Environmental Illness - Challenge for the New Millennium
A Toxic World
The major health crisis of the new millennium can be summed up in two words - Environmental Illness. Environmental Illness (EI) is the result of exposure to a constantly increasing build-up of toxins in the environment: herbicides and pesticides, heavy metals that interfere with nutritional minerals (compounding the already severe soil mineral deficiencies), non-metallic elements such as chlorine, fluorine, bromine and radioactive iodine, and solvents that interfere with hormone functions. These toxins affect the soils and waters of the world as well as the atmosphere. They result from global events such as nuclear weapons detonation and biological warfare, and from everyday activities such as fertilizing lawns and driving automobiles. No part of the world is completely free of these toxins because of wind and ocean currents, although different areas are affected to different degrees and in varying ways.
Environmental Illness affects all species. In humans, it is manifested as fibromyalgia, lupus, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ADD and ADHD, chronic depression, PMS, behavior problems, aggression, chronic fatigue syndrome, increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections like Candida, allergies and asthma, hormone imbalances and, most commonly, obesity.
In our horses, EI is evidenced in many common physical conditions and behavior traits, many of which were not previously known to be environmentally associated. (See Side Bar, "Symptoms of Environmental Illness".) This list is extensive and growing longer as more is learned about EI, yet there are some equine diseases, such as rabies, tetanus, flu and encephalitis, that are not classified as EI.
One important lesson EI has taught us, however, is that the ability to invade any body is not solely determined by the invading organism. It is also determined by the body's ability to defend itself. Not everyone who is exposed gets sick from the disease. For example, Western blot blood studies show in some areas as many as 80% of the horses have been exposed to EPM parasites, yet the parasites affect only 1%. What then is the difference between bodies that do get sick and those that don't? And how can we use the knowledge of this difference to help our animals and ourselves get healthy and stay healthy?
As a body is compromised by the environment, it displays symptoms of EI in accordance with its genetic make-up and as a result of its exposure to opportunistic infections. In this way, EI diseases are manifested by a diversity of symptoms ranging from cow hocks to EPM, all of which by conventional thinking are not related, but actually are a result of the same underlying condition.
A Biochemical Approach
Her stance has gradually but definitely widened after 3 months, and her toes are pointing forward now (June, 2000).
As we all do our share to work toward correcting the world's problems, we can also improve our health and immunity on an individual basis, and this is where the expertise of Linsey McLean, biochemist for Vita Royal Products, Inc., in Davison, Michigan, comes in. Linsey says, "I designed a diet, supplement, detox and parasite program that I call Nutritional Restructuring, with adaptations for humans and horses, that has proven very effective in restoring normal biochemistry to eliminate the opportunity for disease organisms."
Linsey was granted a U.S. Patent for this program in January 1996 after eight years of clinical testing on both horses and humans suffering from a multitude of EI manifestations. A further addition of natural hormone therapy supplementation for autoimmune diseases brought the issuance of another U.S. patent in January 1999. This is significant in that there has never been a patent issued for a diet before this, and there are over 28,000 diets registered in the United States.
According to Linsey, "The first defense against EI is good nutrition. Worldwide exposure to radioactive iodine fallout from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl, bomb detonations, nuclear tests, and the ever increasing use of fluorine, chlorine and bromine have resulted in the thyroid gland and its 'pathways' being most affected by EI." Linsey says, "I blame this, more even than modern fast foods and junk foods, for the growing problem of obesity worldwide."
Synthetic Vibrational Interference
Modern allopathic medicine, with its widespread use of synthetic drugs and preparations, harsh chemicals, and man-made compounds, often adds to the problem created by the environmental toxins locked in the body. Man-made compounds are designed to have much higher energy bonds than natural substances have in order to resist natural decay and decomposition. An example is natural rubber versus synthetic rubber. We don't have a collection of rubber trees lying around that don't decay, but there are millions of tires. Synthetics are not readily broken down and eliminated from living systems, so their accumulation results in toxicity.
"Because the synthetic bonds don't vibrate at earth energy frequencies," Linsey explains, "they can overwhelm subtle energy medicine. When vibrational medicine appears to fail or is less powerful than it should be, EI is often the reason. However, by clearing the biochemical pathways of the endocrine system of toxins and their energies, the immune system can be restored to proper function again and the body will be ready to accept and assimilate healing from natural sources. Modalities such as herbology, massage and chiropractic as well as vibrational modalities such as homeopathy, acupuncture and Reiki are highly effective, but before the body's pathways are cleared, even the most powerful of these modalities is inhibited," stresses Linsey. "The chi, or life force that makes the body respond to vibrational healing needs to be revived first." To treat a body without first clearing the biochemical pathways and reviving the chi, one would have to constantly fight against the chemical vibrations. That would merely be playing tag with the synthetic vibrations, and not overwhelming and eliminating them. This is why the biochemical treatment of EI is so important. It restores the basal metabolism so that other vibrational healing can occur."
Return to Earth Vibrations
"Homeopathy, Reiki, acupuncture and other vibrational methods are wonderful modalities and they should work beautifully if the world were today as it was when they were formatted, but it is not," Linsey points out. "This new world condition is also the reason why traditional use of just vitamin and mineral preparations does not work as well as it formerly did and has gained a bad reputation. That's why I've worked to identify the factors in the environment that are responsible for the synthetic energy interference and have taken the biochemical approach in developing a total program that does work for the new conditions existing today. Getting to the root cause allows us to deal with EI appropriately and effectively and enables all healing modalities to work better," she explains.
Linsey's goal is to enable medical treatments to work - effectively, safely and affordably for everyone. That means that all modes of treatment must be upgraded to peak efficiency. She is convinced, "There need be no such distinctions as 'alternative' or 'conventional' medicine. Each case should be individually evaluated and the best approaches should be used for each situation, from whatever realm. The current polarization of medicine is counterproductive for the patient and interferes with devising a treatment plan. In short, for the good of the patient, all modalities should be considered. Nutritional Restructuring is addressing the most basic condition, the basal metabolism including the endocrine system, and will enhance all other modalities if done correctly," says Linsey.
In the early phases of reversing EI, the body purges accumulated wastes and toxins that are responsible for inflammation, wherever it may be. This is typical for the Nutritional Restructuring Program that Linsey has implemented, as has been shown in case after case, horses and humans alike, and is an indication that the body is doing exactly what it needs to do. Linsey advises, "At this stage, massage can be particularly helpful to disperse the wastes and assist the body in eliminating them through appropriate channels such as the lymph system. Thus it is particularly important to address the lymph nodes and encourage lymph drainage, especially in the groin muscles, which are typically the most affected in EI. As the toxins and wastes are released and eliminated, inflammation is diminished, and the body is ready to accept new ways of moving, thinking and functioning. At this time in the individual's recovery, learning modalities such as Bowen therapy, SENSE, TTEAM and Rolfing are particularly effective in helping the body repattern and relearn to function correctly. And as the body begins to function as it was intended to, such powerful tools as homeopathy, Reiki and others are even more effective. This basic approach targets the source of the problem, thus addressing all of the manifestations of EI.
Symptoms of Environmental Illness
These symptoms and syndromes are significant only if they cannot be relieved by chiropractic adjustments or attributed to some other disease process, e.g. arthritis or other bone problem diagnosed by radiograph or other common modality. All horses do not exhibit all of these symptoms; even one symptom can indicate EI.
Excessive gas production
Diarrhea or periodic watery stools
Scruffy hair coat, poor shedding or unusually long hair
Cold back, sore back, sensitivity and sore points over the back, stifle, loin, chest and/or ribs (some horses are so sensitive they dislike being touched anywhere)
Behavior changes, unexplained spookiness, inconsistent behavior, pressing head against wall, leaning on wall, head tilt
Aggression and/or Depression
Low basal metabolism with rectal temps 99.6 or below, OR normal to elevated temps but with inflammatory symptoms
Unusual sensitivity to lights and touch, with tics, tremors, twitches, front legs that don't hold the "lock" position at knees
Wormy, bloated look
Founder or chronic inflammatory conditions of the feet, poor hoof growth
Moving short-strided, especially in the rear
Hard to keep weight on OR excessively easy keeper with cresty neck and overall bloated appearance
Low stamina, weakness, chronic fatigue
Eats dirt, wood or straw
Periodically curls lip for no apparent reason
Adverse reactions to dewormers or vaccinations
Picky eater, may prefer hay over grain
Frequent head tossing
Unusual sensitivity at the girth
Stiffness in the rear, usually the right
Tightness in the muscles inside the upper legs and groin, causing a cow-hocked or knock-kneed appearance, splayed-out or toed out feet, or legs held tightly together approaching a three-point stance
Reluctance to pick feet up
Muscle atrophy, sore muscles
Frequent neighing or calling while working or being handled
Hopping, changing leads at the canter, tripping
Lameness most noticeable at the walk and the canter
Frequent muscle spasms, won't hold chiropractic adjustments
Poor sensitivity at the Ting points above the coronary band
Toe dragging, landing more on toe, toe stabbing
Isolation from the herd when outside
Increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections like EPM, herpes, flu, Lyme disease
To be successful, treatment for EI must address not the symptom but the root of the problem, the biochemistry common to all of these symptoms and syndromes. Each individual may exhibit a different combination of symptoms as each has a different genetic background and constitutional makeup resulting in different susceptibilities.
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