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What is Environmental Illness (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and What Can You Do About It? 

We are all exposed to an abundance of chemicals and toxins every day. They’re in the air, in our household products, and even in our food and make-up. We are exposed when we’re at home, at work, at school, or basically anywhere. Although most people are not severely effected by these chemicals, many others suffer from a range of symptoms.

If you notice any of the following conditions, you may be suffering from Environmental Illness (EI) or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:

  • • Headaches
  • • Nausea
  • • Fever and Chills
  • • Cough
  • • Muscle Aches
  • • Rash
  • • Asthma
  • • Brain Fog or Learning Disabilities
  • • Emotional Changes or Mood Swings

Unfortunately, all these symptoms can also be caused by many other illnesses, so diagnosing EI is very difficult. But if you already suffer from a compromised immune system or a wide range of allergies, consider yourself in the high-risk category, or if you’ve recently been exposed to high levels of toxins, you may also want to consider EI a possibility. I know for me, exposure to chemicals can cause my allergy and asthma symptoms to worsen, and a headache is also quite a common occurrence. Being in the vicinity of someone wearing strong perfume is pretty much like torture, and I haven’t been able to go into a tire store in quite some time. The smell of the rubber literally makes me sick.

We live in a toxic world – there’s no escaping that fact. So what can we do to lessen our exposure? First, remove as many chemicals and toxins as you can from both your diet and your everyday life. Buy organic, natural products without preservatives and artificial additives. Be mindful of what you put on and into your body because those chemicals cannot be easily processed by our bodies. Improve your air quality by making sure you are living and working in an area that is well-ventilated and uses an air- filtration system. Make sure you are taking plenty of immune-boosting supplements and drinking plenty of pure water to flush out your organs (you may want to stay away from plastic containers). You can also use other supplements, such as antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, and coenzyme Q, among others) that help to remove free radicals and detoxify the system. Avoid prolonged showers or baths in chlorinated water, and be careful of too much fluoride intake. Flouride is actually toxic to the body and should be regulated.

For those of you with more severe symptoms, there are more effective, though sometimes costly, methods. The first and most important recommendation would be to find a Doctor of Environmental Medicine in your area. You can locate one by going to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s website at They are your best defense against chemical sensitivity and allergic reactions because conventional medicine unfortunately offers very little. Other options would include wearing a face mask, buying a good HEPA filter and making sure it’s with you wherever you may be exposed to chemicals, such as school or work, finding an allergy treatment to reduce as many allergies as you can, improving your nutrition and considering a rotation diet, using a detoxification method, finding a homeopathic or herbal remedy, or trying alternative medicine. Our family chose to use Provocation/Neutralization allergy testing and nutritional supplements through a Doctor of Environmental Medicine as well as NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) from an alternative medical practitioner. We found both to be useful options.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental Illness are very difficult to live with, especially when we are exposed to so many toxins in so many places, but there is hope. There are doctors who can help you, and there are books and experts with information. One such expert is Dr. Doris Rapp, MD ( She is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist and has been offering solutions to people with allergies and sensitivities for decades.

You don’t need to suffer from chemical sensitivity any longer. Do some research, make changes to your life, and take back your freedom today.



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