Exposure to chemicals accelerates oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is what occurs when your molecules interact with foreign substances—such as chemicals—and electrons are displaced. This creates an electrically charged, unstable molecule, known as a free radical. It actively seeks to become stable by interacting with the nearest available molecule. Having no prejudices, it targets proteins, fats, and even DNA.
Many things cause oxidative stress, including excessive exercise and vitamin deficiency, but nothing promotes its acceleration and resulting damage like toxic exposures. In simple terms, free radicals can harm or destroy healthy cells. There are everyday examples of oxidative stress, such as when an apple browns or iron rusts. But these nuisances don’t compare to what unstable molecules can do inside your body.
Your primary defense against free radical damage is a complex group of chemical reactions involving your body’s sulfhydryl group defense. A sulfhydryl group is a sulfur atom combined with a hydrogen atom. Sulfhydryl groups are effective in removing poisons and toxins from the body. They have the ability to neutralize free radicals by binding with their unpaired electron, rendering the free radical chemical compound nonreactive.
Foods with a large amount of the amino acid cysteine can significantly help support the sulfhydryl groups. High levels of cysteine are found in onions, garlic, chives, red pepper, egg yolks, asparagus, dry beans, soybeans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Oxidative stress can be minimized with the intake of antioxidants in the diet. Foods known to be high in antioxidants are green tea, colorful fruits, and green vegetables (especially kale and spinach). You can also supplement your diet with therapeutic levels of antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid. A diagnostic test marker called Lipid Peroxides, done inexpensively on a urine sample, can measure your body’s oxidative stress load. GET TESTED FOR OXIDATIVE STRESS.
Similarly, our bodies get to the point where they can’t handle even a minor exposure to chemicals. At that point, we meet our individual thresholds of reactivity; we become overburdened and our “rain barrel” begins to overflow. People experience sensitivities to things that may have been only annoyances in the past: vehicle emissions, cologne, paint fumes, and cigarettes. For example, instead of the inhalation of secondhand cigarette smoke being merely bothersome, it might trigger a terrible headache and neck pain.
A simple and relatively reliable indicator of chemical toxicity is an increased sensitivity to light. If you always feel the need to wear sunglasses, even when it is not very sunny, you may have a problem with chemical overload. Sensitivity to sound is also a clue. If you can’t tolerate even a radio playing softly in the background, you may be experiencing chemical sensitivity.
Detoxification and Recovery
If laboratory testing reveals chemicals, your doctor must develop a detoxification program to remove them, while taking care not to overwhelm your immune and detoxification systems. Chemical detoxification—like heavy metal detoxification—should be conducted under the guidance of a doctor experienced in the proper use of chelation, saunas, and other treatments to aid in safe detoxification.
Far infrared saunas are an effective and relaxing means of assisting detoxification. When Dr. Timmins went through his 30-day dry-heat sauna program, the gentler far infrared saunas had not yet been developed. Nevertheless, the dry-heat sweating saved his life, because as long as he had poisons in his system, he had no chance at recovery.
You must minimize or eliminate the sources causing Chronic Stress Response to escape chronic illness. Although chemical stress may seem unavoidable because of its omnipresence, it is critical that society at large does everything in its power to enforce controls and limits on the use and disposal of toxic chemicals. Personal as well as governmental and industry awareness and action are essential.
As previously noted, people with chemical toxicity commonly have heavy metal toxicity as well—and the reverse is true. The process of liberating chemicals from the body will invariably liberate heavy metals. Again, special knowledge and experience are needed to put someone through heavy metal and chemical detoxification safely and effectively.