Allergic reactions to chemicals are multiplying. We’re exposed every day to more chemicals than any generation in history. One-third of Americans have sensitivities to chemicals! Nearly 55% of all U.S. citizens tests positive for one or more allergens. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), now called a “silent epidemic,” alone affects at least 15 million Americans, most of them women and children. Over 4 1/2 billion pounds of pesticides are used in America every year! (76 million pounds in our homes alone.)
Irritants include a wide range of toxins: paints and household cleaners, solvents, nail polish, benzene, fluoride, formaldehyde, chemicals in carpeting and dry cleaning. Other culprits include: gas stoves, asbestos from older buildings, chlorine bleach, laundry detergent, fabric softener, nail polish remover, synthetic perfumes, moth balls and insect repellents.
Repeated chemical exposures set off rampant free radical reactions, as well as allergic responses. (Free radical damage to liver function from environmental pollutants also lowers histamine levels.) Environmental illness, sick buildings, Gulf War syndrome, nerve damage, attention deficit disorder in children, latex and insecticide allergies, are only the latest in a growing list.
Worse, chemical sensitivities initiate other allergy reactions, so that the sufferer becomes allergic to nearly everything else.
Signs that you might have type 2 allergies to chemicals.
2 or more signs may indicate a problem.
• Unexplained migraine headaches? Usually with nausea or diarrhea? Sensitive to light or noise?
• Frequent skin rashes, burning, stinging eyes?
• Feel “under the weather” no matter how much sleep you get? Are your ears ringing, especially at night?
• Frequent colds and flu, or chronic respiratory inflammation?
• Do you have an autoimmune condition like M.S., rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus?
• Are you regularly exposed to toxic metals, chemicals or minerals at work?
• Gained or lost weight recently for no reason? (Chemical allergies may cause abnormal metabolism
• Dizziness, vertigo, shortness of breath?
• Do you use pesticides in your house or yard?
• Have you ever had breast implants?
• Is your memory unusually bad?
Diet & Lifestyle Support
1. Have one each daily: 1) a glass of fresh carrot juice; 2) a carrot/beet/cucumber juice; 3) a cup of miso soup with sea veggies; 4) a bowl of high fiber cereal to bind and eliminate toxins in the GI tract. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, and lecithin granules.
2. Eat organically grown foods when possible. Avoid canned foods. Avoid caffeine, which inhibits liver filtering, and foods sprayed with colorants, waxes or ripening agents.
3. Eat legumes and sea veggies to excrete lead from your system. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower help metabolize excess estrogen from hormone mimicking chemicals. Eat a daily apple if you’re in a polluted area. Apple pectin removes metal toxins.
Interceptive therapy: Choose 2 to 3 recommendations.
1. Detoxify your blood: for 6 weeks, Toxin Detox caps (with amla fruit, seaweed, apple pectin), or • Glutathione 150mg daily; • Tyrosine 500mg daily; use • magnesium 800mg.
2. Support your liver: Liver Renew with Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea for 1 month to restore the liver. Then • milk thistle seed extract; or • triphala caps; • B-complex 100mg daily with extra B6 and pantothenic acid.
3. Neutralize histamine reactions: D-congest spray (good results). • Bilberry extract (natural quercetin), or • Quercetin1000mg with bromelain 500mg take down swelling.
Most effective against chemical allergies: acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Take a sauna once a week to accelerate toxin release.