Environmental Heath Consultant Peggy Wolff
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Environmentally Induced Illnesses

To see if environmental toxins might be affecting you, ask yourself these three questions:

1. Are you struggling with symptoms that no one seems to understand?
2. Have you been through tests and not gotten enough answers?
3. Does your health change when you change environments?

Common symptoms of environmentally induced illnesses include: 

  • Food craving or loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Exhaustion
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Intestinal distress
  • Mood swings
  • Nasal congestion
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Muscle weakness
  • Aches and pains
  • Irritability
  • Chemical intolerance

Symptoms are the way your body tells you something is not right. Listen to your body, and take your symptoms seriously.

Know that you are not alone if you answered "yes" to any of these key questions. Many people are not feeling well and don't know why. They have asked themselves, "What's wrong with me?" Another important question to ask is, "What's wrong with my environment?" Only by asking both questions can you identify the problem and find a solution.

An environmentally induced illness may be the problem.

What are environmentally induced illnesseses? And most importantly, are you being affected? Today illnesses such as allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, cancer, chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and lupus are common health problems. These conditions may be caused or worsened by environmental toxins.

Why have so many people developed these health problems? Because repeated exposures to toxins inside and outside our homes, schools, and workplaces leave us vulnerable.

Environmental toxins can come from many sources, such as:
  • Chemicals in personal care products, clothing, cleaning products, furniture, computers, building materials, and wood smoke
  • Electropollution from appliances, telephones, fluorescent lights, computers, and cell towers
  • Fragrances
  • Molds
  • Pesticides

What is multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)?
MCS is a health problem triggered by acute or chronic exposure to low levels of harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, chlorine, and petroleum. When a person has MCS, h/she can no longer tolerate even minute amounts of toxic chemicals that are present. Many people have developed MCS after exposure to pesticides, solvents or new carpeting. Toxic chemicals are present in our everyday lives, in personal care, laundry and cleaning products, home furnishings, and home building materials. MCS can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, social class, education, or race. Symptoms of MCS vary widely from mild to severe and diagnosis is difficult unless the health care practitioner has had specific training in environmental medicine. Treatment also varies widely; the most important, effective treatment is avoidance of further chemical exposure.

Click here for a brief personal experience with MCS.

Click here for an MCS Reading List
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Healthy People, Healthy Places
Environmental Health Consultant, Environmental Counseling,
and Environmental Health Nursing
Peggy Wolff, A.P.R.N., B.C., H.N.C.
Advance Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified
Holistic Nurse, Certified
126 Cave Hill Road
Leverett, MA 01054
413-367-9638
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