Why Chemical Sensitivity Should Not Be Ignored
- November 29, 2019
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When I visit a petrol pump to fill petrol, I’m appalled about the worker’s conditions, i.e. continuously inhaling petrochemicals. Similarly is the plight of security guards working in the cellular of malls parking the vehicles and subjected to a host of chemicals apart from carbon monoxide. I had seen enough number of patients suffering from migraine getting into problems because of their colleagues wearing perfume & deodorants.
So this blog is for you to know about how chemicals affect the body.
Chemical sensitivity is a physical reality that our society must recognize. In Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2005 47 (5): 518-522) reported that 11.2% of those studies were hypersensitive to chemicals. Another random population survey conducted by the same scientists (Perspective of Environmental Health 2003; 111 (1): 1490-1497) found that 1.8% of their total sample not only had limited work capacity but lost their jobs due to hypersensitivity to chemicals at work.
The word “sensitivity” implies that small exposures cause big problems. Ninety thousand chemicals that often circulate in our modern world seems to cause more problems for humans. In the case of chemical hypersensitivity people, even at low levels of chemical stress, various symptoms occur, and intensity ranges from unpleasant to temporary or even permanent. Too often, this condition is not recognized, because it gradually leads to poor health, reduced activity stresses social relations and reduces labour productivity.
However, it is not surprising that sensitivity to low levels of chemical pollution seems alarming in our modern world. Over the past ten years, various researchers estimate that chemical exposure continues to increase and that the symptoms that cause this exposure to become debilitating, often resulting in reduced labour productivity and sometimes loss of work.
What is Chemical Sensitivity?
A recent random population study by Caress and Steinemann (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) chemical sensitivity is a specific chronic disorder that is slowly gaining proper public recognition. Recent estimates suggest that chemical sensitivity, i.e. hyperreactivity to various environmental factors (also referred to as triggers) can affect about 10-15% of the Indian population.
The increasing awareness of this frequent annoying, which can reduce devastating consequences and sometimes stops illness completely. It is mostly due to the efforts of environmentalists who have fought for a long time against the harmful effects of countless exposures to the body and brain of some very vulnerable individuals.
How This Chemical Sensitivity Occurs?
We believe that these chemically vulnerable modern coal mines have essential lessons if we don’t want to listen, namely that the hyperreactivity shown in people with chemical sensitivity is an early warning of the potential danger of alarming poisoning. Our entire population gets exposed through many chemical contaminants from people who are regularly exposed. In other words, the fact that chemically sensitive people are very vulnerable to toxic injuries must remind us of the disturbing fact that our modern industrial society, despite its many benefits, can ultimately endanger the health of all of us.
Symptoms Caused By Chemical Sensitivity?
Depending on the severity of the sensitivity, symptoms caused by exposure to toxic compounds can range from subtle to dramatic, mild to extreme. And every organ system in the body can be affected. The most common symptoms are headache, fatigue, weakness, muscle and joint pain, depression and irritability, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, impaired memory and concentration, complaints of breathing and swallowing, coughing, gas, and swelling, urination and urgency, blurred vision, palpitations and chest pain, nasal congestion and sinus pressure, burning eyes and nose and rashes.
Severe is the fact that certain human-made chemicals, such as pesticides, are specifically designed to kill living things by poisoning their nervous system. It is not surprising that they also damage the human brain.
Common Incitants That Causes Chemical Sensitivity?
Common incitants include the following:
- Substances which are widely known as poisons, for example,
- natural gas
- Oil-based solvents such as toluene and benzene,
- volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as formaldehyde;
- Heavy metals such as mercury and aluminium
- The potentially dangerous fungi and mycotoxin that secrete toxically
- Tobacco smoking
- Phthalate and other endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A, contained in plastic
- Flame retardants such as PBDE; and car exhaust.
- These substances, are rarely classified as toxic, include synthetic fragrances such as perfumes, air fresheners, and other “fragrant” products. Print a newspaper; personal care products; Detergent and softener; household cleaners; and contains fluoride water and toothpaste.
- In general, there are many pollutants in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
Sometimes sensitivity develops due to sudden and terrible exposure to chemical contaminants. However, sensitivity sometimes caused by the cumulative effect of repeated exposure to low doses of chemicals over long periods. Strangely, only certain people have apparent symptoms in response to this toxic exposure. Others may be affected at the subclinical level but may not show evident signs; others may not have a negative effect.
We know that several factors (including genetic and environmental factors) contribute to overall clinical outcomes. However, we still don’t know what causes environmental sensitivity or why some people develop chemical sensitivity, and others don’t.
More generally, the scientific literature provides broad support for the concept that
initial challenges and the subsequent emergence of chronic health problems can be caused by exposure to chemicals. All of the stimulants mentioned above (from pesticides to perfume) can trigger a series of physiological reactions that can destroy and deactivate people who are susceptible to sensitivity to chemicals. In general, any environmental stress (from infection to physical trauma to mental stress factors) can accelerate hyper-reactivity in one of the regulators of one’s brain or body.
It is regrettable that although the body of research literature is increasingly developing in peer-reviewed journals that demonstrate the physical/biochemical reality of both chemical toxicity and chemical sensitization. Many people in authority positions are aware of widespread environmental problems and illness.
Treatment to Chemical Sensitivity Patient:
Early detection of chemical sensitivity can save those suffering from extraordinary physical and mental disabilities and start unique therapies specifically designed to reduce the total burden of the body from toxic contaminants and replenish all body reserves. Minimizing subsequent exposure, improving body nutrition, calming the overactive immune system, and other supporting measures will significantly reduce symptoms and greatly contribute to restoring the quality of life of people suffering from this unfortunate disease.
Although such treatments help many people with mild to moderate symptoms, some people have suffered such severe injuries that they (unable to work or function alone) depend on their survival to receive outside assistance. “Water, food, and shelter are less toxic.
Although most doctors believe that exposure to high concentrations of toxic chemicals makes most people sick, conflicts arise when exposed to these chemicals is low. However, it must recognize that people who are susceptible to fatal injury (both due to genetic and environmental factors) can be vulnerable to chronic exposure to low toxin levels so that subsequent exposure can occur reactivity. Exposure to less than 1% of those who would disturb the “average person” can harm people who are chemically injured.
While the issue of chemical sensitivity is increasingly recognized, those affected may still find it difficult or even impossible to function at school or work. Unfortunately, the concerns of students and workers exposed to low-dose chemical exposure do not always take seriously. Such people can be criticized or even distracted for fear of expressing their concerns.
Besides, they can treat as if their condition is “everything in their heads”. Although those who have chemical sensitivity may or may not have psychological difficulties, the consequences can be tragic if the “management” of chemically sensitive patients only accounts for mental, not physical.
A critical factor in the assessment of patients who are sensitive to chemicals is the fact that many of these patients look not only healthy but also feel healthy. However, its appearance can be deceptive, making it easier for doctors to ignore the diagnosis of chemical sensitivity.
The apparent health of such patients can indeed be the result of the body’s ability to adapt to environmental problems by consuming resources to bring the system back to homeostatic balance – in this case, bodily adjustments (temporarily), to mask the underlying sensitivity.
However, over time, the system reserves run out, apparent symptoms of an excessive reaction to toxic exposure occur when the mask is removed, and the patient’s health begins to deteriorate. It underscores the importance of early detection and intervention to stem the spiral of increasing awareness and impaired quality of life.
Every effort must be made to reduce the patient’s constant exposure to chemicals and to support the patient’s self-healing power. If these corrective actions do not follow, the patient’s health can continue to be affected by prolonged exposure to the toxins. Contact Dr Saxena Clinic at 040-23428989, 040-66752014 for more information about chemical sensitivity caused illness and for the best treatment.
About the Doctor:
Dr Saxena is the founder and director of Dr Saxena Integrative Medicine Pvt Ltd, recognized by the DIPP Government of India. It is popular for developing a plan for the transformation of healthcare in India, which includes strategies for developing effective and affordable care for all Indians.
Dr Saxena considers each patient to be unique and seeks to combine treatment methods in both conventional and biological medicine to formulate protocols that are best suited to the individual patient. He has practised holistic and integrative medicine for over fifteen years and worked for over ten years as a Board-Certified specialist in Clinical Metal Toxicologist.
Over the years, Dr Saxena has helped people with chronic health problems using the latest advances in complementary & integrative medicine, which emphasizes science-based natural therapies in place of surgery & prescription medications. With vast experience in the field of Radiology (interventional), he has done extensive work in AUTISM & vaccine safety. He adopted chronic disease management programs using novel treatment procedures like detoxification, metabolic weight loss, nontoxic cancer therapies (immune modulation, nutraceuticals), external counter-pulsation (non-surgical bypass), Ozone & HYPERBARICS therapy for addressing various ailments. The essence of his practice is balancing the physiology and biochemistry at the cellular level by removing toxicity and & correcting oxygen levels.
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