I need to rant a bit about a late night news show I saw last week. The journalist interviewed Dr. Ray from Texas who is an environmental illness doctor. They claim that he injects “jet fuel” in patients! He denies that claim, yet is ridiculed by the mainstream medical community for the unsafe practice of medicine. His entire clinic has porcelain walls and floors to prevent pollutants from coming in the building. No carpets are seen to prevent off-gasing. The clinic only has purified air emitting from its vents. Dr. Ray spoke about an illness in which people are allergic to their own environment. Dr. Ray is being reviewed by the board of medicine because he cannot present research evidence of his practices in treating these patients.
A patient of his discussed how she had seen several doctors and specialists to determine what was causing her headaches, extreme fatigue, visual problems and a list of other symptoms. She even saw a psychiatrist EVERYDAY!. Dr. Ray was the only person that helped her. He tested her for all types of environmental sensitivities and found that she was positive to pollutants, chemicals, dust, and many common substances in our environment. He treated her with vaccines that had small amounts of these antigens in it to help tame her immune system so she could tolerate these ubiquitous substances that bombard us in our everyday life.
Then an allergist (in a very official white coat) spoke about how ridiculous this diagnosis could be and unsafe Dr. Ray’s practices were since he injects people with vaccines. He said that patients were only getting better because of the placebo effect. He also clamed that the majority of people with these issues have psychological problems.
Well, this woman did see a psychiatrist everyday for 1 full year and with no relief. For decades (until recently) we’ve been putting mercury in our children’s vaccines and not thinking twice about it. Every year hundreds of new synthetic chemicals get dumped into our air and drinking water and no one monitors that! The majority of what we eat (unless organic) is laden with pesticide residues. Is it not surprising to think that we could overwhelm our bodies with such a toxic load that it can no longer handle the burden?
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) are real. I see patients in the clinic that have MCS and they do get treated with plenty of research to back it up.
When you have MCS, liver enzymes can be depleted or damaged by health problems and are unable to metabolize these toxicants efficiently, so leading to the problems of MCS. There is also a problem with depleted enzymes in the gut which makes us unable to absorb foods, especially gluten, dairy, soy, sugars, etc. The tissue in our intestine becomes damaged and inflamed and is unable to filter toxins out so our immune system is on “high alert” all the time. Also, we are unable to absorb the nutrients we need to heal this inflammation and subsequently become extremely sensitive to almost everything!
Certain types of toxic chemicals have been implicated for people who then subsequently became MCS sufferers. These include organochlorines, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides, organophosphates and others.
Another characteristic of MCS is it’s ability to augment the effects of other problems that people experience. These can include things such as common allergies, asthma, depression, food intolerances etc.
During the interview, Dr. Ray unfortunately could not give resources to journals or published articles on MCS. Just because this data is not a double-blind placebo controlled clinical research study out of the Journal of the American Medical Association doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. There are hundreds of studies and research on MSC including the U.S. Dept of labor Occupational safety and health administration, www.osha.gov.
The narrow minded thinking that this is “all in your head” is what’s ridiculous. The incidence of allergies has sky-rocketed in our country, especially amongst our children. The fact is that MCS is probably not going away and we may be seeing more of this and other environmental illnesses if we continue to put more demands on our immune system and detoxifying organs.
Hopefully our awareness of global warming and the effects of green house gasses will help us realize the additional strain these toxins have on our bodies as well as our planet.