Certainly, minimizing exposure to these sorts of chemicals
and molds when possible is invaluable for both healthy
and suffering individuals. Fortifying your body and
all its organ systems with a healthy, nutritious diet
and the right supplements
is also an integral component of a lifestyle to help
your body use it’s naturally occurring detoxification
mechanisms to more effectively handle contact with
chemicals and molds you’re exposed to and minimize
the consequences of these exposures.
As Dr. Crook discussed in his most recent book, The
Yeast Connection and Women's Health, chemical
and mold sensitivities often develop very gradually
over a period of time of repeated exposure. Many times
there are no obvious links to the chemical or mold
contact, making the specific source of sensitivities
difficult to uncover. What’s more, as you develop
one sensitivity, it may weaken your system enough
to develop more sensitivities, further complicating
the process of finding the source of your symptoms.
There are three basic types of sensitivity:
Toxicity or poison: lead and mercury poisoning are
defined by classic allergic reactions to particular
plants or products, for example ragweed and other
chemical sensitivities where your natural detoxification
system becomes less able or unable to cope with
chemicals and/or molds to which you are exposed.
This can include almost anything in your environment.
of these sensitivities can include:
muscle and joint aches
runny nose and eyes
severe asthma symptoms
can begin reducing your and your family’s chemical
and mold exposures. Explore. Listen to your intuition.
What feels important to notice, even if no one else
thinks that could possibly be causing you problems?
Pay attention to what signals your body is sending
you. Find a caring, knowledgeable health
care professional to work as your partner in your
search for restored health. Experiment.
Remember, we are all exposed to some toxic chemicals
but you can minimize your exposures and that is what’s
important. This is true for healthy as well as immune
system weakened individuals. Most of us are unaware
we’re developing chemical sensitivities until
our bodies are exposed so often we finally are unable
to tolerate what once went unnoticed. Incorporating
the following suggestions may be important for you
as well as your family members, co-workers, and friends.
Review your daily environment and identify if any
of these most common chemical or mold exposures
might be causing difficulties for you.
o tobacco smoke
o perfumes and scented cosmetic products
o cleaning products
o fumes from dry cleaning solvents
o fumes from copiers, office equipment
o electromagnetic radiation from computers, televisions,
o gas vs. electric stove or heating unit
o synthetic clothes
o aerosol spray
o mercury amalgams and other dental composites
o air fresheners
o paint, paint removers and varnishes
o carpet, upholstery, curtains treated with chemicals
o fingernail polish
o molds in schools, office buildings, homes, apartments
o buildings sealed without the ability to open
action to reduce your exposure:
outdoor air every day and open your house and
office to air it out each day. Outside air is
often less contaminated than indoor air, even
taking into consideration the dangers of air
Remove as many chemicals from your house as
possible. See the above list to help you understand
what chemicals are harmful.
Use baking soda, unscented soap, vinegar, lemon
juice, or food grade hydrogen peroxide for household
Use unscented cosmetics, deodorants, soaps and
Dry clean as few items of clothing as possible.
When it is necessary to have dry cleaned clothing
or other household items, remove them from the
bags and air them out before you wear them.
Buy and eat organic foods and products as much
Take saunas. Sweating helps your body clear
with your physician the possibility that you might
need to add prescription antifungals to your treatment
Make sure you’re eating healthy, nutritious
foods and using
to help your body maintain its naturally occurring
detoxification system and keep your immune system
strong. Try eating garlic and onions as often as
possible to help your body’s organ systems
maintain healthy functioning.
You may be suffering from some food sensitivities.
Yeast Connection and Women's Health. Explore
the phase 3 reassessment phase for step-by-step
guidelines for the rotation diet to help you identify
food sensitivities. See The
Yeast Connection Cookbook for menus and recipe
ideas for the rotation diet.
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