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Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, also known as environmental illness or EI) is a lot what it sounds like: a condition characterized by reactions to triggers in the environment. If you have MCS, exposure to environmental substances and everyday materials like perfumes, soaps, pesticides, chemical fumes, paint, and smoke can be really tough to deal with. You might also be affected by unidentifiable toxins in your home or workplace; unfortunately, these can be almost impossible to eradicate. Symptoms of MCS can range from fatigue and headaches to nausea and dizziness (because it impacts multiple organs and systems), and can be really tough to manage. While your experience with MCS may follow a general pattern, chemicals are everywhere, and your reaction to different toxins is likely to be unique to you. No wonder identifying the offending substances and getting to a diagnosis of MCS feels like rocket science! To make matters more complicated, the medical establishment has been slow to recognize MCS as its own diagnosis. Some practitioners suggest that the illness is psychiatric in nature, with symptoms triggered by anxiety, while others recognize MCS as a medical disorder that often has its origin in a severe, acute exposure to chemicals, such as a chemical spill. Many researchers suggest it could be an immune-mediated condition. So, what helps? There are lots of options, starting with finding a caring, informed practitioner to be your partner in recovery. If you can create a chemical-free living and working space, that's a good start (but, to be fair, this can be almost impossible if you live a full, active life!). You can also try using an air purifier or a charcoal mask to filter out toxins as best you can. People with MCS have also reported that natural supplements can help, specifically herbs that detoxify the liver, such as milk thistle; binders (charcoal, chlorella); and nutrients that often get depleted, like molybdenum and selenium. Homeopathic remedies, detox programs, and even prayer may also be useful. It’s also important to seek out social support, as it can be isolating to live with a condition like this one. Check in with your Wana community, they definitely understand what you’re going through. You got this!

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Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness

Millions of people are suffering from chronic illnesses that, unbeknownst to them, are the result of exposure to environmental toxins and infectious agents such as mold and Borrelia, which causes Lyme disease. Millions. Because the symptoms of these illnesses are so varied and unusual, many of these individuals have sought medical care only to be dismissed, as if what they are experiencing is “in their head.” Many (if not most) have tried to tough it out and continue to function without hope of improvement. Unfortunately, their illnesses are very real. Toxic is a book of hope for these individuals, their loved ones, and the physicians who provide their care. Over many years of helping thousands of patients recover their health (even after their previous doctors had given up on them), Dr. Neil Nathan has come to understand some of the most common causes for these debilitating illnesses, which allows for the utilization of more precise and effective forms of treatment. The goal of this book is to shed light on these complex illnesses so that suffering patients and their families can get the help they so desperately need. Inside, you will find: • Information about how extreme sensitivity and toxicity develop in the body, how sensitivity and toxicity differ, and how they often overlap. • Detailed descriptions of each of the five major causes of extreme sensitivity and toxicity: mold, Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme disease), mast cell activation, porphyria, and carbon monoxide poisoning. • An outline of the cell danger response, a revolutionary model developed by Dr. Robert Naviaux that explains how the body essentially gets “stuck” fighting a threat even after the danger has passed. • A system-by-system plan for “rebooting” the body to break the cycle of illness and allow healing to begin. • Information about coping with stress and embracing an emotional and/or spiritual awakening on the path to wellness.

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Never Be Sick Again: Health Is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It

One day Raymond Francis, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, found himself in a hospital, battling for his life. The diagnosis: acute chemical hepatitis, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, and several autoimmune syndromes, causing him to suffer fatigue, dizziness, impaired memory, heart palpitations, diarrhea, numbness, seizures and numerous other ailments. Knowing death was imminent unless he took action, Francis decided to research solutions for his disease himself. His findings and eventual recovery led him to conclude that almost all disease can be both prevented and reversed. In Never Be Sick Again, Francis presents a seminal work based on these findings — a revolutionary theory of health and disease: there is only one disease (malfunctioning cells), only two causes of disease (deficiency and toxicity), and six pathways to health and disease (nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical). This remarkable book answers the questions: What is health? What is disease? Why do people get sick? How can disease be prevented? How can it be reversed? It will teach readers, in one easy lesson, an entirely new way to look at health and disease — an approach that is easy to understand, yet so powerful that they may, indeed, never have to be sick again. Providing a basic understanding of health and disease, this book takes the mystery out of disease. It provides readers, no matter what their present physical condition, a holistic approach to living that will empower them to get well — and stay well.

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Myers Detox: Estrogen Toxicity and its Interrelationships with SIBO, GI Dysfunction and Chemical Sensitivity with Julie Donaldson

Julie Donaldson talks to us this week about estrogen toxicity and how it can be a major disruptor in achieving optimal wellness, interrelating with SIBO, GI Dysfunction & Chemical Sensitivity. Tune into this podcast to learn: - The sources of estrogen toxicity - Testing for estrogen toxicity and hormone imbalances - Supplements, diet, and other solutions for repairing imbalances Julie Donaldson has over 36 years of experience in the healing arts. As a practitioner of Metabolic Typing® individualized nutrition, functional health testing, BioMeridian assessment and massage therapy, she brings a broad knowledge base to the partnership between herself and her clients. She is dedicated to the discovery of the whole person in the healing journey, helping clients to establish supportive core beliefs and daily practices to achieve their goals. Julie maintains a high level of commitment to collaboration with her colleagues in order to share perspective and expertise. These colleagues include naturopaths, PhD scientists, MDs and other functional practitioners. Her collaborative approach is rooted in the understanding that all human beings need meaningful connection for balance and healing. Her commitment to ecology and the environment is longstanding and firm. Protection of nature’s resources and the consumption of the cleanest, most potent foods possible allows the continuum of healing to happen from soil to plate to body. A gardener and activist for soil replenishment, Julie maintains very high standards for our earth, food and lifestyle. Julie’s own personal experience with illness and a need for integrative solutions contributes a great understanding to what people are experiencing and how to achieve this balance. She is praised as an excellent listener and investigator. She brings the compassion of a person who has been significantly ill to the table in the most meaningful way. Julie specializes in the areas of GI dysfunction, women’s health, children’s health and spectrum nutrition, autoimmune disease, methylation dysfunction, thyroid imbalances, viral/retroviral conditions, and mood disorders. With each of these specialties, she applies individual investigations and appropriate testing choices with measurable follow-up procedures.

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