Monica discusses how she discovered she was sensitive to chemicals.
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Chemical Sensitivity - Monica's Story Back in 1993 I started seeing a homeopathic MD because I had Valley Fever and I was sick with that for about a year and a half and couldn’t get rid of it. I had been out on the MAYO clinic and all they did was keep giving me different antibiotics to treat it and I became allergic to all the different antibiotics. And I was really struggling, any virus that was near me I got. I was really sick for about a year and a half. I would maybe feel good for a week out of every 30 days. Finally a friend of mine got me to this homeopathic MD and she kept telling me about it and I said okay good, I’ll just go. I just went to get her off my back really and also he started telling me about al this symptoms and how he could help me just by detoxing me, getting me on you know finding out my food sensitivities and my chemical sensitivities which I had many. I was allergic to everything from Clorox to ammonia and this are all things you use in your house and that your exposed to all the time. Windex and I got to a point where I cant use any stuff in my house and it had to be just vinegar and water. Then I noticed I would get very, very sick at certain times and almost have like memory lapses, even personality change, I could be driving down the street and I would get lost. I would be a few blocks from home and I would be lost. And when he started testing me, he found out that I had horrible sensitivity, chemical sensitivity to pesticides. They would spray all over our valley for the west nile, for the mosquitoes and I don’t think they really realize how it affects so many people. And what’s so sad is that there are so many people running around but they don’t even know why they’re affected. People are hospitalized even in institutions because they think they’re crazy. No, its pesticides, I mean its different kinds of chemicals like that and once you found out what it was then he would detox me. And so I kind of went through this whole process and I would get expose even just if someone sprayed had the pesticide guy come in and spray for their monthly routine. If I walked into that house I would be really, really sick within about 30 minutes. And this is something that I always battled, one thing that my homeopathic MD found out that is very interesting is that they found out Tylenol was the real culprit of this. Meaning Tylenol is a blocker, it kind of—it doesn’t allow your kidney and your liver to filter because when you get exposed to something you know your body should be able to filter it out. Well when you had a lot, if you’ve taken a lot of Tylenol through your life, it kind of stops that and so what he ended up really doing was detoxing me from Tylenol. Which was so much harder than the pesticide detox, I was very, very sick for about 30 days, I had to go through a lot of inner detoxing, spending eight hours a day in his office with an IV in my arm. And to purge out the Tylenol and so to this day I do not touch Tylenol and I used to be in his office about three times a week and now its gotten down to maybe two to three times a year. So I’ve felt like I had really success with that thing thanks to him.