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 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is an ever increasing worldwide problem afflicting millions of people throughout the Western World. With the never ending proliferation of toxic chemicals, into the work place, in our foods and in our personal care toiletries and cosmetics, is it any wonder the newly discovered and modern "disease" Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is becoming so common amongst the populations of developed nations. Ten FREE Cancer Reports

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity... One man's story.

Whilst still a young man, freshly out of school in New Zealand, I began my working career in the late 1960's as an agricultural contractor. Part of the work I did after leaving school was to spray "safe" agricultural chemicals onto the land to control pasture weeds such as ragwort and nodding thistle. A common chemical used for pasture spraying at the time was 24-D, a hormone spray which caused flat leaved plants to become deformed and distorted before collapsing in on themselves and dying.

As my business spraying toxic chemicals onto the land grew, so did the range of chemicals being produced by companies like ICI, Ciba Geigy, Monsanto, Dow etc. Consequently we had an ever increasing multiple of chemicals to control a variety of problem weeds occurring in the New Zealand countryside. Chemicals that spring to mind are MCPA, MCPB, Picloram, Simazine, Atrazine, Paraquat, Diquat 245-T and as mentioned above 24-D

It was not many years previous to me starting my spraying career, that 245-T a powerful hormone based chemical had been developed by a chemist called Ivan Watkins in New Zealand for the control of gorse and other woody weeds such as blackberry and broom. 245-T was a highly effective chemical and was used by spraying contractors at the time throughout the country. Literally hundreds of thousands of gallons of this chemical was poured onto the land by aerial spraying contractors and land based units like I owned. I personally used around 500 gallons of the undiluted chemical per year in my spraying operations. Often I used to get complaints about the sweet sickly smell of 245-T residues of the chemical on my clothes and body when I called into the pub for a beer on the way home from the days work.

During the manufacturing of 245-T and 24-D a powerful and toxic by-product was produced known as dioxin. Dioxin is one of the most poisonous and toxic substances in the world and has a terrible track record for causing birth deformities and cancers in animals and in humans exposed to this toxin. (1-4 Dioxane, a related toxic chemical, is also found in many shampoos and personal care products by the way!) The side effects of using 245-T were very well known by the chemical companies of the time but were glossed over as they quoted the LD50* rating of the chemical which was round 600 PPM. (*Acute dose whereby 50 percent of test animals died. The blood levels for the chemical were then measured and expressed as parts per million PPM.)

They insisted that 245-T was completely safe due to the fact that test animals died only after more than 700 PPM was measured in the blood. Compared to chemicals like Paraquat with an LD50 rating of around 100 then it did appear by their standards the chemical was safe. Of course typical of chemical manufacturers then and now, no long term testing had ever been carried out for chronic effects of these dangerous chemicals. It seems criminal that all those years ago when vested interests knew the devastating effects of exposure to dioxin and dioxane compounds that today, the average person is still exposed to these powerful toxins in personal care products.

Although we were constantly reassured by the manufacturers of 245-T (Ivan Watkins the original developer and manufacturer had merged with the huge US Dow chemical company and was now called Watkins Dow) that 245-T was completely safe to humans and animals alike, many of us in the industry at the time, were starting to have nagging doubts about the residues of dioxin that remained in the product. These doubts have long since disappeared and it is with absolute certainty that I and others like me believe that 245-T and 24-D in combination with other chemicals have been largely or in part responsible for a multitude of ongoing chronic health problems. Problems which are now affecting so many of the people who have used these dangerous and toxic chemicals. Not only the users of multiple chemicals like I used, but also people who have been unwittingly exposed via spray drift and contaminated crops and foods and products containing dioxins

The term Multiple Chemical Sensitivity was unheard of then.

It wasn't until the the US became involved in the Vietnam war that the dreadful truth about these toxic and poisonous chemicals started to emerge. To facilitate their war effort the US government war machine in their infinite wisdom, decided to use a lethal cocktail of 245-T, 24-D, picloram and other chemicals plus the by-product of 245-T and 24-D manufacturing, dioxin, to defoliate the jungles. You may have heard of the infamous "Agent Orange" where military aircraft sprayed vast tracts of the Vietnam jungles to expose "the enemy" below.

It has never left my memory seeing great twin engine planes adapted to spray millions of gallons of toxic tan covered mist over the jungles of Vietnam, poisoning all that lay below.

No thought was given by the powers that be at the time, to the incredible human suffering they would inflict on the unsuspecting civilians and their own personnel. This was mass Multiple Chemical Sensitizing on a scale never seen in the world before. Of course all the propaganda at the time never mentioned any of the terrible ongoing toxic effects this lethal cocktail of poisonous chemicals would have on people. The birth deformities, the deaths and the setting up of chronic health problems for tens of thousands of people, including their own military personnel is one of the great travesties in our modern world.

Just like the Gulf War veterans who have been fighting a battle with government departments since the Gulf War ended, the Vietnam Vets never had any recognition of their problems. Almost all of them exposed to Agent Orange have suffered with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity to greater or lesser degrees. Governments of course can never admit that their actions by sanctioning the use of these chemicals, caused the problems. The floodgates to litigation would open and the whole truth would be known.

Vested interests, the chemical companies, also stand to to lose huge sums if liability was ever proved.

In this "new age of chemical enlightenment" I and many others like me, farmers and agricultural contractors actually believed what the companies were telling us about these "safe" chemicals.

In 1972 I bought a mobile sheep dipping unit and hired myself complete with dogs and machinery to farmers and the New Zealand Government run Lands and Survey farms to spray or dip their flocks of sheep with an organo phosphate chemical. This was ostensibly for the control of lice and also for the control of flies which tended to lay eggs on damp sheep's wool and cause terrible suffering to the animals. Again we were assured that using these toxic chemicals and in particular the organo phosphate diazanon was safe, provided reasonable precautions were taken. It was touted as being far safer than the chemical it replaced DDT which had received much bad publicity in Rachael Carson's book "Silent Spring".

Not once do I recall ever been told by any chemical company rep or on any of the Government sponsored courses I attended to be "qualified" to spray these chemicals, that organo phosphate had originally been developed as a powerful neurotoxin by the Nazis during the war as a chemical warfare weapon. Yet here we were, me and literally thousands of other unsuspecting farmers and contractors using a deadly chemical designed to wreck the nervous system of the victim.

Organo phosphate chemicals certainly did a great job on killing flies and lice!

When I look back, this period in my life it was the start of my own personal battle with an ongoing period of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity it has taken a lifetime to overcome and live with. Today I am largely recovered thanks to huge amounts of research and putting into practice some fairly tough and rigid regimes to rid my body of the toxic build up. If you would like to read more on the methods I have used to recover my good health then read my comprehensive FREE E-Book or read any of the reports I have listed in the side bar to the right.

Unfortunately many of my colleagues in the spraying industry of the time have now succumbed to degenerative disease, particularly cancer after spending a large portion of the latter part of their lives suffering chronic ill health. The sad part about the lessons we should have learned from all this is the need to reduce chemicals in our diet and products we use on a daily basis. Yet the exact opposite has been the case. There has been an amazing proliferation of toxic chemicals into the workplace, into our diets and into the personal care toiletries we apply to our skin.

Vested interests seem hell bent on producing ever more chemicals to replace natural products as fast as possible. When you think about this the reason is obvious. The more they sell the more money they make. Yet I ask are they really necessary. Of course the answer is a resounding NO. Chemicals are used to... replace natural flavours... to preserve foods and make them last... to make products more usable... to colour them... to artificially sweeten them... to make the extraction of oil easier and more economical... to hoodwink children's taste buds into thinking a colourful bright and sweet food is good for them.

The list of uses for chemicals is endless and quite frightening and it is no wonder that Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is now so common!

Our parents and grand parents never needed all these toxic chemicals in their diet to eat wholesome good food. Yet apparently we do! Our children suffer with ADD ADHD Eczema and Asthma and most parents today seem to accept this as normal. Why? Is it because we are so brainwashed by propaganda like I was when I was a young man. We are still being manipulated by the giant chemical and drug companies to buy ever more of their drugs and chemicals.

Individually we can do little about what is happening. However collectively we can wield enormous power as has been shown with the resistance to GM modified food emanating from the States. The GM industry is reversing now thanks to consumer resistance to buying any GM modified product. Money talks and when an industry has lost the billions of dollars like the North American GM maize industry has lost since the introduction of GM crops, the trend is very encouraging.

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Read on for detailed information about Organophosphate chemicals found in nearly every "body" in the UK today

Dimethylphosphate (DMP)

The contaminant Dimethylphosphate (DMP) is an Organophosphate Pesticide Metabolite.

Dimethylphosphate (DMP) was found in 6 of our nine test subjects. Davis Baltz had 9.0 micrograms per liter of urine (ug/L). The 6 people had an average of 16.0 ug/L and a range of 9.0 to 28.0. Environmental Working Group Report

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The organophosphate (OP) pesticides cause significant neurotoxicity in laboratory animals and humans, which is not surprising since they were designed to attack the nervous system of insects. Although these pesticides are not as persistent as some environmental chemicals, they are generally more toxic to the young compared to adults. This means that even short-term exposures, such as during pregnancy or childhood, can result in toxicity.

In laboratory animals and humans, the primary target of the OP pesticides is the nervous system. Specific effects in laboratory animals include altered brain weight, cellular changes in the brain, altered neurotransmitter activity, and abnormal behavior. High doses can cause tremors, convulsions, and death. Many OPs also cause developmental toxicity, such as low birth weight and skeletal abnormalities.

Much of what is known about the effects of OP exposure in humans is based on accidental overexposure (home spray, ingestion) and worker studies. From these studies we know that typical signs of OP poisoning are: nausea; diarrhea; muscle twitching; blurred vision; headache; respiratory distress; lightheadedness; memory impairment; numbness (especially in the extremities); altered nerve conduction; abnormal heart rate and coma or death at high doses.

Dimethylphosphate (DMP) is a breakdown product of azinphos-methyl, chlorpyrifos methyl, dichlorvos, dimethoate, fenitrothion, fenthion, isazophos methyl, malathion, methidathion, naled, oxydemeton-methyl, phosmet, pirimiphos-methyl, temephos, tetrachlorvinphos, trichlorfon.

Many of the chemicals below will be in YOUR BODY TOO!

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About azinphos-methyl

Uses insecticide for insects and mites on coffee, fruits, grapes, melons, nuts, rice, sugarcane, tobacco, vegetables, ornamentals, and shade trees
 
Manufacturers Bayer
Crystal Chemical Inter-America
Fulon Chemical
General Quimica
Makhteshim-Agan
Proficol SA
 
Trade and product names Acifon
Cotnion-Methyl
Crysthyon
Guthion
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status 28 crop uses were cancelled in 2001 and 15 more uses are being phased out by 2005
   

About chlorpyrifos methyl

Uses broad spectrum neurotoxic insecticide used to fumigate grain silos
 
Manufacturers Dow AgroSciences
 
Chemical functions fumigant
insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status banned in the United States
   

About dichlorvos

Uses insecticide used in animal husbandry, structural pest control, food processing, chickens, cattle
 
Manufacturers Amvac Chemical
Syngenta
 
Trade and product names Fly Fighter
No-Pest Strip
Nogos
Nuvan
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status under regulatory review
   

About dimethoate  

Uses insecticide for alfalfa, tomatoes for processing, cotton, broccoli, dried beans
 
Manufacturers BASF Corporation
Cheminova A/S
 
Trade and product names Chemathoate
Perfekthion
Rebelate
Roxion
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status under regulatory review
   

About fenitrothion

Uses insecticide
 
Manufacturers Agrochem
AgroDragon
Rotam Group
Sumitomo
 
Trade and product names Accothion
Agrothion
Sumithion
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
   

About fenthion  

Uses insecticide used for public health pest control, structural pest control, outdoor container nurseries, outdoor propagation nurseries, and landscape uses
used to kill birds (avicide)
 
Manufacturers AgroDragon
Bayer
 
Trade and product names Baytex
Entex
Tiguvon
 
Chemical functions avicide (kills birds)
insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products avicides (kills birds)
insecticide
 
Regulatory status while registered, fenthion has undergone massive label changes recently
   

About isazophos methyl

Uses insecticide
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products banned insecticide
 
Regulatory status banned in the United States
   

About malathion

Uses insecticide for alfalfa, strawberries, leaf lettuce, structural pest control
 
Manufacturers Aimco Pesticides
Aventis CropScience
Cheminova
 
Trade and product names Fyfanon
Malixol
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
Regulatory status under regulatory review
   

About methidathion

Uses insecticide for almonds, artichokes, peaches, plums, prunes
 
Manufacturers AAKO BV
Gowan Company
Makhteshim-Agan
 
Trade and product names Akothion
Guprathion
Supracide
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
   

About naled

Uses insecticide for cotton, alfalfa, sugarbeets, broccoli, animal husbandry
 
Manufacturers Amvac Chemical
 
Trade and product names Dibrom
Trumpet
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status banned in the United States for non-agricultural use
   

About oxydemeton-methyl

Uses insecticide for broccoli, head lettuce, cauliflower, alfalfa, cabbage
 
Manufacturers Bayer
 
Trade and product names Metasystox-R
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status a "Restricted Use" pesticide
   

About phosmet

Uses insecticide for almonds, walnuts, pistachios, apples, peaches
 
Manufacturers Gowan Company
 
Trade and product names Imidan
Prolate
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
Regulatory status banned in the United States for non-agricultural use
   

About pirimiphos-methyl

Uses insecticide
 
Manufacturers Syngenta
 
Trade and product names Actellifog
Blex
Silosan
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
   

About temephos

Uses insecticide for public health pest control
 
Manufacturers BASF Corporation
 
Trade and product names Abate
Abathion
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
   

About tetrachlorvinphos

Uses insecticide for turkeys, animal husbandry, chickens, structural pest control, landscape uses
 
Manufacturers BASF Corporation
 
Trade and product names Gardcide
Gardona
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 
   

About trichlorfon

Uses insecticide for landscape uses, right of ways, aquatic areas, structural pest control, and empty greenhouses
 
Manufacturers Bayer
 
Trade and product names Dipterex
Dylox
Neguvon
Proxol
 
Chemical functions insecticide
 
May be found in the following types of products insecticide
 

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Health-report comment:

Get the feeling we may all be exposed to chemicals. Some writers estimate there are now over 100,000 chemicals in relatively common use in the world today. You probably carry many of these chemicals, perhaps hundreds just like the US studies are showing, in your body too. Ever wondered why unexplained tiredness and lethargy sweep over you at times. Well the vast majority of people who come down with ME (Chronic Fatigue) are suffering from toxic chemical overload.

You can actually do something positive about this situation. Stop the use of all toxic chemicals for a start in your home and in your personal care products and toiletries. At least this is one MAJOR step you can take in the right direction. If you care about your health and the health of your loved ones then you need more information.

Informed people can make informed choices!

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