Scented products emit unlisted chemicals
Laundry freshners contain unlisted chemicals
It’s nice to have your freshly laundered clothes smell fresh. Does it
have an appealing fragrance that you like, that others appreciate having
you around? The sweet smell of freshness may be labeled ‘green’ but you
would never know whether the emanating fragrance is off a a chemical
that is not listed on the label. It may even be classified as toxic.
A study disclosed that 25 commonly used scented products emit an
average of 17 chemicals each.
Of the 133 different chemicals detected, nearly a quarter are
classified as toxic or hazardous. Only one emitted compound was listed
on a product label, and only two were publicly disclosed anywhere,
reports the journal, Environmental Impact Assessment Review.
About half of the analyzed best-selling products made some claim
about being green, organic or natural but surprisingly, the green
product emissions of hazardous chemicals were not significantly
different from the other products it was revealed. More than a third of
the products emitted at least one chemical classified as a probable
carcinogen says the report. Manufacturers are not required to disclose
any ingredients in cleaning supplies, air fresheners or laundry
Cutex and removers
Personal care range
Neither these nor personal care products are required to list
ingredients used in fragrances, even though a single fragrance, in a
product it can be a mixture of up to several hundred ingredients the
The study used chemical sleuthing to discover what is emitted by the
scented products commonly used in homes, public spaces and workplaces
the report said.
Toxic chemicals in your favourite shampoo?The study analyzed air
fresheners including sprays, solids and oils; laundry products including
detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets; personal care products
such as soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorant and shampoos; and
cleaning products including disinfectants, all-purpose sprays and dish
detergent. All were widely used brands worldwide, with more than half
being the top-selling products in its category.
The most common emissions included limonene, a compound with a citrus
scent; alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, compounds with a pine scent;
ethanol; and acetone, a solvent found in nail polish remover. All
products emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous.
Eleven products emitted at least one probable carcinogen which included
acetaldehyde, dioxane, formaldehyde and methylene chloride revealed the
report out a few days ago.
Dr Sarath Wijemanne remembered
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Sarathchandra Wijemanne
passed away on 24, October 2010, while descending the holy “Pahiyangala
Rock Temple”, Bulathsinhala.
Born on August 19, 1960 in Kandy, he was the youngest in a family of
five children. His father is E L Wijemanne the Secretary to the Ministry
of Education when Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Education Minister. He
was educated at Royal College, Colombo and pursued a career as a VOG
obtaining degrees from Colombo Medical Faculty and Master of Surgery
from Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) Colombo. He possessed
MRCOG and FSCOG.
He extended his services throughout the Island starting from Sri
Jayewardenepura Teaching Hospital (1984), Colombo South Teaching
Hospital (1987), De Soya Hospital for Women (1988), Dambulla Base
Hospital (1996), Castle Street Hospital for Women (1996) and Family
Health Bureau - Ministry of Health (FHB) (2000). Dr Wijemanne associated
himself with various important organizations locally and internationally
especially when he was working in Princess Margret Hospital, Swindon
(1993) and Chesterfield Royal Hospital, UK (1994). He gave his effective
post graduate teaching and clinical training sessions for the following
PGIM courses; Diploma in Reproductive Health, Diploma in Venerology and
MSc in Community Medicine and Dentistry. His studies and publications
cover a wide range and are at the same time as numerous in quantity and
as excellent in quality.
The most gigantic task entrusted to him was of course, laparoscopic
sterilization of females from various MOH areas. He emphasized that it
was made for the sake of national interest with a view to achieve good
Maternal and Child Health Indicators. The untimely death was indeed an
irreparable loss to all citizens of Sri Lanka and shattered many hopes
of MOOH who have taken appointments for laparoscopic surgeries till
Another significant contribution made by him was the new guidelines
for Male/Female sterilization which he could not complete before death.
It was with my appointment as a Medical Officer FHB that I met VOG -
Sarath Wijemanne in late 2007. First I saw him as a burly, big made man
with a hefty chunk for a chin he looked the type that brooked no
nonsense. But as his thickset lips cracked open in a smile every morning
to greet me “Good Morning Menaka”! there shorn forth vivid genuine
geniality out of face, generous friendly and hospitable around his face.
The disciplined intellectual virtues of justice of heart and mind, the
proud shyness that comes of high mental attainments and the sensitive
dignity, the result of exceedingly good breeding. In themselves are
great qualities devoutly to be wished. My words fail to recapture his
He was always ready to bear responsibility even though it was not
his, who could make decisions on the spur of the moment even though it
is the wrong decision, who could go out of his way to help others, even
though he hurt himself in doing it. When there was trouble or turmoil,
he was at his best slapping his arms, jutting out his chest. When there
was work to be done, he was there to do it. When money had to be spent,
he was there putting his hand in his pocket. He never minced his words,
if he had to check or correct us. As a boss, incomparable, as a
gentleman, beyond reproach, as a Specialist doctor, an excellent
His humility and friendly disposition endeared to him many and he was
held in high esteem by his staff and even respected by the whole staff
I still can remember how I disagreed with you on young female and
male sterilization, but you respected my views and beliefs and slowly
promoted me to engage more on sub fertility work and we succeeded in
establishing a well equipped IUI (Intra Uterine Inseminisation)
laboratory under UNFPA funds to cater to sub fertile couples, all over
the country and its free of charge.
He was an adorable human being with a big heart to match, whichever
way you look at him. I owe him whatever I learnt about family planing,
sub fertility, Well Woman Clinics, Vasectomy and B’LRT, Colposcopy etc.
Having worked in so many central and leading places in the Ministry
of Health and in private health sector, I still believe it would be a
great discovery if one could find another like him anywhere among the
whole medical professionals in Sri Lanka and present officers should
emulate people of this calibre and try building the lost reputation.
Healthy mouth at elderly age
Dr. Dilum Perera, Consultant Community Dental Surgeon, Health
Education Bureau, Colombo
Every year, National Oral Health Day is commemorated on 31st of
October. This year, the theme is ‘Healthy mouth at elderly age’. Special
programs have been planned for this day and throughout November and
December across the country at national and regional level with
community participation and the support of various government and non
Demographic transitional phase
Smile shows the state of your
Maintain good oral health from
a very young age
Most countries in the world including Sri Lanka have faced a
demographic transitional phase which means that the population is ageing
or proportion of elderly population in the community is in the rise.
Improvements in socio economic status, social welfare, availability of
good quality health care services, new treatment methods and technology
accompanied with reduction of birth rates in today’s fast moving
lifestyle have contributed to this population ageing and increase in
life expectancy at birth.
In Sri Lanka, 60 years of age and above is called elderly or senior
citizens and they contribute to about 10% of the population (sources:
Department of Census and Statistics) There are specific social problems;
isolation, loneliness and health problems; chronic diseases like
diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart diseases, stroke,
neurological disorders and certain types of dental health problems
existing specifically in this age group.
Dental health problems present among elderly people can be broadly
divided into two groups, namely dental diseases associated with general
medical conditions and dental diseases present locally in the mouth.
Medical conditions such as diabetes, certain types of cancer (leukemia,
cancer around mouth and face) depression, dehydration and kidney
diseases may give rise to dry mouth, taste disturbances, high chance of
getting infections, ulcers and bad odour (smell) from the mouth.
Integrated health management
In addition to that, some drugs which are taken as treatments for
certain medical conditions like high blood pressure, depression and
sleep disturbances may also give rise to dry mouth, taste disturbances
and pigmentation inside the mouth. Therefore, it is important to inform
your physician and dentist about your medical conditions and oral
manifestations if any, when you visit them. This will enable them to
carry out an integrated health management that could ease your
In addition to dental problems associated with medical conditions,
there are some common dental conditions that can be seen inside the
mouth among the elderly. The most common is tooth mobility and shedding
with advanced ageing due to chronic (long term) gum disease. The
affected people may complain gum recession, bleeding gums, root
exposure, pocketing (a gap between root and the gum where food impaction
could occur) and teeth sensitivity due to root exposure. When the gum is
recessed and root is exposed, the bone support that holds the tooth
becomes weak. Then the tooth may start shaking, unstable and fall out.
Myth or truth?
Most of us still believe in the ‘natural death of the tooth’ concept.
There is no truth behind this concept; indeed it is a myth. There is a
wrong impression in the society that teeth fall is inevitable with
ageing. It happens due to chronic nature of gum disease that goes on
several years. Tooth mobility and teeth fall out occur at elderly age
due to that. Food impaction may occur due to gum recession and pocketing
and food impaction in sequence may give rise to bad odour from the mouth
Islandwide Blood Donation Campaign - November 2010
23 Toroid (Pvt) Ltd, Katunayake.
23 Pitakumbura Navodya Pasala, Ampara.
23 Thuduwa Viharasthanaya,
Athulnagoda, Benthota, Karapitiya.
23 Samithi Shalawa,
Katugampola, Rambe, Kurunegala.
24 Sanasa Bank, Udagama, Kandy.
24 Premarathanaramaya, Vijayagama,
24 Nawagamuwa Dewalaya, Ragama
24 University of Moratuwa NBC
24 Army Camp, Delgoda NBC
25 Commercial Bank, Col-1. NBC
25 United Motors, Orugodawatta. NBC
26 Brandix Finishing, Rathmalana. NBC
26 Konduruwawela, Sasmithi
Shalawa, Narangoda, Kurunegala.
27 Donglas and Company, Col-10. NBC
27 Paramadamma Vishuddaramaya,
27 Trelabo Lanka, Makola,
27 Ganhatha Viharaya, Ganhatha, Kandy.
27 Sri Gnanawimalaramaya,
27 Weluwanaramaya, Parawahera, Kamburugamuwa.
27 Delgoda Army Camp, Gampaha.
27 Bank of Ceylon, Ruwanwella. Kandy
27 Iluppalla, Akuressa. Karapitiya
27 Muchalindarama Viharaya,
27 Koshena Viharaya, Koshena, Kuliyapitiya.
27 Seylan Bank, Badulla.
27 Dampalassa Mahapiriwena,
28 Nattandiya Old Temple, Nattandiya, Negombo.
28 St Mary’s Church, Kaduwela,
28 Community Hall, Mahara,
28 Gangula Temple, Panadura. NBC
28 Methodistha High School,
28 Rajasinghagama Community Hall,
28 Arogya Hospital, Gampaha.
28 SLRC, Mathara, Kamburugamuwa
28 St Thomas’ Church, Mathale, Kandy
28 Perera & Sons, Rajagiriya
(Bakery Section). Maharagama
28 Girambe MV, Girambe, Badulla.
28 Polpagala Kanishta Vidyalaya,
28 Galkanda Vidyalaya, Pahalalanda, Ampara.
28 Inginimitiya Madya Maha
Vidyalaya, Galgamuwa, Kurunegala.
30 Samurdhi Bank, Kotawera, Badulla.
30 Dharmawanshikaramaya, Madiha, Kamburugamuwa.
30 Redeegama Disa Rohala, Redeegama,
30 Asokaramaya, Thawalama, Karapitiya.