Chemical Sensitivity Remedies

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Treatment for chemical sensitivity ranges from removing the offensive substance to detoxifying the body and supporting recovery from the condition with supplements. Avoiding plastic and other chemical-laden products is vital for treating chemical sensitivity. Additionally, natural options like hemp seed powder can neutralize the chemical and offer relief.

What is Chemical Sensitivity?

Considered an environmental illness, chemical sensitivity is also termed “sick building syndrome.” The condition refers to the non-specific symptoms individuals experience after exposure to chemical, biologic and physical agents. Common symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, itching, sneezing, congestion, sore throat, chest pain, heart arrhythmia and breathing problems. Muscle pain, stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, confusion, memory and concentration problems and mood changes are also common.

Natural Remedies for Allergens and Chemical Toxicity

Eliminating the toxic substance is one of the first steps in treating chemical sensitivity. Additionally, natural substances including hemp seed powder and kelp powder neutralize chemicals in the system. A natural detox is another effective option for treating chemical toxicity.

Avoiding Allergens

A number of everyday products contain irritating chemicals. Avoiding these common allergens is important for living a healthy life. Plastic, cleaning products, perfume, carpet and several other products contain allergens. Eliminating these items from the home and substituting them for other natural options, such as vinegar for cleaning and glass for storage containers, eliminates many sensitivities.

Neutralizing Chemicals

After exposure, neutralizing the chemicals in the system is vital. This neutralization can be achieved using hemp seed powder and kelp powder. These powders contain a high concentration of amino acids and fiber that function to neutralize allergens and restore health.

Detoxing

Removing chemicals and toxins from the body is also important for treating chemical sensitivities. Detoxing takes a number of different forms, all of which are effective for cleansing the body. Clay baths, massage, herbal cleanses and colon cleanses are a few effective options.

Many of the products individuals use every day are laden with chemicals and allergens. Avoiding these substances is the best line of treatment; however, it is often impossible to avoid them all. In which case, neutralizing and detoxing them is important for good lasting health.


Avoiding Plastic

Posted by Rach (Washington) on 09/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

If I drink bottled water or am exposed to a few breathfuls of outgassing plastic, like new plastic items, I get sick for three days of drowning in my own lung mucus and tingling all over, fatigue, stomachache, pain in my bones, etc. For six years I thought I was sensitive to milk (and juice, and everything else liquid bottled) but when I started drinking organic powdered colostrum, even in large quantities, I get no reaction from it. Not even mucus production problems. But I get excessive mucus production from plastic. I am POSITIVELY SURE it's the plastic. I've tracked my reactions back to plastic so many times...


Posted by KT (, The Usa) on 05/22/2013

Been wondering if a lot of ailments here could be caused by foods and beverages packaged in plastic. I feel we have become desensitized to this possibility. There are toxins in the plastic that can leach into whatever is packaged. Especially milk. We only get milk in glass bottles and have had to convert to 2% because of learning what the dairy cows are being fed. There is "microwavable" plastic (which I have never trusted or used). I've NEVER trusted cooking in the microwavable plastic bags. I always use clear glass casseroles. I would just be guessing that a lot of complaints are really caused by ingestion of the toxins in or exposure to plastic but it makes sense to me. I went to a store yesterday that I rarely go to and could not stay in the corner where they had all of the bread. (I was trying to read ingredients) All in plastic and the fumes were just overwhelming. I left with a headache but as soon as I got outside in fresh air the headache went away. Ingredients bring up another issue. Practically everything contains corn and/or soy two GMO's that could be tearing down our ability to resist environmental factors. Just because something is declared "safe" doesn't make it so.

Replied by Mike Giller
Denver, Colorado
05/22/2013

I take 30 grams a day of flax oil ,30 grams a day of coconut oil, 100 grams a day of raw honey, and 2 gallons a day of water all packaged in plastic and I feel great. Herbal companies have tested food grade plastic in labratories and have found no seepage from anything. If you feel bad, try taking the superfoods and juicing raw organic fruits and vegetables. That is what I do. I am 62 and have not been to the doc in 6 years, not even for a checkup.

Replied by KT
The Usa
05/22/2013

I don't feel bad. I just keep reading about many who do and wanted to offer another possible cause. There are many who cannot afford all free-range, organic everything and my minimal experience is that it is not always the safest. Some are able to tolerate more than others but that doesn't mean no damage is being done and sometimes too late to reverse. I'm older than you and I cannot afford the risk.

Replied by Jan
Canada
07/05/2017

Mike: No two people are alike. Simply because 'you' do not react to plastic, does not mean someone else doesn't. Even my cat was allergic to any form of plastic. I am allergic to chlorine, yet most people still drink chlorinated water, whereas I become very ill from it. Comments like yours are designed to invalidate what a person is experiencing. Let's try to encourage people to keep going when challenged. Agree?

Hope you're still in good health.

Replied by Barbara
Aiken, South Carolina
07/06/2017
23 posts

Jan, I am in complete agreement. Plastics are chemical based and there is no way chemicals cannot leach into contents packaged in them. People are too trusting as I once was, that the corporations would do nothing to harm consumers. Plastics are for convenient for consumers and saving the companies money. Lightweight for consumer use as well as the shipping of items. I had to change brands of organic coconut oil when the company went from glass jars to plastic. My cats' dishes are all glass as are my dishes. Old ways are better ways. The only thing I have not been able to get rid of are plastic garbage bags and even those are toxic for the landfill.


Chemical Sensitivity Remedies

Posted by Rey (Philippines) on 07/10/2013

I have chemical allergy for 4years. I accidentally touch the chemical on the container that contained chemical use for dvd disc. The dVd disc has 2 part the front or data side and back the dummy side so, they use bonding chemical to stick each other that the kinds of chemical I touched. Until now only my fingers both have like Small bubbles and have like water inside and I scrach always coz uncomfortable. I already go to different doctor to check and gave me a cream and medicine it lose for 1week the bubbles but after a week the allergy back again. Ahat I need to do. Please send your reply. Thanks a lot.


Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/14/2013

We MOVED and that was stressful and joyous but dehydrating as we worked hard. We got into our new house and my arms and legs were falling alseep with tingling. My brain was foggy and forgetful. I started getting more indigestion and bloating. I thought it might only last a short time so I spread baking soda around and lit some candles, unscented ones. I put a cotton lightweight covering over my head while I slept at night. Days went by as our new home was gassing out from carpets-paint-texture-caulk-plastics-cabinet stains-rubber pad-you name it.

A month later, my tingling was slowing down but my stress was still up depleting my hydration system. My digestion was getting worse and found I had less tolerance to my regular food. Little did I know but it took a tole on my immune system, as sickness in a family can, or even planning a detailed vacation. Nurture yourself, eat right, learn about your body. Water can save you a lot of grief, allergies, sinus pain, body pain, simple truths to be your best everyday and gain some ground on your health.

Love, Joy

Replied by Notdefeated
Radford, Va
02/04/2014

Joy, I read your post on MCS but ti didn't help me. I am glad you are feeling better (cleansing you new house) but what about when you go out in public---don't you get ill breathing stuff (as in perfumes) in public? can't even go to church because I smell junk that people are wearing. Now my church chose to put down new carpet. Carpets are loaded with formaldehyde. Do you take any kind of all natural supplements or anything. This MCS that I have has caused Tinnitus really bad and getting worse. Specialists just look at me like I'm crazy and tell me to learn to live with the MCS and Tinnitus. I am soooooo miserable but refuse to be defeated. :-(

Thanks,

Not Defeated

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
02/04/2014

NotDefeated: someone just posted about grounding/earthing. Maybe you can look into that.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
02/04/2014

You mentioned that "specialists look at me like ..."

You would consult with a clinical ecologist—a doctor who specializes in environmental medicine. I assume you know about them. That is only doctor I would consider consulting in. Any other doctor doesn't really know much about the problem. I would never accept any doctor who just says I would have to live with it. I like your "Not Defeated" attitude.

Replied by Jody
Colorado
09/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

A great remedy for MCS smell sensitivity is the ayurvedic (ancient Indian) solution: put a small amount of ghee in the nostrils. This not only decreases the odor but cures the high pitta causing the smell sensitivity. I had MCS for years, but following the pitta pacifying lifestyle is the only thing working for me. I hope this helps someone.

Replied by Barbara
Ca
02/07/2018

Where can one find ghee that you mentioned. Perfumes drive me NUTS and so does carpeting and other things.

Replied by Iowama
Iowa
02/08/2018

Barbara,

I notice you are in CA. Trader Joes carries it with their other cooking oils.

Best Wishes

Replied by Fran
Ireland
09/25/2018

Thank you so much for this suggestion about Pitta imbalance- really appreciated.

I've been struggling the past two years and tried all sorts now. Past life therapy, allergy testing, food sensitivity testing, hypnosis, NLP. I've tried all sorts of immune support and Diatomaceous Earth (food grade). I have tried Homeopathic remedies. I have ended up losing the life I had - not only the dyed hair and the healthy smile and the few extra pounds but partner, friends, social life. I have ended up looking pretty awful. I can't use toothpaste anymore nevermind hair dye and I can smell detergent off curtains that haven't been washed in it for over a year. I can't deal with more than one food smell on a plate. I lost friends and family think I'm crazy.

Hormones definitely impact- my sense of smell gets more intense just before my period. I was given Allergy medication at the beginning and they made everything worse- take a look at the 'may cause' in any of the medications you currently use. Also- I don't know if this helps any of you- I saw an ENT specialist- he said that Migraines could cause Hyperosmia - now I get headaches from exposures but wouldn't have classed them as migraines as they were like a dull hangover. Apparently you can have a migraine that causes increased smell and nausea without the actual headache. He is sending me for an MRI and looking to rule out Multiple Sclerosis.

I feel for all of you and I hope that you all get increasing relief.


Detoxing from Chemtrails

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 10/29/2016

HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN,,,,,,,,,, As all know I's SJS and have known of Chem Trails for years but never thought they were important. Yep, they are.

Don't take my word for it, watch the sky for yourself. A jet plane gives off Contrails which is only water vapor and the sky trail disappears in a few minutes. They are a zero. Not so for Chem trails, as they are composed of colloidal Aluminum Oxides that the Hughes Crop patented way back in the '80's to reflect the sun rays.

This is a government project to control global warming. When you get in the morning look to the sky. Normally it will be blue, but soon the chemtrail jets will began to cloud the sky. By night fall, you will see no blue, just a haze. If you have a very bright flash light, shining it toward the sky at night will reveal a that the sky is filled with particles. This is the colloidal Al particles settling to earth. You will breath these particles and they will affect your brain and your lymph system along with plants that you eat, I.e. corn.

Last night, I checked into a sleep study in Cleveland, Tn. The sky was hazy. This morning my car windows were covered. I thought it was just dew. Nope, my wipers could not remove the coating as it was greasy. I had to spray my car windows to clear them.

My research has shown that this Al compound affects your brain and your lymph system as well as the garden we grow every year. All this garbage sprayed into the air has to come home, and it does.

My message is not to take my word, but research for yourself and watch the sky. You ain't dumb and can see this stuff for yourself. I encourage you to do just that.

Out of spit. ======ORH=======


General Feedback

Posted by Laura (Ca) on 11/24/2013

Hi -- I'm looking for advice on a kind of space heater that will be tolerable for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities and indoor/outdoor allergies. I recently tried a parabolic heater and it made me light-headed and foggy. Any advice on a type of heater that will not cause these effects would be greatly appreciated. Laura


Posted by Robyn (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/17/2012

Im now on the street with nowhere for food or shower. It is being painted. I don't see too many posts on this site of others with sensitivities so bad they cant go near people, inside buildings because they're so toxic. No detoxing has made a difference. No remedy has. Supplementing my cortisol because my adrenals don't work hasnt made a difference. Severe physical pain is one thing, the extreme loneliness and boredom is another, but being bashed with toxins all day long is just too much. If I havent been able to fix it by now I don't think I have any chance. I still dont know what Im treating. Thank you for the support I have had here because you dont get it anywhere else.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
09/17/2012

Hi Robyn, Did you ever get yourself on the stem cell therapy list? I know you sounded disheartened that you would be the first one being treated for this issue. And you felt a bit like it was experimental. On a certain level it is but they are being used successfully for so many issues. Ask if they are using your own mesenchymal stem cells and can they take them from your blood rather than your fat. In speaking with others who have also gone for stem cell therapy, we felt a lot of trepidation because there isn't a lot of information regarding it. Honestly, I was nervous but took the plunge because my hips were unbearably painful. I don't regret it one bit! I am almost completely back to normal. Carolyn's friend also was successful in his treatment and he was very scared about it and almost cancelled the whole thing. He did it anyway since the doctors said there was no hope for him. It sounds like you are pretty down. And feel rather hopeless. Why not try it. You just might see a turn around. Blessings on you, Lisa

Replied by Robyn
Melbourne, Australia
09/18/2012

Lisa, I am on the list. Here in Oz they can only take it from the fat which they take from your belly. I dont know with Addisons that I can do a surgery?? but its awhile away and Im on the street now.

Replied by Lila
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
09/28/2012

Fresh air and pure organic baking soda absolutely turns my severe itching, head-pain, dizziness and lethargy, etc. (from chemicals)... Off! I absolutely believe that God provides everyone with simple, simple, inexpensive methods to handle anything. This certainly has been true for me. 1)Metaphors in all health issues and 2)I show my appreciation for the gift of Life and freedom and prosperity and every detail in my life by simple, humble, quiet obedience and Gratitude (shown best by being extavagantly generous to the Least of our Brothers 'n Sisters on earth) and 3)ACV & soda & simple diet of mostly raw/mostly vegetables works wonders 4) Learn to control your thoughts & feelings. 5)Patience with the LORD's timing in all things.

I listen for inspiration particular to my situation. The LORD surely takes care of me!

These have worked wonderfully in my life ...

Just some ideas that might ring true for you.

Replied by Rachel
Stanwood, Wa USA
03/06/2013

I don't have it as bad as you, but I have a really bad breathing problem from chemical sensitivities and sulfur sensitivities and everyone stinks and I can't go anywhere there are people or in stores either. I have horrible life threatening "asthma attacks" diagnosed as "severe persistent asthma" constantly, like clockwork all day, all night, every few hours. People smell so bad I can't go near them. I don't know how they can stand themselves. What the poor animals must think of stinky humans with their good noses!

What I have learned is that to help the adrenal glands and cortisol levels get better and to counteract really bad inflammation--bee venom. There is an Australian bee venom honey. You could look up "bee venom honey" and probably find it pretty easy. I use a local bee venom honey from Oregon, USA for my lung inflammation, but over the past month and a half I have been using live honeybees because they are more potent and I can't eat that much honey! It is called bee venom therapy or bee sting therapy. It doesn't hurt as bad as the inflammation all the time! It only stings for a minute, and then the pain feels better. Ice before the sting helps. Bee venom is used in MS and Arthritis as well. It promotes the production of cortisol in the body and apparently heals adrenalin glands. I don't think it will help all your problems, as you have a very serious case of chemical sensitivities, but if you have inflammation, it will help lots (unless of course, you are allergic to bees--don't eat the venom honey if that is the case).

I also recommend a very powerful chemical absorbing air cleaner. There are chemicals being sprayed in your country as well as mine called stratospheric aerosol geoengineering chemicals and they are so bad they are making those of us with chemical sensitivities and asthma suffer far worse than we would without them. The problem is everywhere (I believe there was a protest in Australia against the chemical spray recently) and that is why a powerful air cleaner is so important. Since you are not able to go indoors, it would be a good idea to get a gas mask. I wear one to the grocery store, or anywhere else I go, though I rarely leave home anymore, and am lucky to have a home with good air filtration. You may be able to tolerate a home if you use good air filtration in it. A gas mask will help to filter your air atleast some of the time. You'll get funny looks, but who cares what those stinky people think? Get a good gas mask, not a chinsy little thing.

I think detox is the only rout out of this chemical sensitivity horror, and alkalizing your body with very pure alkaline food and filtered water is very important. Lemons in your water may help, if you can get good organic lemons. There is no other way I am aware of, as food is difficult to tolerate, I know. I'm sorry you are suffering so much. This careless human-poisoned world has really destroyed many of our lives.

Replied by Lana
Sweden
08/30/2013

I would recommend 2 things- Faster EFT and Dynamic Neural Retraining System. Avoiding life is NEVER an answer. We were born to live, eat and enjoy life, not hide. Go get healthy and enjoy, have fun, and eat good food. There is a cure. Also, Marshal Protocol is helpful. Good luck from a survivor who now both enjoys perfumes, alcohol and can stand smokey bars (lived isolated for years before..)

Replied by Lindsay M
Nyc
02/14/2016

Were did you go to get your stem cell done? I am looking to do so as well.

Replied by Denise
Arizona
05/13/2016

The The Dynamic Neural retraining System is helping me greatly. I am now able to do more than I could before. Thank you for your post

Replied by Cathy
Toronto
09/25/2017

I moved from Toronto to Kincardine, ON. Water seems extremely chlorine or something and totally burns and extremely dries my skin. As well building I moved to was painted garbage room below my apartment with oil paint. Very bad sensitivity that gets better for a day that I don't smell anything hardly and burning itching symptoms not bad and then so severe head, scalp, internally stomach, etc. I want to move back to Toronto but paid $3,000 to move here. I grew up here but was not like this.

I got Bell Allergy relief which helped but I had to take double the amount to calm it down to a level which still bothered me but I could relatively cope.

I am out of my mind and family thinks it is just me and my sensitivities. The building at first said they had painted with oil paint and then when I addressed the problem tried to say they don't use any oil paint.

Trees and plants around any area where construction of homes is going on gives me a sharp burning smell in my nose and itching through entire body. Could be the different trees plants grasses and lots more of it combined with the paints, building sealants that are being used. Elevator always has an oil smell but gets less at times.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

Cathy

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa
09/26/2017

Your body's many cries for water book by Dr.Batmanghelidj changed my life forever. I was allergic to everything. Water is held in place by minerals and when the electrolytes are out of balance from stress or diet then the body produces histamine .

Replied by Jen
Mankato, Mn
04/11/2018

How do you use the baking soda to improve your symptoms?


Hemp Seed Powder and Kelp Powder

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 12/10/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I think I inhaled too much bleach fumes one day. After more than a week of coughing and feeling sick, and having really bad breath, I finally took a few tablespoons of hemp seed powder and a teaspoon of kelp powder in water. Doing that once or twice a day for a few days appears to have solved the problem. It's been a few weeks and the bad breath and sick feeling are long gone. It was probably the kelp more than the hemp seed from what I've read about kelp. Aspirin tends to give me bad breath, too, like it's too strong for me.


Ingredients You Should Avoid

Posted by KT (Usa) on 11/22/2016

Dear EC,

Just thought I would share two ingredients that are on the FDA's GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list but I believe contribute to a variety of ailments that seem to increase over the holidays just due to combinations. I found them to have caused me a lot of trouble.

One is calcium chloride that is used as a firming additive in fruits to make pies. It is also used in jellies and cheeses to aid coagulation and as a firming agent in vegetables. It has been reported to cause stomach and heart disturbances. It used to be shown in the ingredients of canned carrots, potatoes and tomatoes but is no longer listed in some.

The other is calcium sulfate used as a firming additive, in yeast food and dough conditioners. Used in cement, wall plaster, and insecticides. Because it absorbs moisture and hardens quickly, its ingestion may result in intestinal obstruction. Mixed with flour, it has been used to kill rodents.

These are just two listed in "A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives" by Ruth Winter, M.S.

Because our food supply has been unavoidably infiltrated with GMO's I feel this makes 1 John 5:19 so true and in reality there is little difference whether canned, frozen or fresh. For me, the way food is cooked has made a difference.

Dairy cows are being fed GMO grasses and grains. This affects a variety of foodstuff.


Meth Chemical Exposure

Posted by 111laker111 (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) on 06/06/2013

Hello all, my wife and I have lived above a Meth lab for quite a while and have finally as of this month been able to move. The reason I write now is that we are still experiencing the symptoms from when we lived above the lab though not as intently. The symptoms were pressure in the head mainly the sinus cavities top of the head, dizziness, disoriented, buzzing in feet legs and chest, headaches, memory loss, a feeling like something has gripped the back of your head where the neck meets the skull and squeezed as hard as possible, and ringing in the ears.

My current symptoms are now pressure in the head (mostly sinus cavities headaches, extreme nausea and ringing in the ears which never goes away just gets lower and louder and it's hard to keep food down. I can still smell the ammonia on some of our furnature mainly leather couch and bed I have sprayed them a number of times with 3 parts vinagar 1 part water (seems to have helped a little) I am now hyper sensitive to ammonia. I can't get near our cats litter box without a headache and we keep it clean. My question is will this go away or is it permanent damage and is there anything that might ease these symptoms? I had been eating 600 mg ibuprophens and aceteminaphen to combat the headaches. we were exposed to this 24/7 for a very long time some of the chems I could identify are: Ammonia, Acetone, red phosphoure, and I am assuming ephidrine and phseodoephidrine since they boiled most of it out of some sort of gelcaps leaving a burning rubber smell.

I forgot to mention we had the runs for months till we were finaly able to move also exposed to ether and who knows what other chemicals. It has been a nightmare. Can anyone give me any advice on setting ourselves on the road to recovery? All answers greatly appreciated.

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York
06/06/2013

Dear laker from Canada, I don`t see how you can go wrong with drinking a lot of good quality water to detoxify you, and your family's bodies. I use distilled water and recommend it. Other than that some moderate use of vitamins and a healthy diet can only help and not harm you. Hopefully you and your family can fully recover from this poisoning by volatile organic compounds of unknown to me types. I don't know what chemicals are used to make these drugs you refered to. I think acetone is one of them. This acetone is hard on the liver as are most of these chemicals. The B vitamins taken in moderate dosages should help with liver damage... Oscar

Replied by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa
06/06/2013

I am so sorry about your suffering and so glad you got out of that house!

Activated charcoal powder is very helpful in detoxifying your body from chemicals. You can take capsules or tablets or drink charcoal powder in water. You can put a cup of it into a bath. (Not easy to clean up, but it will let the charcoal adsorb the poisons through your skin. ) Here is a link to how it helps with chemical poisoning. If your symtoms worsen with charcoal use, use less and build up to more. When using charcoal, remember it will get out drugs as well--including over the counter drugs and prescription meds. So, do not take it within two hours of medication.

http://www.charcoalremedies.com/benzene_poisoning

Another thing you can do to help detox your liver is castor oil poultices. Here is earth clinic's link to how to do that. It really does help!

http://earthclinic.com/remedies/castor_oil.html

It is important to drink a lot of water to help your body get rid of toxins. At least a half a gallon day. This could be your charcoal water or you could make a detoxifying drink with raw organic apple cider vinegar.

- 1/2 gallon pure water
- 1/4 cup raw unpaturized apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 10 drops organic lemon essential oil (Optional but delicious.)

If you mix a gallon of this a day (it will have to start out hot to melt the honey) you and your wife should drink it all during the day.

Eat as well as you can--avoid sugar, aspartame, MSG, etc. If you can juice organic carrots that would be a concentrated addition of nutrients to your diet, as would 1 T. Of blackstrap molasses.

It is important to keep your system moving to keep the toxins moving out. Charcoal can cause constipation if you are not getting enough water. Blackstrap is good for constipation.

Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing.

~ Mama to Many ~

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
06/07/2013
2109 posts

111laker111: Definitely supplement NAC to boost your body's natural Glutathione levels. Also for detox boosting eat liberal amounts of Cabbage, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts. Wheat Sprout Antioxidant will help.

It may be necessary to do some body PH buffering (lots of info here on E.C.) as almost every type of chemical exposure will acidify the tissues. In the case of acidosis, detox enzymes get slowed down and sometimes dramatically. Alkaline Water would be advised here as well.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, SC
06/07/2013

A well known method for drug de tox is the watermellon cleanse. Only eat/drinking the juice too, and as much of the rine as possible... down into the white.

I remember it was Reverend Lester Roloff, who had a girls home in Texas, used the watermellon method for those who came with an addiction issue. He'd have them on the watermellon diet for three days... only watermellon for three days.

Replied by Trudyg
Waynesboro, Va, Usa
06/07/2013

To remove odors from furniture, you can try sprinkling baking soda (maybe under & between cushions). It absorbs odor, also you can try leaving bowls of baking soda around (on a windowsill behind the curtain?). I had a room that had a musty smell and I grated up a bar of Fels Naptha soap, left it in an open bowl in the room and next day the room smelled fresh--like the soap, but fresh and clean. Odor gone and the soap smell also went away once the room was open. I use homemade detergent made with Fels Naptha and it cleans well and leaves no chemical coating behind.

Replied by KT
The USA
06/07/2013

I'm not familiar with Fels Naptha. What is it and where can you purchase it, please?

Replied by Trudyg
Waynesboro, Va
06/07/2013

Sorry. Fels Naptha is a natural bar soap. You can find it in the detergent aisle at most stores. It will be near the borax and washing soda.

Replied by KT
, The Usa
06/08/2013

Thanks Trudyg. I have some furniture in storage (maybe ten yrs) that I'm sure must be moldy and smell really bad by now. Will I be able to use this soap on that? It was furniture my mother has reupholstered but died suddenly and I had nowhere else to put it at that time.

Replied by Trudyg
Xxxxx, Yyy
06/08/2013

I don't see why not. I would grate up the soap and sprinkle it throughout the drawers, etc, then vacuum up. You know, crumpled up newspaper absorbs odors and dampness. Cheap (from Hints from Heloise)

Replied by KT
The Usa
06/08/2013

I was referring to a couch and chairs in storage. Thanks for the H from H tip... We have dresser drawers in the house that have a funky smell and we do have a mold problem. Can I crumple the newspaper and put it in the corners around the clothes? If I don't rotate my husbands shirts and underwear they absorb that smell.

Replied by Sammy
Florida
09/15/2014

FELS NAPTHA SOAP, Was reading posts here, A year ago someone said this was a good soap to use for homemade laundry soap. DO NOT USE THIS SOAP, THIS is what caused my MCS. My wife made this soap, which is all over the internet about how cheap it is to make, after wearing the clothes for 3 months had a rash break out, This is when my MCS started, now all chemicals mess me up, Been 2 1/2 years, have to avoid all chemicals now. PLEASE DO NOT USE FELS NAPTHA SOAP

Replied by Amb
Folsom, Usa
02/17/2015

Hi, I too was exposed to chemicals through my job. Here's something that will greatly help you, but you must stick with this. You need to detox your body and rid it of the chemicals. First, start by taking Organic Apple Cider Vinager. Make sure it's from a herbal shop, and not pasteurized, you want the good medicinal properties in it. Take 1 tsp. In the morning and another tsp in the evening. It does not taste good, so pour it into apple juice and drink it fast like a shot. It is powerful. If you take it for a few weeks you will see a huge difference. Do not let it stay on your teeth because the acidity can remove your enamel. Next, you will need a blood cleaner. I suggest yellow dock. You can also find this at a vitamin shoppe or herbal store. Do not buy from GNC. Finally, each morning make a fruit smoothy. Buy mixed frozen berries, half cup yogurt, 3/44 cup of kale, 1 banana, ice, 1cup milk, and fill the rest with water. The kale will detox your entire body. This will taste good, help you lose weight, and bring your body back.


Neutralizing a Chemical Environment

Posted by Helen (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 03/13/2014

Hi, is there any way of neutalizing chemical exposure in the enviroment i.e. when the chemical has invaded your living space?

Replied by Mike62
Denver
03/13/2014

Helen: Enzymes neutralize environmental toxins. The nutrients in food have more protons than electrons. The nutrients in enzymes have more electrons than protons. The electricity reduces complex toxins to simple molecules that are inert. Activated barley has enzymes with the highest energies, followed by home made sprouts and ferments. Raw organic produce has enzymes.


Plastics

Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/16/2012

Maybe some of you are interested in this article.... this has been known for a while but only the risk of cancer, not diabetes and obesity!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2102003/Chemical-used-plastics-food-containers-linked-obesity-diabetes.html

But the bottom line is: the risks are everywhere! We can try to minimize them but it is almost impossible! Maybe you would be interested in reading a book I am reading at the moment: The Great Food Gamble by John Humphrys. The author is British so the book is more about the British reality but in the end the British reality is nowadays, in the globalized world, the reality of many other countries! The book is very well written and will give you a fright, trust me..... Worth reading if you care about the food you eat! Many times I had tears in my eyes! Read and weep.....


Reader Q&A

Posted by Geraldine (United States) on 02/22/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I have had Multiple Chemical Sensitivity for many years now. Doctors are stumped. My symptoms are: 1) Wedge tight ears (hearing, feels like someone has their fingers tight in my ears) can't hear good. 2) Off balance, not dizzy, just feeling of falling) 3) Extremely dry, burning, bloody spots (small) when I can blow my nose with very little drainage. 4) Get real sick when I smell chemicals. I also have GERD and was told the acid damaged my hearing. (Tinnitus maybe they said) Hearing loss. 5) Smelling is so bad I can't even use difussers with pure organic essential oils. They make me worse. O, how I need guidance to supplements that may help. Anyone? Anything? Please help me.

Replied by Mama to Many
TN
02/22/2019

Dear Geraldine,

I would try some internal remedies to help your body deal with stressors. Nettle and burdock come to mind first. Nettle and burdock are blood purifiers and nettle is highly nutritive. Nettle and burdock are easy to make into a daily tea. I buy them each by the pound. To make an infusion I put 3 tablespoons of the nettle leaf and 2 teaspoons of the burdock root into a canning jar. I pour a quart of boiling water over them at night. In the morning, I strain out the herbs and drink the tea throughout the day. I have seen these herbs, taken regularly over time heal chronic problems and the problems did not come back. But as Rome was not built in a day it takes faithful use of these things to see results.

I hope you begin to feel better soon! ~Mama to Many~


Toxic Chemical Exposure

Posted by Organic Gardener (Louisiana, Usa) on 01/21/2014

During renovation of an adjacent apartment, I was recently exposed to extremely high levels of a VOC, specifically toluene. Prior to this incident, I was very healthy. The exposure occurred over a period of four days. I am now experiencing dizziness, wheezing, nose bleeds, burning inside nostrils, tightness in chest, frequent urination, diarrhea and kidney pain. Any advice will be appreciated.

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
01/22/2014
2109 posts

Organic Gardener: I would recommend Lipospheric Vit-C between meals fallowed by NAC 1grm 1hr latter daily for at least 2 weeks. During meal take a Broad spectrum Multivitamin/Mineral plus Multicaroitinoid Complex supplement. Drink much Green Tea. Pine Bark or Grapeseed Extract will also help. Detox Foot Pads are very effective in removing Zenobiotics and Heavy Metals. I would recommend a 50 pack from whole-sellers on Ebay.com.

It appears as if you may have already had some preconditions going on so do be committed to this detox as your health could easily spiral downwards. Here is a link http://earthclinic.com/cures/detoxification.html w/ lots of info.


Watch for Products

Posted by Sharon (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 03/24/2012
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

At 50, I've been very lucky to not be afflicted with any allergies but very recently I've started one!!!! I'm allergic to regular laundry detergent which I understand now is common BUT I've also gained another intolerance which seems less common. After using a Cottonelle toilet wipe when visiting a friends house.... I quickly (same day) broke out in a itchy rash. I know it was the wipe because the rash traces where I applied it. At night it's worse of course. As well, any hint of regular detergent (not perfume/dye free) in my underwear or jeans will also cause this itchy rash.

In short, the chemicals in most everyday cleaning products, detergents, toilet wipes are making me crazy not to mention unhealthy. I have since figured out to ACV, epsom salt in a bath to relieve the itch... It really doesn't matter the dosage... Just pour some into your shallow bath water. But more importantly, we all need to rebel/write these product makers and insist they stop putting unneccesary dyes/perfumes/chemicals in our everyday products. I now stick to clear/free EVERYTHING!

Replied by Notdefeated
Radford, Va
02/04/2014

I have horrible Multiple Chemical Sensitivity reactions. I get very ill when I go out to shop for groceries or any store. I can't go to church anymore because I smell perfumes, etc. My church just put down new carpet. (formaldehyde) I become so ill when I smell stuff that I have even passed out. it has caused tinnitus and it keeps getting worse. I have tried so many herbal supplements and remedies that it has drained me financially, not counting the doctor bills. Doctors won't even discuss the MCS with me like I'm making it up. They say, learn to live with it. I stay away form people completely so I won't e sicker. I am sick every day. more or less. Can any one who suffers with MCS, so you can relate, help me at all? Maybe home remedies or other natural supplement's? Thanks! :-(

Replied by Mike62
Denver
02/04/2014

Notdefeated: Religion love and enlightenment are very hard to achieve when suffering physically. Eat like Adam and Eve did when they dwelled in the Garden Of Eden, raw organic produce and raw grass fed animal products.

Replied by J.p.
Massachusetts
02/05/2014

I have the same thing...I went to a Dr.appointment and they put a new rug in and I had to wait out in the hall...I went to another Dr.appointment a year or so later and was waiting to be seen and this woman came in with perfume that set off my tinnitus like a fire alarm...Even when I go into a restaurant that has a fireplace going the smell sets of my tinnitis...I breathe deeply a few times a day which I think helps me...But just one whiff of anything like perfume will set me off. Just ONE...The worst is nail polish remover which my wife occasionally uses.. I'll beat this as I didn't have it until about 10 years ago...went 40 years with none of that...

Lucy
Baldwin, N.y.
03/16/2016

I suffer with tinnitus from MCS. It gets really bad after exposure to perfume or chemicals -even ripened fruit. Some make-up also give me a problem with tinnitus. It gets so bad that I can't even concentrate, get anxiety too. I just want to go sleep until it gets better. It's hard to even go shopping. I'm not safe even in my own home. It's very frustrating!!!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
03/17/2016

Lucy, you're lucky in that at least you know what the tinnitus by you is from, or what modulates it. Maybe you can read up on how to strengthen your system to be able to deal with MCS.

Replied by Gloria
Fl
04/20/2016

I've been chemically sensitive for 30 years. It took 20 to finally be diagnosed. I had to go to Baltimore where Dr. Ziem has her office. She is the foremost authority on MCS. If you look up her web site she has her recommendations for MCS, there is no cure, avoidance is the only way to stay healthy, which is very difficult. Dr Ray in Texas has a clinic and if you are severe that is the place to go.



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