Anxiety/ Panic Attacks/ Depression/Washing Powder
posted 6th November 2020
Some while ago I happened to be walking past a school when all the children were coming out at home time. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with the distinctive and choking smell of chemical, biological washing powder. It was impossible to breath at that moment, and I had to cross the road. This was some time ago now, but after that I had a similar experience......
Amongst my reading material I came across an article about a six year old boy who was about to be expelled from school because of his behaviour, and constant angry outbursts. He also suffered panic attacks four times a day. His GP offered a list of potent, mind-altering drugs to control his condition. As a last resort his mother decided to take the advice of a natural health practitioner, which was to change her laundry detergent to an alternative one. The change was extraordinary! The panic attacks stopped immediately and he became a model pupil at school.
This child was suffering from the chemical perfumes from laundry detergents, fabric conditioners, air fresheners, candles, incense and household cleaners - common triggers found under your kitchen sink. Psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks, nail biting, OCD (occupational compulsive disorder), depression and suicidal tendencies can be linked to chemical sensitivities. I have read many similar stories to this one, and even more complex ones, that have been solved by switching the washing powder/fabric conditioner, to an alternative one.
A man came to see me for a consultation for these very conditions i.e. panic attacks/anxiety/phobias/disorientation/low energy. I told him that in my opinion, it was his deodorant, to which he was horrified, as well as surprised. However, he agreed to stop using it. Four weeks later he was unrecognisable with such obvious return of energy, and he no longer suffered these symptoms.. He was able to actually look me in the eye, something I had noticed he did not find easy to do when I first met him.
These two cases are just some examples of inhalant allergies, that are so often dismissed and treated with drugs instead, rather than the avoidance of the allergen. We don't just accumulate toxins by acquiring and inheriting them or through diet - we inhale them too. Of course there can be a myriad of causative factors involved with anxiety, panic attacks and depression, but once the underlying factors are understood and appropriate changes made, profound transformations can follow.