Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for April 23, 2006

“You get cancer by being exposed to this whole range of chemicals, often at critical periods of your development, and over a long period of time. “

Still shocked from watching Wendy Mesley’s report,  my wife and I do some more research on the toxins and carcinogens in our everyday lives. With us having a new born baby we both agree that we should be careful about the things we use and we start googling…

When our baby started on rice cereal we looked at all of the different brands and every single one had all kinds of additives. We wanted something that was just rice and nothing else but couldn’t find anything on the shelves. Because we couldn’t find anything, we decided to check at Loblaws and we they sold  their own brand of organic rice cereal. Perfect!

My wife made the decision before our daughter was born to use cloth diapers instead of disposable. We don’t make a lot of money so the cost savings were enough to justify it. As she did more and more research, she read about the danger of disposable diapers.

Chemicals in Disposables

Since your baby will spend so much time in diapers, let’s take a closer look at disposable diapers. On the market since the early 60’s, the disposable diaper changed from a plastic diaper with a lot of paper fluff to a diaper constructed of a waterproof plastic outer layer, an absorbent pad with super absorbent chemicals, and an inner liner. The super absorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, absorbs and holds fluids in the diaper. This chemical has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, can cause allergic reactions, and is lethal to cats if inhaled. Death has occurred from ingestion of just 5 grams of this chemical. Pediatric journals contain reports of this chemical sticking to babies genitals. When the baby’s skin gets wet, this super absorber can poll fluids form baby’s skin. Dioxin, the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a byproduct of bleaching paper. Even in the smallest detectable quantities, dioxin has been known to cause liver disease, immune system suppression, and genetic damage in lab animals. Dyes found in some disposables are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received reports that fragrances caused headaches, dizziness, and rashes. Problems reported to the Consumer Protection Agency include chemical burns, noxious chemical and insecticide odors, reports of babies pulling disposables apart and putting pieces of plastic into their noses and mouth, choking on tab papers and linings, plastic melting onto the skin, and ink staining the skin. Plastic tabs can also tear skin, and disposables may contain wood splinters.

In 1987, the Sunday Democrat and Chronicle published news about the new Pampers Ultra. The new gel they used caused severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting, and staph infections in babies. Employees in Pampers factories suffered from tiredness, female organ problems, slow-healing wounds and weight loss. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54% of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16% had severe rashes. A survey of Procter & Gamble’s own studies show that the incidence of diaper rash increases from 7.1 percent to 61 percent with the increased use of throwaway diapers, great for manufacturers of diaper rash medicines. Widespread diaper rash is a fairly new phenomenon that surfaced along with disposable diapers. Reasons for more rashes include allergies to chemicals, lack of air, higher temperatures because plastic retains body heat, and babies are probably changed less often because they feel dry when wet.

In her research, she came across a brand called “Nature Clean” mentioned on the baby boards as a safe alternative for cleaning products. She recognizes the name from shopping at Sobey’s so we’ll check the next time we go there. She also comes across a web site that is a “Guide to Less Toxic Products” from Nova Scotia. It lists the toxic description of everyday products and suggests alternatives.

We did our normal shopping today at Sobey’s and discover they don’t have much in the way of organics so we agree to make the extra trip to Loblaws for the organic rice cereal. My wife goes into the store and I wait in the car. She calls me from inside the store and says they have everything you can imagine in terms of organics and that I should come in too. I put the baby in the stoller and head inside. It’s ORGANIC EVERYTING! Shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and cleaning products.

I’ve decided not to go too crazy with this organic stuff but I’m concerned about the long term exposure. I’m impressed so I buy Jason shampoo and organic toothpaste. I still have my other deodorant at home so I won’t switch to organic until I’m finished. My wife buys some organic baby shampoo and laundry detergent.

Who knows if it will make a difference but I feel really good about it.

April 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 22, 2006

Managed to watch the CBC special on Wendy Mesley tonight.  The web site was great but to actually watch it was something else.

After hearing about the different theories and causes of cancer, I thought about my Uncle who died of pancreatic cancer in 1981. When my weird symptoms started, I did think of him and looked up the symtoms to see if they matched mine. They didn’t match so I moved on and I didn’t think of it again until today.

I googled the symptoms for pancreatic cancer and as I’m reading, one of them stood out.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include:

  1. Age
  2. Male gender
  3. African-American ethnicity
  4. Smoking
  5. Diets high in meat
  6. Obesity
  7. Diabetes
  8. Chronic pancreatitis has been linked, but is not known to be causal.
  9. Occupational exposure to certain pesticides, dyes, and chemicals related to gasoline.
  10. Family history
  11. Helicobacter pylori infection

My Uncle died at the young age of 46 and worked most of his life at a Shell Chemical Factory. Here’s what the web site says:

Principal activities: Shell Chemicals at Stanlow manufactures a range of petrochemicals from raw materials typically sourced either from the neighbouring refinery or from the ethylene facility at Mossmorran in Scotland (Shell:ExxonMobil JV). The petrochemical products made include: – higher olefins (intermediates for polymer, lubricant and detergent chemicals); – plasticiser and detergent alcohols (intermediates for plasticisers and for household detergents); – toluene (used, for example, in foams for furniture & bedding, artificial sports tracks, ski suits and waterproof leisurewear) – ethyl benzene (feedstock for Shell’s Styrene Monomer/Propylene oxide (SMPO) plants); – propylene (feedstock for polypropylene).

Main chemicals products manufactured Propylene, higher olefins, plasticiser alcohols, detergent alcohols, ethyl benzene, toluene. 

My uncle was a chauffeur for the Shell executives and it’s my guess that he spent a lot of his time waiting around to take them somewhere. With all of his exposure to toxic chemicals, I have to say I’m a little suspicious…

April 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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