Read my new 32-page booklet, "TILT - A New Class of Diseases: How Exposures to Chemicals are Undermining Our Mental and Physical Health," which describes chemical intolerance, Toxicant-induced Loss of Tolerance, and the dangers of certain chemicals in the environment.
No time of year brings more changes for children and teens than the start of a new school year. They return to different classrooms and often entirely new schools. Classrooms may have been remodeled, repainted, recarpeted, or treated with pesticides.
These changes can affect children regardless of grade level — pre-kindergarten, grade school, high school and college. Amid the back-to-school excitement, some students wind up feeling sick, listless or distracted, unlike last year. And parents wonder why, and what they can do. Sometimes the school environment is the cause.
Understanding why your child feels bad is especially challenging with children who cannot tell you what may be going on at school. What to do? How about visiting the school yourself?
We live amid a vast array of synthetic organic chemicals — in the air we breathe, in our food and water, and in products we apply to our skin. These chemicals are derived from oil, coal and gas. Most are new since World War II. Over this same time, a new disease process has emerged that is as novel as these modern chemical compounds. “TILT,” or “Toxicant-induced Loss of Tolerance,” is a process that starts with a chemical exposure, such as in a “sick building,” after a chemical spill, or a pesticide exposure. These exposures can cause susceptible individuals to lose their tolerance for many substances that never bothered them previously and do not bother most people.
Some people develop persistent, disabling symptoms following an accidental chemical spill or release, exposure to a sick building or school, mold exposure, pesticides, chemicals in the military, or even certain drugs or implants. The question is, why doesn’t everyone who is exposed get sick and why don’t those get sick get better once the exposure stops? The answer lies in a new disease mechanism that most doctors have never heard of — a pathological process they didn’t learn about from their medical school professors or textbooks.
The Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) is the most widely used screening instrument for multiple chemical intolerance. Coupled with a comprehensive exposure history, it is useful in diagnosing TILT. Researchers and clinicians use the QEESI to document symptoms and intolerances in exposed individuals and groups in whom TILT is suspected. Individuals find the QEESI helpful for self-assessment and screening. Please do not re-post the QEESI© or its image on any websites without written permission.
The professionally acclaimed Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes, Second Edition by Nicholas A. Ashford and Claudia S. Miller is available for free download.
“A stimulating review of the controversy. Clinicians and policy-makers would do well to read and heed the advice of this book.” - Journal of the American Medical Association
“A milestone” - Chemical and Engineering News
“Well-designed to introduce [Chemical Intolerance] to a wider audience and to expand understanding beyond its pioneers.” - Archives of Environmental Health