Sick and Tired?
Are you one of the ever increasing number of people
who suffer with a variety of ailments that your doctor is
unable to explain, and says that it is all in your mind?
You may be experiencing the effects of exposure to
chemicals in the home, the workplace or the environment.
- Chemicals such as pesticides, solvents and
preservatives may be involved, along with compounds
that are used in the manufacture of carpets,
furnishings and cabinet work.
- Prescription drugs may contribute to and exacerbate
- Unflued gas heating should also be avoided.
- The garden shed and under the kitchen sink are
areas which are notorious for their toxic contents,
and are frequently the source of trouble.
Chemicals and Illness
It does not need a dramatic, acute exposure to
one or more chemicals to bring about problems, although
these are the examples that make the headlines.
Long-term, low level exposure is equally dangerous for a
growing number of people whose symptoms may range from
ever-present fatigue and headaches to other, more serious
functional and organic manifestations. Chemicals are
absorbed by inhalation, ingestion, injection and skin
contact. While it is true that in many cases acute
toxicity may be successfully treated by timely and
appropriate medical intervention, persistent toxic
exposure can cause a lasting and sometimes irreversible
impact on health, including brain and liver damage.
The effect on health of long-term, low level exposure
to most chemicals found in consumer products remains
untested. The threshold of toxic injury is not the same
for everyone because the ability to detoxify varies
greatly from person to person. It is next to impossible
to avoid the large number of new and untested synthetics
that are encountered in daily life. Most medical
professionals know very little about MCS which is not
surprising because of their scanty training in
occupational and environmental medicine, toxicology and
nutrition. The lack of support from physicians, and the
stress caused by getting no satisfactory answer to
symptoms, may contribute to a high level of anxiety and
distress for people with MCS. However, almost without
exception they do NOT need psychiatric treatment or
The term chemical is easily rearranged to alchemic.
Alchemic is an adjective, the word alchemy being said to
have derived its roots from al="the" and Khemia
= "art of the black land". Hmmm! I have a more
adventurous definition: Al=Capone - Che=Guevara - Mic=sarcasm
(as in Mickey-taking). What this adds up to is a bad guy,
a good guy, and the ability to ridicule the blokes in the
black hats. I leave you to figure out which is which! Our
protests, submissions and pleadings may have little
effect, but we are left with the most powerful weapon of
all - ridicule.
Now, isn't it ridiculous that (sometimes with our
help), we and the earth upon which we live, along with
all the rest of its inhabitants are being poisoned for a
price? Isn't it ridiculous that our various governments
sit on their thumbs as idle spectators while this is
happening? Isn't the campaign that is meant to reassure
us that nothing is wrong, ridiculous? If the whole affair
was not so tragic, it would qualify as a farce on a
cosmic scale. Let's make sure that we are the people who
have the last laugh. But have no doubt - time is running