In the Modern Era of Chemicals and Toxins


How the chemicals and toxins around us both indoors and outdoors burden our bodies, can cause us to be chemically sensitive and lead to many serious diseases and premature aging.

Leading an Environmentally Healthier Life Style

The road to environmental health begins with understanding how chemically and organically generated toxins and other harmful substances all around us can burden our minds and bodies, can cause us to become chemically sensitive and can lead to many serious diseases and premature aging. We need to be considering how to save ourselves from our environment!

Chemical Burdens

There are many chemicals, toxins and microorganism in the outside air that effect our homes, our food and water supplies, and more important, our health. Most of the pollution is caused by burning fossil fuels; the use of chemical-based materials and products in manufacturing, mining, construction and our homes; the extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and naturally occurring methane gas and mold toxins.

Indoor air is compromised by chemical out-gassing from carpets, furniture, building materials, cleaning and bathing supplies, decorative items, scented/perfumed products and other materials we use. The worse the outsides air pollution is, the more we are affected inside. What is most important, is the total load on our body? The chemicals that cause these burdens are ever present in homes, schools and places of work and recreation. Exposure to sudden accidents with or spills of hazardous materials can quickly overburden our immune systemís ability to deal with them.

Chemically Sensitivity

Environmental medicine tells us that when our immune system is overburdened our body reacts with many different kinds of symptoms in order to communicate to us that we need to change our situation or our lifestyle. Some of the more common symptoms are head, neck, shoulder, back, stomach and joint aches. In addition, tearing, sneezing, coughing, more serious respiratory problems and weakness in the legs can be added to the list. Disorientation, inability to concentrate, hyper and aggressive behavior and/or depression can be exhibited when we are chemically sensitive.

Obviously, each of us are biochemical individuals and can experience different reactions and symptoms too exactly the same chemical exposures. When you regularly experience any of these reactions or symptoms, the question can be: What is causing them? Environmental medicine concentrates on diagnosing and treating these who have become chemically sensitive. And, in recommending ways to reduce the chemical and toxic load on you so that you will not become overburdened.

A good beginning to how you may improve your own environment and situation is by becoming better informed. The "Ten Helpful Hints" included in this brochure will get you started on the road to a safer, healthier lifestyle.

More information, books and environment-tally safer products are available at The American Environmental Health Foundation. Tel. (214)361-9515 (800)428-2343 or visit us on the internet at

Environmentally Triggered Diseases

The Boomer and X generations are the first groups of Americans to experience the full impact of all the chemical and toxic materials that have been developed since World War II. Their use and application are continuing and escalating even today.

The Cato Institute of Washington, D.C., reports that the potential demand for health care services is virtually unlimited because in the U.S.A. about 83 million people suffer insomnia, 70 million people have severe headaches, 32 million have arthritis, 23 million have allergies, and 16 million have bad backs

Organically and chemically generated toxins can trigger many of these health problems. Also, on this list of environmentally triggered diseases are cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, asthma, joint deterioration, gastrointestinal illness and premature aging. Experts in the field indicate that as many as 25% of our population will become chemically sensitive during their lifetimes.

Ten Helpful Hints for Leading a Longer and Environmentally Healthier Lifestyle

Indoor Air Quality

1. Replace heating/air conditioning filters with ones which can be washed frequently.

2. Keep all chemical and toxic cleaning supplies, paints, solvents and adhesives out of living areas. Store in detached garage or building if possible.

3. Use nontoxic laundry, dish washing, bathing and hair care products. Avoid scented products such as perfumes, cologne, commercial soaps and hair sprays.

4. Keep all areas of home dry and free of moisture. Use dehumidifier in problem areas and throw away moldy (toxic) clothing and materials

5. Avoid use of toxic pesticides in your home and yard.

6. Limit purchases and use of new carpets, upholster, plywood, wallboard and the adhesives used in installation. Each contains toxic chemicals that will out gas in your home for a long period of time.

7. Look for and use non toxic paints, varnishes and wood finishing materials. If use is necessary, always utilize in some well-ventilated places, preferably outside.

Water Quality

8. Use carbon/ceramic water filters encased in steel for drinking, bathing and laundry.

9. Always use glass containers for water and other beverages.

10. Become pro-active in learning more about environmentally triggered diseases.

A Helpful Solution

In 1975 the American Environmental Health Foundation was founded to fund and conduct medical research and education in the environmental aspects of health and disease. The Foundation Store provides more than 1,500 environmentally safe products for the home, office and school including:

Air Filters and Purifiers, Pollutant Detection Kits, Organic Cotton Clothing, Cotton Bath and Bedding

Household Cleaning Products, Personal Care Products

Home Improvement Products: Paints, Sealers, Stains, Caulks, Adhesives, Saunas

Lawn, Garden and Pet Products, Water Filtration Systems, Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

"How to" Books and Articles, and Information about environmentally triggered diseases and their prevention.







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