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Helen Jones, a 35-year-old nurse, had suffered from sinus problems since childhood. She had also had periodic episodes of gas, bloating, indigestion, and, occasionally, diarrhea. Within the previous five years, Mrs. Jones had experienced increasing fatigue and the need for excessive amounts of sleep. Seven months after moving into a new house, she developed tendonitis of the wrists, soon followed by arthritis of the right shoulder and knee. After giving birth, she developed arthritis of the hands, feet, knees, and shoulders, as well as progressive weakness and muscular cramps in the right calf.

These painful joint and muscle syndromes were accompanied by other withdrawal-type illnesses such as fatigue, irritability, and depression.

In desperation, Mrs. Jones submitted to an operation on her right knee to relieve the pain and crippling inflammation. This procedure brought some temporary relief, but soon her left knee was in just as bad condition as the other had been. By the time she was admitted to the hospital for comprehensive environmental control, her left knee and wrist were swollen, tender, and inflamed, with sharply limited and painful motion. The knee which had been operated upon was still swollen, but no longer inflamed.

When Mrs. Jones fasted and avoided smoking and other suspected environmental factors, such as air pollution and household chemicals, she developed a severe withdrawal-type headache, but her arthritis improved. By the end of five days of fasting, she was able to walk without crutches for the first time in months.

When single foods, known not to have been significantly contaminated with chemical additives, were returned to her diet, reactions occurred to the following:

Corn: 10 minutes, severe arthritic pain

Cane: 15 minutes, pains in knees and hands plus abdominal cramps Apple: 30 minutes, abdominal distress and arthritic pain Lamb: 35 minutes, severe arthritic pain

Orange: 40 minutes, intermittent waves of apprehension and depression

followed by progressively severe arthritic pain

Crape: 40 minutes, increased dizziness and arthritic pain

Egg: 45 minutes, gradual onset of arthritic pain

Wheat: 1 hour, stiffness of knee; accentuated immediately after second

feeding 1 hour later

Pork: 1 hour, gradual onset of fatigue and depression with residual increased

arthritic pain

Rice: 1 hour, slowly increasing joint stiffness, fatigue, and irritability

Lobster tail: 3 hours, lightheadedness with increased stiffness of joints

Beef: 31/2 hours, gradual onset of arthritic swelling and pain

All other commonly eaten foods were tolerated with no flare-ups of her symptoms, but when tomato juice, which had been tolerated in its uncontaminated form, was given to her from a phenol-lined can, she reacted with stiffness of the joints after fifteen minutes, followed by rapidly increasing fatigue, irritability, and depression.

Upon returning home, Mrs. Jones was instructed to use only nonchlorinated water for drinking and cooking, to avoid all incriminated foods, and to rotate the use of chemically less contaminated foods.

She continued to improve steadily at home on this program but experienced mild recurrences of symptoms from massive exposure to plastics. During the past several years, there have been no troublesome arthritic symptoms. At the present time, she is able to eat pork, beef, lobster tail, wheat, egg, cane, and lamb once a week. Accidental breaks in the avoidance of corn sugar (dextrose) have been followed by bouts of irritability and depression but not arthritis. Corn as a cereal has not been tried. Mrs. Jones still finds that it is necessary to eat chemically less contaminated (organic) food to remain free of arthritis pains.

Several features stand out from this case. One can see that over a period of years, Mrs. Jones’ ecologic problems were progressing from minus-one symptoms (sinus problems, indigestion) to minus-two, especially arthritis and fatigue. At the same time, she was already entering a minus-three phase with the development of depression as a result of food susceptibility.

It is also noteworthy how quickly Mrs. Jones reacted to her test foods. For example, she came down with severe arthritic pains only ten minutes after eating corn and fifteen minutes after eating cane sugar. Generally speaking, the more severe a person’s arthritis, the more rapidly he will react to an incriminated food or chemical exposure.

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