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dogmom2
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Just venting..I took my dog to his vet today and they had a scented candle lit. I asked them to put it out and they did. I tried to sit there figuring I could deal with it, but got woozy and foggy thinking after just a few minutes.

had to go sit in the car while my boyfriend did the appt. Had to talk to him a few times on the phone since I was the one prepared for the appt.I guess the office apologized to him and said next time call ahead and they will put the candle out before I get there.

Obviously they just don't get it, and I feel too exhausted to explain to them that we had to come home, put our clothes in the garage, and both shower to remove the chemicals. Plus I'll feel poorly for days.

Why do they need a scented candle in there anyway? When I worked in a hospital we weren't allowed to wear any fragrance because it affected immune compromised patients. Surely it can affect pet patients too.

I would think that if anyone had a problem with it they would just remove it, but I guess not. This is a holistic vet too. Guess I have to change vets which is too bad becuse my dog actually loves this place.

I know there are bigger problems to deal with, just needed to share with people who can understand. thanks for listening.

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oops,meant to put this in general, how do i move it?
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Keebler
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I'd leave it here. It's medical, make no mistake about that.

Scented candles can be killer for those with MCS.

Just blowing it out will have little effect. It's the scents imbedded in the wax and they will keep putting out the scent forever and ever, even when not lighted.

First, ask them to change. Don't just leave. Do you have a friend who can present information to him, to save you the energy?

But the room can hold onto those chemicals - perhaps for a long time - so that's problematic, too.

My guess is that they want to mask the odor but just never thought about how ELSE to do that.

Fresh air is the best. A good fresh air exchange &/or air filter.

I'm not sure if this would work for you but I have serious MCS and can manage

LEMON & PEPPERMINT - only if from the real deal as a drop of either essential oil for air freshening after cooking onions, etc. In a one bedroom apt., cooking odors really settle in.

I can also use the Avalon Organics shower gel and hand soap in either LEMON or PEPPERMINT as they use real oil, not synthetic fragrance.

Lavender, though, is equal to the kiss of death as are other flower essential oils. Somehow, for me, lemon and mint work okay. But they may not for everyone.

But, the vet should get to know the MCS sites and hopefully, will set his practice up to be MCS friendly.
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For your vet:


http://ciin.org/

CIIN - Chemical Injury Information Network

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http://www.ei-resource.org/columns/multiple-chemical-sensitivity/

Environmental Illness Resource

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http://marycordaro.com/blog/

Mary Cordaros Healthy & Green BLOG

Safe Home for Health, Happy Families

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http://www.ehcd.com/

The Environmental Health Center - Dallas, Texas

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For you - just in case anything here is new to you. If not, for others:

http://ciin.org/mcs.html

About MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities)

. . . Disorders of Porphyrinopathy . . .

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http://planetthrive.com/2010/04/hpukpu-protocol-for-lyme-and-autism/

HPU / KPU Protocol - Planet Thrive

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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/91842?#000000

Topic: what type of M.D. tests for PORPHYRIA

Many good links here

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http://ilads.org/ilads_media/lyme-disease-videos/

3/4 of the way down:

Identifying Environmental Illness and Mold Exposure in Patients with Persistent Lyme Disease.

Lisa L. Nagy, MD Video $15.

(She is NOT A LLMD, however, she understands the kind of toxicity issues faced by many with lyme. She did not have lyme but overcame very serious MCS. She spoke at the recent ILADS conference.

It's a great presentation to see. The DVD can be ordered. Great detail about toxicity issues also here:

http://lisanagy.com

Her Web Site
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Can he come out to the car the next time? Is there a place out back, etc.?

Of course, in warm weather, that can be unbearable to wait in the car. The heat must have really also clobbered you.

I would usually need the rest-room, though, and those can be terrible for those with MCS with all the chemical products.

I really hope he comes around to this.

If you have a local MCS group (or whatever else it may be called) you might find a MCS-friendly vet through them.

And, other MCS-friendly professional offices may have some guidelines to share with him.
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There are many articles about the toxicity of air fresheners (and a scented candle is just that).

Just Google: air freshener, toxicity

Here's just one from my file:

http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/08/why-air-fresheners-can-trigger-respiratory-problems/

TIME Magazine (Healthland feature)

Why Air Fresheners Can Trigger Respiratory Problems

-By Bryan Walsh Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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I would definitely call them and speak to them about it. Let them know you are seriously considering changing vets and why.

Moving to General Support

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Opinions, not medical advice!

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