Anni Dixon - The Gentle Healer


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Other Environmental Poisoning

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I. Food
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Mercury Poisoning
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Radiation Poisoning
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Poisoning from heavy metals and radiation are not the only problems we are exposed to in the environment.
Chemicals, bacteria and viruses can also cause havoc with health.
All the information in the rest of this site applies to these categories, and many of the site links also cover them.
Here are three further links that may be helpful :
This one covers Health, the Environment, and Work.
The 'National Society for the Environment'
Naturopathy is a form of medicine with a long tradition. It aims to mobilise the inherent capacity of the 'life within the form' to bring about improved health, using hot and cold water, herbs, diet, tissue salts, and homeopathic remedies. A naturopath has a very wide range of knowledge, and is firmly grounded in the principles of natural healing.
Chemicals in the Home
A further matter of enormous importance is exposure to chemicals in our own homes. This may not always be taken into account, and if you are suffering any difficult-to-treat health problem, you really should assess the chemicals, for instance, in your cleaning products : for bathroom, kitchen, and back-yard. Many household cleaning products are full of chemicals that build up gradually in the body, and may not be efficiently excreted by the liver and other organs.
Some common kitchen items may be used for cleaning surfaces, instead of the standard, commercial products.
For instance, bicarbonate of soda is a brillliant cleaner of sinks, baths, drains, and kitchen pans. Just sprinkle a little on a sponge and rub... you will quickly have a gleaming, sparkling surface.
Vinegar can be used in the same way. These natural materials really do work, with none of the irritation to breathing passages that can be brought on by the caustic modern cleaning products.
Citricidal also has great surface cleaning powers.
This site focusses on fluoride and also mentions teflon :
The next one is also well worth a visit if you want to learn more about what chemicals are in our environment, and how they may be affecting us. It also includes vital information about teflon :
Personal Body Products
You will need to also consider materials that have direct contact with your body, through breathing, and the skin, such as cosmetics, deodorants, and clothes-laundering products.
There are many alternative options available now. Ecover was one of the early ecologically-safe companies to produce a range of household cleaning and laundering products. There are now others to be found in any good whole food shop, and you may ask your local supermarket to stock the one you prefer, and encourage your friends to do so likewise.
There are even more choices of body and cosmetic products : shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers and cleansers, deodorants, and make-up, are all available from reputable firms, and whole food stores such as Planet Organic and Fresh and Wild (UK) will check the credentials of the company if you ask them. 
If you have mercury poisoning, you will almost certainly also be allergic to practically all perfumes, sprays and cleaning materials. Multiple sensitivity is one of the symptoms of mercury poisoning. It will therefore be particularly important for you to find household and personal products that your body can tolerate. These will most certainly not contain synthetic chemicals, but be made from the most natural and pure plant substances available. It really is important to address this aspect of your life, and removing all synthetic chemicals from your cupboards, bathroom, garage, kitchen, and bedroom, will immediately ease the stress load on your immune system. 
This site is an excellent resource of information on the problems of chemicals in personal products. If you want to know exactly why these chemicals make you ill, have a read.
This is a subject about which less is known than chemical, metal and radiation toxicity. However, it may be a key factor in the health profile of many people suffering difficult-to-diagnose and treat problems.
Dr Diana Samways has been researching and treating for mould-related issues for some years, and I refer you to the website she has set up to publicise her book on the subject :
This is an extremely important subject, because it tends to underpin many other chronic health conditions linked to environmental factors.
It is crucially related to food, but has been placed in this section of the site because it often results from frequent use of antibiotics, as well as poisoning from other environmental toxins.
Candida is actually one of numerous bacterial forms that are vital dwellers in the human intestinal tract. They are vital because they  assist in the break down of waste material and its eventual evacuation from the bowel.
However, more and more people develop an imbalance in the population of bacterial 'flora' of the intestine, often as a result of taking antibiotics, which kill off ALL bacteria, both good and bad.
When the person is recovering from the time on antibiotics, bacterial growth in the gut has to re-develop so that good and bad bacteria keep each other in balance, or symbiosis. If this does not happen efficiently, the person may develop 'candidiasis', or overgrowth of candida bacteria.
The candida bacteria feed on sugars and fermentation. If the problem is not diagnosed and treated, they may even develop into a fungal stage, which causes more damage, as the root-lets of the fungi grow into the intestinal walls, creating small perforations through which partly digested food particles may escape back into the bloodstream.
Severe disturbance of metabolism, and cell and tissue activity, results, and many unpleasant symptoms in all body systems afflict the sufferer.
Stringent dietary discipline is essential in the early stages, especially of sugars and sugar producing foods. All the information in the I.Food section is relevant.
There is loads of information on the web about candida. Here are some sites to get you started :
This one has a facility for finding a practitioner specialising in candida, in your area :
This one offers clear and concise information, and also some products to help with candida :
This one highlights the link between candida and yeast. It also provides a questionairre to help you work out whether candida or yeast may be a problem for you :
Finally, this one is a comprehensive collection of information about candida :
Jonathan Frewing B.A.(Hons), based in East Grinstead, East Sussex, UK, uses a cutting edge method to test and treat problems related to environmental toxins. His knowledge is very specific. If you think your health problems may be related to environmental toxins, candida, moulds, bacteria, previous medication, etc, a visit to him is highly recommended. He can be contacted on
If candida is affecting your health, you will feel much much better once you start to treat it with natural health methods. Good Luck!
Aluminium Cans
It has become standard practice to sell drinks in aluminium cans. Please be aware that aluminium is a 'heavy metal' - a soft heavy metal that readily dissolves into whatever food substance it is containing. Aluminium has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease... it accumulates in the brain, like mercury and lead, severely interfering with the activity of brain cells.
Please avoid drinks supplied in aluminium, and please don't use aluminium cookware!
Please also refer to the Radiation Poisoning and Cancer pages, and you might also want to visit the 'Namaste' website, which has a lot of coverage of environmental aspects of illness :


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