A world wide problem!
Copyright Geoff Goldie 1998
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (or MCS as it is commonly called), is an ever increasing worldwide problem afflicting millions of people throughout the Western World in varying degrees. 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.
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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 from the 245-T residues of the chemical on my clothes and body when I called into the local 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. (Dioxin 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 engined 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. Since arriving in the UK in 1998 and buying my first computer and going on the Internet, I saw an opportunity to get my story told to many more than I could tell just by speaking to them. So, 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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Get the feeling we may all be exposed to chemicals. There are 75,000 chemicals in 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. Do more research or contact me direct on geoff @ geoffgoldie.net for an emailed list of all the toxic chemicals and known carcinogens you may be exposing yourself to without even knowing what you are doing.
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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