How Can the Diagnosis of a Chemical Sensitivity Be Confirmed
Medically and Legally?
1.) You can check your breathing with a Peak Flow Meter (Call 1 800
787 8780). Simply blow into this tube with a gauge on it and record
your usual level of expiration. If after exposure to a spray, the
level falls significantly, this suggests something has affected your
breathing. Your physician can use a more complicated procedure to
document such changes more scientifically.
2.) You can check your pulse. The usual pulse range is typically around
70-85 if you are rest. If your pulse suddenly goes over 100 or falls
below 55, or the pulse becomes irregular, document this with your
Chemicals can unquestionably do this.
3.) You can monitor your blood pressure before, during and after a
chemical exposure and in some patients there will be a significant
change. Again, have your suspicions documented by a physician. If
you can find and eliminate the cause, you may have nothing to treat.
4.) To confirm the diagnosis of a specific chemical exposure, the
blood and/or urine can be examined You can immediately collect a urine
sample in a clean well-rinsed glass bottle when you have symptoms
shortly after an exposure. Do not allow the urine to touch the bottle
cap. It might help to save the next mornings sample of urine
in a second bottle. If your symptoms persist, your urine will probably
reveal the type and level of chemical to which you were exposed. This
sample can then be sent in the proper container to the appropriate
laboratory for analysis. If your symptoms have already subsided, check
with the laboratories listed below.
5.) You can have your blood, urine, breast milk or semen checked for
chemicals contact AccuChem, 972 234 5412 for pyrethroid or other pesticide
tests or Immunoscience, 800 950 4686, for the Immunotoxicology Panel
. ( Check on fee for urine test and kit ; the fees range from $150
to $950. Insurance may or may not pay so check with your provider).
If you know the cause of symptoms, talk to the laboratory about which
test would be best. This results of this type of testing might be
essential for legal documentation.
(The average American has 91 chemicals in his/her blood and some have
up to 500. Chemicals unquestionably can damage the immune, nervous,
endocrine and reproductive systems in animals, children, men and women.
Many studies document repeatedly these types of health effects in
both animals and humans.)
6.) There are also a number of other blood studies that can be ordered
that strongly suggest a toxic chemical exposure and would be helpful
both medically and legally. (These tests are specified in Chapter
3 of Our Toxic World and in Chapter 13 of Is This Your
Childs World? by Dr. Rapp.)
7.) You can have an environmental health engineer determine which
chemicals are in the air, near or in your home. (See Phone Book. In
the Phoenix area contact Russell Olinski at 602 432 1449.)
8.) You can expose mice to a suspect chemical used in your home or
area and obtain videos and scientific documentation of what happens
from such contact. (Anderson Laboratory 802 295 7344)
They can also examine items that may have accumulated chemicals in
them, such as a fabric left outside during aerial spraying or an indoor
carpet after indoor pesticide application. These tests provide insight
concerning how safe such exposures might be for infants, young children
and adults. ( See Video "Environmentally Sick Schools",
716 875 0398)
9.) You can find an environmental medical specialist who can sometimes
do allergy testing for certain chemicals and clinically document a
chemical sensitivity. They, and many specialists in alternative medicine
can also advise you how to detox or eliminate chemicals. (Call - 316
684 5500, AAEM (American Academy of Environmental Medicine) to find
a trained doctor in your area,)
Chemicals can cause documented changes in the brain. Check with Gunnar
Heuser, M.D., PhD, a remarkably well-trained Los Angeles neurologist,
818 865 1858.
11.) Consider a brain image test (i.e. SPECT, Dr. Theodore Simon,
972 566 471) to verify these changes. The brain changes often can
be improved or reversed with proper treatment. If your nervous system
and brain have been changed after some exposure, this test might document
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