Be­ware of chem­i­cals

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith

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.

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