1st Edition

Reversibility of Chronic Disease and Hypersensitivity,Volume 2 The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ System

By William J. Rea, Kalpana D. Patel Copyright 2015
    724 Pages 162 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Encyclopedic in scope, Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, Volume 2: The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ System draws deeply from clinical histories of thousands of patients. It focuses on clinical syndromes within the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems.

    The book explores mechanisms of chemical sensitivity and chronic degenerative disease as well as the triggering agents of musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and sino-respiratory diseases. It then discusses triggering agents such as natural gas, pesticides, solvents, and micotoxins.

    The authors include new data for indoor and outdoor air pollution that harms the chemically sensitive and chronic degenerative diseased patient as well as new data for breath analysis. They also describe the physiology of chemical sensitivity and chronic degenerative diseases, their manifestations, diagnosis, and approaches to reverse dysfunction. The second volume of a five-volume set, the book provides an essential resource for health care providers diagnosing and treating chemical sensitivity and chronic degenerative disease.

    Integument
    Introduction
    Structure and Function of Skin
    Pollutant Injury to the Physiology of the Skin
    Mechanisms of Action of Toxic Chemicals
    Toxic Skin Reactions
    Dermal Vascular Response to Pollutant Injury
    Itching, Stinging, and Burning
    Autoimmune Contact Dermatitis
    Acute Skin Reactions from Pollutant Exposure
    Eczema
    Psoriasis
    Boils
    Hyper-IgE Syndrome
    Aging of the Skin
    Summary
    References

    Ear, Nose, and Throat
    Introduction
    Environmental Triggering Agents and Their Internal Response Mechanism
    Respiratory Functions of the Nose
    Pollutant Injury: Clinical Effects on the Nose, Sinuses, and Salivary Glands
    Pollutant Injury to the Throat, Neck, and Larynx
    Pollutant Injury to the Ear and Balance Mechanism
    Headaches
    Teeth
    Temporal Mandibular Joint
    Conclusion
    References

    Respiratory Homeostatic Dysfunction, Lower Respiratory Tract Dysfunction
    Introduction
    Respiration
    Air Quality
    Ventilation and Associated Clinical Changes with Air Pollution
    Physical Principle of Gas Exchange
    Pathology of Pollutant Injury to the Respiratory Tree
    Clinical Evidence of Pollutant Injury
    Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Chemical Sensitivity
    Summary
    References

    Homeostasis and Dyshomeostasis of the Gastrointestinal Tract
    Introduction: Normal Gastrointestinal Function
    Integrated Mucosal and Endothelial Injury
    Pollutant Effects on the Connective Tissue Matrix
    Pollutant Effects on the Smooth Muscle
    Pollutant Effects on the Peripheral Sensory, Spinal Sensory, and the Autonomic Nervous System
    Pollutant Injury to the Neuroendocrine System of the Gut
    Pollutant Injury to the Immune System of the Gut
    Pollutant Injury to the Intestinal Microflora
    Clinical Entities of the Gastrointestinal Tract Influenced by Pollutant Injury
    Liver
    Pancreas
    Summary
    References

    Homeostasis and Dyshomeostasis of the Genitourinary Tract
    Introduction
    Kidney and Upper Urogenital System
    Bladder and Lower Urogenital System
    Penile Function and Erectile Dysfunction
    Diagnosis and Treatment of Pollutant Injury to the Genitourinary System
    Conclusion
    References

    Pollutant Injury to the Eye
    Introduction
    Pollutant Injury to the Nervous System of the Eye
    Nutrient Deficiency in the Eye
    Measurement of Pollutant Injury of the Autonomic Nervous System of the Eye
    Clinical Manifestation of Pollutant Damage to the Eye
    Visual Fields
    Summary
    References

    Breast
    Introduction
    Mastodynia
    Inflammation of the Breast
    Chronic Cystic Mastitis
    Premalignant Lesions
    Carcinoma
    Artificial Breast Implants
    References

    Pediatrics
    Introduction
    Chapter Overview
    Initial Stage of Life and Development
    Fetus
    General Considerations: The Child’s Environment and Pollutant Exposure
    Newborn: Birth to 2 Months
    Infants: 2 Months to 2 Years
    Children: 2–6 Years
    Children 6–12 Years
    Adolescent: Ages 12–18 Years
    Diagnosis and Treatment
    Effects of Contaminated Air, Water, and Food on Children
    Summary
    References

    Index

    Biography

    William J. Rea is a thoracic, cardiovascular, and general surgeon with an added interest in the environmental aspects of health and disease. He received his MD from The Ohio State University and was chief of thoracic surgery at the Veteran’s Hospital in Dallas. He has lectured on cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Texas S.W. Medical School and on environmental sciences at the University of Texas. Dr. Rea served on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and is currently a board member of the American Board of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Rea is a fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the American College of Surgeons, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He was part of the team who resuscitated Governor John Connally when President Kennedy was shot.

    Kalpana D. Patel is a pediatrician with an added interest in the environmental aspects of health and disease. She serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Patel was awarded the Jonathan Forman Gold Medal Award for outstanding research in environmental medicine and the Herbert J. Rinkel Award for outstanding teaching by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Patel has served as president of the American Board of Environmental Medicine and is currently a member of its executive committee. She has also served on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and is a diplomate of both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Patel is a fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

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