Burgeoning man-made chemical exposures contribute to many chronic common diseases as well as to acute problems, which often spread in the individual to include many seemingly unrelated sensitivities. This condition is known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). A new medical paradigm, Toxicant-Induced Lack of Tolerance (TILT), was described in detail by Claudia S. Miller, MD, in the Theron G. Randolph Lecture at the five-day October conference of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A major focus of the conference was the celebration of Dr. Theron G. Randolph’s discovery fifty years ago of the "chemical problem." On April 11th, 1951, there was a weather alert in Chicago so it happened that all of Dr. Randolph’s patients canceled except for one woman. He had accumulated fifty single-spaced typewritten pages of clinical observations on this patient. He states:

. . . when I had the opportunity of reading this record with continuity in the patient’s presence, having suspected that there might be some common denominator in this mass of strange information . . . only then did the clinical significance of these observations become apparent. . . . By the time I had finished rereading one-third of her history and progress notes I realized that there was, indeed, a common denominator extending through this report. It had to do with man-made combustion products and derivatives of gas, oil, and coal . . . . Once this realization dawned on me, I recorded the first chemical susceptibility history.

Vast amounts of clinical and physiological information on the deleterious health effects from environmental chemicals has accumulated during the past fifty years. However, this knowledge impacts huge, world-wide industries: chemical—not only pesticides, addressed by Rachel Carson in Silent Spring, but also the huge plastics industry, the clothing and cosmetics industries, the food and pharmaceutical industries, the building industry (e.g., formaldehyde in plywood and particle board; pentachlorophenol or chromated copper arsenate in treated wood), and many others. We live in the "Petrochemical Age" and Dr. Randolph perceptively realized the deleterious health consequences. Naturally, there is great opposition to criticizing such powerful industries, which are seemingly basic to our civilization. Both Doctors Krocker and Miller addressed the difficulties involved in a medical paradigm shift. However, more and more chemically injured patients are turning up in doctors’ offices, e.g., Gulf War veterans, plus many of those who weren’t even in a war zone and who already realize that they are chemically injured. Thomas L. Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions points out that science advances by paradigm shifts—difficult as they may seem at the time.

We live in the "Petrochemical Age" and Dr. Randolph perceptively realized the deleterious health consequences.

The opening talk was on "The Global Scope of Chemical Exposures in Our 21st Century Environment: Indoors and Outdoors," by Douglas B. Seba, PhD. The global distribution during the past fifty years of ever increasing chemical exposures has intruded into "essentially every ecological niche of our planet. . . . The U. S. is now approaching 80,000 chemicals in active production, far more than any time since Randolph’s description of sensitivity. Over 3,000 chemicals are put into the food we eat alone and over 10,000 solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food preparation. Air, water, and food are all chemically contaminated. . . . Various studies suggest that most citizens have 400-800 lipophilic ["fat-loving"—deposited in fat] chemical residues in their bodies."

Dr. Seba points out that "surprisingly, mountains collect considerably more environmentally persistent organochlorine compounds [many pesticides] than flatlands. . . . A difference of only a couple of thousand meters can result in concentration gradients of 10 or 100-fold." So much, for our idea that algae, for example, from high mountain lakes is essentially pristine.

Dr. Seba and NOHA Honorary Member Beatrice Trum Hunter both described endocrine disrupters, which have become ubiquitous and which disrupt, at minuscule exposures, the hormonal systems of both wild life and humans, causing major health effects on the reproductive, nervous, and immune systems—all three!

Geologist Eugene Shinn, PhD, in "Transoceanic Soil Dust Transport: An Increasing Threat to Public Health," as well as Dr. Seba in his opening presentation, both describe the deleterious health effects from dust, which travels over great distances and transports not only its own tiny, harmful particles, but also live viruses and bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, and radioactive products.

Dr. Seba points out that:

A number of agriculture pesticides have been found to be excellent media for several strains of bacteria that cause food poisoning, including Shigella, Salmonella, Listeria, and Escherichia coli 0157:H7. These pesticides are approved for use on raw fruits and vegetables and [the bacteria] can multiply quickly in tanks where pesticide solutions are stored for application. . . .

It is examples such as these that give proof to the writing of Rachel Carson 50 years ago in Silent Spring when she said, "The ‘Control of Nature’ is a phrase conceived in ignorance."

Magnetic Therapy

For years NOHA Honorary Member William J. Rea, MD, has been telling the AAEM about the importance of the ground regulating system in our bodies (See NOHA NEWS, Spring 1997) and the extra cellular matrix, which consists of an amazing communication system and involves "electromagnetic coherence." For example, certain molecules, when they are reacting, will be depolarized and then, if not electrically overloaded, they will be repolarized to return our bodies to healthy dynamic homeostasis (balance).

At the meetings William H. Philpott, MD, spoke on "A Possible Mechanism To Explain the Efficacy of Magnetic Therapy: Activation of Oxidoreductase Enzymes that Process Toxins and Free Radicals." Oxidoreductase (oxidation and reduction) enzymes function by transferring electrons. They "are in every cell and all fluids in the body but are more concentrated in the liver along with numerous other enzymes." They have two exceedingly vital functions: first, making food into energy and second, detoxifying the toxins (e.g. free radicals) always formed by their energy-producing function. In addition, all the other toxins entering the body from the outside environment are detoxified by these enzymes.

Dr. Philpott points out that enzymes are energy driven and that "toxicity is in essence the poisoning of enzyme function. . . . The oxidoreductase enzymes necessary for human function are alkaline dependent. . . . A static negative magnetic field activates the mineral bicarbonates [in our bodies]. . . . Thus, a static magnetic field alkalinizes and provides for the alkalization necessary for oxidoreductase enzyme function." Dr. Philpott describes excellent patient recoveries from bee stings to paranoid schizophrenia. He also warned us that we must be sure to use a magnet that produces a "static negative magnetic field." The terminology is deceptive. If we use a magnet with a positive magnetic field the effects can be deleterious.

In addition to avoiding external toxins as much as we can, Dr. Philpott emphasizes the importance of managing food addiction. "Theron G. Randolph MD, was the first to observe that when symptoms develop on deliberate exposure after a five-day period of avoidance, acidity develops. He postulated that this acidity disordered enzyme functions." Dr. Philpott confirmed this groundbreaking research by Dr. Randolph with careful tests. Dr. Philpott agrees with Dr. Randolph’s 4-Day Diversified Rotation Diet as a means of avoiding food addiction. 

No, this is not what is meant by a Rotation Diet

At first, Dr. Philpott, following Dr. Randolph, prescribed alkali salts to counteract immediately the acidity of a reaction. Then he discovered the effectiveness of magnets and began using them, not only for acute symptoms but also for chronic diseases.

Immediately following Dr. Philpott, we heard Yoshitaka Ohno, MD, PhD, speak on "The Interactive Effect of Water and Bio-Magnetism on Cell Detoxification and Hydration: Intervention for Environmental Poisoning." Dr. Ohno told us about a "magnetic mountain" in Japan that was formed by a volcano erupting out of the ocean. The water from a spring from within the mountain contains many minerals and is magnetic. This water is alkaline.

Like others, Dr. Ohno spoke eloquently of the environmental contaminants invading our bodies from our air, food, and water. When we expose our bodies constantly to contaminated water, the pH becomes acidic.

He feels that having pure, alkaline, magnetic water is essential for anti-aging.

On our way home, we were delayed in Denver and fortunately for us had a fine visit with NOHA Professional Advisory Board Member Thomas L. Stone, MD, who told us that it is easy to magnetize carefully filtered water with a sufficiently powerful magnet. Checking with him, I learned that by placing an 8-ounce glass of water on the correct negative side of a powerful disc magnet, the surface tension of the water would be reduced in four minutes. Dr. Stone stated that this would not be the same as drinking naturally magnetized water. He did mention that he has been using this simple procedure for many years himself.

Article from NOHA NEWS, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, Winter 2002, pages 1-2.