Awareness Weeks and Months

That are in the US that are neurologically, environmentally, or sensory effected ONLY. 

 

I though some of you might benefit from this. I may not follow it, in when I share stuff though. 


April May and October have the most going on 


January LD’s.  Transferred here. 


February OCD a week only. Other blog then recover/ prep. 


March 

Brain Injuries may move to the other blog 

Nutrition month other blog the GAPS diet is introduced  on this one. 

 

April – 

ASD or Autism Spectrum conditions April 

IBS. Month, I add other food related non diabetic or specific diet issues. 

Roscia. Transferred to the summer 

Sojourner’s Syndrome an autoimmune disorder   Changing too August.

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, ,  

Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day,   Other blog may become a week for me


May

MCS- and Environmental illness.    

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, next yr 

Brain Tumor Action Week, next yr other blog 

Blood Cancer Advocacy Day.next yr other blog? 

Better Sleep Month, May not include on this blog

Celiac disease is May. Both blogs. The food part only is on this one 

Mental health month switching too December with the depression focus too for special populations only. 

 


June

All the following covered on my next blog except the last. 

National Cancer Survivors Day,  

Young Adult Cancer awareness week moved from April 

I create Sleep month transferred here and (Other blog)

neuropathy 

1 week sleep too much 

1 week sleep too little 

1 week difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. 

1 week other sleep challenges. Or possibly just an overview of week 1-3 to stay on the topic of sensory issues. 

PTSD 27 th is the awareness day. I’ll make it into a week in JULY .  This Blog 


July this blog 

Roscia other three weeks are Roscia focused

PTSD – both 


August. This blog 

 

Sojourner’s Syndrome an autoimmune disorder 

And other unusual or non mentioned relevant conditions. Like- 

Passing out condition neurologically based only 

Dizzy issues called 



September

Childhood Cancer Awareness,  other blog

This blog since their environmental diseases – 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness, which are 

Environmental Cancers and blood Cancer types. It’s also blood related cancer Awareness Month. 

It’s also, fatigue cancer awareness not sure if I’m going to cover yet

 

October 

Breast Cancer Awareness Monthmerchandise chemical prevention month 

Learning Disabilities or LD, including Apraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, and ADHD October. Dyscalculia New PDD ?  tRANsfer to JAn 

Other Skin issues NOT roscia. Like excema/dermatitis too much oil in hair issue. 

 

November    

Diabetes, especially     Type and prevention 


December 

Other blog – Mental Health Month including 

Bipolar 

Depression how it differs in special diagnosis’s. 


Both blogs 

Anxiety how it differs in special populations 

Meds 

 

 

 

Months not taken or Available 


January LD’s 

June,  Sleep Month 

July Roscia 

August unusual other issues, and co-morbid issues  

 

 

 

 

 

“Could a Widespread Fragrance Ban Happen?”

Thanks to a variety of allergies and issues one may have with scents, fragrances, and chemicals. It seems some public places are starting to try to accommodate us. Until very recently,  I didn’t know that the public banned scents and fragrances anywhere (Except at 2 week long adult Autism conference’s for mainly if not solely only for those with it). Did you know that before now? I think it’s great for those with ASD who are effected buy it (Including myself), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities), ADHD, allergies, and all the other types of sensory issues one may have. In some ways it’s great for those without it too. Due to the toxins and other dangerous additives and ingrediants even those without the issues would otherwise be exposed too. However, we both know, there’s almost no truly fragrance free and unscented products out their. And I’m certain those in those banned areas. Few, if any use the few products I will recommend in my book. Or the ones I don’t, that fit that bill. So, although less fragrance is better then more. I highly doubt, especially with how many benifit from certain aspects of scents. That society will ever be trully fragrance free and unscented. There in nearly everything, and I think there’s no way to be 100% free of them anywhere. Even if everyone did only use the products I know of that fit that bill.  What do you think? These articles consider this, or state places that are now trying to enforce this. Atleast if your in them, and they need too.

http://www.ei-resource.org/myblog/Could-a-widespread-fragrance-ban-happen-.html

Even Canada has something to say about this.

http://www.northernlife.ca/news/letterstotheeditor/2013/06/19-McLean-smoking-bylaw-sudbury.aspx. I like that this addresses plants and trees too! 

http://www.ktvn.com/story/25456405/nevada-puc-wants-public-to-forgo-scents

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-02/fragance-ban-allergies/55988704/1

Here is what some NT’s think of this last linked article. I’d love to see your comments to this post. Also, scroll down a bit on the below link to get to the better comments. 

http://www.basenotes.net/threads/304866-USA-Today-Ban-On-Scents

 

These aren’t the only links I found addressing this. However, that’s enough articles for 1 post.   Hope you find this useful. 

Types and versions of veges and fruits

Proof that texture, taste, and other challenges make our food options sometimes more  of a challenge. Then some may expect. Particularly, with folks with ASD, and LD’s, including ADHD. And especially with uncommon ingrediants grown in countries possibly  ( this second part is an educated guess) with different chemical standards ( hint hint!) Maybe another post, I’ll eventually share what issues I have with some of these ingrediants in certain states or preparations.  I challenge you to ask yourself questions on why these  issues exist in me. It could be good practice for your loved one(s), or friend (s), who may have other significant challenges, that you don’t have perhaps ( That you need to be sensitive too)  since there hopefully okay with, or tolerate your challenges.  Your feelings of these challenges should differ somewhat depending on the type of relationship(s) that we’re talking about. But, we regress. 

Great example is broccoli  

Broccoli sprouts- no, taste like turnips (That reminds me of parsnips, did I tell u I can’t have that either?) but, parsnips in mashed potatoes taste great! But, I can’t have them 🙁 

American broccoli or broccoli flower yes if cooked. No if not. As a baby unless you purred it and cooked the heads only I could eat it. I couldn’t eat as a baby eat it in any other form. 

Chinese broccoli no, never. 

Cauliflower is different because there’s less stem and there softer and bigger. 

Grapes ( in a raw cold state) I can have the purple not the green. But, get this. I can’t have it in a drink of 100% juice, with no added non natural sugar. It will give me a soar throat. 🙁 the white grape juice too, but, it takes longer. I can only have grapes in a raw state. Not in wine, or any other form. 

Did you know that all the sugar free jams and jellies all have to have enough sugar in it to stay tog? Do you also know what concentrate all of them in the US use in there sugar free versions? Grape. 

Did you know you get more lycopene in cooked tomatoes then in eating most regular sized ones at room temperature? Did you know lycopene helps reverse/prevent sun damage ? 

Regardless, I can eat the red ones, brown ones, and orange ones! I can eat but, don’t prefer the baby tomatoes.  Did you know the non-organic mini tomatoes have the most pesticides on them? They do! 

I love ripe purple plums but, can’t stand the reddish ones.  Same with cherries. 

The only citrus I can defiantly eat, and maybe wear, or be strongly exposed too is clementines. However, to my recollection, I only remember encountering them, too devour it! No tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges, or citrus cleaners, or cosmetics! But, clementines, are great! Aren’t they? 

I can have pears but, not Asian ones or green ones, only tan ones. 

Are you starting to see a similarity or two between most of the foods above that I can’t eat yet? I’ll tell you right now. Some of the foods .It’s just texture/taste. If I remember properly all of the different reactions I get for everything. 

Atleast, I can eat any colored, cooked carrots! Yea! Did you know that Doctor Daniel Amen, the ADHD, brain researcher, doctor, and King in the NT ADHD world, if you ask me! Says this population should skip carrots all together. Do you know why he says this? I do! 

As you know I can only eat onions if there cooked. They have to be translucent or I won’t eat them. But, I can’t have the red ones in any form. They give me stomach issues and diarrhea. Which the first will do in a less then a well enough cooked and very thinly sliced, prepared fashion.    Which could increase my anxiety too. 

I’m not trying to be mean in this post, buy the way.  For all you NT reader’s.  And I did notice where that could come from on my own. I thought you might need a shorter post for a change, anyway. 


Who am I ? & Why do I care ?

I’m 33 and have SPD among other diagnosis. However, as of this writing SPD isn’t a separate diagnosis yet. Some of my other issues are ASD ( although, I prefer to refer to it as Asperger’s), Dyslexia, hyperinsomnia, IBS, and ADD. I’m only sharing this with you so you could see part of what has driven me to become an expert in what I know. But, like I said, this was only part of it, and off course, this blog is about helping YOU all . And me secondary. That and societies desperately needed time to catch up more with dealing better with the challenges tackled within this site, is a big reason on why it’s taken so long to publish it.

And still with all that waiting, although, I’m proud of societies progress that we’ve made in creating sensory solutions. We still have a ways to go, unfortunately.

As for why else do I care? If you haven’t noticed, as a whole, Aspies are the kindest high functioning folks bare none. And therefore, my desire to help you grow and improve ( IF you take appropriate action) is at an all time high. And I REALLY want feedback and constructive criticism.

Thank you!

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Common Categories of Irritating Ingredients

Did you know that fragrances aren’t the only thing people with SPD ( Sensory Processing Disorder)  are irritated by in skin hair and actually food products too? It’s true! And now I’m going to share with you some of the other types of ingredients/byproducts that can irritate people with sensory issues regardless of if they have rosacea,  ASD, or any other special need. 

Many of the ingrediants below can be toxic no matter how natural they are. Many will cause issues ( even if unknown at first or on the surface don’t)  to most people.  Not everyone with PSD will have sensory issues with all of the below ingrediants.   Just like having additives and preservatives in food aren’t ideal. Same idea with your skin and hair products too.   Not every ingrediant in each and every category is unhealthy. Certain categories however have a lot more irritants and problematic ingrediants then others. 

Just because 1 person with ASD/ SPD can eat something doesn’t mean they can tolerate it in all forms.  That’s part of what makes SPD so unique.  For example; I can eat organic olive oil just fine. If it’s the main ingrediant in my soap bar with no other ingrediant. The scent of it overwhelms me and gives me sensory issues. Now if I lessen the amount of olive oil in a bar of soap, I can be fine, if the other ingrediants are good for me.  ( Your welcome!  😉 ) 

Preservatives 

ex’s; hidden formaldehyde, 

even milder ones like the parabens,  

Borax,   DMDM Hydantoin,  and Kathon CG. 

 

Surfactants 

sodium-lauryl-sulfate, 

soap ( possibly NoT Always) and NoT the ones I recommend. Dove sensitive skin bar unfortunetly counts even if there is no fragrant or scent that will bother you. 

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate may be derived from coconut. Among other ingrediants and additives that are also derived from coconut. Did u know some are allergic or sensitive to coconut?  

 scrub agents,   This does mean that people with serious enough sensory issues or PSD issues should definitely avoid at all costs most forms of exfoliation.


Skin Repairing Ingrediants, 

example- Aspirin


Plant Extracts 

 Balm Mint Extract  

CALENDULA EXTRACT. 

 Bloodwort or Yarrow Extract

 BLACK LOCUST EXTRACT

BIRCH BARK EXTRACT

CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA or known as Lime oil or extract anything citrus is very bad for you. 

Benzoin extract 

 

Oils 

Essential oil

Corriander oil 

Fern oil 

Angelica-Archangelica-root-oil 

Bay Leaf Oil

 

 Emulsifiers 

Irritant examples of these are

  triceteareth-4-phosphate. 

dicetyl-phosphate an ing. With byproducts and cetyl alcohol a known irritant. 

 

Do you know two of the most absolute worst ingrediants sometimes formed into oils that are anti-irritants? 

Unfortunately, there two of the most popular smelling tempted ingredients in cleaners, hair products, and skin products combined. 

Lavender otherwise known as.  

Lavendar Extract and Oil 

Lemongrass Oil 



Here are some very bad additional ingredients I would stay away from, no matter who you are.

Denatured alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, Daisy Flower Extract, Ethanol, Camphor, cinnamon, citrus-aurantium or orange blossom,   Acetic acid, Ylang ylang, calamine ( remember, Calamine Lotion?) , anise (also a vegetable) can cause skin sun sensitivity too. 

Aloe Vera and Caprylyl Glycol,  (although very rare) some are allergic too. From my little research of it, it doesn’t seam to be people with “normal SPD issues”. If there is such a thing.! It seams to be NT’s with an allergy to it.  But, I’m not allergic or sensitive too it either. If your not allergic to it,  Aloe can be great . The 2nd ingrediant, I’m still researching. However, aloe is super moisturizing, so don’t use if your skin is a combo skin type or oily unless soothing a sun burn. 




How ludicrous the US cosmetic industry REALLY is.

     Have you heard about how the Canadian and European government has stricter cosmetic laws? It’s true, many toxins/ irritants (Over 100) are banned in any cosmetic or personal hygiene product minus possibly bar soaps.  In Canada and Europe but, not America  This does not mean, obviously that people with SPD have nothing to worry about in those countries. Because that would be the farthest from the truth. However, it does mean if you live in either of those countries you have a lot less too worry about. And for that, I thank who ever made those laws in those countries.  Don’t you?! 

   It maybe true that some of those ingrediants aren’t in the US products. But, honestly, do you even want 1 of them in any of your products? Do you really want any manufacturer to have that kind of freedom? 


     This site explains in detail what the “Canadians hotlist is” the short version is this. It’s two tables of all of the ingredients that are forbidden. And another table for all the ingrediants and by products that are restricted. (so meaning ingrediants and by products only allowed in certain types of products/ in small concentrations.) 


http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/cosmet-person/hot-list-critique/how-comment-eng.php

 

Although the Canadians are banned from putting many toxins and irritants in there products. There labeling requirements are not nearly as strict as the US or European Labeling criteria.  


your mouth AND your partners

Does tasting someone else’s spice, sugar, salt, dairy, gum, toothpaste, or alcohol matter? You betcha! Off course, common courtesy when dating says too brush then kiss. But, what if that’s not possible? Or what if your beyond just dating? You really need someone who won’t resent you for their extra or different efforts needed to be with you. The last thing you need is some guilt trip for something you can’t help. And toothpaste sharing isn’t the only thing you need to share if you live tog.

Listernine and the type matters, and so does the type of whitening products, floss flavor, mints, type of toothbrush, tongue cleaner, and having a brush head sanitizer. ! Who would have thunk ?

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Who gets these issues?

Today I’m going to mention who else gets SPD issues and also generally what kinds of folks despite diagnosis’s get them.

I like to think of folks with certain disabilities and the norm in a layered system kinda. In the sense of who’s effected the most buy issues making them the farthest from normal. To those only slightly quirky at times. And everyone in between. And I think at the moment this could help you too to understand some things. So, let’s break this down, shall we? Also, see the image below.

The disabilities mentioned within each layer that weren’t previously mentioned are diagnosis’s others may sometimes have who would especially possibly benefit from some sensory solutions/ knowledge. For a review, they are ADHD, Dyslexic, hyperlexia, hyper insomnia, insomnia, Hypotomia, GI obviously, and I’m sure there are others. People with these issues are far more likely to have or get other problems in life. Same, if it’s in there genes and not detectable.

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Help US All be Healthier! updated

Do you feel the need for any of the following? 

A less toxic world 

More Sensory friendly products with eventually cheaper costs

More ingredient knowledge 

The power to change companies and products

To be part of an intelligent buyer community. 

To no longer feel lied too from marketing sugar coating products. 

Less sensory overload or other SPD issues to occur. 

If the answer is YES to any of the above check out these links and please join me in being part of ALL of the above.  It’s free! And will take very little of your time. Once on the links, sign up for there e-mail updates. Periodically,  you will be asked to help buy signing petitions and things of that nature. I really hope you do. And recruit others for it too! 

http://safecosmetics.org

 http://www.ewg.org.  

http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/healthy-homes-gardens-1/factsheets/cleaningproducts