Toxic-induced loss of tolerance

Have you tilted yourself over the edge?


If you have a violent reaction to a complete change of diet or ‘lifestyle’ as it is aptly called these days, you could provoke something called TOXICANT-INDUCED LOSS of TOLERANCE. It’s an apt name for the violent impact of a noxious exposure that knocks you completely out of kilter.


What is more, you can provoke a TILT reaction simply by trying to eat healthily after eating a sugar laden diet with added trans-fats and other noxious substances. I suppose it is a version of doing ‘cold turkey’ but it’s highly debilitating in its worse form.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a recognised medical condition. (Ref: Dept of Health Maryland USA 1989) taking away the stigma of psychosomatic or ‘all in the head’ diagnosis.

Research since then has shown that the TILT  spectrum of disorders leads to los of tolerance to specific chemicals, foods, herbals, and/or complex homoeopathic preparations as well as conventional drugs.


What causes TILT?

  • Paints and/or thinners
  • Organic Solvents
  • Pesticides (eg on fruit and vegetables)
  • Detergents (particularly washing powders)
  • Xylene
  • Phenol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Laurel Sulphate in shampoo and toothpaste
  • Ammonium compounds
  • Freon
  • Solder flux and welding fumes
  • Perfumes
  • Diesel
  • Benzene
  • Petrol (gasoline)
  • Parafin (kerosene)
  • Nail polish
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Dental and/or other metals
  • Polyvinyl chloride
  • Hairspray
  • Glue
  • Sulphur dioxide and/or suphur-based preservatives
  • Tar
  • Wood dust and/or resin

Responses can involve any and every organ system, including the renal system, cardiovascular system as well as the more obvious digestive system. The reactions can vary widely including mild tummy upsets to sever gastritis and diarrhoea and heart palpitations to anaphylaxis. It has been linked to ADHD, depression, nose and ear infections, chronic fatigue symptoms, eczema and asthma, fibromyalgia, arthritis, irritable bowel disease and high blood pressure. This list is not comprehensive but it will surely give you an idea of how serious this problem is, and how it is on the increase.


As always, prevention is better than coping with a reaction. 


A thorough look at the patient’s nutrition, lifestyle and possible exposure to hazards involves taking a careful look at the Time Line. All details give a picture of how this person came to be so ill. Removing the possible causes and lightening the toxic load will be the first point of starting recovery. After that a careful chelation programme to remove toxins by binding them to certain supplements so that the body can excrete them through the usual channels is also vital. A hair mineral test will show the toxic metal levels although since the tissue holds most heavy metal toxins, the test will most likely not show the real level of something like mercury in the system.

TILT is the effect of pollution by the bucket full. A drastic change of diet is not advisable without the support of an advisor or clinician who has been trained to identify and treat this ‘on the rise’ syndrome.

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