Dear Dr. Rea,
I am unable to handle extremes in temperatures. I have heard of others with chemical sensitivity who have this problem. Is this something that can be resolved with treatment?

Dr. Rea’s response:
These persons may have sensitivities to foods, inhalants or chemicals which have affected receptors and the blood vessels causing inflammation. Also they may have had chemical exposures which have affected the brain and central and autonomic nervous systems. This would affect their body’s response to temperature changes. It could also affect blood vessel inflammation. Sometimes these sensitivities and exposures to chemicals can affect thyroid functioning. Most chemically sensitive patients have low temperatures and cold bothers them more.

These conditions can be helped with proper treatment. Antigen testing and treatment, oxygen therapy, management of environmental exposures in food, air and water, and the reduction of the toxic body burden through supplementation and deep heat chamber chemical detoxification can improve autonomic nervous system dysfunction and vasculitis.

William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.
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