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    Interesting. How many of us have had considerable exposure to these substances, I wonder?

    I spent quite a while in my dad's studio as a kid, and it absolutely reeked of paint, turpentine, fixative, whatever substances artists use. As a young adult I worked for a few years in a small, poorly ventilated office where we used what is now called White-Out. At the time it was called Sno-Pake, and we used quantities of it because we spent the day editing manuscripts, often whiting out entire paragraphs of text. Toluene was the ingredient involved that had quite an odor.

    One of my co-workers at the time died a few years later (at 38) of leukemia. I don't know if it might have been because he'd inhaled so much of that stuff but have occasionally wondered.
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    I've had exposure to MANY solvents working on my cars. And I silkscreened for years, and there were days when I walked out to my car to leave in the afternoon, and felt "buzzed" from breathing in all the vapors of solvents used throughout the day. Oh, and I smoked.
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    They also implicate the use of cosmetics, but dunno the type or extent of it.

    I had no known heavy exposure to organic solvents.

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    Maybe the acetone in nail polish remover? It’s all I can think of that’s close to “cosmetics.”

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    I can think of many people, including my Dad and Jim, who smoked and worked around solvents. Cancer? Yes. MS? No. We have friends, who are hair stylists and make up artists, and they don't have MS. Other health problems ~ yes. I had regular perms in the 80s and 90s, and my nails were always painted. I have RA, but I was diagnosed with that, when I was 22.

    We're all exposed to environmental pollution. Insecticides used on our food (except for organic). After we bought our home, we learned that we were in proximity to a Superfund Toxic Waste Site.

    Perhaps I am missing something in this article, which sets the study participants apart from others, who've been exposed to the same solvents, and/or who smoked, and didn't get MS. Is it a predisposition or a genetic connection?

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    Interesting study. While I was exposed to smoking as a child -- both parents smoked, older brother started smoking a pipe at 17 -- there wasn't much exposure to other solvents. And I wasn't near a farm (grew up in a suburb). As far as I know, I'm the only one in my intimate and extended family who has MS.

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    They also implicate the use of cosmetics, but dunno the type or extent of it.
    Howie, maybe you'll stop applying such heavy eyeshadow, and stop sleeping with it on every night?
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    Cool

    But Sam does the same thing, so I figured if it was okay for her, it was okay for me!
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    Sam looks really weird in that rouge though.

    (Just my opinion. No offense meant, Sam.)

    Is it a predisposition or a genetic connection?
    Rose, I think that the article is stating that those with a genetic risk of MS--as determined by whether they carry a certain allele in their genetic makeup--may be more inclined to mount an immune response when exposed to some organic solvents, but they're having trouble figuring out which solvents and how much of them is too much.
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