from scents worn
        and used by others. Why not? Surely, parents with infants and young children, who also use
        synthetically scented personal care and cleaning/maintenance products would like to know that
        they may see an improvement in the condition of their child(ren) if they switched to Eco-friendly,
        truly fragrance-free products. Remember, labels can say "fragrance-free" or "unscented"
        and yet, by law, the product can still carry masking scents. (See FDA pages.) Frankly, I'd
        rather try going fragrance-free before trying " ... cortisone creams, ointments on lotions and
        sometimes tars. ..." on my children. Look at the warnings about those treatments. -- barb


      • Environmental Dangers Pose a Threat to Children's Skin
        WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2001)
        Again, no mention of synthetically scented products, nor perfumes ... These are not benign substances. -- barb


      • Solving Problems Related to the Use of Cosmetics & Skin Care Products
        "... Fragrances - Fragrances cause more allergic contact dermatitis than any other
        ingredient. More than 5,000 different fragrances are used in cosmetics and skin care
        products. Hypoallergenic fragrances have been developed to minimize the problem. ..."
        Alas, there's no information regarding airborne contact dermatitis. -- barb


    • Berloque Dermatitis
      Synonyms: Berlock Dermatitis, Perfume Phototoxicity/Photoirritation,
      Bergapten Phototoxicity/Photoirritation, Bergamot Phototoxicity/Photoirritation,
      Photodermatitis Pigmentaria, Dermite PigmentÈe en Forme de CoulÈe

    • European Society of Contact Dermatitis


    • "Five Common Skin Problems - and a String of Pearls for Managing Them "
      Tor Shwayder, MD
      "...Although many mothers report that the eczema began "right at birth," skin
      needs to dry out and be exposed to antigens before eczema becomes evident. ..."
      I suggest LISTENING to the patient, or the patient's mother! IF one studies the modern petrochemically derived concoctions, innocuously termed "fragrance," AND, if one realized that hospitals and homes were flagrantly fragranced, one just might learn that infants can have eczema "right at birth." There's the disinfectants and the soaps and the perfumes used by staff, visitors, parents, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, air "fresheners," deodorizers, scented disposable diapers and wipes, scented baby lotions, and the detergents and the fabric softeners. The list of scented products goes on and on and scented products should not go on newborns! But, fragrances affect more than just the skin of the user. The chemicals volatilize to adversely affect all -- some sooner than later. That's diversity for you! Bear in mind, there is AIRBORNE contact dermatitis. -- barb


      " Contact Dermatitis Information - Information for patients allergic to FRAGRANCES.
      What causes Fragrance allergy?"
      Again, folks, information is from dermatology branch of the medical industry, but sadly,
      even the dermatologist do not naturally think of AIRBORNE contact dermatitis. This page, does
      give a clue with, "Face, eyelids: Airborne musk ambrette in burned incense. But synthetic
      scents in perfumes and other personal care, as well as cleaning and maintenance products can
      cause adult onset acne, eczema, rashes, hives, flushing.-- barb


    • Photodermatitis
      "... Alergic reactions:
      Fragrances containing, for example, musk ambrette and methylcoumarin
      Sunscreens with p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) esters ...",7064,241012_245708,00.html

      -- end Derma --

    DES (diethylstilbestrol) - a synthetic hormone

    Desert Storm -- See EHN's section on Gulf War I&II
    Detox Terms
    David Lawrence Dewey,
    author/syndicated columnist

      You can get an education by reading David Lawrence Dewey.
      I bring you just a very few articles. Do take time to explore his site. -- barb

    • Defective Candles Lead Poisoning

    • Food For Thought ©
      Colognes - Perfumes - Pesticides
      Are They Slowly Killing You?

      October 7th, 1999

    • Hydrogenated Oils-Silent Killers

    • So You Smell Good Using Perfumes and Colognes
      However... You Could Be Giving Yourself Cancer and God Knows What Else! 7-24-99
      Slowly scroll through this page and you'll learn a lot of valuable information.
      If you want to quickly get to the article on perfume and the FDA Petition,
      use your find command, keying in "Eternity." -- barb

  • DIAPERS --
      Do a google search for organic diapers . . . a few suggestions, one for disposables, are:
    • Glad Rags
      For Baby & New Moms


    • Green Home - it's your environment
      "...Commercial disposable diapers have chemicals in them that are very
      harsh, such as estrogens that can trigger early puberty and disrupt other
      cellular functions. Regular non-organic cotton diapers are treated with
      six times their weight in pesticides before they are sprayed with a
      defoliant forcing the cotton to drop from the leaves. Then they are treated
      with formaldehyde to keep them on the shelves.... "


    • Tushies
      Tushies is The Only Disposable Diaper
      With Patented Natural Blend Cotton Absorbency.


    Diesel Exhaust
    • Acute Inflammatory Responses in the Airways and Peripheral Blood After
      Short-Term Exposure to Diesel Exhaust in Healthy Human Volunteers

      Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., Volume 159, Number 3, March 1999, 702-709
      "... This study demonstrates that at high ambient concentrations, acute short-term DE
      exposure produces a well-defined and marked systemic and pulmonary inflammatory
      response in healthy human volunteers, which is underestimated by standard lung
      function measurements. "


    • Diesel Exhaust, OSHA
    • Fact Sheet

    • Diesel Exhaust
      Go to Rachael's and key in Diesel in their search engine. Available in Spanish, too. -- barb
      Environmental Research Foundation
      "News and resources for environmental justice."

      Executive Summary
      "The draft report "Proposed Identification of Diesel Exhaust as a Toxic Air Contaminant"
      has been released to the public to solicit written comments by March 30, 1998,
      on the revised Public Comment and SRP Version report which includes the Executive
      Summary, Part A (exposure assessment, prepared by ARB), Part B (health assessment,
      prepared by OEHHA), and Part C, Volume I (summary of ARB/OEHHA
      responses to public comments) documents. Part C, Volume II (public comment letters),
      and the appendices to Part A, are available by calling Robert Krieger at (916) 327-5615."


    Kaye H. Kilburn, MD


    • Effects of diesel exhaust on neurobehavioral and pulmonary functions.
      Arch Environ Health 2000 Jan-Feb;55(1):11-7


    • Why is chemical brain injury ignored? Pondering causes and risks.(Editorial)
      Archives of Environmental Health, March, 2003, by Kaye H. Kilburn
      Dr. Kilburn writes, in part:
        "I presume that the numerous factors that currently slow both individuals' and society's
        acceptance of chemicals as major causes of diseases are the same as those that created
        opposition so many years ago to the demonstration that fecal contamination of water
        caused cholera. I think it imperative to identify 13 such factors. ...

        "3. 'It's all in your head.' Sometimes physicians dismiss unfamiliar problems of patients
        with this rejoinder, implying that the perceived problem stems from a mind disorder
        or a psychiatric problem. Seldom is the broader, literal interpretation made--that "in your
        head" means a brain problem. While 'mind' may be a nebulous concept, brain
        dysfunction is susceptible to orderly, objective investigation. It is strange that few
        psychiatrists, when evaluating chemically exposed patients, consider that the depression,
        mania, and other disorders they treat with drugs (chemicals) could be caused by
        other chemicals. Instead, the tendency is to prescribe more chemicals (drugs), thus
        further poisoning the brains of such patients. "

    Also seeEHN's links to


  • Digestion


    "Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or symptoms such as nausea, abdominal
    pain, constipation, diarrhea, or any other digestion related disorder? This web site
    may help you to gain a better understanding of digestion and it's problems. "


  • The Gluten Free Kitchen - cooking with Lucy


  • Dirt Cheap Organics
    Note: I've been taught a trick by David Brown of Dirt Cheap Organics
    this link will open a new page. Close it to return to EHN's site. -- barb


  • Dirt Doctor - Howard Garrett



  • Environment Canada and US Environmental Protection Agency
    Draft Report on PCDD (Dioxins) and PCDF (Furans) Sources and Regulations
    (May, 2000) and Addendum (August, 2000)




  • US Inventory of Dioxin Sources
    Available (as a 7.1 MB pdf file) from: "


  • US Inventory of Dioxin Sources


    It happens to the best of us! -- barb

    A guide to filling out Disability Report Form (SSA-3368)
    Complete before your appointment:


  • The Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns
    Formerly ADA Information Center On-Line


  • Law, Health Policy & Disability Center
    University of Iowa


  • Legal Aid Society -- Santa Clara County, California


  • Little Person - through JAN


  • LRM'S PLACE, Laura Remson Mitchell "I am a public policy analyst, consultant and writer with 20+ years' experience,
    primarily in the area of economic, health-care and disability issues."

  • Mariposa Ministry

    Mitchell, Laura Remson
    " I am a public policy analyst, consultant and writer with 20+ years' experience,
    primarily in the area of economic, health-care and disability issues."

  • Mobility Systems

  • Jean Nandi's Technecal Assistive Page nandi/HOMEPAGE

  • National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)

  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
    "The United States Department of Education¼s Office of Special Education and
    Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), through its National Institute on Disability and
    Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs
    of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration,
    employment, and independent living of disabled individuals of all ages."


  • North Bay Disability Forum [SF Bay Area]

  • Not Dead Yet!

  • Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center

  • Paraquad, Inc. - Independence for people with disabilities
    St. Louis, MO
    This site is quite a find for those living with MCS! -- barb


    • Fragrance-Free Environments and No -Fragrance Spaces--
      Not just a personal preference, but a Vital Matter of Health

      (The author, Roberta K. Rigsby, Ph.D., has kindly given permission for you to reproduce this
      without seeking reprint permission, but do check it closely for some typos. -- barb 02/02/02)


    • Frequently Asked Questions About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
      (Watch for a few typos ...) -- barb


    • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
      Pardon me, but is that your perfume I'm smelling?

      " ... No one would argue the fact that carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas,
      is highly poisonous. But change the subject to MCS, and many of those same people will
      still affirm that 'if I can't see it, it doesn't exist.' ..."

      PO BOX 18131
      WASHINGTON D.C. 20036
      "If you have questions or want information about our organization, please email: Hopefully we will be able to answer your questions or refer you
      to the appropriate resource. Thank you for your interest in our organization."

  • People with Disabilities

  • Perfume and Frangrance Exposure During Pregnancy
    Also see EHN's section on Pregnancy & Fragrances

  • Planet Mobility


    Supporting special needs and vulnerable populations in disaster
    "...Vulnerable people are those who cannot comfortably or safely access and use the
    standard resources offered in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery. For example:
    • a disabled person whose needs cannot be met in a shelter
    • a non-English-speaker who does not understand the order to evacuate
    • a frail elder who cannot lift or carry a disaster supply kit
    • a recent immigrant who is reluctant to ask for help


  • President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

  • Protection and Advocacy, Inc (PAI) - in Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles
    "PAI works in partnership with people with disabilities - to protect, advocate for and
    advance their human, legal and service rights. We strive toward a society that values
    all people and supports their rights to dignity, freedom, choice and quality of life."

    Text ONLY:
      With moving graphics:


    1. Assistive Technology


    2. Californians for Inclusive Schools


    3. Office of Patients' Rights


    4. Social Security and Work Page


  • Products
    " 'freedom through innovation' "

  • RADA -- Road Access for Disabled Americans
    (info on speed bumps)

  • Rehabilitation International;


  • The Safer Travel Directory
    Travel Accommodation Guide for the Chemically Sensitive Person

    San Francisco Vocational Services (SFVS)
    814 Mission Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94103-3018
    "Our facility has a fragrance-free policy for those with environmental sensitivities"


  • The Seeing Eye, Inc. (Seeing Eye Dogs)

  • Self help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)

  • Slide Ranch, Marin County California
    Educational Programs - Special Needs needs

    Social Security Disability Secrets
    BENEFITS (including referrals for Social security lawyers and attorneys)


  • Social Security Information (including SSI / SSDI Applications)

  • Society for Disability Studies


  • stumps R us

  • TASH
    Disability Advocacy Worldwide - Stretching the Boundaries of What is Possible...
    " 'I congratulate the great pioneers and members of TASH on more than two decades of
    creative and aggressive responsibility to the sacred value of individual human life.
    I am proud to be a member. We love you and are with you all the way. Lead on!'
    - Justin and Yoshiko Dart"

  • Tell Us Your Story Discussion Forum

  • Through the Looking Glass

  • Travel
    Also see:

    -- end disAbility section --


    A word to agencies geared to helping people in a disaster: IF you have someone who is
    chemically injued, you cannot put that person in a shelter that uses mainstream cleaners,
    disinfectants, deodorants, pesticides, air "fresheners" and other scented cleaning,
    maintenance AND personal care products. Our bodies do not tolerate these poisons. -- barb


    Diseases Dismissed


    Remember, disinfectants are classified as pesticides (EPA)

    Also see EHN's

    Automatic dispensing units

    Spritzing Fragrance and Pesticide dispensers -- Air Polluters

    The American Nurse Nurses attack hidden dangers of health care
    by Ann Melamed, RN "Today, many patients suffer from health conditions directly related to the environment
    in which they live and work. In addition, threats to patients' health often can be
    found within the health care setting itself. "

    Cleaners and Disinfectants
    Health Care Without Harm
    "...They often contribute to poor indoor air quality and may contain chemicals that cause
    cancer, reproductive disorders, respiratory ailments (including occupational asthma), eye
    and skin irritation, central nervous system impairment, and other human health effects.Ý..."


  • Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine
    "Dealing with bloodborne pathogens - Proper cleaning is the best way to handle
    bloodborne pathogens and biohazards."
    By Roger McFadden; October 2003 edition
    "... Don¼t spray chemical disinfectants throughout buildings without understanding their potential harmful effects on human and environmental health. ..."

    Safe Use and Storage of Hazardous Household Products
    March 1999; Fact Sheet #22
    Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State


  • WorkCover has introduced new regulations about hazardous substances The Occupational Health and Safety (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 1999 take effect in June 2000. HTML:


    Least toxic disinfectants include:
    Tau Topics
    An Eclectic Franciscan Site -- includes Least Toxic info
    owned by Judy and Mike Stouffer ( )

    The Dispossed: Living With Chemical Sensitivities A book by Rhonda Zwillinger

    Doctors and Counselors
    I've linked info which you may find of interest to print out and take to your doctor.
    This category includes researchers. Please, if you know of names to add or info to change,
    please inform barb at

  • Thank you.

    To drop immediately to doctors, click here.

    Asking for a diagnosis? Doctors love codes-- give 'em the following sets of codes, along
    with the analyses of perfumes that form the basis of EHN's 1999 FDA Citizens'
    Petition, 99P-1340. Remember to write to the FDA, just don't give identifying numbers!

    ICD9-CM sorted by number


    Pesticide Poisoning Diagnostic Tool
    PAN Pesticides Database
    Do check out this entire section of information! -- barb


    Pesticide Illness & Injury Surveillance
    This information comes to you from NIOSH, and it seems to be that the government has to
    carry the industry line as their opening comment: "When used properly, pesticides offer a variety
    of benefits to society. They increase crop production, preserve produce, combat insect
    infestations, and control exotic species." At least they go on to state: "However, pesticides also
    have the potential for causing harm. Approximately one billion pounds of pesticide active ingredient
    are used annually in the U.S., and over 20,000 pesticide products are being marketed in the U.S."
    The problem is, pesticides cause harm, even when used "properly" or "according to label
    directions." It's the nature of the beast. And the harm is caused to people, their pets, and the
    other creatures with whom we share this planet. -- barb

    Also, immediately following is fragrance information, which leads me to wonder: How many
    dermatologists know this? How many patients know of this to copy and take into their doctors?
    Where are the procedures for supplying fragrance information promptly to internists, ENTs,
    thoracic specialists??? Why not print out the information and take it to your doctor? -- barb

    IFRA's "Procedures for supplying fragrance information promptly
    to dermatologists "

    "The following procedure has been approved by the International Fragrance
    Association (IFRA), including all its regional and national associations (e.g. in
    Europe, Japan, North and South America) and has been shared with COLIPA
    (The European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association), CTFA (Cosmetics,
    Toiletry and Fragrance Association, US) and JCIA (Japanese Cosmetic Industry
    Association). ..."
    This file, as a Word document, carries this date reference . . .
    "FinalProcedureDermatReqContactDermatitis 05.08.2002"

    Interestingly, the date doesn't appear on the document one can get
    as HTML through

    In Word-- Final Procedure Dermat Req Contact Dermatitis; 05.08.2002:

    As HTML at

    or maybe even

    These procedures were put in place nearly three years to the day after EHN filed its
    Citizens' Petition with the US Food and Drug Administration -- 99P-1340. Is there any connection?
    Who knows? And are there procedures pertaining to the neurotoxic effects of fragrance chemicals,
    or their possible carcinogenic, teratogenic, respiratory effects, ...? I don't know as I've yet to
    find any formal recognition by the industry that there's any problem with breathing
    fragrances at primary, secondary, and yes, even tertiary levels of exposure.

    Mind you, the information may be available, but I have yet to find it. The most I've come to learn
    is through the article by Francesca Lyman, published in February 2002 and re-released October
    2002, Scents and sensitivities,

    in which it was stated: "In response to the perceived
    problems of fragrances in the air, Roberts [Glenn Roberts, spokesperson for the Research Institute
    for Fragrance Materials, an industry-sponsored group that does testing of chemicals] says that his
    industry group has begun the first study to examine fragrance inhalation. 'We're spending a lot
    of money on this,' he says, 'to understand the systemic effects of fragrances on organs and nervous
    system, what happens when fragrances are inhaled.' " -- barb

    Quoting from IFRA's "Procedures for supplying fragrance information
    promptly to dermatologists "

      I have built links to the RTECS or the EPA's TSCA -- and other sources when RTECS and
      TSCA information was lacking -- based on the following CAS numbers.
      You might be
      interested in looking up the CAS numbers on MSDS sheets. For example, I looked up
      CAS# 105-13-5 (listed below as Anise Alcohol) and found this information:

        Section 3 - Hazards Identification, Including Emergency Overview


        ... Section 4 - First Aid Measures
        First Aid:
        Other MSDS available from


        We are supposed to take it on blind faith and industry assurances that fragrance chemical
        concoctions are not harmful to our health. The "thorough" testing has been for the dermatological
        (skin) effects to the primary user. Yet these toxins volatilize to become one with the air we all
        must breathe and there is no attention paid to the effects of these toxic brews at the secondary
        or tertiary levels of exposures, whether its the body's largest organ the skin, or the respiratory
        system, the brain or other organs. We need some evidence of that "sound" science that the
        industry keeps assuring us exists.

        Right now, there are far too many questions about these toxins, not enough answers and not
        enough government agencies studying the adverse events associated with perfume pollution.
        Plus there are too many mainstream doctors who ignore the chemical composition of fragrances
        and yet stultify their patients.

        As long as I'm on a roll here, why not go into CDC (notice how they don't use the initial "P" for
        the most important part of their name, PREVENTION????) Web Search page and enter some
        of the CAS numbers below, then check out the various documents that pop up.

        Am I surprised by skyrocketing rates of asthma, cancers, migraines, ... iatrogenic illnesses and
        deaths? NOPE! But I am greatly saddened. -- barb


      ANNEX I
      List of the 26 fragrance ingredients proposed for labelling on cosmetic products in Europe
      CAS N¨É INCI name
      122-40-7 Amyl Cinnamal
      100-51-6 Benzyl Alcohol
      104-54-1 Cinnamyl Alcohol
      5392-40-5 Citral
      97-53-0 Eugenol
      107-75-5 Hydroxycitronellal
      97-54-1 Isoeugenol
      101-85-9 Amylcinnamyl Alcohol
      118-58-1 Benzyl Salicylate
      104-55-2 Cinnamal
      91-64-5 Coumarin
      106-24-1 Geraniol
      31906-04-4 Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
      105-13-5 Anise Alcohol
      103-41-3 Benzyl Cinnamate
      4602-84-0 Farnesol
      80-54-6 Butylphenyl Methylpropional
      78-70-6 Linalool
      120-51-4 Benzyl Benzoate
      106-22-9 Citronellol
      101-86-0 Hexyl Cinnamal
      5989-27-5 Limonene
      111-12-6 Methyl 2-Octynoate
      127-51-5 Alpha Isomethyl Ionone
      90028-68-5 Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract
      90028-67-5 Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract


  • MCS - Multiple-Chemical-Sensitivity (Chemikalienunvertr”glichkeit)
    Deutsche Gesellschaft Multiple-Chemical-Sensitivity-Syndrom (MCS-Syndrom), Bayreuth
    Note, this is also near the top of the doctor category, for you will recognize many names. -- barb


  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - A Workshop
    This workshop was conducted at the request of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    This volume contains the papers prepared and presented by individual workshop
    participants; the papers have not undergone peer review.

    Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
    Commission on Life Sciences
    National Research Council
    Washington, D.C. 1992
    This is a 200 some-odd page document. I've set it up here because you'll recognize at least
    some of the names of the participants. -- barb


  • Scandal of scientists who take money for papers ghostwritten by drug companies
    Doctors named as authors may not have seen raw data

    Sarah Boseley, health editor; Thursday February 7, 2002; The Guardian,11381,646078,00.html

    Doctors and Counselors who may be of help to the already chemically injured.

    Want to drop immediately to Co-Cure's Good Doctors list?


  • Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, PhD
    • Abou-Donia Study
      Frontline, Gulf War [I]



      The last paragraph states the concerns of Dr. Abou-Donia quite clearly:
      " 'The take home message is to be safe and cautious when using insecticides," said
      Abou-Donia. 'Never use insect repellents on infants, and be wary of using them on
      children in general. Never combine insecticides with each other or use them with other
      medications. Even so simple a drug as an antihistamine could interact with DEET to
      cause toxic side effects. Don't spray your yard for bugs and then take medications.
      Until we have more data on potential interactions in humans, safe is better than sorry.' "


    • Menace in the Mix
      Environmental Health Perspectives
      "New research underway at Duke University could yield clues to how chemicals
      used by U.S. soldiers during the Persian Gulf War may have intermingled and caused
      neurotoxic effects in some veterans. The combined, or synergistic, effects from three
      chemicals: pyridostigmine bromide, DEET, and permethrin, may have caused some of
      the symptoms reported by Gulf War veterans, including chronic fatigue, rashes,
      headaches, weight loss, and joint pain, according to Mohamed Abou-Donia, a professor
      of pharmacology at Duke University who is spearheading the research. ..."



  • All Doctors, Everywhere

  • Allergy Research Group's "...Elite Medical Advisory Board"
    Includes doctors in the SF Bay Area that I've learned about through others. -- barb


  • The American Academy of Environmental Medicine
    Reference page with a list of doctors. -- barb


  • The American Thoracic Society


      I searched this site for "fragrance," then for "perfume" and this is the ONE case I found.
      I cannot help but wonder, if this individual were given fragrance-free accommodation,
      at home, at school, in his healtcare facility, etc., would his asthma abate? Would he no longer be
      steroid dependent? Steroids are not without their own set of harms. Look them up! Medline
      ( -- barb

    • Cases for Pediatric Clinical Chest Rounds
      Case 6: 15 Year-Old Male with Steroid Dependent, Difficult to Control Asthma


  • Ashby Center for Complementary Medicine:
    Oakland Tribune article on Dr. Gunther: Berkeley doctor of complementary medicine


  • Gordon P. Baker, MD
    14203 Ambaum Blvd. Sw
    Seattle, WA 98166


  • Deborah Baker D.C., MSc. (Nutrition), D.I.Hom...
    Canada; "Over the past 8-10 years I have specialized in mercury detoxification,
    post-amalgam removal for literally thousands of patients with incredible results.

    2126 Los Angeles Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94707-2618
    (510) 526-7391
    FAX 525-9601

  • Bell, Iris R., MD, PhD

  • Body-Mind Healing Center
    Michael Mayer, Ph.D is the Director of the Body-Mind Healing Center

  • Peter R. Breggin, M.D
    Psychiatric Drug Facts
    Important info for everyone, but especially those with MCS! That includes those who don't
    know they are living with MCS because they were shunted off to psychiatry.-- barb


    • Contact Information and list of books, covering such topics as . . .
        Prozac, Paxil, Luvox and other SSRIs: ÝFor information regarding
        side effects of Prozac and other SSRI's including Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Effexor, etc.,
        as well as better approaches for depression see Dr. Breggin's book: The Antidepressant
        Fact Book (2001). ÝAlso see Peter R. Breggin and Ginger Breggin's book: Talking Back to
        Prozac (1994), and for updated information see Dr. Peter Breggin's medical text:Ý Brain
        Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (1997).

        If you have questions or want information on tardive dyskinesia and other side effects
        of the neuroleptics (so-called anti-psychotics) as well as other psychiatric drugs, see
        Dr. Breggin'sÝ medical text: Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry.


    • Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry


    • The Benzodiazepines and other "Minor" Tranquilizers
      Chapter on Benzodiazepines from Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs,
      Electroshock and the Role of the FDA
      Excerpts from Toxic Psychiatry by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.


    • Joe McCarthy Lives!
      He's whispering in the ear of Eli Lilly & Co., the manufacturer of Prozac

      By Peter R. Breggin, M.D.; (published in The Rights Tenet: Autumn 1994)


    • German Translations of Dr. Breggin's papers


  • Lew Brenneman, MD, PhD - RETIRED
    Papers written by Dr. Brenneman and graciously shared with EHN. If you live with MCS,
    you will undoubtedly wish to read these. -- barb


  • Adrienne Buffaloe, MD
    "Dr. Buffaloe is the medical director of New York City¼s first chemical-free
    Environmental Medicine Center
    Healthcare For The 21st Century, LLC.
    964 Third Avenue
    New York, New York 10155
    phone: 212.355.2315 fax: 212.355.4496.
    "She is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and a
    graduate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was the
    Henry J Kaiser Scholar, and the Aura E Sevringhaus Scholar.
      Chemical Sensitivity
      It's a Serious Problem More Often Than You Think!!!

      "The source of the problem
      "There are over 70,000 chemicals commercially produced in the United States today,
      many of which were developed after World War II. The long-term, low dose effects of
      many of these chemicals have never been investigated. In fact, the term 'low dose'' is
      misleading, implying low concentrations are harmless. . . . "

    • Transcript of testimony of Dr. Adrienne Buffaloe on the effects of pesticides
      on people, particularly malathion and pyrethroids based on her own evaluations of her
      patients, before hearings held by a Congressional panel chaired by Congressional
      representative Gerald Ackerman, of Queens NY.

      "... Malathion, the manufacturer's own sheets state what the health effects are.
      There is a note on those data sheets to the doctors informing the doctors that
      Pipanol and Malathion can cause respiratory, cardiac and neurological dysfunction,
      including coma, muscle spasms, labor breathing, frothing of the mouth and nose,
      nausea, vomiting, headache, and weakness.
      [emphasis added] "

      "...Pyrethrins or Pyrethroids, ... causes severe allergy attacks in sensitive people,
      dermatitis, asthma, rhinitis, anaphylactic reactions, numbness of the lips and tongue,
      sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, ringing in the ears and restlessness; it can also cause
      convulsions, which is seizures, incoordination, and death from respiratory paralysis.

      "To say that these pesticides are perfectly safe is an outrage. With Resmethrin or
      Pyrethroid, it's particularly problematic, because the first death from a Pyrethroid
      exposure was reported right here in New York City in 1994, just five years before
      the spraying, by the current director of the New York City Poison Center. And that
      article has been given to the legislators, and it is in your packet. This death was as a
      result of a very brief exposure to Pyrethroid.
      ..." [emphasis added]


  • Harold E. Buttram, MD
    Woodlands Healing Reseach Center
    Family, Environmental & Preventive Medicine
    Quakertown, PA


  • Life Extension Foundation's Directory of Innovative Doctors
    " [A] list of physicians that includes doctors from the Life Extension Foundation's
    Directory of Innovative Doctors."
    (This link will open as a new page. -- barb)


  • Julie May's Medical Doctors Personally Recommended by EI Patients
    Canada and the States


  • MCS - Multiple-Chemical-Sensitivity (Chemikalienunvertr”glichkeit)
    Deutsche Gesellschaft Multiple-Chemical-Sensitivity-Syndrom (MCS-Syndrom), Bayreuth
    Note, this is also near the top of the doctor category, for you will recognize many names. -- barb


  • Medical Associations Index
    Available through WebMD, with AOL Health


  • Menace in the Mix
    Environmental Health Perspectives
    "New research underway at Duke University could yield clues to how chemicals
    used by U.S. soldiers during the Persian Gulf War may have intermingled and caused
    neurotoxic effects in some veterans. The combined, or synergistic, effects from three
    chemicals: pyridostigmine bromide, DEET, and permethrin, may have caused some of
    the symptoms reported by Gulf War veterans, including chronic fatigue, rashes,
    headaches, weight loss, and joint pain, according to Mohamed Abou-Donia, a professor
    of pharmacology at Duke University who is spearheading the research. ..."


  • Medical Clinics that may treat MCS-EI

  • Ann McCampbell, MD
  • McGill, Dr. Ruth
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Aired: October 14, 1996; KRON (NBC, Ch. 4, San Francisco Bay Area)

  • Dr. William Meggs
    E. Carolina Univ. School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
    The Brody School of Medicine at ECU l University Health Systems


  • Dr. Mercola
    Search this site . . . lots to learn! -- barb


    Dr. Donna Mergler
    University of Quebec in Montreal
    "Fields of research:
        - Physiological and neurophysiological alterations
        - Health and security of women at work
        - Effects of exposition to neurotoxic substances


    Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.
    Environmental and Occupational Medicine
    Department of Family Practice
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
    Telephone: (210) 567-7760; Fax: (210) 567-7764; Email:

  • Eva Millqvist MD PhD
    Chemical Sensitivity, Asthma and Allergy
    "Welcome to a research website within the fields of
    Asthma and Asthma-like Symptoms
    Allergy and Allergy-like Symptoms
    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
    Strong Scents and Odors
    Sensory Hyperreactivity"


  • William E. Morton, M.D., DrPH
    Professor Emeritus, Public Health and Preventive Medicine


  • National Association of Physicians for the Environment's (NAPE)
    Environment and Health Directory.

    "The directory contains:
    Members of Congress, ...Key personnel from five federal agencies ..."



  • Occupational / Environmental Physician -- Florida
    Albert F. Robbins, D.O., MSPH, FAAEM
    Office: 954-421-1929
    Cell: 561-866-6082
    "Robbins' Environmental Medicine Center is a state-of-the art center for the diagnosis
    and treatment of chronic illness caused by allergy, asthma, toxicity, chemical sensitivity
    (MCS), chemical poisoning, food sensitivity, immune dysfunction, indoor air pollution,
    sick building, perfumes, pesticides, consumer products, etc. Dr. Albert F. Robbins is
    Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Environmental
    Medicine. "


  • Optimal Wellness Center - Dr. Mercola

  • Orthomolecular Physicians -- see Dr. Cathcart's page
    Also see Orthomolecular Web Sites, same page

    Dr. Hugh Mann


  • Meryl Nass, MD
    [Dr. Nass] is a physician specializing in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and
    Gulf War Illnesses.
    Dr. Nass's articles appearing in


  • Dr. Gary Null


  • Dr. Martin Pall
    Washington State University
  • Dr. Doris J. Rapp

  • Dr. William J. Rea
    Envronmental Health Center -- Dallas

  • Dr. Richman

  • Albert F. Robbins, D.O., MSPH, FAAEM
    Occupational / Environmental Physician -- Florida
    Office: 954-421-1929
    Cell: 561-866-6082
    "Robbins' Environmental Medicine Center is a state-of-the art center for the diagnosis
    and treatment of chronic illness caused by allergy, asthma, toxicity, chemical sensitivity
    (MCS), chemical poisoning, food sensitivity, immune dysfunction, indoor air pollution,
    sick building, perfumes, pesticides, consumer products, etc. Dr. Albert F. Robbins is
    Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Environmental
    Medicine. "


  • Gerald H. Ross, MD, CCFP, DIBEM, FAAEM
    Treatment Options in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

  • Sample Letters
  • San Francisco Preventive Medical Group
    Paul Lynn, M.D., Medical Director
    Joel Lopez, M.D., N.D., Associate Medical Director
    I'm being seen by Dr. Lopez in an effort to safely detox and hopefully spare my kidneys
    further stress. -- barb


  • Len Saputo, M.D. - Health Medicine Institute
    Dr. Saputo Health Medicine Foundation founder


    • Monthly meeting schedule

    • History

    • Dr. Michael Segal

    • Theodore R. Simon, MD
      Advanced Metabolic Imaging
    • Janette D. Sherman , M.D.
      Life's Delicate Balance - Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer
      "[D]efines and documents known causes of breast cancer, and emphasizes the
      means of prevention.
      The Professional and Layperson¼s Guide to Understanding Cause and Effect

      "Chemical Exposure and Disease is a must for all activists, whether lay or
      professional, who want to prevent disease. "


      • Dr. Janette Sherman
        Physician • Author • Activist • Mom


        • More on Mammograms
          "Thursday, March 7, 2002, Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, Page A20
          " In regard to the Feb. 22 front-page article about mammograms:
          First, a mammogram does not prevent cancer; it can only find an existing cancer.

          "Second, safer methods of diagnosis (without X-rays) are available, including thorough physical examinations, ultrasound, MRI and thermography. The last takes a heat picture showing the physiological function breast tissue. Thermography is available in France, Australia and some centers in the United States. Given that every mammogram, indeed every X-ray procedure, carries an increased risk of causing cancer, development of this safe, non-radiation technique should be a priority. ..." JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
          Alexandria, Virginia

      • Dr. Sherman's books also available from Safe2Use. -- barb


    • Dr. Sinaiko

    • Raymond Singer, Ph.D., P.A.
      Neurobehavioral toxicology and neuropsychology
      36 Alondra Road
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA 87505
      Phone: (505) 466-1100
      Fax: (505) 466-1101 / E-Fax: (209) 879-5159

    • Doctor Harold Spear
      Hanapepe Family Practice
      Hanapepe Kauai
      808-335 5121
      Dr Spear "is learning about MCS..."

    • Peter S Spencer, PhD, FRCPath
      "CROET Director & Senior Scientist and , Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine,
      member of the interdepartmental Neuroscience faculty of OHSU, and Adjunct Professor, College of
      Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. Honorary international academic appointments include
      Professor, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. ..."


    • Walt Stoll, MD
      Panama City, Florida

    • Tipu Sultan, MD
      11585 W. Florissant
      Florissant, MO 63033

    • Dr. Stefan Schwartz
      Institut f¸r Umweltsystemforschung (USF)
      Universit”t Osnabr¸ck
      D 49069 Osnabr¸ck


    • Jack D. Thrasher, Ph.D.
      Evidence for Formaldehyde Antibodies and Altered Cellular Immunity in Subjects Exposed to Formaldehyde in Mobile Homes
      By: Jack D. Thrasher, Ph.D., Thrasher & Associates
      Aristo Wojdani, Ph.D.; Geoffry Cheung, Ph.D., Allergy Immuno Technologies, Inc.
      Gunnar Heuser, M.D., Ph.D.


    • John P. Toth, MD
      Letter written on behalf of Mr. J. Hawkins

    • Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
      There is much interesting reading on this site. Check it out! -- barb?<BR>



    • Urology Centre
      "Dr. Dilipraja's Urology & Andrology Centre offer comprehensive urological services to
      diagnose and treat kidney stone diseases, urological cancers, incontinence, infertility,
      impotence, and other urinary difficulties."

      Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., M.T.


    • Dr. Wempen -- articles archived by Orange County Register

    • Julian M. Whitaker, MD
      The Whitaker Wellness Institute
      4321 Birch, Suite 100
      Newport Beach, California 92660 USA
      Fax 714-955-3005

    • White paper on CMA [California Medical Association] Bill [SB 1045] supported by California Citizens For Health

    • Dr. Grace Ziem

      -- end doctors --

      Return to MCS links, section D

      To top of page.


      Double-blind testing or Incident challenges
    • Don't Be Fueled

    • DOSE . . . as in "The dose makes the poison."
      This expression is used by industry and lobbyists in their effort to get their products to market
      and used!, without full substantiation of safety. It is also the cop out of toxicologists with an
      industry bias who love to look at only one chemical at a time and then claim, the dose is so low it
      has no adverse effect. There is obviously no regard for amount of chemicals breathed in and
      absorbed in any one day, nor for the accumlative, or systemic effects, nor for long-term exposures.
      Of course, they throw this tired bromide out to the public: The dose makes the poison.

      Well, yes it does . . . but not as they mean it. It's just like a mainstream western medical doctor
      who has declared that MCS or fragrance sensitization is "ALL IN YOUR HEAD!" Yes it is
      in one's head because one's brains are there and fragrances contain chemicals that are
      known neurotoxins! In this case of the dose makes the poison line, they are not looking
      at reality. It is not only the very large dose, but also, the very low dose
      that makes the poisons!!!
      We, living with MCS, are proof positive that it is the low
      dose of poisons in products released to market without substantiation of safety that poisons us.
      And if, our medical genuises would look at cancers, Parkinson's, Alzheimers, headaches, ADD,
      ADHD, CFIDS, MCS, obesity, etc. as ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESSES, then maybe they'd start
      looking for the horrendous effects of suffered by the public as a result of the myriad of synthetic,
      petrochemicall derived products released to market without substantiation of safety. -- barb

      • A Small Dose of Toxicology
        Steven G. Gilbert


      • The Dose Makes the PoisonãOr Does It?
        By Nancy Trautmann, Ph.D.
        An original article


      • " ... Paracelsus is often cited as coining the phrase "the dose makes the poison".
        Although he did not say this precisely, it seems that Paracelsus was indeed well
        aware of the principle..."
        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


      • Science News, October 12, 2002, Vol 162, page 228, 230; Lawn
        Agent Cues Embryo Shortfall
        - Herbicide weeds out mice in the womb, by J. Pickrell
        "Safety tests for chemicals generally start with high exposures and sequentially test
        different groups of animals with lower exposures until few or no toxicity effects are
        visible. 'The dogma is, As the dose goes up, the effect gets worse,' says Fred vom Saal at
        the University of Missouri in Columbia.

        "However, vom Saal notes, an increasing body of research shows different patterns. Some
        hormones, for example, cause the greatest effects at low and high doses, with little effect
        at intermediate exposures. This dose-response pattern, known as a U-shaped curve,
        has also been seen with hormonelike pollutants. [Here, folks, read in fragrances! - bw]
        Toxicologists are currently at a loss to explain it, says vom Saal.

        Porter's team speculates that their mouse results resemble the low end of a U-shaped curve.
        They conjecture that small, but not large, concentrations of herbicides might interfere
        with hormones that control embryo implantation.

        OK, so how about all the people with reproductive problems who use petrochemically derived
        scented products for personal care and their cleaning and maintenance chores? Why no studies for
        the effects of low dose fragrance chemicals? Because if they found that these toxins did
        adversely affect reproduction, they'd have to report it.

        And then, what if the woman does become pregnant, but continue to use fragrances? What will
        the coumarins, musks and the phthalates, which are commonly used in the manufacture of
        synthetic scents, do to the developing fetus? Why do we in the USA have such a poor record when
        it comes to reproductive problems, fetal development and low birth weight babies? What do we
        really know of the role played by modern fragrances . . . and their twin, flavors? -- barb

    • Dow internal memo from 1991


    • Peter Downs


      Drugs -- OTC and Prescribed
      A note from barb: First go to Medline's Health Information page, and click on
      "Drug Information" and then be sure to check the "side effects" of a drug.

      Arizona Health Center Alert . . .
      Grapefruit Juice and Medications: A Potential for Adverse Events

      Also, visit,


      Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)


        Office of Medical Policy - Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and
        Communications (DDMAC)

        "For questions or comments about this web site, please send e-mail to"

        What are the general requirements for prescription drug advertisements directed
        toward consumers?

        "... In addition to the specific disclosure requirements, advertisements cannot be false
        or misleading or omit material facts. They also must present a fair balance between
        effectiveness and risk information. FDA has consistently required that appropriate
        communication of effectiveness information includes any significant limitations to
        product use. ..."

        MEDWATCH Reporting Program "Welcome to MedWatch, your Internet gateway for timely safety information on the drugs
        and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."
        FDA's own scientists report pattern of intimidation, censorship and scientific fraud
        that undermines public safety

        Posted Friday, July 21, 2006 by Mike Adams
        Folks, this is only about drugs. Look into cosmetics. Study FRAGRANCES and FLAVORS! -- barb
        "... The FDA's nuclear bomb
        "Imagine a nuclear bomb detonating over Seattle, Washington. A hundred thousand
        citizens might be instantly killed, and two million (or more) could be seriously injured
        from the fallout. As horrific as that image may seem, this is what happens in America
        every single year from prescription drugs under the watch of the FDA. Allowing the FDA
        to continue operating as it does today kills as many Americans as detonating a nuclear
        weapon over a major U.S. city each year. ..."


      DTC = Direct To Consumer advertising of drugs.

      Frankly, I see DTC a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry, which ties in just all too nicely
      with the proliferation of perfumed products. Perfumed products create a variety of illnesses . . .
      the mainstream doctors tell you "It's all in your head!," but write a prescription for mind
      altering drugs, along with drugs for your asthmatic symptoms or your headaches, or your vertigo,
      etc. The people I know of who have been healthiest despite MCS are the ones who have not
      relied on pharmaceuticals to get them over their adverse reactions. Medical doctors can diagnose
      distinct diseases, which are caused by modern, petrochemical-derived fragrances. It's a vicious
      circle and the only help for the already chemically injured is to avoid fragrances. But, synthetic
      scents have been crafted to pollute extensive areas and linger long after the user is no longer
      present; and when added to fabric softener products, they pollute neighborhoods while in use
      in the laundry and then continue to pollute the air for all nearby while the item is used or
      worn. Ahhhhhh, but wait just a minute and you'll see an ad on TV or hear it on the radio for a drug
      that will "cure" your adverse reaction to those fragrances that are impossible to avoid. -- barb


      Drugs are released to market after relatively little testing, and/or restricted testing. For example,
      Viagra was not studied in patients who have a history of the following conditions:
      • Heart attack, stroke, or life-threatening irregular heart rhythm within the last 6 months
      • Very low and very high blood pressure
      • Heart failure or unstable chest pain
      • Certain eye disorders
      • Because Viagra lowers blood pressure, your doctor will evaluate your overall medical condition to determine if Viagra, in combination with sexual activity, could adversely affect you.
      • Viagra can cause a rare but serious condition of prolonged erection (priapism). It is important to contact your health care provider immediately if your erection lasts longer than 4 hours.
      • Men for whom sexual activity is inadvisable may not be good candidates for Viagra.
      • Tell your doctor if you are taking protease inhibitors for the treatment of HIV.

      When the drug hits the general population, the FDA begins to learn of adverse events. Adverse events means YOUR health is down the tubes and it also means premature death. An adverse event to the FDA is your health, your life. I hope your life and health mean something to you! Visit the FDA pages for information regarding drug recalls.

      How many people living with the effects of MCS are actually the victims of IATROGENESIS?
      Iatrogenesis is doctor-caused illness, disability, death. How many people have been prescribed drugs, who really should not have been? We learn in EPA reports (e.g., "Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings") that mainstream medical doctors receive very little education in environmental health. These doctors are then given carte blanche in writing prescriptions, including mind-altering drugs. How many people have been told. "It's all in your head," and then given a prescription to help alter their illusions?

      Another concern is raised by people who have informed me that the mind-altering drugs that are touted as being non-habit forming, are actually quite addicting. I've also heard from people who have had serious adverse events due to

      Another thought: If it can be understood that some people suffer negative health effects from
      prescribed drugs (synthesized from chemicals), why is it so difficult to understand that some folks
      have adverse reactions to fragrances (synthesized from chemicals)? Also, have you noticed the
      similarity between the body's adverse reactions to prescribed drugs and the negative effects
      we suffer due to synthetic fragrance formulations in personal care and household and janitorial
      cleaning/maintenance products? Fragrance exposure symptoms at the primary, secondary or
      tertiary levels of exposure can include, but are not limited to:

        watery or dry eyes, double vision, sneezing, nasal congestion, sinusitis, tinnitus, ear
        pain, dizziness, vertigo, coughing, bronchitis, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing,
        laryngitis, asthma, anaphylaxis, headaches, seizures, fatigue, confusion, disorientation,
        incoherence, short-term memory loss, inability to concentrate, nausea, lethargy,
        anxiety, irritability, depression, mood swings, restlessness, rashes, hives, eczema, flushing,
        muscle and joint pain, muscle weakness, irregular heart beat, hypertension,
        swollen lymph glands, and more. (Candida Research and Information Foundation,
        Perfume Survey, Winter 1989-90.) From Julia Kendall's Making Sense of Scents


      Drug-caused adverse reactions, unlike fragrances, only affect the primary user. Use synthetic
      scents and you are quite likely to be causing untold numbers of people adverse reactions.
      Key into the search engine of Medline something like, "drugs cause flu-like symptoms"


      Educate Before You Medicate
      CIGNA Health Corporation.

      Diclofenac and Misoprostol -- Brand name(s): Arthrotec
      IMPORTANT WARNING: Do not take diclofenac and misoprostol if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. ...
      ...The combination of diclofenac and misoprostol is used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in patients who have a high risk of developing stomach ulcers.

      Although side effects from diclofenac and misoprostol are not common, they can occur. Most will go away in about 7 days after taking it regularly. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

        diarrhea ; upset stomach ; indigestion ; stomach pain or cramps ; gas
      If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
        skin rash ; itching ; hives ; difficulty breathing or swallowing ; swelling of the face, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs ; weight gain or swelling ; bloody diarrhea or black, tarry stools ; blood in urine ; postmenopausal vaginal bleeding ; ringing in the ears [tinnitus] ; fever ; headache ; stiff or painful neck ; sensitivity to light ; unusual bleeding or bruising, easy bruising ; tiredness ; pain in the right upper part of your stomach ; yellowing of the skin or eyes ; confusion ; drowsiness ; convulsions ; irregular heartbeat ; vomiting, especially if there is blood in it ; flu-like symptoms

      "Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility."

      Side effects from fluphenazine are common:

        upset stomach ; drowsiness ; weakness or tiredness ; excitement or anxiety ; insomnia ; nightmares ; dry mouth ; skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual ; changes in appetite or weight
      Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
        constipation ; difficulty urinating ; frequent urination ; blurred vision ; changes in sex drive or ability ; excessive sweating
      If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
        jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms ; slow or difficult speech ; shuffling walk ; persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still ; fever, chills, sore throat, or flu-like symptoms ; difficulty breathing or swallowing ; severe skin rash ; yellowing of the skin or eyes ; irregular heartbeat

      It is used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma.

      More Common

        Chills; cold or flu-like symptoms; cough or hoarseness; fever; sneezing ; sore throat
      Less Common
        Body aches or pain; chest pain or discomfort ; congestion; cough producing mucous; difficulty breathing; dry throat; headache; labored breathing; pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones ; runny nose; shortness of breath; tender, swollen glands in neck; tightness in chest; trauma; trouble swallowing; voice changes; wheezing
        Convulsions; decreased urine; dry mouth; fainting; fast pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse palpitations; increased thirst; irregular heartbeat ; loss of appetite ; noisy breathing

      Nateglinide Oral:
      Nateglinide is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes (formerly called "adult-onset") in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone.

      Although side effects from nateglinide are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      headache ; nasal congestion ; runny nose ; dizziness ; joint aches ; back pain ; constipation ; cough ; flu-like symptoms

      If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
      seizures ; loss of consciousness

      Phenelzine, a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, and an antidepressant (mood elevator), is used to treat depression. Side effects from phenelzine are common:

        upset stomach ; drowsiness ; weakness or tiredness ; excitement or anxiety ; insomnia ; nightmares ; dry mouth ; skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual ; changes in appetite or weight
      Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
        constipation ; difficulty urinating ; frequent urination ; blurred vision ; changes in sex drive or ability ; excessive sweating
      If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
        severe headache ; jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms ; neck stiffness or soreness ; swelling of legs or arms ; fever, chills, sore throat, or flu-like symptoms ; difficulty breathing or swallowing ; severe skin rash ; yellowing of the skin or eyes ; irregular heartbeat
      -- barb

      Also see
      What about people suffering from exposures to synthetic fragrances, pesticides, fertilizers,
      who go to the emergency room or to their doctor and are prescribed mind-altering drugs -- or
      other commonly prescribed drugs for allergy, et al. -- that only make them worse? Iatrogenic? -- barb

      The American Iatrogenic Association is devoted to the study and reporting of
      illness caused by physicians and other members of the medical profession.


      • death and disease from your doctor by Preston Peet ( - December 28, 2000


      • Just What Is An Iatrogenic Event Or Complication In Medical Care?
        "An iatrogenic complication is an unfavorable response to medical treatment that is induced by
        the therapeutic effort itself. Although some are minor, others are life-threatening. Serious or
        fatal iatrogenic complications occur in 4 to 9 percent of hospitalized patients. One retrospective
        series found that 14 percent of cardiac arrests could be traced to an iatrogenic event.

        "Clinical errors contribute to about half of all iatrogenic events. No matter how you analyze
        clinical errors the fact remains that they represent a level of medical practice that is below the
        accepted standard of care. In the law such errors are called medical malpractice or professional


      • Reports about various aspects of medical error, harm and ethical lapses


    • ABCNews


    • About Drugs


    • Adverse Drug Events (ADE) - Report
      Janet Heinrich, Associate Director
      Health Financing and Public Health Issues
      U.S. General Accounting Office; February 1, 2000


    • Adverse drug events (ADE) Reporting System


    • Allergies often misdiagnosed: study
      Two-thirds of those taking allergy drugs may not need them

      Lifeline with Robert Bazell; MSNBC; seen May 29, 2001, SF Bay Area on KRON-TV
      NOW, if MSNBC can see that "colds" and sinusitis are often adverse reactions to chemicals
      and that to simply say "chemicals" is not enough to clue people in to the fact that they are
      loading up their bodies with superfluous toxic chemicals in the form of scented personal care and
      household and janitorial cleaning and maintenance products, maybe folks won't need to take so
      many other superfluous synthetic chemicals in the form of drugs . . . thereby, cutting down on
      the escalating cases of MCS; not to mention, asthma, cancers, Parkinson's, eczema... .
      Do I dream or what??? -- barb


    • Anti-Depressants
    • Aspirin-like drugs are 15th leading cause of death
      Optimal Wellness Center
      Posted by Herfea on June 16, 1999 at 18:49:17 PT:
      " BOSTON (Reuters) -- Aspirin and related drugs kill almost as many
      people every year as AIDS and are responsible for a "silent epidemic,"
      researchers said in an article to be released Thursday.

      Optimal Wellness Center
      "The prolonged use of high doses of inhalant corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to
      relieve symptoms of asthma, may increase the risk of cataract formation in older people.

    • Cholesterol or lipid-lowering drugs - some adverse effect
    • Desipramine hydrochloride - adverse reactions


      Optimal Wellness Center

    • Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Killing 250,000 People Every Year
      Optimal Wellness Center
      " ... 250,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

      What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a
      physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment. ..."

    • Doctors Kill More People Than Guns and Traffic Accidents Combined
      By Don Harkins; The Idaho Observer - April, 1999

      The Northern PACE Society
      Includes info on solvents. -- barb

    • Drugs That Kill Instead of Cure
      Editorial; Copyright 1998 The New York Times; April 18, 1998
      With an industry spin to it . . . I wonder how many patients killed by prescribed drugs were
      really living with MCS . . . and had his or her doctor been astute ???

      See, "Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US,
      Killing 250,000 People Every Year," above. -- barb

    • Drugs That Steal
      By Robert L. Pastore, Ph.D., CNC, CN
      Hoffman Center


    • Eli Lilly
      " Eli Lilly has been featured as one of the most unethical of all drug companies by the
      Wall Street Journal, edition of November 14, 1996. "

    • Fluoxetine - US Patent
      See Anti-Depressants, above. -- barb

      The Evolution of U.S. Drug Law
      Food and Drug Administration


    • Gentamicin
      WOBBLERS are people who have been damaged by gentamicin. Gentamicin is a very powerful aminoglycoside (antibiotic) than can have devastating side effects.


      HHS Announces Research To Improve Patient Safety
      IF our government and medical experts don't begin listening to the already chemically injured,
      I can't see that there'll be much chance of improving patient safety. -- barb


    • "Inactive" Ingredients in Pharmaceutical Products: Update (Subject Review)
      " ... Some 773 chemical agents have been approved by the Food and Drug
      Administration (FDA) for use as inactive ingredients in drug products.[2] Inasmuch as
      these compounds are classified as "inactive," no regulatory statutes require listing on
      product labeling. Pharmacopeial guidelines, enforceable under the Food, Drug, and
      Cosmetic Act, do require labeling of inactive ingredients for topical, ophthalmic, and
      parenteral preparations; orally administered products are currently exempt. Because of
      pressure from professional and consumer organizations asking the FDA to require
      complete disclosure of all ingredients, voluntary labeling was adopted by the two major
      pharmaceutical industry trade associations. These voluntary guidelines contain an
      exemption for "trade secret" components and do not require complete disclosure of all
      fragrance and flavoring ingredients. Current problems encountered with "inactive"
      ingredients include benzalkonium chloride-induced bronchospasm from antiasthmatic
      drugs, aspartame-induced headache and seizures, saccharin-induced cross-sensitivity
      reactions in children with sulfonamide allergy, benzyl alcohol toxicity in neonates
      receiving high-dose continuous infusion with preserved medications, dye-related cross-
      reactions in children with aspirin intolerance, lactose-induced diarrhea, and propylene
      glycol-induced hyperosmolality and lactic acidosis. Although many other excipients
      have been implicated in causing adverse reactions, these are the most significant in
      the pediatric population .... "


    • Information on Prescription Drugs and Medications
      Interested in learning of the side effects of some prescribed drugs? This is your site! - barb


    • Kids MD
      Medication Errors åCommon¼ in Children
      By Adam Wilkenfeld; CWK Netwo


    • Legal drugs are five times deadlier than illegal drugs, says embarrassing new study
      "WASHINGTON, DC -- Doctors kill far more people every year than drug pushers do -- a surprising
      fact that should make sensible Americans start to question the War on Drugs,
      the Libertarian Party said today...."

    • Look Out - Doctors Can Kill

    • Lotronex
      FDA warns women about side effects from irritable bowel treatment; August 25, 2000


    • Medical errors kill tens of thousands annually, panel says
      CNN; November 30, 1999


    • Medical Errors & Patient Safety
      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


    • Medical Mistakes Kill 100,000 Americans A Year

    • Medline Plus
      Drug Information "A guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by
      the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) in the USP DI® and Advice for the Patient®. "
      Two bits' worth from barb: Drug side effects, e.g., Flonaze:
      "Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
        More common
          Bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds; cough; headache; nausea; shortness of breath; vomiting
        Less common
          Diarrhea; dizziness; excessive mucus; fever; general aches and pains; loss of appetite; stomach pain; weakness; runny nose
          White patches inside nose or throat"

        Or, for a lot of fun . . . check out Prozac, which too often is prescribed for people
        exhibiting symptoms of chemical injury from synthetic fragrances, pesticides, drugs . . .
        Side effects for Prozac are near page bottom.

        Notice how so many of the side effects of just these two drugs are similar to those
        we suffer as negative side effects of fragrance chemicals. A question of the
        MCS-disbelieving mainstream medical doctors and chemical industry flacks:
        What's not to understand about our reactions to fragrance chemicals?
        -- barb

      Natural Alternatives to the Top 10 Drugs
      By Jack Challem
      Copyright © 1997 by Jack Challem, The Nutrition ReporterÅ. All rights reserved.
      "One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.
      And the ones your mother gives you don't do anything at all." - Darby Slick


    • New York Times
      Reactions to Prescribed Drugs Kill Thousands Annually, Study Finds
      By DENISE GRADY; Wednesday, April 15, 1998


    • The New Yorker
      Why have most medications never been properly tested on kids?
      by JEROME GROOPMAN; Issue of 2005-01-10; Posted 2005-01-03
      "Not long ago, a three-year-old boy fell off a jungle gym in Boston and lacerated his
      cheek. His parents rushed him to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. A nurse
      restrained the screaming boy while a surgeon cleaned his cheek and injected it with a
      small dose of bupivacaine, a local anesthetic that is widely used in adults. When the
      surgeon began to suture the wound, the child had a seizure and his blood pressure
      suddenly dropped; he was on the verge of going into shock. He was transferred to the
      intensive-care unit, where doctors tried to account for his symptoms. A CAT scan taken
      to see if the fall had caused cerebral hemorrhage showed no evidence of brain damage.

      "Maureen Strafford, a pediatric anesthesiologist and cardiologist, was paged to assist,
      and she found that the level of bupivacaine in the boy's blood was perilously high. The
      boy was intubated and placed on a respirator. He spent several days in intensive care
      before recovering from the overdose. ... "
      A friend called one evening besider herself with her then two-year old going crazy. He
      was having one tantrum after another, and was not the sweet, even-tempered child he had
      been, even earlier that day. I asked, Have you given him any drugs, OTC or prescription? Yes, he
      had an earache and I took him to the doctor and he was given ... (I cannot remember the name
      of the drug.) I suggested that she call the doctor immediately . . . turns out, her son did suffer
      an "adverse event" to what was a commonly prescribed drug. A solution to infant and young
      children's earaches could be so simple as removing all sources of scented products, including
      at daycare facilities. -- barb


    • PAL - The Prescription Access Litigation Project


    • Parents Against Pharmaceutical Advertising

    • PARENT'S INFO CENTER from Home Health Testing ®
      Specific Drugs and their Effects

      Pharmaceutical Industry

      Prednisone - commonly prescribed for severe asthma

      By Peter Montague, Editor

    • Psychiatric Drugs: Neuroleptics
      The Effects of Haldol, Prolixin, Thorazine, Mellaril, and Other "Antipsychotic" Drugs


    • Put an End to the Prescription Party "The Journal of the American Medical Association Admits Prescription Errors and
      Side Effects Cost $76 Billion a Year "


    • Public Citizen




    • Report Cites Prescription Deaths
      By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Write, WASHINGTON (AP); December 14, 1999
      "The Food and Drug Administration must find new ways to learn when Americans are injured or
      killed by prescription drugs because doctors and hospitals don't alert regulators to problems quickly
      enough, concludes a new report by a government oversight agency. ..."

    • Report cites side effects seen after drugs get OK By Lindsey Tanner; The Associated Press
      The Seattle Times; Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific


    • Seldane - Synonym: Teldane
      Terfenadine: Antihistamine

      I don't know about you, but that was a drug I was prescribed and of the 30 tablets in
      the bottle from the mid 90s, 25 are left and the bottle is in a plastic baggie for posterity.
      Actually, I keep it on hand to remind myself how stupid I was to think that drugs could
      help me with my MCS symptoms. I now use only chiropractic and acupuncture with
      prescribed Chinese herbs, and I'm doing pretty good . . . as long as I do not have to
      inhale another person's superfluous toxins in fragrances and pesticides, etc., including
      those of nurses at Kaiser Oakland. Ironically Kaiser has started asking their patients to be
      scent-free but the nurses, JUST LOVE their fragrances. I wonder how much they'd LOVE
      their fragrances if the industry had to provide FULL DISCLOSURE? -- barb

      "Adverse reactions :
      In the central nervous system; fatigue, dizziness, headache, sedation, drowsiness and nervousness.
      In the cardiovacular system; arrhythmias (with high blood levels).
      In the gastrointestinal tract; abdominal distress, nausea, dry mouth and vomiting.
      Ohers; cholestatic jaundice, rash, urticaria, cough and sore throat.
      (Kinda sounds like a reaction to other chemicals, like fragrances! Doesn't it? Have you
      all noticed the similarities with adverse reactions to drugs, which ARE recognized, and our
      adverse reactions to fragrances, which are NOT recognized by the powers that be?--barb)



    • Study: Drug reactions kill an estimated 100,000 a year
      CHICAGO (CNN); April 14, 1998; Web posted at: 10:35 p.m. EDT (0235 GMT)

      "Let's REMEMBER that nearly EVERY single person of ANY age responsible for
      perpetrating incidents of mass violence--almost always by use of a firearm--and mass
      murder in this country in the past several years has been found to have been a constant
      user of prescribed, mind-altering psychotropic drugs."



    • Top 200 prescriptions for 1999
      by Number of US Prescriptions Dispensed
      Generic name link leads to Drug Monograph information.
      Learn Brand Name, Manufacturer,Generic Name; get side effects from the links out
      under Generic Name. -- barb


    • UC Davis Medicine

      By Michael Wilkes
      "... [I]n 1985, the FDA allowed the pharmaceutical industry to advertise directly to
      the public as long as they abided by existing standards for fair and balanced reporting
      of benefits and risks. A new marketing approach was born and, with the huge
      investment from pharmaceutical companies, advertising agencies went wild
      creating effective promotions.
      And, guess what folks, during the 1980s the fragrance industry went hog wild in its efforts
      to make petrochemical derived fragrances ubiquitous. I see the fragrance industry and the drug
      industry as being part and parcel of the chemical industry's not-so-merry-go-'round. It is
      up to us to stop being dupes of the chemical industry. Purchase safer products, you just might
      notice a change in your health. The easiest way to save money on drugs is not to have to use
      them in the first place. -- barb


    • Vaccines

      Because they are fraudulently tested?
      by Robert Ryan, B.Sc.

    • Writing on the Wall
      Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute, 4/29/2002


    Cindy Duehring

    In loving memory of, and tribute to, Cindy Duehring who died the morning of June 29, 1999.
    Cindy was poisoned by pesticides about 14 years ago. Despite severe toxic poisoning, and
    resulting illnesses -- which I cannot even imagine living with -- she dedicated her life to
    providing detailed and accurate information to help others who have been chemically injured.
    Cindy will be truly missed, but her work will live on as an inspiration to us. -- barb

    Cindy was buried in Bismarck, ND, on Saturday July 3, 1999. She requested that
    donations (if any) be made to the MCS Research Fund, which CIIN intends to rename
    the Cindy Duehring Memorial Research Fund.

    P.O. Box 301
    White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645

    Voice: 406.547.2255
    Fax: 406.547.2455



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    Ecology House: House Rules.
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    EHN's homepage ehnindex.htm

    Government WWW LINKS

    Julia Kendall (1935 - 1997) leaves a legacy. Use this info in good health

    Fabric Softeners = Health Risks From Dryer Exhaust and Treated Fabrics

    Making Sense of Scents

    Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products

    The New Reactor -- the newsletter of EHN

    Petitioning the FDA

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