Could toxic overload be the key to multiple chemical sensitivity? Mainstream doctors don’t believe that a chemical overload is possible.
For three years, we lived in a cabin with toxic mold in the walls, and my immune system got lost in the woods somewhere.
A lady I met said that she fell into a vat of industrial cleaning fluid at work and now she’s allergic to the world.
Maybe you have your own story of the chemical overload that you are still struggling to recover from?
A lot of doctors pooh-pooh the idea of toxic overload, but increasingly health care experts are suggesting that some people might have overloaded their bodies with toxins and now deal with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Could we be the early ‘canary’ warnings, reacting visibly to what everyone else thinks is safe?
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Years ago, a naturopathic doctor first raised that concept to me.
Our immune system, he said, is like a bucket holding the things that our bodies need to process and deal with. We all have different sized buckets, but when your bucket is full of toxins and stress and viruses, you are going to start having symptoms. But he was talking about natural toxins and viruses, the things that we are adapted to fighting off.
It seems that hitting your maximum burden of chemical toxins doesn’t simply overflow your bucket so that you can’t fight off that stomach bug the children brought home. It seems to eat a hole in the bottom of your bucket so that you can’t effectively deal with … anything.
There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.
If you’re not familiar with the song, poor Henry is trying to fetch water but there’s a hole in the bucket. In order to fix the bucket, we eventually discover, he’s going to need … a bucket to fetch water.
Sometimes dealing with toxic overload and MCS makes you feel like poor Henry. (It’s a fun song – enjoy!)
This is not a diagnosis that you’ll usually get from a family doctor. They disagree – sometimes strongly – with the idea of your immune system being a bucket that can be overloaded.
Instead, if this idea is suggested, it will tend to come from holistic health practitioners, naturopaths and licensed osteopaths. Depending on your insurance, their services may or may not be covered.
You might agree with the mainstream medical field and think a maximum overload of chemical toxins is a silly idea. Even so, it’s a good idea to reduce the number of toxins that you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis. You don’t need to agree with toxic overload to realize that too much chemical exposure is bad for us.
What kind of toxins do I mean?
- new plastic from computers at work or home
- off-gassing petrochemicals and formaldehyde from new carpet and furniture
- skincare products full of dubious ingredients and strong synthetic fragrance
- poor air quality in homes and offices
- air pollution on congested highways
- water pollution from toxic dumping and poor environmental standards
- pesticide and herbicide use in our homes and communities
The world where we live, breathe and raise our children is absolutely riddled with toxins.
There are substances which have been proven to cause cancer and have dire effects on long-term health, yet they still manage to pass muster with federal agencies and find their way into products we use daily.
Even the food we eat often contains preservatives, colourings and flavour enhancers which are flat out not good for our bodies.
If you want to start slowing down or eliminating that onslaught of chemical toxins, start with your home. This is the environment that is most easily controlled by you, and the easiest to rid of (or at least minimize) offending substances.
Start by going through your cleaners – shampoo, toilet bowl cleaner, dishwasher detergent – there are some really strong chemicals in many of these. You might find, as I did, that removing all of them from your home makes a huge difference in how you feel every day. I had become so accustomed to being bombarded by chemicals and chemical scents daily that I had forgotten how good it felt to feel … well, good!
Even if you can’t toss out everything or replace all of the toxic things with environmentally friendly alternatives, you can find some relief by tackling a few major areas of your daily life and living space.
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