Healthcare and Synthetic Fragrance Do Not Mix

February 6, 2019 permadeva Uncategorized

They say, “a little knowledge is dangerous,” but they also say that, “knowledge is power.”  The issue of synthetic fragrance sensitivity, especially in the healthcare industry, is one that has gone overlooked for far too long!  We say synthetic because it needs to be understood and established once and for all that it’s the petrochemical-produced scented products, i.e. cosmetics, scented candles, time-released deodorizer plug-ins, everyday detergent ad nauseam that  contain  phthalates, known endocrine disruptors that do most of the damage.  Being a fragrance-free family and household, not-to-mention victims of the damage that these disruptors cause, we are able to speak from first-hand experience. 

It’s a travesty that with information available through credible sources like WebMD, CNN, and Huffington Post, to name a few, that this issue is not taken more seriously, especially in healthcare facilities, and after you read some of these articles and the suspected connection between these products and neurological impairments, such as those found in Autism Spectrum Disorders, you can’t help wondering why can’t there be fragrance-free healthcare facilities.  In the U.S., the ADA recognizes chemical sensitivity as a legitimate claim and disability and affords every citizen the right to request reasonable accommodations when it comes to healthcare appointments.  There are some who comply with these requests and others take the easy way out, trivializing it, and claim they cannot provide a scent-free facility and are not willing to ask their healthcare staff from refraining from wearing or using anything that may trigger a reaction in the patient.  You should not have to walk out of  an appointment because someone failed to provide you with reasonable accommodations for your disability because of their selfishness. That is just wrong. This unwillingness to accommodate our disability has created tremendous barriers to us in healthcare.  However, there are also facilities that do take the issue very seriously, such as Samaritan Health in Oregon that have strict staff policies and will and have provided reasonable accommodation for their patients. For the reader who is hurried, we suggest you watch the video below by Dr. Gloria Gilbere, a foremost world renown expert on the subject.

Healthcare facilities are not the only ones who recognize how serious an issue this is.  In 2009, The U.S. CDC issued a statement regarding fragrance-free policies in all of their facilities and recommended guidelines for businesses:  “Personal care products (e.g. colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented skin and hair products) should not be applied at or near actual workstations, restrooms, or anywhere in CDC owned or leased buildings.”  It is truly hypocritical when you consider that all healthcare facilities in the United States abide by CDC established rules and policies and yet this one guideline is completely overlooked due to ignorance.  After you read some of the citations on this issue and the suspected connection with neurological impairment you will either be bewildered, outraged, or just not care about how seriously this issue needs to be addressed.  If you were not outraged before you read this post, then you just aren’t paying attention to how bad this issue is in everyday situations and lucky you!


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