A recent study out of The University of Melbourne, found that one third of Australians are getting sick from exposure to everyday chemicals.
The study was conducted by Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Cities at the University of Melbourne and found that one in five (18.9 per cent) of Australians experience chemical sensitivity. Above one-third (6.5 per cent) of the population have been medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). People with MCS suffer health problems because of exposure to common chemical products.
Petrochemical sources seem to be the biggest concern including pesticides, solvents, new building materials and fragranced items.
Professor Steinemann said even low level exposure can inflict a range of adverse health effects which include asthma attacks, seizures, breathing problems, migraines, cognitive impairment etc.