Among those treated at the Environmental Health Center-Dallas have been first responders with respiratory exposure to chemicals including but not limited to pesticides, herbicides, carbon monoxide, methane gas, and gas sources for heating both raw and combusted. Gulf War veterans have been successfully diagnosed and treated at this facility. Hurricane victims who have suffered mold and mycotoxin exposure have benefited from treatment programs. Workers involved in oil spill clean-ups have also shown significant improvement in their health with a reduction of symptoms after undergoing treatment at the clinic.
Diagnostic procedures can include the Brain SPECT Scan to determine the degree of involvement and effect chemicals have had on the brain. Thermography can be utilized to assess the total body for possible areas of inflammation and concern. Blood, hair, urine, and breath tests can be used to measure toxic body burden. Heart Rate Variability can evaluate the autonomic nervous system, physical fitness, stress level of the individual and relative health and adaptability of the cardiovascular system. Laboratory analyses can evaluate immune deficiencies or dysregulation. Nutritional analyses can determine if the gastrointestinal system has been affected by the exposure. Skin testing of the imprints of chemicals can assist in the diagnosis of chemical sensitivity and point to therapeutic modalities.
Treatments are individualized and vary in accordance with type of exposure, laboratory findings, findings of the history and physical, and symptoms presented for treatment. The first dimension of treatment is the clinical setting of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas. The control of particulate and chemical exposure through the construction of the clinic and its air purification system initiates treatment. The placement of the person in a less toxic environment allows freedom from exposure which enables the person to unmask and distinguish individual problem substances. This aids in directing treatment, in reduction of symptoms and enables recognition of individual triggers which leads to avoidance, treatment, and a better understanding of their disease processes.
The tiled deep heat chambers of the detox facility continue this management of chemical and particulate exposures. The chemical exposure victim engages in the therapy which included exercise, nutrient therapy, deep heat therapy, and massage. The organ functioning and electrolyte balance of the person is monitored while participating in this program.
Laboratory analysis determines if the patient has elevated venous blood gases with suspected arterial deficiency in oxygen. If so the need is established for the oxygen therapy program. This program is designed to increase tissue oxygenation and vascular perfusion. Added benefits are tissue healing and detoxification.
In many instances chemical exposure and chemical metabolism cause deficiencies and dysregulation in the immune system. Through testing of complements, immune globulins and T and B lymphocytes, it can be ascertained that immune therapy and the self-derived T lymphocyte immune modulator is needed to aid recovery.
Chemical exposure frequently leads to chemical sensitivity. The preservative free skin testing of imprinted chemical antigens can help with management of responses when exposed to specific substances such as perfumes, cigarette smoke, formaldehyde, car exhaust wood smoke, and other petrochemicals
If through lab testing, observation and counseling it is suspected that the chemical enzyme detoxification system is deficient, oral and IV nutrients are administered. This nutrient therapy replaces electrolytes, serves as antioxidants providing cellular protection, and promotes tissue and organ detoxification.
Any and all of these treatment modalities continue for specific periods of time. However, immune therapy and detoxification therapy may need to be continued after the patient returns to their home environment. The home environment needs to be modified and made as free as possible of particulate and chemical contaminants to obtain best results from these programs. Food, water and air must be as pure and as free of chemicals as possible. A total lifestyle approach to chemical exposure is needed for recovery and optimal health to occur.
Recovery and successful treatment vary with length of exposures and damage done to organ systems. Recovery can be slow. Occasionally only modest recovery is seen if damage to health systems is extensive.
Even though recovery can be slow, treatment can prevent a deterioration of the person’s condition and perhaps prevent end organ damage.