by Herman I Neuman
The greater the silence about growing public problems, the greater their disastrous consequences!
~ Herman I Neuman
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
~ Albert Einstein
When my little brother and I were poverty-stricken kids, we mixed commonly available chemicals and secured them in tin cans and other types of containers. Then we inserted fuses so we could explode them in various places around our city. Our bombs, rockets and hand grenades caused attention-getting smoke and noises.
Even so, no one seemed to care enough to grope our groins or warn us about potential "collateral damage," and mostly to ourselves. Furthermore, there was no none who suspected that someday chemical concoctions in foods, water, air and everywhere, would someday help cause collateral damage to millions of unsuspecting people all around the world.
The greater the silence and inaction about public problems, the more astounding their consequent "collateral damage." The best example is the sudden onset of the financial system collapse that will keep exploding for years to come.
It will only be a matter of time before the world will fully wake up to the effects of the modern food and health systems.
I was lucky to have grown up in a very natural environment and during the following decades was able to witness, and experience, the effects of transitioning to a chemical-ized world. I will tell you about the difference in overall health between these two worlds. I will also describe my surprising out-of-the-ordinary recovery from very gradual toxin-induced Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and concomitant slow dying. This will prove the reality of HCD.
Unfortunately there has been a lot of ignorance, apathy, misunderstanding, and even intentional controversy and twisting of statistics about HCD. This article may be but one of many examples of falsehood. That web site attempts to discredit many effective methods of prevention, diagnoses and treatments that fall outside the mainstream medical establishment.
The content and wording of the first paragraph of that article is indicative of the theme of this web site in that it states that MCS people are seeking special accommodations, applying for disability benefits, and filing lawsuits claiming that exposure to common foods and chemicals has made them ill. Their fraudulent claims are helped by a "small cadre of physicians, who use questionable diagnostic and treatment methods." Hahaha. Therefore, is it not strange that some of those "questionable" methods have helped me to recover from "a serious illness?"
Contrast those false cadre claims with this paper presented in the 2009 conference of The American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences: "Fragrances in the Workplace is the new Second-Hand Smoke." It states:
"Fragrance is a known respiratory irritant and neurological toxin and one in five people in the US experience adverse health effects from synthetic fragrance exposure (Wolff, 2006). For many people, exposure to perfume can pose serious health risks such as migraines, nausea, tightening of the throat, and respiratory impairment in the asthmatic (Canadian Employment Law, 2005). Breathing problems such as hay fever and asthma are found in 15-20% of North Americans and synthetic fragrance exacerbates these problems for many people.
"The problem with fragrance products is not the scent but the properties of synthetic chemicals that they are derived from such as petroleum or coal tar. The United States tests less than 10% of products on the market for toxicity and almost one-third of the chemical additives used in perfume are known to be toxic (Rigsby, 1996). Over the past 50 years, 80-90% of fragrances have been synthesized from petroleum and some of the commonly found harmful chemicals in fragranced products include acetone, phenol, toluene, benzyl acetate, and limonene. The chemicals used to produce the fragrance in a product are protected under trade secret laws and are not listed in the ingredients of a product."
My personal diverse intensely traumatic experiences, along with my almost life-long observations and obsessive reading, help prove that commonly used chemicals can have very serious effects on health. Again, they also prove that MCS and other HCD's are not necessarily "purely psychological" as some self-serving parties that profit from them persistently claim.
Almost everyone in the USA and in other "developed" parts of the world is now exposed almost daily to unnatural chemicals and have them in their bodies. Even low level, but long term, exposures can indeed cause physically-induced diseases. This produces additional psychologically-induced physical PTSD reactions from worrying about them. However, if my years of world record intense early-life traumas did give me PTSD, no one has ever diagnosed such, and Ihave never had mental health counseling.
On the contrary, in a way I have been counseling for many years as a spiritual care volunteer in a hospital and a psychiatric facility. Even so, could my presumed as yet undiagnosed PSTD have caused me to accumulate many subtle and some serious "all in your head" symptoms over a period a very long time? Or did synthetic chemicals cause most, if no all, of my symptoms of worsening health? I will reach an undeniable conclusion that may surprise you.
Consider the growing health problems of the already sickest nation on earth, the commonality of manifestations and illnesses that are growing in number of types and cases. The chances are fairly great that you, or someone very close to you, has one or more of the following HCD manifestations of immune dysfunctions or artificial-ized lifestyles:
What do these symptoms and conditions have in common is that few of them existed when I was growing up in a most impoverished, malnourished and stressed-out society in post-World War II Germany. Even though hundreds of thousands of people were starving and freezing to death during that era. Farmers fertilized the fields with untreated human sewage that they collected from cesspools near homes, and they did also not have enough to eat.
One of them replied to my father, who had written a request for food for my ailing grandfather in about 1947/48: "... because I, in spite of my pursuit of agriculture, receive food vouchers myself and have only as much to live on as I can get with them. And this is too little to live on, and too much to die on."
Even so, whatever few of the health manifestations listed above might have existed, up to and through those post-war years, occurred at a much lower rate than today. Was this mainly because very few synthetic chemicals such as deodorants, perfumes, cleaning and pesticide products existed?1
Study the photos above of my middle school class on one of its yearly hikes into the nearby mountains. Notice how happy and healthy everyone appears to be. There was also not a single overweight person in any of the four schools that I attended. What does that say about genetic causes of obesity? Also notice how healthy my mother, brother and I look, in spite of having to scavenge for food from manure and waste piles well into the 1950's. My wealthy hedonistic father abandoned us and threatened to kill us. And we received no help from official authorities.
Since those earlier times most people have had a growing number of daily exposures and ingestions of ever more kinds of synthetic chemicals. Most of these have never even been tested for health effects, especially not in combinations. Who knows what innumerable chemical combinations can do to living creatures. The main effect most likely being the weakening of immune systems, genetic damage and mutations. And increasing suicides. And since there are going to be thousands of new chemicals and electro-magnetic frequencies sources introduced in the future, their combined results on human electro-chemical systems are causing what can be classified as Human Collapse Diseases/Disorder (HCD).
Think about of how ubiquitous man-made chemicals must be. I had very good friend, RIP, who was a retired research chemist with over two-hundred some patents in his name, and who had worked for a very large chemical company. About once a year his family made its own soap. When a mutual friend asked him why he did not just buy it, he answered that his work included turning industrial waste into ingredients for consumer products.
By the time he died, my friend had also saved many 55-gallon drums full of glass bottles and jars. He anticipated that when the public learns about toxins in plastics, there will be a great demand for glass containers.
That was years ago, and strangely, as yet few people care. They would rather die a slow death than to accept their brutal reality.
The newer and often chronic illnesses and the number of affected people are rising in tandem with the spread of unnatural, mostly unseen, chemicals. Therefore one can conclude that there must be a close relationship between the two. Interestingly, some of more affected victims frequently also suffer several such illnesses simultaneously. Of course, other contributing factors are lack of physical exercise, nuclear radiation and not least of all, denial and the massive outpouring of false knowledge.
Downtrends in overall health cannot be reversed until the world wakes up from its deep apathy, and after millions more people will have died unnecessarily, prematurely and miserably slowly. Here, here and here is overwhelming evidence that uncountable ones already have.
However, do not despair, because my health journey proves that with discipline and persistent research for truthful knowledge one can recover from environmental illnesses. Even though I have avoided junk foods as much as possible and have exercised regularly and vigorously most of my life, I accumulated an unknown number of chemicals in my body without knowing it. These caused me to develop over forty seemingly unrelated and mostly benign symptoms over the course of many years.
Until an unexpected blowup of my health. One January day some years ago, while I still had enough stamina to go jogging up and down a river gorge, I must have reached the maximum chemical load that my immune system was able to deal with. I suffered a sudden onset of high fever, persistent profuse mucus in my chest and sinuses, almost constant thirst, extreme weakness, weight loss and frequent prolonged headaches.
These conditions waxed and waned over a period of several months and, in retrospect, seemed to have been influenced by delayed reactions to smoke, chlorine and unknown multitudes of other chemicals. During that period two physicians could not find the causes of my symptoms but prescribed antibiotics. These had no effects in lessening any of the symptoms and some even kept worsening. Eventually a doctor ordered several blood tests, and then informed me that “Your tests indicate you have a serious illness. I want you to see a cardiologist and an oncologist.”
He did not tell me what my illness might be, and I did not ask him, because his diagnosis did not worry me anymore. A stranger had recently phoned me in response to my Reality Denial Syndrome (RDS)-causing letters to a newspaper about the environmental pollution that I had been observing in our region. This reader told me that I had been poisoned, and I accepted her assessment immediately, even without much explanation. Her family's osteopathic MD had already started me on the road to recovery with a daily detoxification protocol to rid my body of arsenic, my most dominant toxin. Over time he diagnosed additional ones, several blockages in my sympathetic nerves and other causes of symptoms.
Again, think about this: An invisible empathetic stranger, who was not afraid to speak the truth, bluntly and correctly tells me her shocking diagnosis over the phone: "You are poisoned." My experiences and research since then have convinced me that similar diagnoses can be made for almost every person in the world.
This caller's entire family had been poisoned, and had been treated, mostly unsuccessfully for many years, by dozens of doctors, in many hospitals, until they found the right clinic specializing in environmental toxins, and therefore, she recognized my dilemma.
No, I do not know the specific sources of arsenic that might have poisoned me, but there seem to be many. It is not in our domestic city water that tested to be remarkably free from a couple hundred man-made chemicals and pathogens. However, as for example, search for arsenic chicken or enjoy it in your popular juice brands or your favorite rice dish to initiate cynical belly-shaking laughter to soothe your savaged body and soul. I did.
Is that why greedy bastards spend billions on "marketing?"
Over the years, I accumulated the horrendous number of symptoms listed below. They are not necessarily in chronological order, because many were intermittent or recurrent. Since I also have to rely on my memory, there probably were others that I have not yet recalled. These conditions should have warned me, and others, that I had worsening systemic health problems, and that I was well on my way to getting cancer and associated "human collapse diseases."
Before almost miraculous revelations, the causes of the varying symptoms/conditions written in italics in the following list could not be diagnosed correctly or permanently cured with conventional means.
Painful lumpy nodes in arm pits
Liver spots on face and hands
Thick skin with deep cracks on heels that sometimes bled
Brain fog of various intensities and durations*
Almost total lack of dreams while sleeping
Sporadic very cold hands*
Eyes steaming up upper inside corners of my glasses
Underarm odor, even after showering1
Short episodes of tingling skin*
Crawling or “electrical buzzing” feeling in arms and legs
Wet and dry macular degeneration in one eye (Misdiagnosis? Has not yet been confirmed)
Rapid weight loss
Sensitivity to scents, chlorine, formaldehyde, dryer sheets and other VOCs*
Moodiness or depression
Soft rippled finger nails
Purplish finger and toe nails
Poor and restless sleep
Constantly runny nose
Occasional bloody discharge from nose
Small reoccurring pre-cancerous spot on nose3
Frequent need to clear throat or persistent mucus
Weak muscle strength and firmness
Reoccurring cold sores on lip
Decades of chronic stinky ear infection, including two surgeries to remove proud flesh4
Almost constant thirst*
Frequent, urgent urination
Intermittent halting speech or misspeakin
Blood tests indicating a "serious illness"
One or two severe colds or flu per year5
Irritation from loud noise such a running bathtub water
Dry eyes and lips
Occasional red blotches on face and neck
Frequent feeling of being too hot all over
Long term worries and anxieties
Irregular or slow bowel movements
Feeling distressed for decades in poorly ventilated spaces (Sick Building Syndrome)6*
Slow healing of small wounds
High PSA level7
Think about what might have caused so many symptoms and conditions? How could they have been overlooked by so many people for so many years?
After that life-saving telephone call, I re-invigorated my exercising and concentrated my reading about being physically well. With determined discipline I also began to avoid synthetic chemicals, medicines, including aspirin, and processed foods as much as possible. I detoxify everyday with a variety of methods. Oddly enough, or not, in the process I gradually also became emotionally and spiritually much stronger than I have ever been in my whole life.
A few weeks after my first blood tests, my last tests confirmed my "good health." Slowly but surely, most of my symptoms have now completely disappeared, including the ones that could not be diagnosed correctly, or treated successfully with modern-day pharmaceuticals.
Now I am intermittently experiencing only a few (marked with underlined asterisk *) of the forty-some symptoms listed above, and they do seem to be triggered by certain chemicals or foods to which I must have become sensitized. However, these remaining symptoms have also been slowly fading away, or are occurring less frequently, even as I am growing older.
Whereas, here, here, and this Google search indicate that there might be unintentional or intentional global genocide; and
whereas, most of the modern-day illnesses listed herein did not exist, or were quite rare, even during times of historical tribulations; and
whereas, the number of synthetic chemicals in use has been growing exponentially with a similar increase of Human Collapse Diseases/Disorders (HCD), and thousands of additional chemicals and nano-materials will probably be created; and
whereas, a large number of synthetic chemicals that were not safety-tested or were restricted or banned continue to be used, or still remain poisonous after many years; and
whereas, the population is purposely being dumbed down, and many farm workers cannot read instructions, making it difficult for people to understand the proper use, applications and inherent dangers of pesticides, herbicides, etc; and
whereas, the types and rates of HCD are increasing in spite of increasing prescription drug use, astonishing growth in healthcare spending and a decreasing trend in harmful use of tobacco; and
whereas, ever more nations, state governors and institutions are declaring or recognizing multiple chemical sensitivity and electromagnetic sensitivity to be physically debilitating; and
whereas, billions of dollars are spent every year to keep people addicted to junk foods from which they are unable to wean themselves; and
whereas, up to and through my early years in a nearly natural environment people were able deal with such intense emotional and physical stress that would have sickened or killed many people of more recent generations, and without taking pills or mental health counseling; and
whereas, I slowly accumulated ever more toxins and symptoms of physical and mental degeneration, whose causes were difficult if not impossible to diagnose or could not be treated successfully with the traditional means, antibiotics; and
whereas, I was able to recover my health with continual detoxifying and avoiding synthetic chemicals as much as possible, and
Therefore, humanity has no choice but to deal with the epidemic of Human Collapse Diseases/Disorders, and optimum health requires continuous avoidance and elimination of toxic substances as much as possible.
1 Certain chemicals in deodorants caused me to have sore swollen lymph nodes. Even when I was using any kind of main-brand deodorant, my wife would often still tell me, "You still stink," after I had just come out of the shower. Now that I have been detoxifying I rarely have to use any kind of deodorant.
2 When I told my optometrist that I had been detoxifying my body, he said "That probably will have improved your eyesight." My eye test indeed determined that my vision had improved to where it had been thirteen years before. I became less myopic in spite of having stared at job-related and home computer screens for eight hours a day for a dozen-some years.
3 For several years dermatologists had intermittently frozen off this reoccurring lesion. The last time it appeared again, I began consuming foods that specifically boosted my immune system to heal it again. During a short few weeks there was a visible retrogression of that spot until it completely disappeared.
4 This is yet another unbelievable, but brutally true, confirmation of ignorance, misunderstanding, cover-up or greed. I had a surgery to stop a most severe middle ear infection when I was a baby. Because of almost total neglect, extreme poverty and ignorance, I unnecessarily continued to suffer decades of acute/chronic stinky pus ear infections. This also included two additional surgeries to remove proud flesh, wild meat, from my skull when I was a juvenile..
After years of flushing and sucking out smelly "debris" from out of my ear by many MDs, in three different countries, and antibiotic treatments, I finally and completely stopped this chronic infection from reoccurring by simply cleaning out that ear, what's left of it, about once a month or less often with cotton swabs. A few dollars worth of cotton swabs achieved what unknown thousands of dollars and medical treatments could not.
5 I have always had one or two severe colds or an occasional flu every year. Since I quit getting yearly flu shots about four years ago, I have not have even a touch of either one of these.
6 Almost all newer or newly remodeled buildings have enough air pollution to cause health problems from longer term exposures.
7 My PSA level was on a rapid rise before my "serious illness" diagnosis and then quickly declined again to a very low level after I began detoxifying.
About the Author
Herman I Neuman is one of the world’s most amazing survivors of years of diverse, intensely traumatic experiences. After he managed to claw himself out of his early man-made hell, he recovered from his physical and emotional torments, single-handedly, while working his way to a five-year engineering degree. Within two years thereafter, and together with his new wife, became independent world travelers.
Before he was only twenty years old he had to endure the following:
Diphtheria. Whooping cough. World War II. School failure. Years of bone-rotting middle-ear infections with proud flesh. Years of malnourishment, homelessness, including being forced to live in a shack with highly unstable dynamite and without even an outhouse. Years of judicial injustice and bare-buttocks floggings, culture shock and social isolation, hard labor and literal slavery.
But the worst trauma was yet to come.
During his later years he kept accumulating subtle symptoms of ill health, which he and his doctor could not treat permanently. Or they were mostly ignored, because they could be attributed to aging. By his mid-sixties, Herman had accumulated over forty such symptoms, and experienced many days of physical and emotional suffering from unknown causes. Eventually an MD in integrative medicine diagnosed him to have accumulated arsenic and other chemicals in his body. With his ongoing daily detoxification regime, Herman has so far been able to eliminate about three dozen of those symptoms and underlying causes. In some ways he now feels better than ever.
He has never had mental health counseling. Instead, he was invited in 2004 to become a volunteer spiritual care visitor in regional medical and psychiatric facilities, where he has been visiting with hundreds of patients ever since.
Disclaimer: The Author had no formal training in medicine, nutrition or psychology. The links to external web sites are posted for informational purposes only. Consult with professionals before making changes in your nutrition and exercise routines, or in you emotional and spiritual wellness pursuits.