By Carolyn Gorman
What is chemical sensitivity?
Chemical Sensitivity is an abnormal response to chemical stimuli; such
as immune responses to perfume, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, newsprint,
cleaning chemicals, etc.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of chemical sensitivity are individual in nature and include
sneezing, shortness of breath, irritated eyes, runny nose, muscle weakness,
numbness, joint pain, headache, fatigue, depression, disorientation, heart
irregularities, skin rashes, etc.
What can cause it?
Chemical sensitivity can be caused by several different factors which
There are several indications and ways of determining chemically sensitivity
When chemicals enter the body some are quickly eliminated by body functioning,
others circulate in the blood until metabolized or until stored in fatty
tissue, liver and/or brain.
How do we treat chemical sensitivity?
Reduce Total Load: Since those who are chemically sensitive are in an
"over-load" it is important that they reduce their total load wherever
Chemically sensitive individuals usually suffer from specific nutritional
deficiencies which can be improved by a rotary diversified balanced diet
and by taking the proper vitamins and minerals.
EAT & DRINK SAFE FOOD & WATER:
Reduce exposure to pesticides and other chemicals in foods by eating
only organically grown meat and produce. Use only bottled or filtered water
for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Carefully choose the personal products you use to avoid chemicals which
can be present in:
Filtration & Purification Controls
Create a healthy inside environment for yourself by using:
In Your Home
Many products used in the home can contain harmful chemicals. Use the
less-toxic alternatives in:
There are many additional opportunities for chemical exposure in the
workplace. In addition to the above items, a chemically sensitive individual
should be aware of possible problems created by:
1. Be aware of your limits
2. Take a brief retreat from the chemical world for healing
3. Substitute less-toxic products
Some Common Chemical Exposures & Their Dangers
Pine Oil GI irritant
Chlorine Respiratory irritant
Chlorinated hydrocarbons CNS, Liver,
Kidneys, & Mucous membrane irritant
Ammonia Mucous membrane irritant
Lead Affects Brain & Blood
Organophosphates Nerve toxins
Organochlorides CNS, Liver, Kidneys,
& Mucous membrane irritant
Alcohols CNS & Mucous membrane irritant
Aromatic hydrocarbons CNS, Liver,
Kidneys, Immune & Vascular Systems
Aldehydes Carcinogen & Mucous
Aliphatic hydrocarbons CNS, &
CNS=Central Nervous System