Cyrex Labs Array 11-Chemical Sensitivity Testing
The average woman uses 12 personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotions, creams, perfume, and cosmetics) daily, exposing her to over 168 unique chemicals per day.
According to the EWG, one of every 13 women are exposed to a known or suspected carcinogen, every day, while one out of every 23 men are. Taken together, that’s 12.2 million adults.
What’s even more concerning is that manufacturers aren’t required by law to put all of their ingredients on the label. Yet, few of their ingredients are proven safe for human health.
People with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) have allergy-like reactions to low doses of common substances, such as chemicals found in carpeting, plastics, paints, perfumes, deodorants, shampoos, lotions etc.
Symptoms may include skin, hearing, and breathing issues; pain in the head, muscles, or joints; nausea, fatigue, or immune challenges
Close to 13% of adults in the US have been diagnosed with MCS, which may sometimes be called multiple environmental chemical sensitivities, poly allergy, or environmental illness. Nearly 26% of the population reports chemical sensitivity. And when it comes to pain conditions, people with fibromyalgia syndrome (also known as chronic widespread pain syndrome) and chronic fatigue appear to be more likely to experience MCS
But we now have a way to detect if your body is chemically sensitive.
This new chemical sensitivity testing procedure is important because, until now, health issues due to chemicals were diagnosed only when high levels were found through blood tests.
Often like most cases in traditional medicine- this is too late.
Now we can see how the immune system reacts to the chemical(s) which is far more clinically relevant than just seeing high levels on blood work.
The new Cyrex Array 11 test looks to see if the immune system is activated with any amount of chemical exposure. This may explain how exposure to small amounts of household chemicals can still have a major immune response which may ultimately create ill health.
Autoimmunity: The human immune system has not evolved as fast as humans have created mass quantities of chemicals. Depending on various factors, including your genetic predisposition and your gut health, you may be more sensitive than others to toxic chemicals. Various contributing factors may provoke your immune system, causing it to create antibodies to the toxins in your body. Your immune system may even create antibodies to its own tissues, as the chemicals in your body bind to your own bodily tissues and/or DNA. If so, your exposure to chemicals might be adversely affecting your health, and may even trigger autoimmunity.
Reacting to Chemicals? Multiple Chemical Sensitivities?
Do you have reason to suspect you might be reacting to environmental chemicals? Do you suffer from chronic nagging (or severe) health complaints that you’ve been unable to reverse? Are you one of those people who can’t bear to walk past a perfume counter in a store? Or maybe you find the smell of cleaning fluids overwhelming? Or does your skin react easily to any number of cosmetics, detergents, or clothing? Do you suffer from respiratory conditions or allergies?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it may be that your immune system has begun to react to environmental chemicals or toxins. These chemicals may be triggering autoimmune reactivity.
An Ubiquitous Problem: Each chemical or “xenobiotic” on Array 11, as listed below, is found in normal home, automobile and office environments. What’s more, it is thought that virtually the entire population of our planet now has multiple chemical toxins in their bodies; chemicals that probably weren’t even thought of in our ancestors’ time. Toxins such as bisphenol-A (found in plastic water bottles) have even been detected even in newborn babies. Even consumption of non-organic food or unfiltered water can increase your body’s toxic load. It is virtually impossible to avoid all contact with these chemical compounds in our daily life.
Chemical sensitivity testing can help Dr Hagmeyer find out what role your immune system is playing and help target treatment.
For example, depending on the results of this blood test, Dr Hagmeyer may want to focus on supporting your immune system before treating other areas.
The treatment is often aimed at eliminating or mitigating the immune system stressors so the immune system stops over-reacting to these chemicals. Taking this approach with help reduce the compounding effects caused by the chemical exposure.
Chemicals Tested in the Cyrex Labs Array 11
- Aflatoxins – are produced by a species of bacteria and can be commonly found in some foods and even some cosmetics.
- Formaldehyde – is in the home is typically found in wood furnishes, space heaters it is even often found in car seats – makes it when your car heats up during the summer with windows up it is important to let the car air out before entering because the amount of formaldehyde in the air is quite concentrated. It is also found in adhesives – so it is important to wear gloves when dealing with adhesives.
- Glutaraldehyde – tends to be mixed with formaldehyde – can used as a disinfectant and as a preservative.
- IIsocyanate – commonly used in paints and varnishes and protective coatings like truck beds decks, boats.
- Trimellitic, Phthalic Anhydrides and BPA Binding Protein – typically found in plastics like water bottles.
- Benzene Ring Compounds – typically found in blackened foods so it is important not to cooks your meats until they are black – any black areas are consider benzene and are carcinogenic.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) – Found in plastics, especially plastics with recycle symbols 3 and 7. It is important to avoid drinking from these bottles if they have been sitting in a warm car where BPA can leach into the liquid faster. It is important to make sure your baby bottles use BPA Free plastics.
- Tetrabromobisphenol A – typically found in circuit boards, epoxies and flame retardants.
- Tetrachloroethylene – in dry cleaning processes – important to ask your dry cleaner if they use this chemical and try to avoid it – if they do the clothes the be aired out before wearing them.
- Parabens – the main sources for parabens deodorants and antiperspirants high contributor to breast cancer and autoimmune disorders, also found in toothpaste, lotions, sunscreens, shampoos, conditioners, shaving gel, makeup, pharmaceutical drugs and food additives.
- Mercury Compounds – sources dental amalgams, power plants that leach mercury into water systems which go into our oceans. Mercury can also be vaporized into the air.
- Mixed Heavy Metals (Toxic)- Nickel, Cobalt, Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic
Having a clear understanding of chemical sensitivities is very important when trying to recover from a long-standing illness, autoimmune disease or other chronic health disorder. The results of this blood test can help Dr Hagmeyer to understand your treatment priorities