Diet & Intake of Toxic Chemicals

by Trace on March 18, 2010

Environmental chemicals and our health

We all have significant levels of synthetic environmental chemicals which we have accumulated in our bodies over a lifetime. These chemicals are important factors in the cause of many chronic illnesses.

We are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis from a huge variety of sources.

There is a lot we can do to minimize our daily exposures.

Tips for Avoiding chemical and environmental pollutants.

o Use water filters for all drinking and cooking water. Ideally use a reverse  osmosis water filter

o Never microwave, serve or store food/water/drinks in styrofoam or plastic. Ideally use ceramics or glass.

o Minimise processed foods, including chemical additives. Avoid smoked foods.

o Avoid aluminium containing deodorants/antiperspirants/antacids. Do not cook in aluminum foil/pots or drink from aluminum cans. Use aluminum-free baking powder.

o Use non-synthetic, biodegradable and perfume free laundry powder, shampoo/conditioner/moisturizer/dish-washing liquid

(e.g. Natural Instinct or EnviroCare in health food stores or Tri Nature),

soaps (vegetable oil based), cleaning agents, cosmetics/sanitary products/dyes (health food stores), fertilizers, pest control products, diapers (use cotton), etc.

o Don’t spray insecticides or other chemical sprays inside or outside your home or workplace.

o Keep electrical devices in your bedroom as far away from you as possible and ideally unplugged. Keep computers, faxes and printers out of your bedroom as they release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).

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Mould exposure is another generally unrecognised factor which can cause, or contribute to, a wide range of illnesses.

Mould produces mycotoxins, which are mould derived toxic chemicals which have a variety of negative influences, including being immuno-suppressive and neurotoxic.

Mould exposure should be considered in any chronic medical condition, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

 Toxic mould signs/symptoms.

  • Dry throat or frequent/ongoing coughing
  • Irritated, stinging or burning sensation of throat or mouth
  • Throat hoarseness / changed voice (e.g. raspy/weak)
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Wheezing, irritated lungs or bronchitis
  • Shortness of breath / chest tightness
  • Irritated, sore or burning eyes
  • Red or watery/tearing eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Nasal congestion / running or stuffy nose / sneezing / nose bleeds
  • Irritated, stinging or burning nose or nasal passage / nasal itching
  • Sinusitis / sinus congestion, pressure or discomfort
  • Stinging, burning or itchy skin / skin sensitivity to light touch
  • Spaciness / dizziness / vertigo
  • Headaches / ‘ice pick’ or ‘lightening bolt’ pains
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Fatigue


There are many possible causes of headaches. The toxins in our environment that can contribute to a headache are:

    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Aluminium
    • Antimony
    • Low level carbon monoxide
    • Formaldehyde
    • Environmental illness
    • Mould
    • Ozone
    • Nitorgen dioxide              

Treatment of headaches

A thorough assessment and an individualised treatment program is required in most cases. Steps in treating headaches:

  1. Identification and correction of individual contributing factors
  2. Supportive/therapeutic diet, supplements & herbs
  3. Supportive lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise, stress reduction, etc.)



When our health is poor, it often affects our mood, which can lead to chronic stress or depression.

 ABC of Overcoming Stress Naturally…

  • Avoid Toxins
  • Be Informed: Educate Yourself
  • Create a toxin free home & living environment!

 Excellent place to learn more is

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