Inner Gate is a Perfume Free Zone

Inner Gate Acupuncture has recently asked our patients to refrain from wearing perfumes in the clinic. Many patients are sensitive to scents and their requests have prompted a bit of research on their behalf. What we found surprised us. 

Many perfumes contain chemicals known as phthalates. These chemical are derived from petroleum and are associated with birth defects, cancers and allergic reactions. Several European countries have banned the chemicals completely. In the United States phthalates are banned from use in children's toys but are allowed in other products and are not required to be labeled.  They are even found in perfumes specifically marketed to young girls and teens. 

These toxic chemicals are found in hair sprays, air fresheners and laundry detergents. Practically any perfumed product will have these types of chemicals unless it's made with natural ingredients. Natural stores carry products labeled as phthalate free.  

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, which disturb the natural way that our hormones function. Because of this people with auto immune diseases, multiple sclerosis or chemical sensitivities can be greatly effected.

We appreciate your understanding of our scent free policy.