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chemicals chemicals everywhere

So I got off the health kick wagon last night because we were at my old manager's sendoff party. And I had beer, and fried chicken and fried mozz sticks and ranch sauce. And then my allergies were particularly bad last night.

So I like to go to bookstores, and just pick up several books, and read them. Sometimes after skimming the first chapter I drop it. But one of the books I picked up last night, I managed to skim/read the whole thing at bookpeople. It's called: The Autoimmune epidemic. And it was pretty scary. Basically (and i didn't really know this), autoimmune means when your own immune system goes haywire and attacks your own body cells. This could be thyroid related, they attack your thyroid, or the myelin sheath in your nerve cells, which causes really bad things. MS and Lupus, and chronic fatigue, Type 1 diabetes, allergies are supposedly all in this category.

The book said that, iirc, 1 in 12 men, and 1 in 8 women will get an autoimmune disease, and that more people have it then cancer or heart disease. Hospitals and doctors see more and more patients in this category.

She talked about clusters, how people get MS or lupus in clusters geographically. And yet some people say they don't really know what causes these diseases still.

There was the "too clean" theory on allergies, the reason we have allergies is because we grew up in a too clean environment. But that doesn't explain babies and little kids who are already allergenic and have asthma.

So there was the "barrel theory", where you have this barrel where all the strange chemicals you eat, the estrogenic mimicking chemicals, pesticides, mercury, all go into this barrel. And as long as it doesn't overflow, you're fine. But the moment it flows over, then your immune system just cannot handle the onslaught, and it starts doing strange things, like attacking your own cells.

I remember hearing this barrel theory for Austin allergies. Most people are fine the first few years they move here, and then they can't handle cedar and oak anymore. The immune system gets over-active and over-enthusiastic. She explains that when you eat chemicals (which is in almost all processed food), the immune system has to decide what do with each of these chemicals. But sometimes some of these chemicals/foreign bacteria/fungus/etc are similar to some of your body cells, and the immune system gets confused, and attack your own body.

Apparently, the cord blood to fetuses now tests for so many chemicals, that your babies are born already carrying these chemicals in your bloodstream. American women breast milk carry 10 to 100 times higher toxins then European women.

Man, I've always been really into organic stuff, but this definitely pushes me further into that camp. I don't think a healthy immune system should react to tree pollen, or have food allergies.

I had my gross vegetable juice today. Throwing away my teflon pan.


Feb. 13th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Well, there are definitely people who really do have illnesses we haven't figured out yet. But for a long time, doctors were telling people with Lyme disease that either it was all in their heads, or that they had a form of chronic fatigue (which is still a hazy category). Then they figured out what it was.

Just like there are people who actually do have problems with gluten (celiac disease), but there are a lot more people who have never tested positive for celiac but think they have gluten sensitivities. It's moved to the forefront of our awareness and there's a lot of self-diagnosing going on.

Just like there are kids that actually have ADD/ADHD, and emotionally disturbed kids, and then there are kids who need discipline and consistency.

I could go on. I'm sorry about your friends. I think there are very real illnesses here, but I also think that once a disease gets trendy (and they do), doctors overdiagnosing and people diagnosing themselves leads to people with real conditions not being taken seriously, and ultimately holds us all back.

I dunno. Does that make any sense?
Feb. 13th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
That makes sense. Ill-behaved kids tend to drive me nuts :)
Also, it doesn't help that doctors only spend 10 mins with patients before making a diagnosis too.

I do think people need to research and take ownership of their own health too. Like I'm anxiety prone and somewhat OCD, so I think partly it's mental, and party it's prob because I have serotonin deficiency. But I made the choice to not medicate myself and prefer more hippie solutions.
Feb. 13th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
2 cents
And then there are the kids so overloaded on sugar that they never had a chance.
Feb. 15th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 cents
And then there's the parents who've got one explanation, and make anything conform to that.

I've got a nephew; if he does ANYTHING wrong, sugar is always the sole explanation. This includes if he's had precisely none of it for the last 10 hours, except for a single apple 3 hours ago.
Feb. 15th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 cents
Hah, I hadn't thought of that. Poor guy.


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