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HEALING HORIZONS: Treating chemical sensitivities

In our modern lives we are exposed to a wide range of chemicals and allergens. In our foods, chemicals come in the form of preservatives, colorings and pesticide residues. We also find them in our drinks like water, coffee and soft drinks. They are also in the air we breathe.

Pesticides, air sprays, perfumes from colognes, household cleaners, and paints all contain chemicals. We put chemicals on our bodies through deodorants, lotions, make-up, soaps and shampoos. Because one can only be "allergic" to a protein, I prefer to call other reactions to man-made products "chemical sensitivities."

Although we can tolerate exposure to a significant amount of chemicals, when our level of tolerance is exceeded, we suffer from chemical sensitivity. Different people have different levels of chemical sensitivity. Some of us are more sensitive to perfumes while others may be more affected by food additives. Symptoms from chemical sensitivities can take the form of headaches, nausea, faintness, fatigue, joint pain, and other immune-related disorders.

There have even been cases of people having to live in isolation in chemical-free environments in order to function. For obvious health reasons, we should try to avoid overexposing ourselves to chemicals. Try to eat organic whenever possible and drink purified water. Be aware of any chemicals in the food and drink you ingest and always read labels before you buy. Use cleaning products that are as natural as possible. Always use appropriate protective gear when handling chemicals - either spraying or applying. If you make any improvements to your home, air out any new items as new carpet, flooring, paint and furniture all release chemicals.

The best available therapy for reactions due to chemical sensitivity I have found is homeopathy. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old therapy based on the Law of Similars, which states that a symptom or pattern of symptoms can be cured by a substance in nature that causes similar symptoms in healthy individuals. Another therapy related to homeopathy is called isopathy, which uses the actual chemical or chemicals thought to cause the sensitivity, in micro doses. Other sensitivities and allergies addressed well with homeopathy include animal hairs, bird feathers, food allergies, insects, molds and fungi, trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and weeds.

As a classic homeopath I have helped people through chemical sensitivities using homeopathic remedies, as well as counseling them on the use of alternative products and foods, and coaching on lifestyle changes. If you are experiencing symptoms of chemical sensitivities, I can help!

Joseph is a licensed acupuncturist, classic homeopath, and registered massage therapist. He practices at Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions located at 2139 N. 12th St. #7. For more information, call 970-256-8449.

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