Chemical Sensitivity

Condition Description

A condition in which an individual is hypersensitive to small quantities of chemicals in the environment. Often these are quantities that are far smaller than what would affect most people. Sensitivity is usually obvious, with the individual being able to identify which chemicals bother him or her.

Common Symptoms

  • Initially heightened sense of smell that reduces as exposure continues
  • Symptoms are broad and may affect any organ but typically involve headaches, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, depression, hyperactivity chronic fatigue, or fibromyalgia
  • Symptoms are often triggered by factors such as tobacco smoke, exhaust fumes, bleaches, fumes from furniture, carpets, asphalt, insect sprays, air fresheners, pesticides, varnishes, natural gas and gasoline products

Underlying Causes

  • Repeated exposure to day-to-day chemicals and fumes (tobacco smoke, exhaust fumes, fumes from gas appliances, perfumes, fragrances and common household and workplace cleaning chemicals)
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Heavy metal overload
  • Nutritional deficiencies, especially mineral deficiencies

Traditional Approach

  • Traditional medicine does not recognize chemical sensitivity. Those complaining of sensitivities are often told it is their imagination

EHAC Approach

  • Chemical avoidance in mild cases
  • In severe cases, the home environment, particularly the bedroom, will need to be chemical-free
  • Test for and treat any yeast overgrowth, heavy metal overload, or nutritional deficiencies

 

 

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