Dry Eyes and Artificial Tears

Chronic dry eyes have been a symptom of my inhalant allergies since the beginning of their time. September 2002 to be exact. During periods of good health, I’ve had months, and once, a whole year and half without needing to use artificial tears. Lately, I’ve been using a whole pack of Bion Tears a week; these are prescribed by various doctors. They’re not a prescription medicine but for patients who need to use a lot of them and are eligible (as in on a Disability support or Aged pension), they’re on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS); they are also preservative free. I suppose, until and if the Liberals change this, Bion Tears will stay on the PBS scheme. This means I can get them at the same cost as commonly prescribed drugs. Lucky for that because I’m using so many, it costs $6 a box (30 single-use vials of tears), which is heaps less to pay out compared to the $25 a box, I’d pay if they were not on the PBS Scheme! (The way my mucosal tears are drying up, during the election, I’ll be voting for whoever leaves Bion Tears on the PBS Scheme!)

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When airing out my shoe collection over summer, musing over whose skin exactly was on my adorable set of clogs (Dog skin? How do we know… And it’s not like many people even care! However, I do, and rightfully so, feel like a shit person for owning so many pairs made from skin… ), I couldn’t get over the vegan irony of getting painfully, chronic dry eyes from trying to air out my shoe collection.

Chemicals used in the manufacture of shoes can contribute to inhalant allergies due to chemical irritants impacting on the immune system

Chemicals used in the manufacture of shoes can contribute to inhalant allergies due to chemical irritants impacting on the immune system

When this type of exposure happens (exposure to fumes while out in the sun), I lose all mucous-type tears. I’ve had the Schirmer (results are below) test for dry eyes. And I was flat out dry because even just petrochemical fumes dry and sting my eyes, whether it be coming from a new pair of shoes or the exhaust of a car, my eyes dry out and sting to the point of distraction: I just became the pain in my eyes, and that’s all I am until I get the soothing relief of Bion Tears. In 2013, I wrote about how all the symptoms first started:

Some nights, I’d wake up and, painfully, my eyelids would be stuck to my eyeballs. Excruciating! Opening my eyes felt as if there were dried paper stuck to them and just the tiny movement of attempting to open my eyelids, made it feel as though paper that had been stuck down to my eyeballs, and as I fully opened my eyes, it was being ripped off of them. It got to the point where I’d sleep with the drops under my pillow, scrambling for them on awaking. I wore dark glasses and a hat to go outside; and I avoided sunlight like a character in a modern day vampire television series. (Not only do I wear a mask out in public places, but I always, always wear a sun visor to protect my eyes from air-borne fragrance molecules in the air.)

An Eye specialist, Dr J Doug Roydhouse at Vision Eye Institute, an Eye Clinic at Footscray, Victoria, Australia, whose area of expertise was General, Cataract and Medical Retinas, did a test call a Schirmer tear test, as requested by my specialist, Dr Colin Little. The test: 0 ml in 5 ml for the left, and 0 ml in 5 ml for the right shoes how dry they are. This guy had on a shit load of aftershave, which I didn’t realise at the time, probably contributed to the test results of my eyes being as dry as a dam in an Australian drought.

These are the Results of the Schirmer Tear Test in Relation to Chemical Sensitivity:

Excuse the stain on my page; I did have a busy life with a six-and-a-half-year-old child

Excuse the stain on my page; I did have a busy life with a six-and-a-half-year-old child. 13 years later, my busy life is gone but the dry eyes remain

One of the Doctors who I saw that actually went fragrance free way back when I was tested for Sjogren’s syndrome, was Mr Neville Quinn, also an Oral Surgeon. He was pretty cool. Very gentle, with a kind nature, as I remember it. Going by my symptoms, he knew straight away that I didn’t have Sjogren’s, but ran the test as asked my specialist anyway. It’s a matter of elimination of all possible illnesses before being able to diagnose someone as sensitive to chemicals (which is not a diagnose (YET!) , nor does it have a disease code for insurance claim purposes).

Oral Surgeon

Dr Neville Quinns Contact Details:

20 Collins Street, Melbourne

03 9650 1144

Fast forward 13 years and: It’s not just with my newer shoes this happens with: any exposure to hydrocarbons, gas, BBQ smoke, wood-fire smoke, especially at close range can cause painful dry symptoms. If I breathe in freshly sprayed aftershave, the chemical irritants used in the ingredients to make that ‘fragrance’, well these dry and sting my eyes immensely. If I’m in an air-conditioned room, I fair better; if I I’m in the sun, it’s the metaphorical equivalent to holding a blow torch to my eyeballs while spritzing solvents into them. Hot weather is be a nightmare for me if I don’t stay indoors with the air-conditioning on.

I even get sick from my boyfriend if he is in a room with family and friends who are wearing hydrocarbon based products such as spray deodorants and designer fragrances that contain industrial solvents— (OH, BUT THEY ARE DESIGNER FRAGRANCES! AND, THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WOULDN’T ALLOW THEM IF THEY WERE NOT SAFE, HEY? Which just means they don’t have to take me seriously cause it’s just me being… whatever.) Dan has even had to go sleep in another room because someone has hugged him or shook his hand and the solvents haven’t come off when he showered—even though he uses our unscented soap and bicarbonate of soda. He’s musing on becoming my carer, officially, but his family (apart from one person) refuse to stop using these products around him. I’m actually so sick of it that I am crying as I write this. I’m so over trying to live a life where I am not breathing in fragrance chemicals that sting and burn my eyes—even in my own home.

(When I used to visit people, like my boyfriend’s family, I’d insist on putting the air-conditioner on in all types of weather. I know, first I ask people not to wear fragrance, then I put the air-conditioner on to keep the fragrance residue still on their hair, clothes and furnishings from outgassing—I’m not very popular anymore. I used to be, before I became this sick, complaining woman—I guess this is why I’m not able to go to family gatherings anymore? It’s just too hard. For everyone but mostly me:

Fragrance, perfume, noxious hairsprays and spray deodorants containing industrial solvents and petrochemical are far more important than family relations… Don’t you know?

I’m not really family anyway. I’m not married, and I’m not the mother of my boyfriend’s children and I’m not Macedonian and, anyway, people gossip about me in regards to the life I lived way back when… But if I didn’t have the chemical sensitivities, even if I was still just a sick woman, I think I’d be welcome at all the family gatherings, weddings, birthdays and funerals that I used to go to if I didn’t have sensitivities to fragrances. Yes, my feelings are beyond hurt. And, yeah, in case you don’t know, I’m adopted so there’s already that sense of abandonment lurking, waiting for people to freeze me out so that I can feel a sense of abandonment once again. I’ll stop where I’m going with this now… I don’t want to depress anyone; I’d much rather be of some constructive help, somehow.)

In case you don’t follow the building section of our blog: We have just wrapped our house. The 23rd of February, my birthday, was a 38 degree Celsius hot day on the Victorian Surf Coast, and we spent it wrapping the lower part of the house in Kingspan AirCell 3 in 1 Building Wrap, using a high-powered staple gun and a stanley knife. Dan did all the heavy lifting, cutting, stapling and carrying work, I just stood there in the hot dry wind holding the foil for him. I wore my sunglasses, the ones that wrap around and cover my eyes at the sides; the ones I managed to buy from OPSM (and I was able to facilitate the disability accomodations needed to get them  fragrance-free—in that they were not touched or tried on previously by people wearing fragrances!), so my eyes were protected, but my whole body dried out no matter how much water I drank. The next day I woke up feeling hungover, and we were back at it again: this time wrapping the top floor with noxious plastic wrapping. It’s clear and it’s designed to go under concrete. It’s been near on a week and my eyes are still painfully dry, reacting to all odours, chemical and natural, and I can’t drink enough water nor apply the drops fast enough before my eyeballs dry out again. (We could have paid someone to wrap the house but we need to find ways to save money; and there are no family and friends at this point in time who are able to go fragrance free by washing with our shampoo, conditioner and body wash—use our deodorant if needed—and arrive here in a car that doesn’t have a Fragrance Emitting Device (FED) spewing out fragrance chemicals all over them, and then help us with our Build and Allergy-Free, Eco-Friendly House project. If I could find a time machine, I’d go back in time and pay someone to wrap our house for sure: People go fragrance-free for money because it’s just a part of accomodating someone with a disability.)

Why Can the Symptom ‘Dry Eyes’ Happen in Regards to Allergies and Chemical Sensitivity?

Way back when I was first diagnosed as sensitive to various chemicals, mostly solvents, petrochemicals, formaldehyde and MEK in woodsmoke, fragrance and polyester, I was given a study by one of my treating doctors.

Here is the gist of it:

“The majority of dry eye symptoms are due to a chronic inflammation of the lacrimal functional unit resulting in a loss of tear film integrity and normal function. This leads to a reduction in the ability of the ocular surface to respond to environmental challenges. The underlying cause of tear film dysfunction is the alteration of tear aqueous, mucin, and lipid components. This may result from a systemic autoimmune disease or a local autoimmune event. A lack of systemic androgen support to the lacrimal gland has been shown to be a facilitative factor in the initiation of this type of pathophysiology. Tear secretion is controlled by the lacrimal functional unit consisting of the ocular surface (cornea, conjunctiva, accessory lacrimal glands, and meibomian glands), the main lacrimal gland and the interconnecting innervation. If any portion of this functional unit is compromised, lacrimal gland support to the ocular surface is impeded. Factors such as neurogenic inflammation and T cell involvement in the disease pathogenesis as well as newly developed animal models of ocular surface inflammation are discussed.”

Click here to read the rest. Or skip/read until the end of this post where I’ll insert the document as a Google Doc. Scanned it just for you xo

After I was tested for Sjogren’s syndrome,  I saw an eye specialist, Professor Justin O’day, who offered to put latex plugs into my tear ducts to stop the tears draining away.

I couldn’t even understand what was happening, I was like: “Smells are stinging my eyes… ” Trust me. This is a dumb thing to say to people. Much better to rephrase it and say, “When I breath in perfume, my eyes hurt.” Look, I had no concept that breathing in a smell containing chemical irritants could do anything other than smell nice. This is why I have such patience for people who don’t understand my condition; I just find other ways to explain it to them—or give them a doctor’s letter.

Why Does Dry Eye Happen in Regards to Chemical Sensitivity?

My Immunologist explains our reactions really well when he has time. The following is a diagram he drew for me way back (like 2002-3) when dry eyes and a headache where the worst of my symptoms (Why don’t illnesses have a stoping point where we can just freeze them, stopping them in their tracks from advancing? I could live with the dry eyes and headaches, avoiding chemicals—no problem. But these symptoms I have 12 years later are often unbearable—until they pass.):

Possible reasons: damage to the tear glands; the same things that affect the nerves could also effect tear production; infection; allergies; pollutants; perfumes; tobacco

Possible reasons: damage to the tear glands; the same things that affect the nerves could also effect tear production; infection; allergies; pollutants; perfumes; tobacco

Remember, this was at the time my illness hit, like 13 years ago. I don’t blame fragrance companies. I blame my immune system. I take full responsibly for my illness. The fragrance industry runs itself in Australia. No one gives a fuck.), I just couldn’t believe that everyday products were the culprits; especially my own. I now have many ‘chemical’ based products I use on a regular basis. They just don’t have fragrance or solvents in them. Nowadays, if I don’t go out in my car or into fragranced buildings with too many people wearing sprays, and I stay home a lot, I don’t get that sick. If someone mows and I don’t shut my windows (my neighbour won’t text me before he does it; he won’t do it even though I gave him a copy of the doctor’s letter (He’s “too busy with 3 kids under 3 to send me a text”, he said. Legally, there is nothing I can do.), not only do I get dry eyes, I get chronically ill: my lower back throbs, it hurts to breathe—along with the dry eyes.

I think I need to find a way to ask more nicely when I’m being gassed physically by chemicals medical testing has shown to impact detrimentally on the state of my health:

I can try to manage my condition with avoidance to chemicals to which I’m sensitive to but moulds are looking to be a huge problem. Pullaria drops really helped. I’d like to be able to travel to the city and get testing for some aspergilious clearing drops from my allergist but my car has mould in it due to a leaking roof. The last time I drove to the city, sitting in the back seat, air-purifier running, mask cloistered to my face, it took a week to recover, so I’ve asked to get some sent out via express post; hopefully, these will be the right clearing dose, or they’ll just go in the bag in the fridge with the other 6 bottles.

In winter, since 2012, outdoor moulds during wet weather have impacted on my health to the point of losing tolerance to foods. It makes a raw diet impossible if you’re going to have a physical reaction to the tiny amount that’s on fruit; especially fruit AND green leaves that have sweated via aspiration in the fridge or during storage before purchase. Over winter, I could only eat cooked food, mostly white (Japanese?) sweet potato (the one with the purple skin!.) and zucchini.

What I have worked out myself, is that dry eyes are only symptomatic of a collection of symptoms (body overheating, dry mouth, constipation, dry skin and, what used to be anger (trying to control or flee the situation causing it) that have now manifested as extreme tiredness where I just have to go to bed; I’m sure there is something else ‘wrong’ with me, and I’m on a search to find out because one way or the other I will find my way out of the Labyrinth of chemical sensitivities.

(I will insert the study on dry eyes later, my scanner is not working properly and my iPad won’t allow me to get the photos in to PDFs.)

 

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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  1. You are the first person with MCS to mention the painful dry eyes ! I actually had them when I first was hit by the tick and got Lyme disease and babesiosis , I hadn’t yet been poisoned for 16 months with sick building syndrome . But Lyme disease is one of the ways to get MCS like chronic fatigue syndrome . I was born with mild MCS because of the DNA testing I had done says that my liver detoxification pathways for methylation and sulfur I am missing part of the gene so already I was born with liver impairment that is not supposed to be a problem unless you are an alcoholic hard-core . I remember being at the eye doctor and them having no idea why I would be having stinging eyes , I remember how much they hurt . Somehow that symptom went away when I had the massive VOC, carbon monoxide etc. chronic exposures and all these other ones started , it’s confusing to know which ones are from lime disease and which ones are MCS . If you have Lyme disease you usually get diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and all these other weird seemingly unrelated problems – just like with MCS .

    I am so grateful that I finally got the only accurate test for Lyme disease in the United States , $200 and that doesn’t include the co-infections, and insurance doesn’t pay for it , because I couldn’t figure out why I was literally disintegrating and my mother who had the same chemical exposures wasn’t . I was the one with every MCS treatment , she had none , and she has a lot more freedom than I do . Well of course we know now that my immune system was being annihilated when we had the exposures . So hopefully by treating the bacteria and the parasite which is like malaria my body should have that burden lifted and the work I do for my MCS treatment ought to finally work .

    But the eyes were so painful and I can’t believe I forgot about that . Thank you for reminding me . It seems kind of like my vasa motor rhinitis that I have had my whole life but usually is an occupational illness , you have all the sinus problems of allergies but you don’t have allergies . Instead it’s caused by chemicals and smoke and humidity changes and hormone changes , most common in women who grew up in farmlands ( the number one way in the US to get MCS is pesticides ) who have endocrine system disorders . That to me says environmental illness . There is no treatment except to stay away from chemicals and smoke .

    There are a lot of things that I consider environmental illness if the problem can be solved by changing the environment .

    And I’m really really sorry about what you had to go through with losing all of these people and I totally know firsthand what it feels like to lose your identity and just be the difficult woman who keeps demanding her safety . But you know every single person that ignored you or made fun of it or became hostile , and they are hearing more and more in the news about different chemical or medical induced illnesses , it’s been becoming more mainstream , like chemical cleaning products will cause asthma in small children , a lot of parents know this . And all of the food sensitivities , especially with people’s children , and when you see a family who has a child with autism grocery shopping all of that child’s food is gluten-free organic etc. so eventually people are starting to make connections and the more people speak up about MCS or just feeling sick from candles for from car fumes , it can’t be ignored . So what I’m saying in this long rambling thing ( I had a really bad lime disease flair with high fevers for over a week so I’m sorry if I’m not that organized) is that every person you’ve told no matter how they responded you made it easier for the next person . I don’t know if that sort of thing makes you feel better but it makes me feel better . I guess I perfer to find some sort of meaning to my own suffering, some way that it can make things better that I never would’ve thought of so it doesn’t feel futile because a lot of the battles we lose , but when I think about how each battle educated someone even if they refuse to learn anything , the next time they hear something similar or read about it or their own grandchild has it , you did really good . When that neighbor has one of his children develop asthma and the doctors say that he cannot use any cleaning products with certain chemicals and it would be best to make his own , you never know if he will make the connection to what you experience . Or if one of those children has celiac’s and he has to worry that wherever this child goes everyone knows that , hopefully he can see the similarity .

    Or maybe I’m just idealistic .

    • Michellina van Loder says:

      No, not idealist at all. I have the same idea; in fact, it was one of the only things besides writing that kept me going through Uni: that this will be so much easier for the next person. i wasn’t the first to have chemical sensitivities at that school. They looked to the US and Canada for inspiration to create and Access Plan for me, which I’m really thankful for. I plan to go back in Feb 2017 or at least start an online class from my course so I can keep my Art Degree placement. I thrive on this shit because I’ve survived far worse than this. Reading your comment felt like you plucked thoughts out of my head.

      I think people who make the connection with what’s happening to our environment can connect with us easier than those who couldn’t give a cat’s toss on a Sunday afternoon. :)

      Thank you so much for reading and your comment. I think others will find in inspirational also.

      • Thank you! What a lovely thing to say. I don’t think we get a lot of ” free will” equally in this world , or I would be safe going outside , and we don’t get to control the biology and neurology of emotions and feelings , or even thoughts running around our brain but we can do something somehow in our response . I think that MCS would fit well with the environmental justice movement . One of the problems I found with environmentalist type people is ablism. The expectation that I can attend the meeting on a hot summer day outside sitting on the ground weeding the garden while everyone discusses the plan of action , I’m completely left out of the groups that I used to be in now that I have MCS . A lot of them seem much more concerned about chemicals in animals than they do about humans who are filled with chemicals , and I think it’s because a lot of mainstream environmentalists don’t see human beings as part of ecology or the environment , we are somehow the other and often the enemy , which is crazy because human beings are natural , we are nature , it’s going on all throughout our bodies , it’s not some wetland to be saved only . As long as there is this environment versus human beings attitude with a lot of environmentalists they aren’t going to care about human beings . Or they may use the numbers about our sicknesses which are so many in my opinion , the majority of illnesses are environmentally caused including PTSD , but they don’t do anything with their activism to help us because again there seems to be this weird division between human and environment . I made a joke but was kind of serious about having people with MCS wearing our masks or respirators doing the same positions as all of those cute polar bear families on the cards that I think the world wildlife Federation makes. Just to make the point that we are endangered , and those being harmed are not necessarily exotic and faraway , they could be your neighbor and you are the one making them endangered . But when it comes to charities if it’s human it’s really just going to go to children . And the parent awareness groups seem to be the only people in the United States fighting for so many changes because people care so much about their children and most people don’t really care about adults , when I was a child I thought I would go into activism for children because it felt like nobody cared about us and then I grew up and became ill and realized because of ableism I was now in a group even more ignored . Barely considered human , just a long list of diagnostic codes and it has been hard maintaining some sort of identity that is not just being really sick . I was drafted into this kind of activism when it really was ecology and women and children and indigenous people and poverty and psychiatric survivors I would have and were choosing before. But all of those do link to MCS , there is no single issue , but it’s hard to get groups to understand how we are so closely networked and yet not making the most of that. People with environmental illnesses are so sick and it’s so unpredictable we can’t necessarily do activism the way others do , and most environmentalists will tell me things like their chemical hair dye is organic so they are okay to visit me . Yeah, I know. They don’t understand , just like I didn’t, how toxic everything is . Or that being green is not the same as being non-toxic, I cannot have someone wearing recycled plastic near me. Anyway I keep waiting for the day when environmental groups are not afraid to be associated with MCS . Maybe some of them are so worried about people doubting that the environmental issues are real that they don’t want to complicate it with MCS . But I have found that people who think they are very environmentalist are the ones who tried to deny MCS the most and I think it’s because they feel angry that they are not safe enough to visit me , so they have their own internal guilt because they really want to think they are purists and it’s not my fault that I have a seizure because of the fancy lotion they get from the dermatologist for wrinkles . But I’ve found that a lot of environmental people especially those who feel holier than thou are very upset when my MCS which doesn’t lie says get out of this room immediately and then I’m on oxygen for half the day. But people have their own issues and in general if you look at environmental groups there aren’t any chronically ill or disabled members in the groups that are out doing things and the groups in the offices are in sick buildings , my friend is an ecologist working for a nonprofit, and he’s pretty sure his office is giving him MCS , they don’t live environmentally safe , they aren’t being like how they want the future to be and because of the government being impoverished and they have to get all their funding from corporations , and I don’t really know what corporate environmentalism is going to be but I think we’re already in it . When the people making the chemicals and destroying the rain forest and causing deforestation and dead patches in the ocean are the ones funding environmentalist groups who have to make an agenda that fits with that of the corporation , we don’t really have any environmentalist action groups . And again like I’ve said how accessible are environmental things for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. It hurts for me because I grew up with so much environmentalism and to have lost my personhood in that community because I am sick really hurt .

        Where I live it is the conservative blue-collar workers who have many different kinds of MCS without it being diagnosed and they seem to think it’s just one of those things that happens , firefighters if they live long enough usually get a form of MCS , but the more liberal wealthy people here are very uncomfortable being around these things in everyday life , they would like to send a check and have it be somewhere else , so that entire community of friends my mother lost . All of the liberal do-gooders . It’s been a really bizarre experience ! Where I would’ve thought we would’ve had support we don’t and vice versa , but that is probably good . The liberal wealthy people who are so healthy because of all their money already know about all these environmental issues , the people who are sick can learn about MCS and be more aware that it’s not a personal physical defect which is how people tend to see it up here in this very rural area. Like it’s a sign of weakness among mechanics when they finally have to quit because of MCS , but they don’t call it MCS , it’s just falling to the ground and having asthma and seizures when you go to work and eventually it happens to a lot of them . It’s really interesting to talk to people in these kinds of jobs and learn how common MCS is and they all know about it but they don’t know it’s MCS , it’s just something that goes with the job and they wouldn’t think it’s linked to what a fireman doing early-retirement has . Or what house painters get. There may be some way to network all of those “occupational dangers” so many jobs know about and just take as a eventual possibility. But that involves work and it’s hard to maintain so much work when you are so sick. Also where I live going to the doctor is even kind of a sign of weakness . It’s a pretty Calvinistic area.

        Again I’m rambling about how hard it is to network when it feels like it should be so easy ! Maybe no one wants to be associated with an illness that American doctors deny exist? I’m amazingly fortunate in having doctors who say MCS is real publicly . If I didn’t have that in writing I never could have leveraged it to get what I am owed by social services who ignored me until I wrote a lot of legal things about the Americans With Disabilities Act and MCS, reminding them that if they do not follow the ADA they will lose all of their federal funding. Suddenly people stopped hanging up on me while I was crying . It turned out there were ways I could be accommodated , but no one could figure them out when they didn’t think about it or talk to me . If I didn’t have that from doctors I would be really in a much worse position , a position that most Americans with MCS are in.

        Anyway thank you , if I didn’t keep speaking up about MCS wherever I go I would probably just give up and stay a victim . And one interesting thing is that some of my old friends that I’ve gotten in contact with , all of them artists , after learning about MCS from me realize that they have a mild form which makes total sense considering what’s in art supplies . So there’s a lot of people who have it but don’t know the name and I figure if I keep saying the name enough it might help those people too. This giant community of people who lost their jobs because “they can’t handle it anymore” who seem to be everywhere now – thanking their isolated incidents or it is just an occupational hazard of their former occupation.

        Or maybe I just keep speaking up about MCS because it somehow just makes me feel better LOL, that’s a good reason too!

  2. Thanks for sharing your story, Michellina I too have dry eyes and was diagnosed 16 years ago. After trial and error, I now use Cellufresh on prescription as I can not afford the 30+ dollars over the counter price for a box for 30 disposable droppers. They too are preservative free and supposed to mimic our real tears. I have not heard of Bion tears but pleased they are helping you. It’s horrible going through the process of diagnosis, all the specialists, the questions, the tests, but finally we arrived at a solution, for me at least. It looks like it will be a life long relationship with Cellufresh for me (pray it stays on the market) I’ve come a long way from the eyelids sticking to my eyeballs, and eyes that consistently look like I’ve been drinking due to how blood shot they would be. Air conditioning is a big one for drying out my eyes. I suffer dearly if I spend more than one hour in an air-conditioned shopping centre. I’ll be interested in reading the study when you can upload it. Your house sounds fantastic, but oh, what a lot of hard work for you both, especially since you cannot get help. I hear you with the family functions and how hurt you feel. Much love to you sista. My heart and healing vibes go out to you. Keep sharing your stories. Keep shedding light on this crazy, fucked up chemical soup we live in. We will all move towards living a healthier, happier and chemical free life – well one can hope. Sat Nam <3 x

  3. Nice post full of info and such a joy to read.I feel for you guys that have these conditions, don’t give up the fight against these chemical companies, go hard and go vegan

    • Michellina van Loder says:

      Hi, It’s not so much the chemical companies that are the problem, although we could certainly do with their help via using less medically proven chemical irritants in personal care products, especially sprays releasing air-borne molecules that impact on human immune systems and inflation caused by other diseases, it’s more so a person’s genetic make-up, personal history with chemical usage and family history, and of course if they’ve lived in WDB (water damaged building) as to whether their health is going to be impacted on by “chemicals”. For the general population, chemicals may not be ideal in all cases but they have been *proven safe*… otherwise our Australia Government wouldn’t allow them to be used, right?

      I look forward to the day when Australia follows Europe’s lead and applies the Precautionary Principle to the manufacture and release of all products before they’re allowed onto the market. The way it is now: the onus is on the public consumer to prove that these chemical-irritants are making them ill; and how in Hell’s name are we supposed to do that, hey?

      If we had the Precautionary Principle then the onus would be on ALL product manufactures to prove empirically that their chemicals and natural substances are safe for human use, especially for those of us who are immune compromised. Thanks for reading. And, yes, I am vegan xxVxx

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