Environmental Medicine

Environmental Medicine -
Chemicals: Chemical Sensitivity

Chemical sensitivity is defined as an adverse reaction to ambient levels of toxic chemicals contained in air, food, and water. These sensitivities manifest due to an excessive total body load from all pollutants, heavy metals, inhalant allergies, and food proteins present in air, food, and water. Management of chemical sensitivities requires evaluations for inhalant allergies, food sensitivities, heavy metals, and specific chemicals determined from the patient's history. Often, no specific chemicals can be identified through serologic testing so urinalysis and tissue levels are the preferred method for evaluation. This requires sending the specimens to a certified toxicology laboratory for analysis. These labs operate on a pre-payment system. Dr. Govett advises his patients to make the financial arrangements with the lab prior to testing.

Chemicals can induce a variety of neurologic and autoimmune illnesses. The immune and neurologic systems in the body are the most sensitive to environmental insults so naturally these tend to manifest initially with chemically induced illness.

If excessive total body levels of specific chemicals are identified on the lab testing, detoxification protocols are available from Dr. Govett. It should be noted that there are no pharmaceutical products that treat these problems. Often, dietary and inhalant allergy management is required to reduce the total body load of all allergens the body contends with in order to maximize treatment of the chemical total body load.

« Back to: Intro to Chemicals