The escalating pandemic of chemical sensitivity.

Pathway to sensitivity-related illness

Genuis has written a review of research dealing with sensitivity-related illiness (available here). From the abstract:

The prevalence of allergic-related diseases, food intolerance, and chemical sensitivities in both the pediatric and adult population has increased dramatically over the last two decades, with escalating rates of associated morbidity. Conditions of acquired allergy, food intolerance and chemical hypersensitivity are frequently the direct sequelae of a toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) in response to a significant initiating toxic exposure. Following the primary toxicant insult, the individuals become sensitive to low levels of diverse and unrelated triggers in their environment such as commonly encountered chemical, inhalant or food antigens. Among sensitized individuals, exposure to assorted inciting stimuli may precipitate diverse clinical and/or immune sequelae as may be evidenced by clinical symptoms as well as varied lymphocyte, antibody, or cytokine responses in some cases. Recently recognized as a mechanism of disease development, TILT and resultant sensitivity-related illness (SRI) may involve various organ systems and evoke wide-ranging physical or neuropsychological manifestations. With escalating rates of toxicant exposure and bioaccumulation in the population-at-large, an increasing proportion of contemporary illness is the direct result of TILT and ensuing SRI.

Toxicant insults to the body have skyrocketed due to the Fukushima disaster. We can therefore expect an even bigger explosion of this pandemic, starting now. Of course, the radionuclides which are ubiquitous in the environment are triggers of illness also. Radiation exposure triggers the symptoms, and also causes the condition in the first place.

5 thoughts on “The escalating pandemic of chemical sensitivity.

  1. Very good information. Chemical sensitivity and fatigue have long been associated.
    Fatigue as a consequence of radiation exposure at treatment doses is recognized.
    Fatigue as a result of radiation exposure is acknowledged in military texts.
    People in Japan suffering a constellation of symptoms post Fukushima have
    been labelled as “weak minded” by nuclear authorities. This flies in the facts of research such as the following:

    Biol Res Nurs. 2004 Jan;5(3):203-10.
    Levels of fatigue compared to levels of cytokines and hemoglobin during pelvic radiotherapy: a pilot study.
    2009;15:5534-5540. Published OnlineFirst August 25, 2009.
    Clin Cancer Res
    Julienne E. Bower, Patricia A. Ganz, May Lin Tao, et al.
    Therapy for Breast and Prostate Cancer
    Inflammatory Biomarkers and Fatigue during Radiation

    Post-radiation syndrome as a NO/ONOO

    chronic fatigue syndrome-like disease
    Martin L. Pall
    School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4234, USA
    Received 9 May 2008; accepted 12 May 2008

    I have suffered migraines since the age of 11 and understand the the chemical sensitivity and accompanying fatigue which is a companion. During military service I worked in a radiological setting, with result feeble exposures. However my battle with chemical sensitivity and fatigue – often present without headache – gives a perspective of what the impact of radiation exposure forces victims to live with. Dr Hida in Japan has a long record of explaining the disability by way of the fatigue syndrome survivors of the 1945 Black Rain and radiation affected areas of the cities suffer today. The prejudice and exclusion the victims suffer is a further humiliation. It is very moot as what caused my long period of similar experience. Migraine without headache is a diagnosed condition in neurology. Whatever, my case does not matter. The significant thing is the nuclear debate is that a clear early onset disease does exist, and it is recognized in medicine only as a result of treatment dose radiation therapy. The possibility that the syndrome can result from non medical radiation exposure, especially chronic exposure, is discounted in a crazy fashion by the bulk of the medical profession and by nuclear authorities as a whole. The definition of “radiation sickness” (ARS) is totally inadequate for victims of chronic radiation fields vectored by discrete particles. imo.

  2. Regardless of my typing errors in the above post, this issue is most important as fatigue and sensitivities are markers for radiological events. I don’t really give a rat’s about what hard arsed doctors with no experience themselves may say.
    Any moron with a microscope can what the blood changes take place during even “trivial” exposures. Some say that such changes are prove benefit, which is total horse shit. Such people are commonly paid by DOE Low Dose to say so. The radiological equivalent of a tobacco advert.

    • Paul, radiation exposure in cancer patients, Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, and Chernobyl survivors leads generally to an increase in proinflammatory cytokines, like IL-6, IL-23, TNF-alpha, etc. This is under-regulation of the immune system, and leads to massive inflammation which can occur anywhere in the body. The most dangerous inflammation is in the arteries, which leads to heart disease and strokes. Inflammation also leads to cancer.

      We have seen a lot of emphasis on the thyroid, but the entire hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis is involved with radiation damage. In Chernobyl, it was found that sexual function disorders were common, and disorders in the menstrual cycle in women, and impotence in men. This is due to the massive increases in prolactin secreted from the pituitary gland, and other hormones such as ACTH, growth hormone, and luteinizing hormone. Excessive levels of prolactin leads to inflammation, which is further aggravating the situation with proinflammatory cytokines. It is also leads to osteoporosis and other diseases.

      Increases in inflammation leads to too many diseases to count. Cancer is just one of them. The Yablokov book showed that only 13% of the deaths in the Ukraine were due to cancer, 10 years after Chernobyl. Most of the deaths were due to diseases of the circulatory system and heart. Atherosclerosis is much more prevalent, and it is an autoimmune disease which features an excess of proinflammatory cytokines.

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