Avoidance and Detoxification

by | Aug 19, 2009 | Chemical Sensitivity, Electrical Sensitivity, Gulf War Syndrome, TREATMENTS | 3 comments

developed by: William J. Rea, MD and others


Avoidance and DetoxificationThe basic protocol when diagnosed with Chemical Intolerance/Chemical Sensitivity is avoidance of new chemical exposure and detoxification of existing chemical loads. Most Environmental Health Clinics across America, such as the Environmental Health Center-Dallas (EHC-D) run by William J. Rea, MD, include avoidance and detoxification among their top treatments.

Avoidance of chemicals includes living in a non-toxic home made with inert building materials like glass, porcelain, steel, and stone. All synthetic chemical cleaning, personal care and other products (as well as products using “all-natural” and “organic” fragrance/essential oils) should be removed from the home. When exposed to fragrance and chemicals in stores and other public places, one should take a shower immediately upon returning to the safe home, change one’s clothing and air out/wash the exposed clothing.

Take care to buy the purest sources of food: organic, wild, free-range, grass-fed. Food items should be stored in glass or waxed paper/cellophane—not plastic bags. In addition, a 4-day food rotation diet should be followed to reduce/avoid food sensitivities from developing (see Rotational Bon Apetit Cookbook produced by Dr. Rea’s nutrition department, ordered by calling 214.691.8432). All water should be filtered or from spring water stored in glass bottles (no plastic!). Try Mountain Valley Spring Water.

Detoxification methods can include regular exposure to fresh, clean air (by the ocean, in the mountains, etc.), sauna (following proper protocol), exercise/sweating, and the use of specific supplements and herbs. The detoxification process itself can be quite dangerous for the toxic patient and great care should be taken upon embarking on a detoxification program.

One should also take care to reduce their exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), such as those found in cell phones, computers, microwaves, refrigerators, and other electronic equipment, as those sensitive to chemicals are often sensitive to EMFs and other environmental exposures (mold, sun, etc) as well.

source: Environmental Health Center-Dallas (EHC-D)


  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

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3 Comments

  1. harmonious1

    I have been following the “avoid and detox” method for a very long time. I am basically a shut in – that is I have been for about 10 years or more. Socially isolated. Now I am finally getting some relief because I started doing what they call “oil pulling”. I have had 2 outings with my husband (who has to do EVERYTHING – shopping and all) without any symptoms!!! You may say “TWO! woohoo!” But two outings is HUGE for us. I even walked through a casino filled with cigarette smoke and came out alright. We are still testing of course but it looks very promising! I am thinking about the possibility of returning to my religious meetings, and helping my husband with the shopping. I wish everyone with chemical sensitivities would at least give it a try.

  2. daliya robson

    A few years ago I had to fly to australia. As the air lines sprayed us competely with pesticides upon entering I was afraid to fly. The thought came to me that I needed carbon mask material to cover me competely . I got myself a few yards of carbon felt mask material and survived the trip and now I use a carbon felt blankets in a silk encasing wherever I go .Nothing bothers me any more. You can make a shawl or just scarves or whatever you need to survive in a toxic situation. A mask was never enough for me as hair and hands and clothing got contaminated. I was in the air port in Zurich with cigar smokers all around me (7 hours ) and I kept the carbon felt over my shoulders and when danger came closer I covered my face and head and of course nose till they passed. It a good idea to be able to get out of the house safely.Even in your house when someone comes into the house smelling of downy I cover myself or them with the blanket till I can tell them to get out . Sometimes it works well enough that I dont need to throw out my visitors . I have some carbon fabric for the seats be free of their detergents and downy when they sit on my furniture. daliya

  3. maría

    Such a great idea! I actually am going to spend part of the summer in the mountains near where I live, at an apartment that isn’t exactly ideal but is the best option we have, and I’m covering the two sofas with the carbon activated fabric I¡ve used whenever I’ve stayed at relatives places or even the one hotel I’ve been able to stay at.

    So, I can see I’m not the only one ;)

    I might have a complete suit made of the stuff, so I can attend the meetings at my local kingdom hall from time to time, who knows! hahah!

    Thanks all for the great ideas. Outsiders might think we’re crazy if they saw us but we know how to be inventive and carry on with our lives don’t we?

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