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Allergy relief for hives

A problem with *hives[]was the driving factor for Shelly Sanders Greer to find cleaners that wouldn't make her break out. She'd had hives for years and wanted to get to the root cause of them. She tried doctor's appointments and medications, but she wanted allergy relief without drugs. Her research led her to some shocking findings, including a study from the Labour Environmental Alliance Society in Vancouver that stated chemicals in cleansers have been linked to serious health conditions, including headaches, asthma, internal organ damage and a depressed immune system.

That wasn't all she found. In fact, the World Health Organization believes that as many as 4 out of 5 cancers are related to environmental factors.

We aren't as protected as we think, either. Many common home cleaners contain phenol, which is known to cause skin irritations. There's no legislation forcing companies to remove it from their products. There's also no legislation requiring companies to list all ingredients in cleaning and household products, so if phenol is in your cleanser, you might never know.

Sanders Greer decided to get a medical perspective on her hives, and the reasons for them. She wanted to know if avoiding cleansers might work. Dr. Susan Wasserman, the president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, was unable to give her a definitive answer. Dr. Wasserman said, "It's frustrating because you think there must be something causing hives and we can't prove what it is." In fact, Wasserman says that training in the treatment of allergy is generally under-taught.

Sanders Greer decided to get rid of all her conventional cleaning products and go to allergy products for all of her cleaning needs. She chose cleaning products such as those from Seventh Generation, Biovert and Nature Clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and are free of chlorine, petroleum or petroleum by-products and ammonia. Choosing products without petroleum is important for the environment as they cause less pollution.

When doing laundry, Sanders Greer stays away from products with optical brighteners, which are fluorescent chemicals that are not biodegradable and may be extremely toxic to wildlife. How are Sanders Greer's hives? They've gone away.

April 28, 2007

Source: The Toronto Star

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