UNDERSTANDING CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES
The brain is the primary target organ in chemical reactions. Chemicals are deposited in fat cells, and the brain has a very high fat content. Smooth muscle is also a major responder in both food and chemical sensitivities. However, chronic symptoms and illness to various environmental elements can affect any system or organ of the body.
ABOUT CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES
We live in a world that is becoming more and more polluted. Everyday we are exposed to a myriad of chemicals from the soaps, lotions and personal care products we use. Many from carpeting and cleaning products used in our homes. And that doesn’t include copy machines and inks and other indoor pollutants we breathe in our workplaces. The outside air filled with smoke and industrial toxins adds to this chemical soup. No wonder most people today suffer with some type of allergy or ailment!
Our immune systems are expected to work overtime to detoxify and eliminate these toxins from our blood streams. In addition, our bodies are so malnourished that they can’t operate efficiently. The amount of processed, chemical laden foods has doubled in the past fifty years, along with the growth of chemicals!
- Cerebral: Confusion, depression, anger, “brain fog,” inability to concentrate, apathy, emotional instability, mental fatigue, light-headedness, and lethargy. Extreme reactions can result in psychosis, disorientation, regression, and sometimes hallucinations, delusions, and amnesia.
- Respiratory: Coughing, bronchitis, asthma, and “air hunger.”
- Gastrointestinal and Urinary: Excessive thirst, eating or drinking binges, diarrhea, constipation, urgency and frequency of urination, nausea and vomiting, as, dry mouth, bad or metallic taste in the mouth, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, and gallbladder symptoms.
- Neurological: Headaches, neck aches, nerve pain, muscle pain, arthritis, chest pain, fainting, restless legs, and numbness.
- Ear, Nose, and Throat: Ringing in ears, dizziness, cough, itching inside ears, hypersensitivity to noise, rhinitis, nasal obstruction, and stuffy nose.
- Skin: Hives, acne, blisters, eczema, itching, and burning.
- Eye: Vision disturbances, watery eyes, light sensitivity, eye pain, swelling around eyes, and drooping, itching, swollen, or red eyelids.
- Musculoskeletal: Fatigue, muscle pain, cramps, weakness, joint pain, stiffness, and lack of coordination.
WHAT CAUSES CHEMICAL AND FOOD ALLERGIES?
- Low immune function
- Strong pesticide exposure
- Chemical exposure
- Poor absorption of essential vitamins and minerals
- Mercury amalgam fillings
- Emotional factors
- Environmental Factors
- Surgery – Drugs
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL ALLERGY OR SENSITIVITY?
A condition in which the sensitive individual reacts to everyday chemicals used on ones skin and hair, in the laundry, and in cleaning. Reactions to formaldehyde in new clothing and carpets and pressed wood furniture is also common. Pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, glues, paints, plastics and cigarette smoke are always bothersome.
Chemical reactions can also have cardiovascular effects. Dr. William Rea has shown in studies on nonatherosclerotic patients that angina symptoms can be triggered by exposures to various chemicals. Other cardiovascular symptoms include heart pounding, racing, palpitations and irregular beats; edema; fainting; flushing, pallor phlebitis (vein inflammation); and purpura (hemorrhaging under the skin).
- Pesticides: used in most restaurants and cafeterias to kill insects,. (You may wonder why you choked in a restaurant or didn’t feel well) Raid and Home Defense are highly toxic!
- Herbicides: used in lawn fertilizers as crab grass and weed killers, Round-up and similar products contain 24-D which is Agent Orange! Yes, and we put this on our lawns and allow children to crawl on the grass. No wonder our babies are irritable or get a rash! This is the beginning of the development of allergies.
- Germicides: all antibacterial soaps
- Paints: latex and oil based, acrylic artist paints, freshly painted plastics and metals. Blues tend to contain cobalt, a heavy metal that individuals react to.
- Cleaning Products: contain cresol, petroleum products, phenols, nitrobenzenes…all toxic and cause kidney and liver damage.
- Glues: in plywood and pressed wood, plumbing (PVC), some manufactured furniture, wood glue, craft glue guns.
- Formaldehyde: carpets, furniture, pressed board and plywood (indoor plywood has more than outdoor), cleaning products, toothpaste, hair spray, chewing gum.
- Chlorine: water, bleach, tooth whiteners, cleaning products
- Fluoride: water, toothpaste
- Coconut: oil found in soaps, shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, cosmetics, candy bars and in the form of coconut oil or palm oil in snacks. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is coconut oil.
- Metals: jewelry, metal pots, and fillings, brass and metal headboards on beds
- Alcohol: alcoholic beverages, colognes and perfumes, essential oils, vanilla flavoring
- Turpines: pine trees, turpentine, paint clean-up products
- Food preservatives and dyes: all processed foods
- Molds and Fungi: yeast breads, candida, mushrooms, moldy bathrooms or basements
NAET- Allergy Elimination
NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. It’s a natural, drugless, painless, non-invasive method that can be used safely from a one-day-old infant to anyone of advanced age. Allergens and chemicals are cleared (treated) with this technique. Best results are obtained if allergens are cleared in a specific sequence.
As more and more families are affected, the awareness and shift to eating organic foods and reducing chemical use in the home is beginning. Don’t wait until a loved one has cancer or a chronic illness. Learn to recognize and treat the subtle signs of an allergy before becoming severely food and chemically sensitive. The body wants to stay in balance and it will heal with the proper treatments.
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