CFS patient Trixie Whitmore writes, “It was not until I became ill and realized the effects that toxic chemicals were having on my own health that I became interested in this subject at all.” Here are some facts in brief as supplied by Dr. Kate Short from the Total Environment Center in Sydney, Australia:
-Pesticides and many other toxic chemicals are not tested as to their effects on the immune system before marketing.
-Organochlorine pesticides accumulate in the body, poison the liver, are linked to cancer, affect the immune system and the production of hormones.
-Aldrin, dieldrin, chlordane and heptachlor, all organochlorines, have been withdrawn or restricted in the majority of western countries including the USA, and many organophosphate and carbamate pesticides are much more restricted in their use in other developed countries.
(Source: Toxic Chemical-Free Living and Recovering from ME/CFS, by Trixie Whitmore)