Shocking statistics have been revealed about the effects of chemicals, toxin, pesticides and many things we take for granted in our life day to day.
Dr. Claudia Miller, an allergist/immunologist and tenured professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, reveals:
“…Some people develop persistent, disabling symptoms following an accidental chemical spill or release, exposure to a sick building or school, mold exposure, pesticides, chemicals in the military, or even certain drugs or implants. The question is, why doesn’t everyone who is exposed get sick and why don’t those who get sick get better once the exposure stops? … This new mechanism is called “TILT,” short for “Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance.” Only some exposed individuals are vulnerable to developing TILT. Those who do, experience long-lasting symptoms that are amazingly diverse. Common complaints include difficulties with memory and concentration, fatigue, headaches, weakness and mood changes such as extreme irritability and depression. They often report gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin problems too. TILT has all the earmarks of a new general disease mechanism, or theory of disease. Physicians and scientists have documented this phenomenon in over a dozen nations — in countries with different languages, exposures and media.”
Here are some of the statistics:
- 3 to 5% of the population are Disabled by Chemical Sensitivity in studies conducted by governments across the globe.
- 15% of the population are Chemically Sensitive according to national department of health polls
- 30% of the Elderly are Sensitive to Chemicals.
- 40% of the General Population May be Affected, although they do not realize that their symptoms are related to “toxic” exposures in the home, school or work environments. After a long period of exposure to these toxins, individuals become much less tolerant to environmental exposures.
- 60% of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients, Fibromyalgia patients and Gulf War Syndrome patients are Chemically Sensitive.
What you can ask yourself:
- Are you often overly fatigued?
- Does the scent of things like perfume, exhaust fumes, soaps and cleaning agents bother you?
- Does having a drink of alcohol give you a headache?
- When inside a new building, or shopping in a clothing or furniture store make you exhausted?
- Do you have ADD, depression or anxiety?
- Has your memory worsened and is it difficult to retain information?
- Do you or your family have food allergies?
- Are allergens, such as pollens, molds, dander and dust, a problem?
- Have you had long-term flu-like symptoms?
One employee sufferer from exposure to heavy toxins from chemicals sprayed at his place of work. He became seriously ill. Each time he returned to work, he’d become ill again. He moved to another job, but by now, he found the same difficulty with his rental home. Finally, he took a mattress outside and slept in the fresh air.
After five years, and losing most everything, including his girlfriend, he packed up and moved to a more suitable climate. There, he joined a group of people undergoing the same health problems related to TILT.
When a person is exposed to a toxin and becomes ill, instead of fully recovering, the neurological and immune systems stays damaged. It’s as though the immune system “remembers” and the sufferer declines when they are exposed to further chemicals that we consider normal.
Because the symptoms become so varied, easily triggered, and vary in low-level to high-level intensity, sufferers are often unfairly labeled by friends and family as ‘hypochondriacs’. Even the medical world, bewildered by the lack of conclusive test evidence, dismiss the patient as a worrier. Or a physician will run a plethora of tests, some very rare, but when they repeatedly come back negative, what else can he do?
New information exists revealing that some people are genetically vulnerable. For example, most of the women in one family group seemed to suffer from TILT. In the mid 1980’s they were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In fact, six of these women were unable to hold down a normal job, and three ended up on disability. One died of encephalitis of the brain, suspected to result from a TILT-like background.
Gulf War veterans were another “tilted” group. Their illness was long the subject of controversy, and even dismissed as a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, but now it is thought to be genuine. “Of 700,000 who went to war in 1990, 250,000 came back with chronic illness,” Miller says.
New research indicates one cause for the development of TILT can be poor absorption of an antioxidant; glutathione. Poor diet, chronic inflammation, low Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid, and constant high amounts of stress, are other factors lowering a person’s ability to fight TILT.
Foods that help, are those rich in sulfur, such as broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, garlic, onions, and scallions. Also, it’s suggested you keep your immune system strong and fortified with an anti-inflammatory whole foods diet. For further information about glutathione and absorbency, check with a health food expert.
One Source Tells This Story
EMU is short for Environmental Medical Unit, a term coined by a heretical genius, allergist Theron Randolph. He would put patients on an allergy elimination diet and have them stay in an EMU he’d constructed, a non-toxic room with highly filtered air. He invited me to sit in and observe patients with him. Over the course of days, the patients’ symptoms would melt away, and once they felt better, he’d start introducing foods or chemicals, blinded, one at a time. The responses completely shocked me. He would put copy paper in a jar and the exposure level would be so low, and it literally blew my mind that low exposures like that could cause symptoms.
There would be depression, vomiting, and cognitive dysfunction. It was as if the whole picture of the disease returned. Once the patients knew what they were sensitive to, they could avoid those foods and chemicals.”
What is Your TILT Environment Like?
Ninety percent of our life is spent indoors, either in our homes, places of work or automobiles. And guess what? Unless you live in highly polluted cities, indoor air is far more polluted than outdoor air.
Start by reducing chemicals in your home, and at work, if possible. Remove scented products such as perfumes, sprays like hairspray, chemicals such as laundry products, pesticides like bug spray, etc. If you’re remodeling, you can use no-VOC paints, and tile or wood instead of carpet.
New cars are great, but a car a few years older is much healthier, as the toxins from the new fabrics, and plastics have lessened.
Is there good air circulation? Maintain your heating and cooling equipment, making sure filters are always dirt and dust free. If you think gas is a problem, switch to electric. And go outdoors; try to get into nature, even if a city park. Outdoor air is usually better for you.
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