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Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Many of the symptoms and discomforts, as well as the slow and sometimes not so slow onset of symptoms, baffle us because they appear to have no reason for being.  We ask for information from our doctors, our friends, and sometimes even strangers when we overhear someone else talking about their experiencing something we have.  At the same time, I know many of us are asking the big “why” question:  “why are so many young people coming down with disorders that not so long ago were reserved for or only experienced by the aged?  I believe the problem comes from multiple chemical sensitivities.


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Part of the problem comes from manufacturing and agribusiness practices as well as from pharmaceuticals by way of their inclusions of unhealthy ingredients.  Animal farming adds too many unnatural chemicals to our food sources of meat:  antibiotics, pesticide/herbicide exposures in food, genetically modified food such as in the corn fed to these food animals, as well as human growth hormones to encourage faster and bigger growth in the animals often to their physical detriment and harm.

This trickles down, for me, to a reality that the people of the world are exposed to an excessive amount of pollutants the human body, and the bodies of all other living things, for that matter, struggle to keep up with.  Our human body task is to maintain health and well being.  It utilizes many innate sources and systems every day to keep us going.  But when the overload tops out, our bodies can only “keep on keepin’ on” as a daily struggle.  And then, when it can no longer keep up, it begins to fail, a little at a time, until disease takes over and a new struggle begins – detoxifying the contaminants, cleansing, restoring, repairing, rejuvenating, and then – my favorite “r” word – “rejoicing” when we have figured out what we need, walk the walk, and choose healing pathway for ourselves.

This is no easy endeavor.  The myriad avenues for gathering information on any particular subject can become mind boggling trying to decipher good science from bad science.  Our children (as well as our pets) have experienced exposures from the womb.  While past generations suffered disease at older ages, it took longer to accumulate the negative detritus their bodies had to deal with.  Today, our chemical sensitivities arise with contaminated food, air, water, buildings with tainted paints, carpets, and treated furniture fabrics, and such; all toxic ingredients that test the human body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate.  It becomes understandable why our children and pets suffer earlier and oftentimes succumb to illness we still consider as reserved for the elderly.

We can control is our approach to what we are experiencing by teaching ourselves and our children more efficient ways of dealing with or coping with exposures and supporting those exposures with good food rather than processed foods that do not support health.  We can chose professionals who seek answers and who want to educate, and who see that human wellness is attainable in spite of what circulates around us.

Krystle Shapiro is a member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council, owns Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  To read other articles by Krystle, please visit  She can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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