Chemical Sensitization Affects all of Us.
Let's face it; our world is a complicated place. Every day, at home, in the workplace and even during our commute, we are exposed to more and different chemicals that are introduced, with or without our knowledge, into our environment. Chemical overexposure is one of the key reasons that allergies, in all industrialized countries, are at an all-time high.
As humans, we all react to chemicals -- some of us more quickly than others; and this group of people is often labeled as "chemically sensitive"; or suffering from MCS.
What do personal care products have to do with chemical sensitivity?.
It took us a long time to connect the dots between sensitivity to gas fumes, exhaust fumes and everything else. We knew for a long time that traffic pollution and gas fumes were a problem and that a growing list of foods was becoming a problem too, but did not know why. Once we discovered that all unleaded gasoline sold in the US (and now most of the rest of the world) is treated with synthetic amines, we made the connection. These synthetic chemicals and many others like them are primary sensitizers.
Once sensitized, a person becomes sensitive to all amines and similar chemicals whether in personal care products, foods, beverages or household cleaners. Typical of sensitization, other items like fragrances, also became a problem; likely due to the body's detoxification system overload.
Knowing this gave us a tool with which to manage the reaction to substances that we did not have before. Dietary changes, such as eliminating tyramine and histamine-containing foods helped, but not enough. There we still unexplained reactions until we eliminated all amines in the house, cleaners, detergents and personal care products.
To prove this idea we made several personal care products,100% fragrance-free and amine-free. When we eliminated exposure to amines and other triggering chemicals, we noticed a marked reduction in reactions. It was this complete elimination that did the trick.
Since then we have discovered that certain toothpastes are a problem because they contain a problem chemical, sodium nitrite. Other products eliminated included lip balm, yes lip balm, not because of the balm but the SPF chemicals are amines and being close to your mouth are easily absorbed.
How can I deal with my sensitivities?
If you can identify a specific toxic chemical such as a work-related product, then it is possible to change your job or avoid from that chemical completely and recover. For widespread environmental toxic chemicals such as the amines in gasoline, it is much more difficult, unless you can move to a remote island. At best we recommend that you limit or minimize exposure to the toxic chemical, and manage your personal environment.