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Environmental Pollutants Detoxification

See Also: Heavy Metal Detox

Chronic exposures to environmental pollutants in our water, air and soil are a growing concern in North America today as their effects on human health are profound.

Over the last three decades there has been increasing global concern over the public health impacts attributed to environmental pollution, in particular, the global burden of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about a quarter of the diseases facing mankind today occur due to prolonged exposure to environmental pollution.1

Most of these environment-related diseases are however not easily detected and may be acquired during childhood and manifested later in adulthood.

Smoke Stacks

Environmental pollutants enter into our bodies through the air we breathe, the things we touch, the water we drink and wash in, and the foods we eat. They come in the form of exhaust, fire retardants, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides and preservatives, etc.

Acute toxicological effects of aromatic compounds include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, tremor, loss of consciousness etc. Chronic exposure may affect multiple organ systems, and the liver in particular.

The most polluted space is the average home, which contains pollutants due to poor air circulation. Homes are full of high outgassing synthetics such as polyester, foam and rubber in beds and chairs. Gas heat further makes "home" a toxic environment. The summation of these factors plus polluted work and outdoor environments leads to a heavy "body load" - a term used to describe the sum of all incidents that the body has to handle in order to function.

American Environmental Health Foundation (AEHF) sources state that "when our immune system is overburdened, our body reacts with many different kinds of symptoms in order to communicate to us that we need to change" our environment and our lifestyle. Common symptoms are head, neck, shoulder, back, stomach and joint aches. In addition, tearing, sneezing, coughing, more serious respiratory problems and weakness in the legs can be experienced. Disorientation, inability to concentrate, hyper and aggressive behaviour and/or depression can be exhibited.

For some people, going to work in a building with poor indoor air quality may cause headaches, coughs, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. The building may be improperly ventilated, causing exposure to fumes from cleaning solvents or cigarette smoke. New buildings or new carpets emit formaldehyde, which is known to cause symptoms such as nausea, respiratory problems, dry or inflamed skin, and eye irritation. Buildings may have bacteria, mold, or viruses that have built up in heating and cooling ducts, carpets, ceiling tiles, or insulation and can cause fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, and other respiratory symptoms.

Symptoms of environmental illness can be difficult to diagnose and may be mistaken for other medical problems. If you or the doctors at CCNM suspect that environmental factors are responsible for your symptoms, an Environmental Pollutants Biomonitor Analysis can be conducted through one of our certified medical laboratories, followed by a thorough  detoxification protocol at our clinic should this prove necessary. (See: Heavy Metal Detoxification)

1 Environmental Pollution and Impacts on Public Health - United Nations Environment Programmme

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