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Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets Hardcover – May 19, 2005

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The miracles of chemistry once seemed like they might be society's salvation, but now, says doctor Baillie-Hamilton, toxic chemicals pollute every aspect of our lives-including our food, water, clothing, homes, workplaces and medicines. An environmental health specialist at Stirling University in Scotland, Baillie-Hamilton details how toxins may be linked to dozens of serious health problems, including immune system diseases, neurological disorders, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, hyper-sensitivity, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders and childhood health problems. (A chapter is devoted to each.) "These chemicals are simply not going to go away," Baillie-Hamilton writes, "so we need to adapt to this polluted world if we are to survive." She sounds many alarms, noting, for example, that the World Resources Institute reports "pesticides are a likely cause of immune suppression for millions of people throughout the world" and that 25% of the chemicals in the environment are neurotoxins linked to increased incidence of brain disease. Acknowledging that we cannot eliminate most toxins, the author recommends three steps-a detoxifying supplement program, a seven-day "Desludge Diet" to cleanse the system and a thorough detoxing of the home-and provides specific instructions for each. If only half of what Baillie-Hamilton claims is true, then it's time for more work, studies, answers and action.
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About the Author

Dr. Paula Baille-Hamilton, a visiting fellow in occupational and environmental health at Stirling University in Scotland, is an adviser to the Soil Association, the organic certification body in the United Kingdom. Her extensive work on chemical toxins and organic food has been published in medical journals. She also writes for the British magazine Organic Life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332252
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is written from the perspective of a former hospital administrator that was lucky enough to be exposed to complementary medicine in one of my positions. This exposure has caused me to be interested in the concept of "green living". If you are at all interested in "green living" and reducing the toxins in the lives of your family this is a must read book.

This book is divided into two general sections, how to reduce your toxic overload, and the chemical connection to chronic illness.

In the first section (reducing the toxic load) the author outlines three steps, these are:

1. Supplementation

2. Seven-Day Desludge Diet

3. Chemical Free Home and Beauty Products.

Under Supplementation the doctor outlines specific vitamins, minerals and supplements (and her suggested levels) and tells you why you need these things. I appreciated that she also identifies the food sources for these same substances.

In the Seven Day Desludge Diet she outlines what to eat to assist your bodies own systems in purging toxins that are already present. This section recommends the usual suspects as far as consumables. What was unanticipated is the level of detail that the doctor goes into regarding preparing and storing foods.

The discussion of Chemical Free Home and Beauty Products is just down right scary. I know that I got up to read labels no fewer than 6 times while reading this chapter. Considering the fact that I am not new to "green living" I was surprised to find a couple of products in my house that I needed to toss out.

The remaining two thirds of the book is devoted to the Chemical Connection to Chronic Illness. This portion of the book was fascinating to me.
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I want to say that this book was like a breath of fresh air to me. What is it about? The truth. Here is a book written by a doctor who tells the health hazards of the chemicals that surround us and are found in everything from the food we eat to the cloths we wear.

I found it shocking as Dr. Hamilton exposed the dangers of these chemicals to the point of causing cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses, just to name a few. I was not surprised as I myself have suffered from what I now know, from the information I found in this book, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. This is a disease caused by overexposure to chemicals where your body reacts strongly to smells and other chemical agents. What a blessing to finally have a name and a reason to what was happening to my body, and to know it isn't just all in my mind as so many people thought it was. Thank you Dr. Hamilton.

The good doctor goes into detail about certain agents and what they do to our bodies, but she does not stop there. She also gives us some pointers on how we can counter-react these chemicals, what vitamins to take, which foods to eat that will flush chemicals out of our bodies and what to avoid, and how to detoxify our homes, and cleanse our bodies. The author covers every area you will need to help you move to better health and avoid contamination in the future. Excellent!

I'll tell you the truth, this book was too long in coming and in my opinion should be read by every person on the face of the earth. The information will astound you and make you more aware of the dangers in the world you live in. I strongly recommend this work, you won't be sorry.
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This book is EXCELLENT! It is a five star book, all the way.

I don't understand AJDs three star rating for this book. There doesn't seem to be a complaint about the information contained in the book. On the other hand, I totally agree with Amalfi Coast Girl. She has done a great job of synopsizing the book, so I won't do that here.

I am an RN, who was forced to retire early, due to multiple debilitating illnesses. Which came first? The chicken or the egg? I suspect for me, it was multiple allergies, since early childhood, which led to a failure of my hypothalamus and hormonal and adrenal systems, which led to collapse of my immune system. However, I believe that the assault of environmental petrochemicals and toxic food additives, that have been introduced into our world, played a huge role in the collapse of my immune system, as well.

I didn't really get serious, about researching this problem, until I was forced to stay home 24/7, due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). I wish I had been armed with this information years ago. I would have, likely, avoided getting sick in the first place

Dr. Baillie-Hamilton, has given me ammunition, with which to begin my battle, and continue it to completion and good health. When I was first diagnosed with MCS, I was told if I aggressively treated my allergies, all my immune system problems (including MCS) would go away . . . NOT! From Dr. Baillie-Hamilton, I have learned what I need to do to free my home of toxic cleaning products, my make-up drawer of toxic cosmetics, and my diet of toxic foods. I also learned what supplements will help my body deal with it's toxic overload.
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