Environmental Medicine

Toxic Chemicals: A Major Cause of Developmental Disorders and Chronic Illnesses

Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. As we have become more accustomed to chemical-laden products, and as our environment has become more contaminated, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

White Rock Naturopathic offers comprehensive environmental testing to assess Toxic Organic Chemical Exposure. Included is non invasive (urine) screening for exposure and contamination from 10 unique toxic pollutants and 168 toxic chemicals, including glyphosate, malathion, parathion, plasticizer contaminants (phthalates, styrene), Pyrethroid insecticides (6 different compounds including pyrethrin), Vinyl chloride, Benzene, Xylene, 2,4-D – 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (most common weed killer throughout world), toxic gasoline additives (MTBE, ETBE). Also included is testing of tiglylglycine, a marker for mitochondria damage caused by toxic chemicals. Glyphosate (main ingredient in Roundup)  screening is available separately. Insidious exposure in the population has been blamed for the dramatic increase in devastating birth defects as well as cancer, miscarriages, autism, and other neurological conditions.

SOURCES OF TOXIC CHEMICALS

  • Insecticides
  • Weed killers
  • Solvents
  • Cleaning agents (pet shampoo)
  • Soap
  • Plastics
  • Carpets, drapes, clothes
  • Germicides
  • Packaging materials
  • Drugs
  • Plants
  • Food
  • Water
  • Air
  • Industry
  • Rodenticides
  • Fungicides

Many people suffer from heavy metal toxicity, but do not know it. This condition may present itself through symptoms that are often mis-diagnosed as other conditions. Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney problems
  • Skin irritation
  • Respiratory distress
  • Swollen gums and mouth sores
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Tremors and loss of co-ordination
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Headaches
  • Allergic reactions
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

Treatment for heavy metal detox should also be considered by anyone who has had mercury amalgams in their teeth for any extended period of time, as this is a significant source of mercury accumulation in the body.

Complete heavy metal testing services are available at White Rock Naturopathic including various options for detoxification (chelation).