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mbunafan
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PostPosted: 2005.05.10(Tue)20:01    Post subject: Migraines caused by graphite... Reply with quote

This is strange, but I get splitting headaches from graphite, which I believe is pure carbon. Coal and diamond are also carbon, but they do not affect me in such a way. One time in the fourth grade, for some un-Godly reason, I picked up a broken pencil and pretended to smoke it like a cigarette. I got a little lightheaded, and later it became painful. Finally by gym class I was puking my guts out. And in grade school I had usually come home with light headaches, sometime really bad ones. In middle school, when I started writing with pens, they didn't occur as much. I became conscious of the problem, but I didn't know if it was the "lead" or the rubber eraser. A while back I picked up a huge chunk of pure graphite in a geology seminar and held it under my nose. Instant headache. Can anyone offer an explination?

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Laskey
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)2:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like a chemical sensitivity. I say that because allergies, in contrast, are supposed to be a reaction specifically to proteins, not just any chemical. Can you minimize your exposure somehow? If you must work with pencils, some grades of graphite are harder (No.1 pencils are more loosely packed graphite that can smear and travel, No. 2 pencils are a bit harder, and maybe you can also find higher grades than No. 2.) Laskey
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)13:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It sounds like a chemical sensitivity.

Must be. I figured that before, but when I found out graphite was pure carbon, that baffled me. And carbon, of all the elements out there... It is in like every organic material out there. Coal is pure carbon isn't it? That doesn't make me sick, or I don't think. If coal is carbon, why one does one form of it make me sick and not the other?
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