Is a substance commonly used in diet pills. It stimulates central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and muscles. So, it is good for quick energy boost. It also stimulates thermogenesis and promotes mental focus. It can cause high blood pressure, but people who are used to high doses of caffeine (for example, heavy coffee drinkers). Can cause tachycardia, insomnia, nervousness, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, rapid pulse and hard breathing, headache, anxiety, chest pain, ringing in ears, high intraocular pressure.
When the body is exposed to certain foreign chemicals, it may respond by producing antibodies to defend it against the foreign invaders. Virtually any substance can provide a reaction in some individuals. (See paragraphs 3 to 6 below for a comprehensive list.)
When food we eat is grown in nutrient poor soil, watered with acid rain, sprayed with pesticides and treated with dyes, is it any wonder that chemical contaminants have been found in us? The following are statistics obtained in 1981. Enviroment Canada reports that 1,000 new chemicals are produced annually. There are 34,000 chemicals on the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency's Toxic Effects list. There are 1,500 suspected carcinogens in the work place. In metro Toronto, there are 25,000 industrial workplaces to be inspected by 25 occupational health and safety inspectors! There are 1,500 flavours permitted to be added to food in Canada and more than 1,000 flavours permitted to be added to cigarettes in Canada. There are 1,400 pesticides used in North America. There are 400 organic compounds found in the Great Lakes ecosystem, 200 of which have been identified in Lake Ontario water.
People do not realize it but you can very easily come in contact with fungicides through the handling of tobacco, packing boxes, grocery store items, wall paper paste, rubber, wool products and of course, sprayed crops. One out of five people are sensitive to formaldehyde which is a common factor in the onset of chemical hypersensitivity. Major sources of it can be found in urea formaldehyde resins in insulation, particleboard and plywood. The evaporate slowly and remain active for months or even years.
You can also be affected through polishes and waxes, adhesives, rodent and insect poison, detergent soaps, hair sprays and settings, nail polish, photographic products, cosmetics, hospital mouthwashes and antiperspirants, embalming fluids, contraceptive creams, air deodorizers, U.S. maple syrup and milk. Another major source are methods of treating fabrics that we wear such as stripping agents, dyes, additives to feminine hygiene items with increase their absorbency, facial tissue, dry cleaning.
Watch out for synthetic phenols which are chemicals that are derived from coal, tar, petroleum. Major sources of phenols are household cleaners like Pinesol, Lysol, mildew products, wash, shoe polish, synthetic dish and clothes detergents. Phenols are used as antiseptics. They are also preservatives found in some allergy serums, nasal sprays, bronchial mists, cough syrups, eye drops, cold capsules, decongestants, first aid ointments, aspirin and acne medicine. Phenols are used in hemp fibre products like carpet backing, area rugs, rope and twine. They are in cosmetics such as mascara, cream rouges and shadows as well as most hair care products. Aphenolic resin can be found in the lining of some canned goods, in children's toys, refrigerator storage trays and thermal insulation. Phenols are also found in matches, printers and fountain pen inks, in most paints, photographic solutions, food additives, perfumes and shaving creams. Not surprisingly, they are found in tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke has more than 200 chemicals in it. Natural occurring phenols are found in foods we eat and in natural objects in the world around us. For example, it is the toxic element in poison ivy and poison oak and it is present in thyme oil (used in the production of menthol)
Chemical allergies often manifest themselves as skin reactions. Other symptoms include watery eyes, ringing in the ears, stuffy nose, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, fatigue, eczema, intestinal disorders, depression and headaches. Some people have a reaction immediately after encountering a chemical allergen whereas others may develop a rash 24 hours after coming in contact with the irritant.