Environmental chemicals

At some stage this factsheet will present information on non-food factors which can cause your symptoms to get better or worse, for those who know that diet is working but there is further to go. But for now it will be used to collect useful links for people to explore further for themselves. You may find environmental chemical information under the symptom you are interested in, eg eczema

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See also Frequently Asked Questions in this category.

If you don’t feel ready for the information below, sort your diet out first.

See detailed information in the fumes and perfumes factsheet and the toxic furniture factsheet

December 2010 - Study maps chemical residues in European children's diets: A 10-year-old child eating a balanced diet may be exposed to as many as 128 chemical residues of 81 different substances in a single day. Forty-two of these substances are classified as "possibly or probably carcinogens", and five as "certainly carcinogens". No fewer than 37 substances are endocrine disruptors (ED). Food additives were also examined.

The information given is not intended as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor for underlying illness. Before beginning dietary investigation, consult a dietician with an interest in food intolerance. You can see our list of experienced and supportive dietitians 

© Sue Dengate update January 2011