Originally Posted by mobius.media
In my case, when I last used my old mineral wool panels, in Ready Acoustics bags, and additionally plastic wrapped, after just a few full days around them I had bloodshot eyes and my throat was raw. By the fourth or fifth I could not take it any more. These were not symptoms one would expect with fiber release, and my plastic was sealed well.
So now its not the inhalation of free fibrous material, nor the potential for minute quantities of VOCs to offgas over time - assuming the product is newly manufactured and has not been stored for a reasonable time, but now the claim is that VOCs are able to migrate in significant quantities at high rates across sealed plastic barriers!
And so the claims escalate!
Whatever you say.
Well now we all can understand the source of sick building syndrome - its caused by the use of Fiberglass and or mineral wool insulation. Forget plywood, OSB, carpet, adhesives, paints and lacquers, carpet, flooring, particleboard, cabinets, countertops, paneling and other building products, let alone cleaning products, clothes detergents, deodorants, perfumes or any other common personal products and just about all of the common household chemicals. And ignore the fact that basalt based insulation is comprised of non-respirable fibers
whose diameter averages 9-15 microns.
You might want to do a bit more examining of how the fabric
cover was dyed.
The fact that some are allergic to peanuts does not render the peanut a threat to the masses. And an exception does not a rule make.
And I would avoid any building not insulated with polyicynene which should take some doing, seeing as how silicone and basalt based insulation are the most widely used. As well as those employing plywood, OSB, carpet, adhesives, paints and lacquers, upholstery, any kind of composite wood products, plastics, carpet, flooring, particleboard, cabinets, countertops, paneling and other building products, let alone cleaning products, clothes detergents, deodorants, perfumes or any other common personal products.As all have been shown to be sources of substantially greater amounts of VOCs!
Not to mention the millions who work with the manufacture and installation of Fiberglass based products not reporting significant adverse affects. Nor of the power of belief to influence physical reaction to various materials. One might also want to reference the VERY significant issues
modern drug makers are now encountering in the testing of pharmaceuticals!
Again, the risk analysis for the majority of the population renders concern with mineral based insulation is minimal - and even the opponents still listing the danger of Fiberglass to be the inhalation of fibers
(who are still touting the claim of Fiberglass being a carcinogen despite the EPA's and OSHA's insistence that it is not)! They might want to at least get their message consistent! With organics offering little real advantage with their more potentially harmful fibrous nature and the fact that these are treated as well with borax variants for both fire and pest resistance.
I am sorry for your experience, but it is not cause for the majority of folks to eschew what has proven perfectly acceptable for the VAST majority of the population. Especially as you are now positing the problem not as loose fiber or the open close proximity release of VOCs, but as SEALED mineral based insulation. No one
, not even the most zealous opponents of VOCs and/or fibrous inhalants, have extended the concept so far!
Apparently now the effectiveness of Fiberglass and Basalt based insulation is reaching the homeopathic
Maybe the insulation manufacturers should learn from the lessons learned by the pharmacological
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And next, maybe we can discuss the banning of liver for all based upon my personal reaction to it! Or of how I am literally scared of benedryl (
diphenhydramine), as I have stood in a COLD shower, literally falling asleep standing up after having taken 1/2 a tablet for hayfever symptoms over 6 hours previously! Ban that too based upon my personal reaction! And as reasonable(sic) as that suggestion might seem to ME, it is absurd to assume the same reaction for all and to impose such draconian measures on others because of an exceptional case.
The answer is simply for me to perform my due diligence and to avoid it and to pursue alternative means.
Reasonable caution is ALWAYS prudent. And I am certainly not suggesting a cavalier attitude toward any material! If you choose to avoid it and seek alternative materials, that is indeed your prerogative! But it makes no sense to denigrate a product based on a belief that a sealed product poses a significant source of harm that is simply not supported by the experiences of the vast majority of the population over substantial time frames - especially in the context of a plethora of additional materials that dominate the living space with demonstrated issues regarding VOCs that are selectively ignored. ...Regardless of whether you get hives just thinking about it!