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    The Harmful Effects of Fragrance

    Fragrance, parfum, perfume, cologne, eau de toilette, scent.  Call it what you want.  I prefer “chemical $h!tstorm,” for the sake of transparency. Fragrance = unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals, and environmental toxicants. Air fresheners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, disinfectants, dish detergents, all-purpose cleaners, scented candles, wax melts, fake essential oils, sunscreen, soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, cosmetics, deodorants, wipes, shampoos, conditioners… A single fragrance in a product can contain a mixture of hundreds of chemicals. A survey of selected scented consumer goods showed the products emitted more than 100 VOCs; some are classified as toxic or hazardous by federal laws. Even…

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    MY STORY

    Almost fifteen years ago, I learned a hard but invaluable lesson. While trying to restore my health, I found that no matter how many doctors or specialists I saw, not a single one of them was as invested in my health as I was. That was some hard truth. My story went like this: prescription, side-effects, a new set of symptoms, new prescription… THIS. IS. ABSURDITY. However, it took me years to see that. Once that realization finally did set in, I wanted answers. Real answers – outside of, “manage your symptoms”. What a wild ride. Over the course of a decade, I had the privilege of meeting with some…