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Body Art Trends – Tomboy Tattoo Tips and Lesbian Lovers Legs

If you are planning your hols (or just live in the sun) its important to present your legs at their best. This applies equally whether you are a Tomboy oiling her surfboard or a Passionate Lesbian oiling her partner (or even better ….. if you happen to be both!).

Expose those legs and start planning for that next tattoo

Following on from my last ‘Winter Snow’ blog which focused on covering up your legs from the cold (in blokes’ Long Johns! Link here) I have decided to bring a bit more sunshine into all of our lives.

Winter is a good time to start the holiday plans – like getting some ‘leg art’

So this week the focus is purely on girl art – and specifically on legs, legs and more legs. No more text today cos I need to shave my ‘canvas’!

Enjoy the pics (just click on them to see high-definition versions).

XX Tomboy RISKKO

PS after you have looked at the pics below why not see my last ‘tatty blog‘ (link is here)?

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Allergies and Sensitivity Caused by Skin/Face Soaps and Shower Products – Changed Formulation of Pears (Previously Hypo-allergenic) Transparent Soap

Allergies and Sensitivity Caused by Skin/Face Soaps and Shower Products – Changed Formulation of Pears (Previously Hypo-allergenic) Transparent Soap: Sometimes we start to become allergic or sensitive to items that we have been using for many years. Although age can be a factor in developing new allergies sometimes the cause is much simpler – a manufacturer may have changed the formulation of a trusted, familiar, brand. This could be driven by cost or their opinion of changing consumer preferences (like adding stronger or different odours). I describe below how, after decades of use, I found myself itching uncontrollably after using Pears transparent soap

Prime Suspect -Reformulated Pears Soap
Prime Suspect -Reformulated Pears Soap

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

For some time now I have been meaning to share with you a skin sensitivity issue that I recently discovered. Unlike my earlier horrific allergy experience with washing machine additives (see link here) this latest unpleasantness appeared to come from a most unlikely source – Pears Transparent Soap.

Before I explain the details of what happened with my body and face soap let me provide you with an update on the washing machine additive saga. I have been amazed about the amount of interest this earlier article generated and would like to thank all of you who have shared your own skin allergy experiences with me. Clearly this is a very important area affecting vast numbers of people, some of whom having symptoms far worse than mine.

Washing Additive Suspected of Causing Earlier Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Washing Additive Suspected of Causing My Earlier Allergic Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

Rather than being negative I would like use my experience to provide some hope to fellow sufferers. If you can identify the cause of your allergy and eradicate it from your environment it may be possible to return to normality. The way I did this is described in my earlier article and in the illustration below.

To share my turnaround with you I took some photos this week of my skin 6 months after the ‘eradication’ of the source of the problem. Below are pictures of my chest and arm taken at the height of my allergic skin reaction (‘before’) and shots of the same areas from last week (‘after’ source eradication). Source eradication involved throwing out the laundry additive (allergen) and multiple dustbin bags of potentially ‘contaminated’ clothes (article link here provides more details). Just click on my photos to see high definition copies.

1 Allergic Contact Dermatitis From Washing Additives - Chest
1 Allergic Contact Dermatitis From Washing Additives – Chest (‘Before’)
2 Chest After Eradicating Allergenic Washing Additives and Pears Soap
2 Chest ‘After’ Eradicating Allergenic Washing Additives

As you will see from the photos it is difficult to imagine these are taken of the same person separated only by a few months. If you have any doubts that they are from the same body please note the small ‘beauty spot’ (OK a slight exaggeration!) just below my nipple on the before and after chest pics above.

3 Allergic Contact Dermatitis From Washing Additives - Left Arm
3 Allergic Contact Dermatitis From Washing Additives – Left Arm (‘before’)
4 Left Arm After Eradicating Allergenic Washing Additives and Pears Soap
4 Left Arm ‘After’ Eradicating Allergenic Washing Additives

Having eradicated this major irritant from my life (or to be more precise from my washing machine) I became aware of another issue. For most of my life I have preferred to use Pears Hypo-allergenic Transparent Soap. This was not always possible because I spent much of my career oversees – in fact while I was building my factory in Taiwan In used to return with suitcases full of the soap whenever I visited the UK.

Original Hypo-allergenic Pears Soap and Box
Original Hypo-allergenic Pears Soap and Box

Following my incident with the washing machine additive I cleared my home of any washing or hygiene products incorporating man made chemicals or suspect items like enzymes. I presumed that my old friend ‘Pears’ could be left off this black list. However I recently became aware that I was itching under my armpits, around my genitals and bottom. Thinking that it might be due to some remaining contamination from the washing machine saga I decided to thoroughly wash myself each day with my hypo-allergenic soap until the problem disappeared.

The problem actually did disappear at the start of one of my trips to Cape Town – but this was because at the start of my trip I used up the remains of some shower gel from a previous trip (‘waste not want not’ – yes I am from Yorkshire!). Once this old stock ran out I was pleased to discover that the local supermarket stocked Pears soap. I purchased a bar and used it when scrubbing any smelly bits after my daily exercise sessions. Within a day the itching reappeared. I quickly stopped using the soap and a couple of days later the itching disappeared again. My old ‘friend’ Pears Transparent Soap appeared to be the source of my skin irritation.

Pears - Dermatologist Tested But No Longer Hypoallergenic
Pears – Dermatologist Tested But No Longer Hypoallergenic

To be really sure I tried out Pears soap again once I returned to the UK (thinking that perhaps the formulation or even the water in Cape Town may have been different). Sadly the irritation appeared again but quickly stopped after I banished the soap from the shower. Unlike the problems with my washing machine additives there was no obvious skin rash or blistering with Pears. The most overt sign of my problem was an irresistible urge to scratch the affected parts – and being a gentleman it is not in my nature to go around scratching my scrotum in public. The lack of any obvious visual symptoms means that you will be spared the usual gruesome pics of my affected body parts.

Having identified the source of my irritation I decided to do some more research into allergy issues associated with Pears Transparent Soap. It would appear that the formulation of the soap has changed a couple of times in recent years and what I had believed was a very natural hypo-allergenic product now had a list of additives that included a rather long list of detergents, stabilisers, preservatives, emulsifiers, colouring agents and several new fragrance agents. Perhaps not surprisingly the packaging for this 200 year old brand no longer contained the words hypo-allergenic (for more details try the Wiki article on Pears here).

Ingredients of Reformulated Pears Soap
Ingredients of Reformulated Pears Soap

Further research uncovered that other consumers were also very unhappy with the reformulation, complaining about the change in the product’s smell and the new ingredients. Some fans of the original Pears formulation even went to the trouble of searching out any sources of ‘old’ stock to avoid having to use the new product (see a 2011 Guardian newspaper article here). Another article summarising the changes made to the product can be found here. One of the noticable changes with the new product is that is dissolves much more readily – if you do not use it quickly it disappears in the shower on its own in about a fortnight.

So my strategy of banishing man-made chemicals and enzymes from washing and hygiene products has now also been extended to include Pears transparent soap. I guess the message here is not to be fooled into thinking that the same brand means the same formula. The Pears brand dates back to 1798. In future I will always be more vigilant about checking the ingredient lists of products I commonly use. Fortunately since I stopped using Pears the last of my itches has disappeared. Now I just wash myself and my clothes with water – and believe it or not I don’t smell to high heaven (OK I do wash frequently and always after sport). If it was good enough for cave men then it is good enough for me!

Good luck to all those fellow scratchers out there!

Chris Duggleby.

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4th March 2016: Dachau Industry Park Evolves From Concentration Camp To Nudist Wellness Club (Brothel)

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of my personal website using the link here.

Fire Fighters in Painful Sex Emergency – Man Gets Erect Penis Jammed in 13 Cock Rings

Fire Fighters in Painful Sex Emergency – Man Gets Erect Penis Jammed in 13 Cock Rings: Yesterday the German fire brigade was asked by a local hospital to use their precision grinding equipment to remove 13 penis rings from a 52 year old man – more details with link to video below.

German Firefighters - Ready For The Next Emergency
German Fire-fighters – Ready For The Next Erectile Dysfunction Emergency

Yesterday (Tuesday 8th March 2016) at 13:15 a hospital in Germany had to call in the local fire fighters with their specialised technology and expertise to help with a particularly sensitive problem faced by a 52 year old man – or to be more precise his penis.

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

Let me fist provide you with some medical context. Sometimes when men suffer with erectile dysfunction they may consider using an implement known as a penis or cock ring. Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability of one’s penis to inflate with blood and stay inflated – it is a complaint that mainly affects men. By applying the ring to a gentleman’s appendage it is possible to reduce the flow of blood out of the appendage and thus maintain an erect state longer than might otherwise be possible.

A made-to-measure 55 mm Metal Penis Ring of the type sometimes used for erectile dysfunction
A made-to-measure 55 mm Metal Penis Ring of the type sometimes used for erectile dysfunction

A person with erectile dysfunction, perhaps due to a nerve or vascular damage, may be able to use a special vacuum pump attached to the end of his penis to create an erection. A ring then slips off the pump onto the base of the penis to help maintain the erectile state so that the person can participate in sexual intercourse.

Sometimes these rings are used by people who do not have this medical problem and it is suspected that the man in the German hospital accident and emergency department wearing 13 penis rings may fall into this category. It appears that he had already been wearing his penis rings for four days – the pain had become so unbearable that he decided he needed medical assistance. The hospital could not remove the rings. This is where the fire fighting professionals with their specialised grinding equipment were able to help.

Standard Angle Grinder used by emergency services - for penis rings a smaller device tends to be preferable
Standard Angle Grinder of the type used by emergency services – for penis rings a smaller device tends to be more appropriate (see video from NDR below)

As with any medical device there can be risks associated with the use of a cock ring. Generally the suppliers of these implements, as well as knowledgeable medical sources, indicate they should not be worn for more than 30 minutes. In particular care should be taken not to fall asleep while wearing the device – this can lead to temporary or permanent nerve damage. Illicit drug taking with the device is also dangerous. Penis rings should be removed at the first sign of problems (e.g. penile numbness, coldness or paleness).

If worn for too long the ring can lead to priapism in which the penis does not return to its flaccid (‘non-inflated’) state within an appropriate amount of time. This is a medical emergency situation and can lead to permanent damage including, in severe cases, gangrene. Gangrene can destroy the penis and may require for it to be amputated.

Example of Gangrene (please note this is a foot not a penis)
Example of Gangrene (please note this is a foot not a penis)

Fortunately the German fire fighters were able to remove the man’s 13 penis rings using their specialised equipment and training. Apparently cock ring removal is not an infrequent occurrence but it is very rare to have to deal with 13 rings all on the same appendage. Following their removal the medical staff at the hospital were able to administer further treatment to the patient.

I did a check to find out how these emergency fire fighters train for these sensitive incidents. Clearly it is rather difficult to train on live people for risk of any accidental slippage of the grinding equipment. To address this German teams have come up with a solution which I suspect could only have been devised in the land that claims to have invented the sausage. If you would like to see the team from the Osnabrück fire brigade during their Penis Ring Removal Training Exercise take a look at the report from NDR below (if you can’t read the German just click on the video – it is pretty self explanatory):

LINK to Cock Ring Removal Video: Feuerwehr in Osnabrück übt Penisring-Einsatz

Here in South Africa we have our own way of helping people who may be struggling with sexually related problems. If you know of someone in this situation please do not hesitate to share with them my video of the local Tribal Fertility Dance – but be warned – ladies should only listen to this music in a suitably private location. I do not accept any liability for the effect this video will have on their desire for passionate satisfaction.

I hope you found this article useful and perhaps educational. If you do use penis rings please take care to follow the supplier’s instructions and as always, if in doubt, seek professional medical advice. If you do get stuck – Germany’s not a bad place to get stuck in.

Chris Duggleby

German Firefighters - Primed and ready for the next penis ring emergency
German Fire Fighters – Primed and ready for the next penis ring emergency

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of his other recent reports on similar subjects.

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4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

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Pink Viagra – Extra Half Orgasm Per Month But It Could Make You Dizzy And Throw Up

Pink Viagra – Extra Half Orgasm Per Month But It Could Make You Dizzy And Throw Up A research review of Flibanserin (trade name Addyi) was published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal on 29th February 2016. This is used to treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire in Women (the lack or absence of sexual fantasies and a lack of desire for sexual activity). The improvement in Satisfying Sexual Events (SEEs) was quantified (see below) as were some of the side effects.

Model of Flibanserin
Model of Flibanserin

The developers of the “female libido pill” Flibanserin (marketed under the name Addyi) have clearly demonstrated commitment to their product having had it rejected twice by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Flibanserin started life as an antidepressant but following its failure in that application found a new lease of life as a potential treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in pre-menopausal women. This is defined as a sexual dysfunction characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and a lack of desire for sexual activity (as judged by a medical professional).

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

In the FDA’s first evaluation of this drug for improving sexual desire in women (2009) the clinical reviewers and an external advisory committee voted unanimously (11-0) against approving Flibanserin. They concluded that its uncertain benefit did not outweigh its harms. In 2013, after Sprout Pharmaceuticals had acquired the rights to the drug, it was resubmitted to the FDA with a new efficacy (ability to produce the desired effect) trial and interaction studies. For this submission the drug’s interaction with alcohol was tested – interestingly on men rather than the target population of pre-menopausal women. The combination of the two drugs led to an increase in hypo-tension (low blood pressure). Other tests, this time with women, in combination with certain medications (fluconazole, a CYP3A4 inhibitor used to treat candida in ‘Yeast infections‘) also led to hypo-tension. The FDA rejected flibanserin a second time concluding that the small treatment differences (sexual desire benefits) did not clearly outweigh safety concerns. An appeal by Sprout was unsuccessful.

Model of Fluconazole used to treat Yeast Infections
Model of Fluconazole used to treat Yeast Infections

Prior to its third submission to the FDA Sprout supported the launch of an advocacy group ‘Even The Score‘ which conducted an intense promotional campaign towards journalists, women’s groups, congress and the FDA. The advocacy group campaign emphasized that although there were several approved treatments for male sexual dysfunction, no such treatment for women was then available. From their website: “Even the Score: A campaign for women’s sexual health equity was created to serve as a voice for American women who believe that it’s time to level the playing field when it comes to the treatment of women’s sexual dysfunction” – link here.

The third submission to the FDA occurred in 2015 and although it did not include new information about the efficacy of the drug it did have some reassuring information about the potential of the drug to cause somnolence (sleepiness or drowsiness) when driving. Unfortunately other information submitted did heighten concerns relating to dangerous interactions with other drugs.

With regard to this submission there was some dissent within the FDA. Its own clinical reviewers still recommended rejection: “We do not believe that it is reasonable for the approximately 90% of treated patients who will not respond to the product to be exposed to the numerous serious risks posed by flibanserin therapy.” They were overruled by two FDA directors who, while acknowledging the limited efficacy and worrisome harms of the drug, emphasized that it met a need in women for whom other (sexual desire) treatments had failed. The drug was approved but the FDA required that it has a black box label, their most serious safety alert, reflecting problems associated with the drug. Clearly the advocacy group’s message had reached its target.

Upon getting FDA approval flibanserin was sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for around $1 billion.

The new report in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal involved a systematic review and meta analysis of 8 previous studies into the efficacy and safety of flibanserin for the treatment of Hypo Sexual Desire Disorder. Nearly 6000 women were involved. The treatment resulted on average in one half of a satisfying sexual experience per woman per month compared with placebos (non-effective pills without any active ingredient). Against this benefit a significant increased risk of dizziness, somnolence, nausea and fatigue was identified. The authors of the paper (Jaspers et al) concluded that the modest sexual desire benefits of the drug did not outweigh its harms. In addition to the negative effects mentioned above was the risk of hypo-tension and syncope (fainting/passing out caused by reduced flow of blood to the brain) when combining flibanserin with alcohol and some other common drugs.

The authors recommended more research including women from diverse populations e.g. those with co-morbidities (additional disorders or diseases), those using other medication and those having undergone surgical menopause. The original papers reporting this work can be found using the links here and here.

If in doubt always check with your medical doctor.

Chris Duggleby

Hypoactive Sexual Desire? Why not try my African Tribal Fertility Dance? According to the Pretty Spandex Boys it can improve the sexual desire of both genders:

Black Pudding Breakfast - a Scottish approach to dealing with sexual dysfunction - sometimes known as the "morning after pill". Apparently it works on both sexes.
Black Pudding Breakfast – a Scottish approach to dealing with sexual dysfunction – sometimes known as the “morning after pill”. Apparently it also works on both sexes.

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of his other recent reports on similar subjects.

Just click on the titles below:

…starting with some more serious stuff…

28th Feb 2017: Vaccinations Cause Children to Masturbate, as well as Dyslexia, Autism, Sleep Disorders and Brain Tumours

14th Feb 2016 Breast CancerHow Blind People Use Their Enhanced Tactile Sensitivity to Save the Lives Of Women With Tumours

3rd Feb 2016 Zika Infection Spread By Sex In Dallas – Earlier Sexual Transmission In Colorado – Detailed Symptoms 

1st Feb 2016 Sexual Competition Between Women – Ovulation Can Be Seen In The Face

31st Jan 2016  Bed Bugs – Insecticide Resistance – Arbovirus Transmission – Zika and Microcephy

19th Jan 2016 ZIKA Virus Epidemic  – Health Warning – Pregnant women should postpone travel to affected areas – Including Brazil 

17th Jan 2016 Bubonic Plague Special – Lice – Hosts for The Black Death Bug

13th Jan 2016 Kill Head Lice In A Day With The Newly Developed Plasma Nitcomb From The German Fraunhofer Institute

8th Jan 2016 Cancer from Handbags, Shoes and Gloves – Allergic Reactions to Jewellery – German Institute Identifies Excessive Chromium 6 and Nickel Levels

26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners

17th October 2015: Health Risk: Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help cancer cells become malignant – latest research from Texas

31st May 2015: German Concern about Potentially Carcinogenic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Cosmetics  

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine– The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen

and here are some fun reports…

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.

Sexual Competition Between Women – Ovulation Can Be Seen In The Face

Sexual Competition Between Women – Ovulation Can Be Seen In The Face: A new piece of research investigates how women respond to cues in the faces of other women at different phases in their ovulation cycle. The participants did not find the faces of ovulating women more attractive but they could distinguish those at the peak of their monthly fertility: Their Sexual Competitors.

Facial Cues to Ovulation in Women (Photo: Lobmaier, Bobst and Probst)
Facial Cues to Ovulation in Women (Photo: Lobmaier, Bobst and Probst)

The ovulation period in a woman’s monthly cycle is a very important time for sexual competition. This is when a mature egg is released from the woman’s ovary and travels down her fallopian tube to be in place to receive the sperm delivered during sex and thus become fertilized.

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

In the past research has indicated that men find the faces of ovulatory women more attractive than women in the non-ovulatory phases of their monthly cycle. From an evolutionary perspective this is important for men because this is the time when a woman is most likely to conceive. By becoming pregnant she will help her mate ensure his genes are passed onto the next generation.

Facial ovulation clues are key to male female sexual attraction
Facial ovulation clues are key to male female sexual attraction

Clues to ovulation in a woman can be very subtle. Scientific articles have reported that women dance, walk, sound, smell and look more attractive during this highly fertile part of their monthly cycle. Most of these studies have focused on how ovulating women are perceived by men. Clearly there has been a direct biological advantage for men who preferentially have sex with women when they are fertile.

In the past few days research has been published which examines how women respond to the facial cues of other women during ovulation. This research was published on  26th January 2016 in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters (the link is here). The authors (Janek S. Lobmaier, Cora Bobst and Fabian Probst) were interested to understand how these cues might influence the women’s awareness of potential sexual competition for their partners from other women. When these ‘other women’ are highly fertile (ovulating) this could be seen biologically as a dangerous time – with a high risk of partner loss.

External clues of internal sexual processes are key to evolutionary success
External clues of internal sexual processes are key to evolutionary success

The researchers presented women with pictures of other women who were either in the ovulation period (and therefore highly fertile) or where in the ‘in-between’ non-fertile period. They asked the women to rate the pictures, first in terms of their attractiveness, and secondly in terms of  the potential risk that the woman in the picture would steal their partner (the sexual ‘competitor’ risk).

Generally the women did not identify a difference in the attractiveness of the faces of ovulating or non-ovulating women (unlike the views of men involved in earlier studies). However they did find that women could identify from the facial cues which women in the pictures posed a threat of stealing their partners. These were the pictures of women who were ovulating and therefore more likely to become pregnant if engaged in intercourse in the very near future. Specifically the women who were most sensitive to these cues where those who themselves were not currently in their ‘fertile’ period but likely to enter it soon (as measured by their sexual hormone levels).

Simply attractive or perhaps ovulating ? - Ask your wife
Simply attractive or perhaps ovulating ? – Ask your wife

Of course we males also have a few tricks up our sleeves to try and entice the ladies to be receptive to our advances. In the video below is a little example straight from my studios in Africa in which my local tribal choir present their fertility dance. Enjoy!

Chris Duggleby

 

Woman Walk, Dance, Sound, Smell and Look Differently When They Are Ovulating
Woman Walk, Dance, Sound, Smell and Look Differently When They Are Ovulating

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of my other recent reports on similar subjects.

Just click on the titles below:

…starting with some more serious stuff…

28th Feb 2017: Vaccinations Cause Children to Masturbate, as well as Dyslexia, Autism, Sleep Disorders and Brain Tumours

31st Jan 2016 Bed Bugs – Insecticide Resistance – Arbovirus Transmission – Zika and Microcephaly

19th Jan 2016 ZIKA Virus Epidemic  – Health Warning – Pregnant women should postpone travel to affected areas – Including Brazil 

17th Jan 2016 Bubonic Plague Special – Lice – Hosts for The Black Death Bug

13th Jan 2016 Kill Head Lice In A Day With The Newly Developed Plasma Nitcomb From The German Fraunhofer Institute

8th Jan 2016 Cancer from Handbags, Shoes and Gloves – Allergic Reactions to Jewellery – German Institute Identifies Excessive Chromium 6 and Nickel Levels

13th December 2015 Health Risk – Potential Carcinogens Found in Advent Calendar Chocolates – German Investigation

26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners

25th October 2015: Health Risks: Food allergy prevention – Latest research ‘feed infants early with allergenic food

17th October 2015: Health Risk: Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help cancer cells become malignant – latest research from Texas

31st May 2015: German Concern about Potentially Carcinogenic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Cosmetics  

11th May 2014: Product Development Risk: New Air Conditioning Coolant Gas Produces Carbonyl Difluoride (Highly Toxic – Related to WW1 Gas Phosgene) in Vehicle Fires

16th April 2014: Ethical Pricing: Same Drug – For Leukaemia 21 Euro (Now Withdrawn) – For Multiple Sclerosis 888 Euro

6th April 2014: Product Quality Risk: Shoes Sold On-line By Zalando Recalled Due To Chromium 6 Contamination – Known Allergen And Carcinogen

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine– The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen

and here are some fun reports…

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

19th April 2014: German Police Catch Hedgehogs Testing Home Made Crash Helmets in Saarbrücken

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.

Laundry Detergents and Additives – The Poisons We Add to the Wash – A Case Study With Photos

While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

This article is a little different to my usual reports on consumer related problems because the victim whose suffering I am describing here is me. I have never suffered before from allergic skin reactions but a couple of months ago I was ‘poisoned‘ by something I had used in my washing machine. The effects were so bad they prevented me working for about 6 weeks and affected my whole body except for my face, the palms of my hands and my feet. At an early stage in the illness I decided to keep a photographic record to share with others who might have similar problems and hopefully provide some encouragement that the problem can be eliminated if you can identify the exact cause.

The problem I an referring to is Allergic Contact Dermatitis. This is a reaction to some chemical – or biochemical – in your environment that you have come into contact with and developed an allergic reaction to. Let me first share with you some photographs of myself shortly after I realised I have a problem (these were taken approximately two weeks after I first came into contact with the product that caused the reaction). If you want to inspect more detail in any of my photographs simply click on them and you will see a high resolution version.

Day 15 after initial irritation - My right chest
Day 15 after initial irritation – My right chest
Day 15 after initial irritation - My right arm
Day 15 after initial irritation – My right arm
Day 15 after initial irritation - My left chest close-up
Day 15 after initial irritation – My left chest close-up
Day 15 after initial irritation - My left chest
Day 15 after initial irritation – My left chest
Day 15 after initial irritation - My left arm
Day 15 after initial irritation – My left arm

As you can see from these photographs I developed a rash and spots over large parts of my body. In addition to my chest and arms shown in the photos my legs and genital area were also affected. Because my face and the palms of my hands were not affected I suspected the problem may have been related to my clothing and tried to identify what changes I had made recently. I identified a number of suspects: new clothing (chemicals like formaldehyde are used to process these), recent changes to washing detergents (‘Persil colour capsules‘ from Unilever), softeners (Procter and Gamble‘s ‘Lenor‘) and my first use of a clothing whitener (‘White’n’Bright‘ from Dylon).

As I had recently only worn new clothes that had been thoroughly washed I eliminated these as a possible cause of my problem. However if you would like to find out more about formaldehyde related contact allergies and where this chemical is found try the link here. I was able to find examples on the internet of other people developing allergic reactions to Lenor and Persil Colour Capsules and the packaging for White’n’Bright by Dylon stated that it could cause an allergic reaction. To help you identify precisely which products I had been using here are some photographs of the packaging.

Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 1 Front of packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 1 Front of packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 2 Side of Packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 2 Side of Packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 3 Packet hazard warning and contents
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 3 Packet hazard warning and contents
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 4 rear of packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 4 rear of packet
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 5 Usage instructions
Suspect 1: Dylon White n Bright 5 Usage instructions
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 1 Front of bottle
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 1 Front of bottle
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 2 Side of bottle with warning
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 2 Side of bottle with warning
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 3 Side of bottle with contents
Suspect 2: Procter & Gamble Lenor 3 Side of bottle with contents

In my internet search for others with allergic reactions to Procter and Gamble’s Lenor I checked the Allergy UK site (the link is here). The Netmums forum also had some correspondence about Lenor (link here).

Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 1 Front of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 1 Front of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 2 Top of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 2 Top of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 3 Back of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 3 Back of box
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 4 Contents
Suspect 3: Unilever Persil Colour Capsules 4 Contents

When researching whether others had similar allergy problems with Persil from Unilever I found the forum at Allergy UK again to be quite useful (the link is here) and also the forum at mumsnet (link is here). It should be noted that Persil is manufactured by Henkel (not Unilever) when purchased in Germany and therefore this should be considered to be a different product when determining what may be causing an allergy. Research papers have also been written about the incidence rates of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) from detergents – for example a paper examining allergy rates from patch tests using Procter & Gamble’s liquid and powder detergents can be found here. In their tests 0.7% of the population (5 out of 738 people who volunteered) were found to be allergic to the detergents tested.

As a result of my research and the localisation of my allergic reaction I was pretty certain it was probably caused by one of these three suspect products. Until I could identify which one it was I decided to stop using all three immediately. However this was sadly not enough. The thing causing the allergic reaction (the allergen) was already in my clothes and even though I tried not to use any of the clothes which had recently been washed my condition worsened considerably around day 20. Just prior to this I had been itching so severely that I decided to try and ease the irritation using a small hand towel soaked in cold water (a serious mistake). Take a look at the results….

Day 26 after initial irritation - Swelling of my left right arm
Day 26 after initial irritation – Swelling of my left right arm
Day 26 after initial irritation - Swelling of my right arm
Day 26 after initial irritation – Swelling of my right arm

This was a mistake because the towel had been washed in the whitener ‘White’n’Bright’ sold by Dylon. Until this time my suspicions had been focused on my softener or detergent as the most likely cause – however I don’t use softener when washing towels. Before using the soaked towel I had been scratching the irritated area and I suspect the damaged skin made it easier for the allergen to enter into my body – possibly helped by the water. The two photographs above showed the swelling in my arms a few days after using the cool wet towel.

At about the same time I had a much needed siesta and slept for about an hour wearing a white t-shirt that had been washed thoroughly at least once following an earlier wash with the whitener. This lead to a burning sensation on my skin and swelling around my chest which was similar to that shown on my arms (above). My weight increased by over 3 kilos and my sister suggested that my expanded body made me look like the ‘Michelin Man‘.

Michelin Man posing at the Taipei Cycle Day (courtesy of Rico Shen)
Michelin Man posing at the Taipei Cycle Day (courtesy of Rico Shen)

More worrying to me (and fortunately not seen by my sister!) my scrotal sack increased to the size of a grapefruit – yes I had washed my undies in the whitener. Let me put your mind to rest – I do not intend to publish any photos of this part of my anatomy. Needless to say my genitals felt like they were on fire (sadly for the wrong reasons).

At this point I decided more radical action was necessary. I could try and wash all the clothes in which I had used the whitener but I was not sure how many times I would need to wash them. I did not want to take the risk of the reaction occurring again so I simply disposed of any white clothes which may have been ‘contaminated’ with the whitener made by Dylon. I had used the product (supplied in sachets) in 3 full washing machines and because I had not segregated the most recently washed clothes I could not be sure which items in my white wardrobe were contaminated and which were ‘OK’. So anything with the slightest risk of containing the allergen went in the garbage (over 8 dustbin bags full – including towels and bed linen).

Day 30 Scars on swollen left arm
Day 30 Scars on swollen left arm
Day 30 Scars on swollen right arm
Day 30 Scars on swollen right arm

A few days later things started to improve – the swelling gradually reduced. I continued to have spots, scars and the red skin rash which all lasted for another 2-3 weeks until the skin started to fall off. The scars on my wrists were particularly painful and prevented me using a keyboard (both the computer sort and my assorted musical instruments). The skin shedding may sound dramatic but it is similar to what happens a couple of weeks after you return from a holiday in which you have managed to acquire a nice brown sun tan. My home looked as if it had a constant sprinkling of snow as skin fell off for a couple of weeks (my vacuum cleaner went through a very active period – often being used twice per day). I actually felt better that the skin was falling off because I believed it was taking the allergen with it – my body appeared to be trying to cleanse itself of the ‘bad’ skin.

In the blog I prepared when this allergic reaction first appeared (link is here) I included a list of the kind of things that might cause allergic contact dermatitis. In case you have a similar reaction and are trying to identify the cause here is the list:

The most common items containing allergic stimulants (allergens) tend to be:

  • laundry washing detergents,
  • fabric conditioners/softeners,
  • perfumes,
  • perfumed soaps, colognes, make-up/cosmetic products,
  • rubber clothing items like gloves,
  • smoke
  • certain kinds of plants (like poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak),
  • dyes and
  • items containing precious metals like nickel and gold.

Sometimes an everyday item may contain an unexpected allergen, for example nickel may be in bra stays, hairpins, eyelash curlers, frames of glassesnecklace clasps, zips, thimbles, watch straps, jewellery and insecticides. These are just some common causes – for a more comprehensive list you should consult your allergy specialist.

By day 36 things had improved considerably although I still itched in all the areas that had been in contact with the allergen – the itching appeared to be my body’s way of encouraging me to get rid of the unwanted skin layers:

Day 36 Right wrist - swelling reduced
Day 36 Right wrist – swelling reduced
Day 36 left wrist swelling reduced
Day 36 left wrist swelling reduced

When you are trying to identify what it is that is causing an outbreak of allergic contact dermatitis it can be helpful to consider the exact location of the skin response. Here is a list which might help you with your investigations:

  • a reaction around the ear-lobes may indicate nickel in an ear ring as the cause.
  • a reaction near the eyes may be due to cosmetics, finger nail products or something that is airborne (pollen, sprays, plant products).
  • Allergens in toothpaste, lip-balm or mouthwash may cause reactions in or around the mouth.
  • If your feet are involved perhaps something in or associated with your shoes is the cause (leather tanning agents, socksgluesinserts, buckles) or a foot powder.
  • The neck region could indicate an allergen contained in cosmetics, aftershave, cologne or perfume. These can often be made worse by sunlight.
  • Antiperspirants and deodorants usually affect the underarm area as do certain textiles, in particular wool.
  • Detergents may be the cause of problems around the hands.

Also consider whether the area affected has been in contact with tarsfibreglass, rubbers (e.g. latex gloves), clothing dyes, chemicals or items treated with chemicals, adhesives (like tapes), soapsdetergents, bleaches, cleaning agents, vinegar, antiseptic or salts of metals.

Between days 30 and 40 I was unable to sleep very much at night – often managing only a couple of hours because of the constant irritation. As a result it was necessary to grab one or two sleeping sessions during the day. This lack of sleep, in addition to the general pain caused by the many scars and the constant itching, made it impossible to continue with my normal daily routine. In total I lost about 6 weeks of work during this allergic response period. After day 40 I was able to return to normal work activities (mainly writing and music production – both of which had been impossible due to the painful scars on my wrists). In fact by day 43 I was able to publish a new music video to celebrate being almost ‘normal’. Here it is:

Actually this is a modern interpretation of a piece written by Vivaldi 300 years ago to describe the suffering of Mary as she watched Jesus being crucified on the cross. Clearly this put my period of allergic suffering into the correct perspective – “however much you may suffer there will always be somebody, somewhere, who is worse off!” I will be adding this piece of music to my next album of baroque interpretations which will be out later in 2015. If you can’t wait and would like to sample all the tracks and their videos now here is the play-list on YouTube:

By day 44 I had made an almost fairly full recovery (OK there were still a few small spots and my skin continued to itch a bit but hopefully this will clear with time). To give hope to any fellow sufferers who are trying to erradicate themselves of their contact allergens here are some pictures taken on day 44. I continue to marvel at the body’s ability to recover from the poisons we inadvertently throw at it. It would be good if manufacturers of products which are known allergens actually provide some more detailed (and graphic) information on the packaging about just what can actually happen when you get an allergic response. In addition to photos they should advise people how long the illness can take to clear up (e.g. a month) and approximately what the rate of sensitivity in the population is (e.g. are 1 in 200 people affected or is it 1 in a 100,000?).

Day 44 Right wrist (front) almost back to normal
Day 44 Right wrist (front) almost back to normal
Day 44 Right wrist (back) almost back to normal
Day 44 Right wrist (back) almost back to normal
Day 44 Front of chest almost back to normal
Day 44 Front of chest almost back to normal

….and to conclude I have included below some before (day 15) and after (day 44) eradication of the allergen photos:

Day 15 after initial irritation - My right chest
Day 15 after initial irritation – My right chest
Day 44 Right side of chest almost back to normal
Day 44 Right side of chest almost back to normal

During the whole of this incident I did not blame my body once for it’s response. If this were a killer virus or a carcinogen I would be very grateful that my body mobilised its best storm-troopers to kill the invader (storm-troopers here are killer white blood cells or T-lymphocytes)

If you are a fellow sufferer – good luck with your efforts.

Comments gratefully received via the comments box below. If you know anyone who may benefit from the information here please do not hesitate to share this article.

Chris Duggleby

PS Allergy Sufferers may also find the following article of interest:

Torture In The Shower – Face and Body Soap Allergies – Main Suspect: Pears Transparent Soap

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While you read why not listen to my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (all tracks are also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer to listen to my electro/techno album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine may appear to be a slightly inflammatory heading for a serious medical news article but in this case it is very apt.

X-ray crystallographic structure of the Norovirus Coat
X-ray crystallographic structure of the Norovirus Coat

This subject was drawn to my attention by a recent article in the German Press under the heading “Washing machines are washing too cold” (the original article in German ‘Waschmaschinen waschen zu kalt” can be found by following the link here). The article referred to the results of a recent series of tests carried out by the German testing organisation ‘Stiftung Warentest’ (published on 27th December 2012 –  original German Article covering the testing of 52 washing machines can be found by following the link here).

In the latest tests carried out by this German testing organisation 14 washing machines were tested for a number of factors ranging from their energy efficiency to whether they actually washed at the temperatures stated on the dial. According to the article the washing machines achieved very good ratings with regard to their energy efficiency allowing them to achieve an Energy Saving Category rating of A+++. However they did this by not washing at the specified temperature (particularly when programmed to wash at 60C). None of the 14 machines tested washed at 60C, they only reached temperatures of 50C or in some cases even 45C, despite being programmed to wash at 60C.

This reduction in washing temperature can lead to important health implications, especially in households where someone is seriously ill. In particular noroviruses and fungal spores can be very hardy and although they struggle to survive at 60C once the washing machine gets down to the 40’s it almost acts as an incubator. This is made worse because many detergents used today have been designed to be environmentally friendly. What this means in practice is that they break-down very easily: many low temperature detergents, especially the colour friendly ones, actually provide the bugs with nutrients. Their very biodegradability turns them into a tasty little meals for microbes, especially if they are warmed up slightly. There is nothing microbes like more than a nice broth – especially if they can swim in it for a long period of time. Long incubation periods are another characteristic of modern washing machines – they just run and run – in an attempt to drive the dirt from the clothes out of sheer boredom. Microbial heaven!

Transmission electron micrograph of norovirus particles in feces
Transmission electron micrograph of norovirus particles in feces

So in this period of hyperactivity for noroviruses we are potentially increasing their dissemination within our households by using very energy-efficient washing machines which take bits of fecal matter and lumps of vomit from Daddy’s undies or handkerchiefs and plonks them onto Jemima’s pillowcase. And just to avoid the bugs enduring too much stress we are providing them with some nice biodegradable nutrients on the way so that they will be nice and fit to infect their new host with super virulence.

Is it a big surprise that the instance of norovirus infections (Winter Vomiting Sickness) appears to be surging at the moment? For any German visitors to this website there was another interesting article on this subject published in 2009 – the link can be found here. It described an unpublished study in which the ability of wash programmes to spread Staphylococcus Aureus from one piece of washing to another is dramatically increased when washing at 30C rather than 60C. This spreading of microbes is also accelerated by the use of low bleach containing washing powders. Antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus is one of the nasty killers that has been the scourge of many hospitals in recent years – the article goes on to explain that the environmentally friendly washing machine may well be helping to spread such antibiotic resistant strains through modern households.

The battle ground has moved on from the hospital to the domestic kitchen!

There is however an upside to this technological development. Because the washing machines take much longer to clean and the temperatures are at best ‘warm’ the German bed bugs are among some of the cleanest in the world. If you stay in the local hotels you can be assured their bed bugs have been cleaned several times over. Stop scratching!

Keep a vigilant eye open for those nasty killer bugs. Forewarned is forearmed.

Chris Duggleby. 

Very clean human louse - probably after a cool wash cycle
Very clean human louse – probably after a cool wash cycle

If you found this article interesting please consider taking a look at some of my other recent reports on similar subjects.

Just click on the titles below:

…starting with some more serious stuff…

28th Feb 2017: Vaccinations Cause Children to Masturbate, as well as Dyslexia, Autism, Sleep Disorders and Brain Tumours

17th Jan 2016 Bubonic Plague Special – Lice – Hosts for The Black Death Bug

13th Jan 2016 Kill Head Lice In A Day With The Newly Developed Plasma Nitcomb From The German Fraunhofer Institute

8th Jan 2016 Cancer from Handbags, Shoes and Gloves – Allergic Reactions to Jewellery – German Institute Identifies Excessive Chromium 6 and Nickel Levels

13th December 2015 Health Risk – Potential Carcinogens Found in Advent Calendar Chocolates – German Investigation

26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners

25th October 2015: Health Risks: Food allergy prevention – Latest research ‘feed infants early with allergenic food

17th October 2015: Health Risk: Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help cancer cells become malignant – latest research from Texas

31st May 2015: German Concern about Potentially Carcinogenic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Cosmetics  

11th May 2014: Product Development Risk: New Air Conditioning Coolant Gas Produces Carbonyl Difluoride (Highly Toxic – Related to WW1 Gas Phosgene) in Vehicle Fires

16th April 2014: Ethical Pricing: Same Drug – For Leukaemia 21 Euro (Now Withdrawn) – For Multiple Sclerosis 888 Euro

6th April 2014: Product Quality Risk: Shoes Sold On-line By Zalando Recalled Due To Chromium 6 Contamination – Known Allergen And Carcinogen

and here are some fun reports…

21st June 2015: Bio-undies: Guilt free Passion with ‘Easy Emma’ and ‘Loose Harry’and Getting Rid of Garden Snails with Rent-a-Duck

4th March 2015: Hamburg Reeperbahn (St. Pauli): Germans install walls that urinate on passers-by

19th April 2014: German Police Catch Hedgehogs Testing Home Made Crash Helmets in Saarbrücken

17th April 2014: Niche On-line Dating Services (Specialities: Herpes, Thrush and Genital Warts)

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

You can also find some of my more humorous reports in the Alpine Press section of this site using the link here.