Reversibility of Chronic Disease and Hypersensitivity,Volume 2: The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ System, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reversibility of Chronic Disease and Hypersensitivity,Volume 2

The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ System, 1st Edition

By William J. Rea, Kalpana D. Patel

CRC Press

723 pages | 162 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED078000
MEDICAL / Public Health
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General