Chemical Poisoning

Chemical poisoning is caused by exposure to chemicals that have harmful effects on the body, such as damage to the liver.

Symptoms of chemical poisoning can vary greatly, ranging from skin conditions such as rashes and boils to organ damage such as kidney or liver failure.

Chemical poisoning most often occurs in the home due to household chemicals, or in people who are exposed to chemicals on the job. Chemical poisons may enter the body following topical exposure to skin, breathing in poisons from the air, chronic poisoning from gradual exposure on the job, accidental poisoning in the home (most often young children who swallow prescription drugs or household chemicals), or by a suicide attempt.

Due to our highly toxic environment, anyone may be at risk for chemical poisoning, regardless of whether they live in an industrial, urban, or even a rural setting. Scientific evidence shows that everyone on the planet carries residues of dioxin, DDT, and numerous other chemical toxins in the fatty tissues of their bodies and that lead burdens are now 200-1,000 times greater than in the skeletal remains of people living 1,000 years ago. Moreover, concentrations of chemical toxins in the body continue to rise, meaning that everyone can benefit from reducing their overall toxic chemical load.

*In severe, acute cases of chemical poisoning, seek immediate emergency help.


: Eat organically grown foods as much as possible. A high-fiber diet is particularly helpful for cleansing the system. Recommended foods include brown rice, beans, barley, lentils, oatmeal, beets, carrots, spinach, garlic, onions, almonds, brazil nuts, bananas, lemons, grapes, dates, and plain, organic yogurt. Short, periodic fasts are also recommended to reduce toxicity.

Flower Essences: Take Crab Apple for detoxification and Star of Bethlehem for emotional shock or trauma, if poisoning is caused by an accident.

Herbs: Herbs for the regeneration of liver cells are helpful, combined with ones that facilitate elimination of waste from the body. Specific details depend upon the chemicals involved, but one general practice is to combine the tinctures of milk thistle, licorice, and dandelion leaf in equal parts and take one teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. Considerable research and clinical experience have shown that the herb milk thistle is very effective in assisting the liver when exposed to chemical toxins.

Hydrotherapy: For chemical poisoning caused by pesticides, add one cup of household bleach in a full bath of water as hot as you can comfortably bear it. Stay in until it cools to body temperature. The heat brings the toxins to the surface, and as the water cools, the toxins are drawn out of the body.

For carbon monoxide poisoning, add five drops of household bleach to a glass of water and sip slowly. The bleach will help oxygenate your body`s cells, counteracting the effects of the carbon monoxide.

Nutritional Supplementation: In emergency situations caused by chemical poisoning, a very high dose of vitamin C and glutathione given intravenously can be very helpful. Other useful nutrients include vitamin B complex with choline and inositol, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, garlic capsules, superoxide dismutase (SOD), raw liver extract, protein supplements (free-form amino acids, especially L-cysteine and L-methionine), and selenium.

Other Treatments: Saunas may also be effective in helping chemical poisoning, as can regular Epsom salt baths and skin brushing to encourage toxin elimination.

The following protocol, administered under a physician`s care, can also be helpful: Supplement with essential fatty acids like flaxseed, canola, safflower, or sunflower oil (two to three tablespoons to as much as 1/8 cup); co-enzyme B complex; vitamin C; and lecithin. Consume immediately before a light exercise session or a light, dry sauna. Immediately after exercise or sauna, take a cool shower with a good quality soap. People who are very ill from the toxins should work into the exercise and sauna program very slowly.

Alternative Professional Care:  If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of chemical poisoning: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy).

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