arsnic poisioning instead of fibro

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leemadd
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   Posted 3/20/2009 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
A friend of mine has another friend who was diagnosed with fibro 3 years ago, however she just found out she does not have fibro she has arsnic poisioning. How in the world did she get that she lives in an apartment building that has a private well and they treat the water with bleach.. I use bleach all the time remember I clean houses, I use it at my own house I wash the floors with it. Apparently the DR test all of his patients that seem to have Fibro. He said that If he had to guess  half of all fibro patients actually have Arsenic poisioning and not Fibro. He said that is why he believes that is why alot of women sre diagnosed with fibro. because they are the ones that seem to do the most cleaning. That arsenic is in almost all household cleaning products.My question is has anyone ever heard of this before and have you ever been tested for arsenic poisioning? It just sort of made me curious.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   

LeeAnn...back in the 90's when I was going through all the tests to figure out what was wrong with me, they did test me for what I thought was 'heavy metal poisoning'.  Don't know if arsenic was included in that test.  I had been exposed to a massive dose of flea powder, after I spent a week with a friend who apparently had sprinkled the stuff all over the room I was staying in and never vacuumed it off the mattress or rug!  All I know is, that's when my symptoms started.  So who knows...might be something to it!

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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
O my! I've never heard of that before, but that sure is interesting and scary! No I don't believe I've been tested for arsenic poisoning. LeeAnn, I did want to mention to you that I switched over all my cleaning products a couple of years ago. I use only Method cleaning products, including the bathroom deodorizer spray. I just couldn't help but wonder if all those chemicals were contributing to how I felt. You can buy them at Target, not expensive and they are chemical free and do a good job of cleaning. I also switched my laundry detergent.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
This is very interesting.  Back in the 90's being uneducated on mixing products I ended up mixing bleach and amnonia(sp) which makes mustard gas.  I ended up paralized and rushed to the hospital.  Today I found on webmd an article that talks about fibro being a real disease. Was interesting also.  Have a great day. Denise

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   Posted 3/20/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lee Ann,

 

I have heard of arsenic poisoning doing great harm to the muscle as that is where the toxin stores as well as fatty tissue.  NO have not been tested but was for mercury.  I was  off the chart in mercury, in the seafood bus. and eat fish constantly.  I have in the past 6 months limited myself to species that do not live long hence very low mercury.  Salmon is a great example.  Just retested and my mercury has come down but not low.  It is difficult to reduce and my neuro fully believes it is a big contributor to my fibro.  Of course he went looking as he believes toxins are a huge part if not the main cause of fibro.  It is very interesting isn't it??  Anyone that displays neorological symptoms should have these tests done.

 

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   Posted 3/20/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have carelessly exposed myself to all kinds of things over the years without giving it a thought, I'm more careful now than when I was younger.
 
As far as I know I have never been tested for any heavy metals.
 
I had not heard of that theory before, interesting.
 
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I had never heard of this either but Im sure gonna talk to my DR, about it I was surprised at the amount of people that have been tested for metals.There is also the big debate on the ols metal fillings and wethere they can give people mercury poisioning. I have alot of them.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

My My My... that's very interesting!!!  I was a hairdresser for-like-ever and specialized in color.  I wonder if the  chemicals I was exposed to could have brought all of this on.  I think I'll see if I can get tested for that.

Thanks Lee Ann!!


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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, LeeAnn, that's really interesting! I've never been tested for heavy metal poisoning, but I have also done my fair share of cleaning with harsh chemicals-I spent every summer during high school and two summers after cleaning hotel rooms and the cleaners they use to clean hotels are nasty! Never thought there might be a connection to that and the fibro. Hmm-definitely something to discuss with the Dr.!
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
PS... LOL.. another good reason NOT to clean!!!! turn
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leemadd
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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti, I agree I usually try to clean my own house on fridays . decided not to today... See house cleaning could kill ya.....

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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Patti,

This is very interesting.  The one gal I have mentioned in NC was a hairdresser for 20 years and has Fibro.

I knew all this obsessive house cleaning would be the end of me.

I am now in NH and heading back to FLA Monday.  In Boston my son catered to me and that is rare in my life.

 

HAPPY SPRING!!  Patsie


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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I got tested for toxic metals because of working with rocks and stones. But everything came back fine. I did work with a lot of plant fertilizers and different chemicals when I had my plant nursery and floral shop. That was right before I got fibro. I had to close the business due to it.

Very interesting topic. It really makes you think back.

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leemadd
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, It amazes me how many people here know they have been exposed and never gave it a thought I know that I didnt. Remember I said I cleaned houses and its funny. I live next door to a nursery, I know that the fertilizer had to have leached into the ground and we have well water. there is so many possibilities. I even put bleach in my dishwasher. I think its time to stop being the germ a phobe that I am and back down on some of the chemicals that I use. I have a french drain in the basement becuase it is a wet basement I put bleach in there because I am afraid of mold. I am gonna make some changes and see what happens.

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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Good thing I never cleaned that often. At home we minimize the use of household cleaners.

However, I think the doctor is irresponsible for claiming that half of the folks with fibro have arsenic poisoning. I would be suspicious because that is not based on scientific fact.

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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Lee,
One of our doctors told us that molds are a part of life and have been surrounding humans for hundreds of thousands of years. He said that this whole "toxic mold" thing has been cooked up by companies that want to make money "sanitizing" your environment. He was mentioning how the mulch in the forest floor is something like 95% mold in one form or another and if it weren't nothing would ever break down. I took his advice and am no longer so concerned about the whole mold scare. Just my 2ยข.
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   Posted 3/21/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,I am allergic to molds thats why I panic with it in my basement I know that it can get into your duct work and every where else I have not had an asthma attack in about 14 years and I want to keep it that way. I clean houses and am highly allergic to dust go figure...
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   Posted 3/21/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Hiya Patsie Girl.. I'm so jealous.. NH??  One of my favorite states!!! 

LeeAnn, you have encouraged me to get my cleaning supplies to go all natural.  I was planning on it anyway, but now I'll start buying some new stuff every week.  I STILL say, cleaning'll kill ya!!  One of my many excuses not to do it too often!! Actually all kidding aside, I'm very sensative to the fragrances and stuff they put into cleaning supplies, I've never been able to stand 409 or Mr Clean products... they get into my throat and I feel like I'm choaking then I get a massive headache.  Oh, and I'm allergic to mold & dust too, so I'm a big time bleacher (a germaphobe as well)

The hairdressing thing has done so much damage to my body, it wouldn't surprise me in the least that it brought on Fibro from chemicals.  I made good money, but the price to my body wasn't worth it.

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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh and I forgot to mention that I was a dental assistant for 11 years, I use to in the old days squeeze the mercury and amalgam together, not only that but alot of other sterilaztion chemicals and dental supplies. Yeah and sitting in the dental chair all sideways and bent over, not to mention stuck with used needles after injections. That needless to say is why I changed carriers to broadcasting. Ah yes I sure do miss doing on air announcing and production.. good ol days..
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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, this is a very interesting topic!  In the mid/late 90's I worked in a photo lab and had to deal with those toxic chemicals on a daily basis. But I was already sick at that point. My issues started in highschool. So not sure if I can attribute my Fibro to the photo chemicals.  This certainly is something to investigate further.  Thanks for posting this Leeann!
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   Posted 3/21/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I am fascinated at the responses and the variety of contaminations we have mentioned Clearly there is a possible link.  I am writing back today as I realized my aunt had fibro but we never knew what was wrong with her.  She was a dentist and was in the era when lead aprons weren't even used!!!  Now this makes sense.

Also question the amalgam restorations we are all loaded with.  My neuro says he does not feel it's a serious link.  He also agrees with Jeannie that mold is pure hype and is very tolerable to our bodies.

Confusing to say the least.

Patsie


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   Posted 3/21/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Many people who have had the amalgam fillings removed but it didn't faze their fibro.  I don't have any amalgam filling left in my mouth either.  As they cracked and needed replacement, I used the new white fillings.  I remember having to pay more for those when they first came out.  I still have fibro.
 
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   Posted 3/21/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
This was an interesting topic.  I too, was a hairdresser for years.  I wonder if that has contributed to my fibro.  Also I used metal pots and pans for years until I heard they could cause memory loss.  Since I had three aunts that died from Alzheimer's I quit using them a few years ago.
 
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   Posted 3/21/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Shannon, I think it's only aluminum pots and pans that can leech out and cause problems.  The new stainless steel pots and pans are supposed to be fine.  Back in the 30's and 40's aluminum pans were used a lot.
 
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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm about 5 yrs ago I worked in a factory that made air conditioners and air conditioner parts for Ford and other car companies they also made refridgeration units for freezer trucks. I know there were alot of fumes but the only type of protective wear we had were goggles and ear plugs. Was also working there when I had both of my heart attacks, makes me wonder what all we were breathing in and how it's affected the other workers.
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