Tips for dealing with Mould
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Glossary: EI: Environmental Illness, MCS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, EHS/ ES: Electro-Hypersensitivity
Mould sensitivity can cause a whole variety of symptoms from wheezing and asthma to depression, rhinitis (running nose) and joint pain. With the wet weather we've been having recently, the mould spores will be worse, causing symptoms similar to hayfever. Look around your house for visible signs of black moulds. Check window seals, kitchens (check the fridge/ freezer door), and behind large pieces of furniture, especially if they are on an outside wall. Use borax powder (not borax substitute) mixed with a little water to scrub it away. If you're mould-sensitive wear a face mask and ventilate the room as scrubbing the affected areas will release mould spores into the air. 1. Make sure your kitchen bin has a lid and put it in a cupboard e.g. under the sink.2. Keep compost buckets outside, not on kitchen worktops. 3. Keep rooms warm and dry so mould is less likely to grow. Keep wet areas like bathrooms well ventilated - open the window after showering. 4. If you have to dry clothes indoors consider investing in a dehumidifier, or open the windows and regularly wipe down walls and furniture to reduce mould spores. 5. If you are very sensitive make sure nothing stays wet for more than 48 hours including cloths, mops, floors and clothes.
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Ingredients in sunscreens should not be irritating or cause skin allergiTes, and sunscreen products should be able to withstand powerful UV radiation without losing their effectiveness or forming possibly harmful breakdown products. People could inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so ingredients must not be harmful to lungs or internal organs. In recent FDA testing, all non-mineral sunscreen chemicals absorbed into the body could be measured in blood after just a single use, and many sunscreen ingredients have been detected in breast milk and urine samples.
Active ingredients in sunscreens function as either mineral or chemical UV filters that keep harmful rays from the skin. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. The most common sunscreens contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.
Tips foWhen the FDA began to consider sunscreen safety, it used active ingredients from the late 1970s without reviewing the evidence of their potential hazards. In February 2019, the agency released its final draft sunscreens monograph, which contains insufficient health and safety data to designate 12 of the 16 sunscreen filters allowed for use in the U.S. as “generally recognized as safe and effective,” or GRASE. These 12 ingredients include some of the most commonly used UV filters, including oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone.
According to the agency, “nearly all of these sunscreen active ingredients have limited or no data characterizing their absorption.” In 2019 and 2020, the FDA published two studies showing that the ingredients oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone are all systemically absorbed into the body after a single use (Matta 2019, Matta 2020). The FDA also found that the sunscreen ingredients could be detected on the skin and in blood weeks after application ended (Matta 2020).
These findings are troubling, because they show that sunscreen chemicals are circulating in the blood, and the FDA has indicated that the agency does not have enough information to determine whether the chemicals are causing harm. The 2019 proposal from the FDA also concluded that the risks of using aminobenzoic acid, or PABA, and trolamine salicylate outweigh their benefits, and it proposed classifying them as unsafe. The FDA-proposed monograph gave the GRASE designation to just two active sunscreen ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
One of our subscriber's has been instrumental in changing Balerno's spraying of pesticides. In this recent article, first published in the Edinburgh evening news, it shows how volunteers are getting involved in getting rid of the weeds.
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