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Where Can You Find a Doctor?

The diagnosis and treatment of a chemical sensitivity, however, is not as easy as you might imagine. Initially the symptoms can be confused with many other illnesses, including a West Nile viral infection. Many health professionals, (similar to myself for my first 25 years in practice), are routinely trained to diagnose chemical “toxicities”, but many are not familiar with the detection and treatment of chemical “sensitivities”. Because of this, the correct diagnosis of a chemically-related illness is often not suspected initially or, at times, for many years. It is certainly possible for those who already have chemical sensitivities to become extremely ill in seconds from exceedingly tiny concentrations of chemicals. This is one reason that they tend not to be believed except by those who are familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of this illness

Which Doctors Might Be Most Helpful?

Environmental, Occupational and Alternative medical physicians are among those who would most quickly recognize this disease. Check with your personal physician prior to trying any of the following suggestions because each person can have different physical symptoms and requires individualized consideration.
Ask about fees prior to any visit to either an environmental or alternative physician. Your insurance may not reimburse for anything or may cover only a portion of the fees or laboratory charges.

Environmental Medical Physicians in the Phoenix Area Include:

Dr. Alan Ketover 602-381-0800
Dr. Stuart Lanson 480-994-9512
Dr. Warren Levin 480-209-1846
For the nearest environmental medical specialist in other areas of the USA or world, call the American Academy of Environmental Medicine: 315 684 5500.
For Alternative Medical Specialists in Phoenix, Prescott and Payson, Arizona call AHIMA- 602 263 3589

What Is the Best Way to Help Those with Chemical Sensitivities?

The basic concept is to prevent further chemicals from entering your body and to take specific measures to help eliminate the many chemicals that are already stored in your body.

To Stop More Chemicals from Entering Your Body:

1 . Do not go outside when the spraying is taking place or for several hours.

2. Keep the doors and windows tightly closed and turn off your air-conditioner. This means if they are spraying in your neighborhood at night, the air conditioner must be off.

3. Keep your car ventilation system on “ recirculate” if that is available in your automobile.

4.   Keep your pets and children indoors and off sprayed lawns for several days.

5. Wash off all outdoor toys and furniture if they were exposed to chemical sprays.

6. Wash your pet, especially the feet and legs.

7. Have your children and visitors remove their shoes or wear special shoes when inside your home.

8. If you are near a bad chemical, hold your breath as long as possible and run in the opposite direction.

9. Get an air purifier, such as an Austin Air, to help clean the air in your bedroom and family room (call 1 800 787 8780). It can remove dust, molds and pollen and some chemicals.

10. Eat mainly organic food to decrease the amount of chemicals entering and accumulating in your body. If your organic garden was sprayed, the food is no longer organic.

11. Be sure your bowels move regularly each day. Silymarin, psyllium husks, and chlorophyll can temporarily aid bowel function. Chemicals in your feces can leak back into your body so you must have daily bowel movements. Organic coffee enemas or a total colonic cleanse might also be indicated. vbowman@aol.com. Check with your physician.

12. Avoid long showers, baths or swimming in chlorinated or fluorinated water. You can absorb the chemicals.

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