Thursday, 6 February 2014

Link Between Fuel and Allergies

Gaseous chemicals are bad for everyone
Following on from my article about Renewable Fuel for our cars comes this article showing how there is a link between petroluem and allergies.

Crude Oil to Fuel

The crude oil found in reserves beneath the earth's crust is sucked out from its resting place where it has been for thousands of years. It is then refined into thousands of products. Our world is now made up of products from crude oil.

The thick, black sticky oil contains hydrocarbons like methane, ethane, propane, butane and pentane. You have probably heard of many of these. It is then made into petrol, gasoline,  deisel, jet fuel, kerosene, asphalt, heating and liquified petroleum gas.

Crude Oil to Chemicals

Products made from these substances are pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, paraffin wax and plastics.

Can you see how our world has been influenced by crude oil?

Some Gases form these oils are
Butane which is used to power cigarette lighters
Propane which is used for cooking and heating and transportation
Any fuel that burns with a sooty flame may be carcinogenic, that is, cause cancer.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Some people react badly to chemicals, sometimes many different chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs include perfumes, petrol or gasoline, deisel, smoke, solvents and are found in paint.

These people usually react to other allergens as well, for example pollens, house dust mites and pet fur and dander.

Symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 

burning, stinging eyes
wheezing, breathlessness and nausea
extreme fatigue or lethargy
headaches or migraines
vertigo or dizziness
poor memory and concentration
runny nose - rhinitis
sinus problems
skin rashes and/or itchy skin
sensitivity to light and noise
sleeping problems
digestive upsets
muscle and joint pain
sore throat and cough

Toxic chemicals known to be Immune System Disruptors include organochlorines, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides and organophosphates. This means that they can upset our immune system.

I hope you have not been frightened off by all the big chemical words, but you would probably have heard of many of them. Now you know how they are all connected.

Renewable Fuel for Cars

References: follow the Links

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