Beware of chemicals
CHEMICALS are “absolutely killing us”.
That’s the verdict from leading toxicologist Dr Peter Dingle and microbiologist Dr John Ellerman, who have both dedicated decades of their lives to investigating the effects on people of all sorts of common chemicals.
“One of the main problems is that the synergistic effects, the effects of chemicals in combinations with each other, are never tested,” Dr Ellerman said.
“If there was only one unsafe chemical (in a product) our livers could probably cope. But now we are getting combinations of dozens in everyday things like shampoo and soap.
“Humans are suffering an assault from multiple directions.”
Dr Ellerman said rural communities were even more at risk from the cumulative chemical effects just because of the sheer number and toxicity of chemicals landowners were exposed to everyday.
“I was shocked when I heard some of these anecdotes from people in the country, you just don’t hear these types of stories in the city,” he said.
But nutritional and environmental toxicologist Dr Dingle was not surprised.
“You can’t expect to use toxic chemicals with no negative outcome,” he said.
“That negative outcome could be after one exposure or after 20 years.
“No matter the hype or ‘machoness’ people have, these things are designed to kill.”
He said allergic reactions were a sign of immune systems struggling to cope and one main way immune systems were degraded by chemicals was by removing probiotics in the gut.
Dr Ellerman’s specialty was in studying the ways chemicals damaged people’s guts and also believed this damage contributed to a huge variety of diseases.
“When the gut lining is damaged (by chemicals) it can’t absorb vitamins and minerals. Then you get food sensitivities, then bacteria finds its way through the gut walls and into our bloodstream,” he said.
He said this could trigger problems like auto immune diseases, cancer, diabetes and arthritis.