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Help: Activists held at gunpoint in the Russian Arctic

Hey there,

Anyone who knows Greenpeace, or even of them, would know that they are an organisation who hold the value of peace in high esteem. So how the hell do they get accused of trying to bomb the Russians? Is it a lie? A bullying tactic by another Big Corporation to get their own way? A stand over tactic? Perhaps it’s all three, my dear fellow bloggers.

In case you haven’t heard, Greenpeace staged a protest against Arctic oil drilling on the Gazprom platform, Prirazlomnaya, in the Pechora Sea off the Russian coast. As part of this protest, and to shield the activists from things like water cannons, Greenpeace International carried a ‘safety pod’ to the Gazprom platform.

Russian media reports that Gazprom described the pod as ‘resembling a bomb’. The pod measures 3 meters long x 2 meters wide (about the size of a Mini), is painted in bright colours, and was made following a public competition.

Clearly this is ludicrous. The pod is a big foam tube. Non-violence has been enshrined at the core of Greenpeace for more than 40 years. We engage in peaceful protests to expose environmental crimes. We posed no safety threat.

The same, however, cannot be said for the Russian Coast Guard, whose vessel fired 11 warning shots over the Arctic Sunrise on Wednesday as it demanded to board our ship.

This here, is the supposed bomb. And, yes, it is a pod. Here, Ben Ayiffe, an ornithologist, who has worked on many Greenpeace issues and is head of the Arctic oil campaign, is inside the pod, showing us what it does.

Once again, Greenpeace need our support; and I’m sure you will all be happy to sign the petition below. Please read on…

On 20 September the Russian Coast Guard illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise while in international waters and arrested 30 activists on board at gunpoint.  The activists were protesting Arctic oil drilling on the Gazprom platform, Prirazlomnaya, in the Pechora Sea off the Russian coast.

Alex Harris, a staff member from our Sydney office, and Colin Russell, an Australian radio operator, bravely locked themselves in the ship’s radio room to keep communications open before they were rounded up with the rest of the crew.

Right now, all around the world, hundreds of supporters are flooding the streets outside the Russian embassies in their countries, to demand the release of the people who put their bodies on the line to protect the Arctic from oil destruction.

We are demanding the urgent release of all activists, the immediate withdrawal of the Coast Guard from our ship, and an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.

Together let’s show we are stronger than those who want to destroy the Arctic, and will not be intimidated into silence.

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UPDATE

It’s been more than three days since we last had contact with the crew on board the Arctic Sunrise. It appears the Russian Coast Guard is still holding our activists on board under armed guard.
I can’t stress enough how urgent it is to get as many people as possible to email the Russian Ambassador to Australia demanding our activists be immediately released.

Please send your message to the Russian Ambassador now.

TAKE ACTION

Like you, I’m incredibly concerned for their well being. Together we’ve sent 300,000 messages to help set them free. Dozens of protests are taking place at Russian embassies and consulates around the world.
It takes a moment to join in this growing global outcry to help free the Arctic Sunrise crew. Add your voice: www.greenpeace.org/FreeOurActivists

MORE LINKS AND INFORMATION 

Greenpeace International responds to allegations from Russian authorities

Russia Says Greenpeace Crew Could Face Criminal Charges

Abundant Corals Discovered at Shell’s Chukchi Drill Site

“Discovering abundant corals in the Arctic waters right where Shell plans to drill this summer shows just how little is known about this fragile and unique region. Melting sea ice is not an invitation for offshore drilling in the Arctic, it’s a warning that this pristine environment should be protected and dedicated to science,” said John Hocevar, marine biologist and Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA.”

Washington Post: Greenpeace finds deep-sea corals on Shell’s Arctic drill site

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Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

How to Get a Shop Assistant’s Assistance Without Going Into the Shop

Sometimes, there are essential items just waiting for us, sitting on shelves inside buildings that are impossible to access. This is most commonly true when it comes to accessing Australian pharmacies that dispense medications and medical items, and sell personal care products: it’s the fragrances that are the problem. (Ironic isn’t it? Going to get medical items causes you to get sick?!)

I know, getting sick while trying to cash a prescription prescribed to you so that you don’t get sick, or that is to help you with pain, is just plain butt-naked, cruel irony.

Most ‘designer’ fragrances are kept guarded behind an impenetrable wall of glass, locked up like the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum (but without the alarms)! Yes, their prices are high but it’s the status of wearing them that is valuable–to some. Designer or fake, it makes no difference because they all contain solvents and petrochemicals and whatever else is hidden behind that controversial and contentious term, ‘fragrance’.

However, due to lack of monetary value, the fake Dior, Armani and Brittany Spears bottles line the shelves; testers positioned prominently and imminently, just daring shoppers to seize a free spritz (or drench) of ‘pretend status value’. Or for the really time–and money–poor, perhaps, they can don a few short bursts of each, in the hope of skipping their next shower. Because, *hey*, no-one will be able to smell yesterday’s and today’s BO, nor will they smell the le-undouched-smelly arse odour. Or will they? (I mean, if a person’s immune system is fully misfiring and they have a heightened sense of smell, well, they are going to be able to smell EVERYTHING!)

Consequences abound for canaries, and the immune compromised: these free testers make it inhumanely difficult to access the services we so direly need such as trisalts, pain medication, sinus medication, various steroidal medications, eczema creams, eye drops and whatever else it is our doctors, specialists or natural therapists prescribe. Another consequence is that we sometimes have to go without. And, then there is the amount of time spent trying to find the right pharmacy who have ‘non fragranced’ staff available to make up our prescription without getting fragrance on it (or in as in the case of compounding medicines (those that are made to a physicians specifications, or rather, recipe)), or getting fragrance in it: light years beyond cruel irony.

Try finding a pharmacy that does not sell fragrances? Try finding one that doesn’t have testers out on display? It’s a fucking minefield of women, men and free range children, spraying testers out onto their necks and into the air beyond. While the unsuspecting trample past through chemical molecules floating through the air.

A man who suffered with chemical sensitivities had to walk this exact fragranced conundrum. Admirably, he took his problem to the Australian Human Rights Commission:

“A man who has adverse reactions to perfumes complained that he was unable to access his local pharmacy because of fragrances, in particular near the checkout area. The matter was settled when the pharmacy chain agreed to develop a system of zones in its premises including fragrance free aisles, and a home delivery service.”

If you cannot access a pharmacy because of fragrances, here are some other things you can do:
  • If you need items that are nonprescription, then phone from home and ask if they can post your items out. However, depending on your postcode, you will be waiting 2-5 days, possibly more.

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  • Stand outside, call the phone number on the outside of the shop, then ask the assistant to come outside to fill your scripts… For newly chemically sensitive people, often, this is the first thing they try, only to end up standing there, feeling like a mongoose wearing a mink coat mask in summer, because the whole caper is a symptom-inducing-futile experience. Earnestly, even though they are avoiding the fragrance chemicals inside the shop, the chemicals– from the traffic fumes and fragrance wearing passersbys–outside the shop can bring on debilitating symptoms. Ergo, for people moderately or severely sensitive, an experience like this can severely impact on their health, taking them days, or even weeks to recover.

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  • Stay at home, phone in and ask if they can “please take your order over the phone”. This can work for non-prescription items like Trisalts but for scripts, you will need to have visited there at least once so that they can access your information and know that you are who you say you are. You could post the prescription in, or if it’s possible you could have your doctor fax it in, then he/she could post the original in later: this option usually takes prearrangement and a pharmacy and health professional willing to do this (trust is huge factor).

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  • If you have a car, drive to the pharmacy, phone them and ask the assistant to come out to your car. Forget about this if your script is for any kind of pain relieving medication; we no longer live in that kind of world: they may peg you for a junkie who wants to rob them.

 

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  • Wait until someone you know (who doesn’t use fragrance) can go in as your ‘agent’ and pick up your items

 

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  • Any of the above may work for items like make-up bags, heating pads or fragrance free personal care items. (Hint: if buying something like these, it may be best to ask for something that has been kept out back, or at least, is still wrapped in its plastic. Yes, fragrances, by their very nature, are shared, but not only that, the molecules land on everything that’s in their vicinity. If your purchase has been in the shop for a while, you could be airing it out for twice that amount of time, or end up giving it away to charity because the fragrance chemicals may never air out.)

 

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  • You can call and ask if they have the particular item(s) you need.

 

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  • Next, ask if it’s stored near the fragrance testers. (Explain that breathing in, or/and touching fragrance causes you to have health problems. Then ask “could they please do you a favour?” But first, you need to find out if they are wearing any fragrance or any aerosol types of products, if so, then ask if you could ‘please’ have another assistant who is not wearing these. (If they have no-one available, thank them kindly, hang up and find another pharmacy. (*Don’t feel like an nincompoop. Hey, you just planted a tiny seed of awareness in someone’s head.*)))

 

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  • If they do have the item that you need, ask them to sniff it and see if it’s got any fragrance on it. It’s a dumb thing to ask, seriously, everyone’s perception is different, and if fragrance is not acting as an irritant to the person’s immune system, then it may or may not be noticeable, and if it is, it will be “only a tiny bit; and actually, it’s a *nice smelling one. Not one of those cheap yucky ones!” Once you’ve found the item you need, ask them to take a photo of it (or a selection of photos of different colours and/or styles), and text it to your phone. After, you’ve decided, ask the shop assistant to wrap it in a plastic, or preferably, put it into a paper bag, ready for you or your carer to pick up later. At this point, you may have to pay, by credit or direct debit card, over the phone.

 

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Photos of Personal Care Product Travel Bags, Texted to Me By a Shop Assistant

Photos of Personal Care Product Travel Bags, Texted to Me By a Shop Assistant

The Big One with the Handle is the One I Chose

The Big One with the Handle is the One that I Chose

These are just some ways that you can get your items from shops. Of course, the easiest way is to order online. But staff still need to be made aware of the fragrance issue. You, like me, can slowly chip away, creating awareness, or you can do what this man did:

“A man who stated that he has sensitivities to a range of chemicals complained that a retail shop was inaccessible to him because of strong fragrances worn by checkout staff. The matter was settled without admission of liability when the store agreed to request staff to avoid strong fragrances, and to raise with its departments issues of use of the least toxic paints, glues and building materials available, non-allergenic carpeting, and warnings when toxic materials were present.”

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Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Imagine How This Feels…

A while back, I came across this post.

A part of this woman’s life mirrors of my own. It’s freaky, actually. I admire her bravery and tenacity; but most of all, I admire her artistic merit. Her blog is full of creative insight. Seriously, you must visit. Just click here.

“I don’t know if there was an initial exposure that started this sensitivity, but I wasn’t always sensitive.  It started in my mid-twenties with a few perfumes and gradually escalated over the years to the point where low level exposures or even one whiff of a certain fragrance will make me very ill.  Right now, given that the “why” is unknown, the “why” to me is not as important as the fact than “I am” sensitive and need to make significant adjustments in my life and choose my health.  Other health issues themselves are already isolating enough, but fragrance and chemical sensitivities make it even worse.  This problem affects many decisions I make, and my social life is very limited.  Some of the decisions I’m faced with frequently are:

  • What products I buy – from household cleaning products to soaps, lotions, makeup, etc.  They need to be “fragrance free” or “unscented.”
  • What stores, restaurants or other establishments I visit – Will there be air fresheners, scented candles, or too many fragranced people?
  • What public events I attend – Is it indoors or outdoors?  Outdoors is better with fresh air.  In the last few years, I haven’t been able to attend events that I enjoy, like family get-togethers, ballets, musicals, concerts, parties.
  • What volunteer or other community service activities I get involved in.
  • Who I can be around and who I can socialize with – Will they be wearing fragranced products around me?
  • Whose car I ride in.
  • Who rides in our cars – Hubby has had to “de-fragrance” our vehicle when people wearing fragrances have ridden with him.
  • Whose home I visit – Do they apply perfume, use air fresheners or other scented products?
  • Who can enter my home – I have to be strict about who enters where I live.  It is the only place where we can make it safe for my condition.  Fragrances, especially many scented laundry products these days leave lingering fragrances, especially in upholstery, for several days or weeks.  Sometimes I have to leave my home and stay with my mother while hubby “de-fragrances” it.
  • What home projects hubby can work on and when – Most likely I will have to leave the house if chemicals are involved.
  • When I can go outside –Smells from fragranced laundry products emitted from neighborhood dryer vents trigger a reaction.
  • Who my “true” friends are – True and caring friends will help you.  They will be considerate, respectful and nonjudgmental of your sensitivities if they value a relationship with you.

Chemical and fragrance sensitivities is a growing problem, and it is concerning to me to learn about the types of ingredients that make up many fragrances these days.  I will post more about this later.  Over ten years ago when I was searching the Internet for information and resources, I came across only a couple of websites with passing mentions of the problem.  Now, when you Google “fragrance sensitivity,” “chemical sensitivity,” “multiple chemical sensitivity” etc., there seems to be endless hits.”

And then she linked to my blog.

It’s something I could have written myself. When I recovered. Before I moved into the Mouldy House of Horrors. However, now I hope to be able to get to that state where “de-fragrancing something might be even possible”. Even though, I know it’s not the de-fragrancing, but the recovery of the immune system that makes us less sensitive to the fragrance, which in turn, then allows us to de-fragrance items because our bodies can better handle the minute amounts left after washing things *4-5 times!*

My life is like this at the moment: if someone touches something of mine while wearing actual sprayed on fragrance chemicals, well then, I have to chuck it out (you know, give it to charity or a friend or something…). My only other choice is to leave it out on the washing line until the sun fades it, which makes it useless (for wearing) anyway.

It’s unfair, the way fragrance adheres to material possessions, totally wrecking them. Unfair in a first-world-problem type of unfair. (I mean, at least we have clean water to wash our clothes? Image being chemically sensitive in a third world country? Kind of puts things into perspective, hey?) But what’s even more unjust than this first world chemically sensitive mindfuck is that the chemicals in fragrance wreck havoc with our immune systems, leaving us sick—in various ways—sometimes for days. And, what’s really fucked up, and an injustice on our government’s part (for not creating awareness of this issue), is the viscosity of damage that seeps its way into some of our, already fragile, relationships, flooding them with animosity, destroying any semblance of hope of them ever being repaired—or saved.

We all know that family issues can be complicated. But if you’re not chemically sensitive, then just imagine your most difficult or distantly distant relative (or extended family member), and then imagine asking them not to wear fragrance to the next family function. Or, imagine asking all of them. The ones you get along with, the ones you don’t, and ones who you know secretly harbour fantasies of you accidentally slipping—or being hit in the back of the head with a shovel so that you fucking fall down—off a cliff.

Now imagine them just ignoring you, and sitting there all smug, and all self-righteous in their cloud of Armani or Dior… Knowing that they know it makes you ill. Imagine how that would feel on an emotional level? Then imagine it on the physical level, which in my case would be swollen eyelids; dry eyes, from lack of tears; burning, dry nostrils; a hot stinging rash on my face; a tight chest, along with pain breathing? And if I left the function, and showered straight away, I could recover the next day; however, if I stayed, say out of obligation to the person whose birthday/wedding/whatever it was, then it may take me days (or a week) to get over the inflammation, and fatigue part of it.

Later, when I, or people who love me, explain it to that particular person, and the le-douche-da-smelly-arse fragrance wearer says: “It’s my right to wear whatever I please.” Imagine how that feels? (Yeh, I know, think back to the smoker’s ‘rights’ in the ’80’s! Caused by companies who were paid to ‘doubt monger’.)

Now, imagine the psychological anxiety caused by anticipating seeing that person? Especially, when, yes, again they have been asked, and there is a hint of expectation for just a modicum of respect for my human right to breathe; oh, and the high-held aspirations for our relationship to grow; and the desperation for them to just bloody get it right and care about my health: all this, and more problems (think arguments, glasses breaking) leading up to the event?

Of course it’s all bloody doomed! (If I feel like that, then I don’t go… anymore.)

If people can be so attached to their designer perfumes, and become so offended when asked to “please not wear it” because its effecting our health, how is it that they can’t understand that it’s not the ‘smell’ of their Aftershave (or French Parfum) but the Bloody, God Damned ‘Chemicals‘ used in the manufacturing of the contents of that prestigious, shiny, sparkling bottle they egotistically spray out from each day? (In my case I’m venting about people I no longer, or hardly see. Because of the ‘Fragrance Issue’.)

Because even though I’ve been so much better lately, there are parts of this life that are still full of things I must do, organise, plan, buy, wash, air, or investigate just to get by. It’s necessary for survival. And they take up a lot of time. Many of those objects on the list end up as failures because I can’t have them near me. And that makes me tired.

With material possessions, it can be disappointing to find that they can never come into the house. But it’s the human failures that I try to ‘fix’, and finding I can’t, that really frustrates the fucktard out of me… Especially where extended family, immediate family, and friends are concerned. I’m so close to heading into isolation because of this. (No, not heading out bush. I’m already an hour and a half drive away, living out near the ocean. Just being assertive and saying (in metaphorical terms), “Look, just fuck off!” but in my usual diplomatic, yet blunt way… “Look, just fuck off!”)

I know, I really shouldn’t complain…

Because, yes, I’ve been so, so lucky with my classes at Uni. All of them were fragrance free this year apart from one where I had to leave and go to the perfume free room in the library (it’s no biggie; it’s a lovely room). Approximately 43 people helped make my classes fragrance chemical free for the first semester of 2013. My dentist, my doctor, one of my councils (I live on the border of two), my neighbours, my real estate agent, the owners of the house that I rent, they’ve all understood and made accommodations for me (not just with fragrance, but with notification of lawn mowing, spraying, painting and burning off too).

My daughter’s 18th Birthday turned out to be a fragrance free event. Some of the above needed a lot of negotiation but it’s worth it when the end result is positive. And I’ve learnt some really good people skills out of this. It’s turned out that organising places, people and appointments to be/go fragrance free is turning into a talent. I’m getting really good at it. No, isolation is not an option. I’m here to stay; I just need to be judicious about my choices.

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But in my home-life? Where some people just don’t get ‘it’; it can be so frustrating, I could throw darts at people as they walk up my driveway. Repeatedly. Luckily, if I feel like that, I ask people not to visit, to just leave me alone for the weekend. Like one of the last long weekends we had. It was the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and I asked the people who are the closest to me, to not to come up. I hadn’t been well the last couple of weeks leading up to it; and having just recovered, I asked them not to come stay because of the possibility of fragrances on their clothes (and who knows what else).

That way I could breathe without pain or other symptoms that can be bought on by fragrances getting on my furniture and in my house. Fragrances that come from them being in a relative’s car or home that has fragrance chemical emitting devices (not from them actually wearing it).

Then there are the ones that wear it everyday. I try to educate, and explain to all of them that I really need to avoid chemical exposures so that I can get better. I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again. But by the looks of things, and the symptoms bought on by breathing these chemicals, I may have to isolate myself from some people. (It’s five to six people. Two of them don’t use any fragrance products (they care about me that much!) yet the rest use so much that it gets all over everyone else and every possession they have with them: spray deodorants, hairspray, gels, shampoos and conditioners, aftershave; and then there are the fragrance emitting devices in the cars and the homes and the washing powders and the fabric softeners (which absolutely wreck me).

I keep a change of clothes for some people when they visit but some of them resent that (or something?) and the situation becomes fraught with difficulty. Oh, and I buy so many fragrance free products as gifts, so people have no excuse. Yet… It’s a minefield of human sensibilities. One step wrong. One conversation while on the back foot of chronic pain: BOOM! Another relationship destroyed. I’m learning, I truly am.

I’ve persuaded others to change washing powders (that was a long drawn out decade-long battle, which I may blog about another time), and I’ve had the person who does my grocery shopping buy replacement fabric softeners that contain essential oils instead for family members. (Not that I can use these myself but at least they don’t cripple me with chronic pain in my lower back on breathing in the ‘chemical components’ of the ‘scent’!) But just trying to control others who I have no control over is exhausting!!! (In Edit one at VU, we learnt that using more then one exclamation mark generally means that the person is hysterical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Lately though it’s wearing me down. I can’t be bothered. If people don’t want to do it. Why should I beg, plead, bribe, gift, show doctor’s letters (to friends and family, really?) and stress out about their visits? It’s been four months since I’ve visited any of these ‘contentiously impossible’ people. Fuck, I get so sick when in their houses. I get so sick when my family members visit them, then come and stand in the same room as me, forgetting to change their clothes before coming in. If the same chemicals that are in cigarettes are also in fragrances, then where is the education about that?

I’m constantly trying to educate people.

And, yes, some times I lose it. In a bad way. Is that the control freak exploding within? Or is it just the last method, after trying many others, to get my message across? Exploding can damage relationships; but the act of exploding can also show people who love you that something has to change. But it doesn’t feel healthy because my heart feels broken if said ignorant behaviour does not change. And I guess that makes me the bad guy too. (Anthony Robbins, of all people, once said that “the person is not the behaviour”, and I try to remember that. I do.I guess that also means that the person is not the illness? And that when I explode it’s not the true me? It’s just me on the peripheral of my emotions, trying to gain control over a situation I have no control over. No, that last part is a cop-out. Of course I’m in control, when I’m in control.)

Ultimately, ultimatums can be good. If people really love me, or if they really care, then they have to change their behaviour…

Solutions to Family Members Wearing Second-hand Fragrance

Wearing a mask out in public is not fun. It can be embarrassing, at times, because it can be embarrassing for others—depending on who I’m with—and if embarrasses them, then that makes me feel that way too. If the people who I’m with don’t care, then I don’t care; I’m just happy to be out doing something ‘normal’. But in my own home, I don’t wear a mask. And I don’t expect people to walk in while wearing fragrance (I reiterate: usually second hand fragrance (from visiting someone or somewhere where there is fragrance in the air) that has adhered to their clothes) but it does happen.

One solution: We have plastic boxes with lids in our house. Clothes that are worn out to fragranced houses or supermarkets, fragranced buildings, or weddings, or other social gatherings, get folded up and put in here (later they are washed, re-worn or aired). Then, we have ‘clean’ clothes that are only to be worn in our house or if we go somewhere in the car together. (Makes for a lot of washing, sorting, airing, folding and policing!)

Another solution: We all have clothes that we have agreed are going out clothes. These are our good clothes that live in a state of perpetual ‘airing’ on a clothes rack, in between washes. Family members leave their clothes outside, then bring them in and put them on the rack. I’ve found that wearing the same clothes to three different places, appointments, classes, or shop for the whole week, saves on washing. If it’s an emergency appointment, like at my daughter’s school, and I’m sitting in a room with people wearing fragrance, then those clothes will be washed straight away, or left outside until they can be.

These are rules. If people can’t abide by them, fuck is the general direction they can head off to. It is a clear boundary that has been drawn up by circumstance. Sometimes this boundary breaks my heart, I don’t have a choice about getting sick. And after living two years of chronic pain in that house, and now that I’m on the mend, this matter of avoiding fragrance exposure is serious business. And, as sad as that is, I have to do whatever it takes… Even if I do internally combust from time to time :)

My advice to others going through fragrance tribulations with friends and family.

    • Push on. Gently.
    • Educate (If you are in Australia, AESSRA have some great brochures that tell it like it is (Order 50, give them out to everyone!).)
    • Set up boundaries.
    • Expect people to cross them by either forgetting or not giving a cat’s toss (if you expect it, then you can rehearse what you will say).
    • Set ultimatums.
    • Be prepared to get hurt; but also be prepared to be surprised just how kind some people can be: this physical condition that echoes it’s own social conditions will show you how people truly feel about you.
    • Keep pushing; don’t give up. You have the right to breathe without getting ill.
    • Face the hard cold fact that you may have to choose between getting ill or not seeing people you care about. And if it turns out that it’s the latter, then you just might be better off because you won’t be sick, you’ll respect yourself for caring enough about your own health to speak up or take appropriate action (or in-action), and who knows? They may just feel the appropriate amount of guilt to come back to you.
    • If you lose it and find yourself exploding and screaming at people you love, don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes people need to hear the truth. Really. Loud. Sure, there are better ways. However, screaming is a natural response to pain and there’s only so long  a person can sit quietly and politely through pain. (Screaming will reduce your psychological stress. Trust me… )

Ultimatums have a way of forcing others to change their behaviour. After all, they are not their behaviour. They are not that designer fragrance that they wear. No matter how much advertisers tell them they are.

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What have you done lately to persuade someone to change their behaviour? Do you have any methods you’d like to share? Do you sometimes prefer to be alone rather than have your health harmed by breathing in other’s air-borne fragrance products?

(Featured image from www.freeimageslive.co.uk/image )

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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