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Volatile Solvents Profile

The Volatile Solvents Profile can help identify a patient’s prolonged exposure to the most commonly found volatile solvents that have been shown to cause serious health problems.

Overexposure or chronic exposure to volatile solvents damages the central nervous system and causes chemical–driven liver and kidney damage. Benzene, in particular, has a severe toxic effect on the hematological system and is recognized as a human carcinogen. Other solvents contribute to atrophy of skeletal muscles, loss of coordination, vision problems, and depression of the central nervous system.

Volatile solvents are routinely used in industrial processes to manufacture consumer products. A solvent is a liquid or gas used to dissolve a solid, liquid, or gas to create a new solution. Each year, annual production of these solvents numbers in the tens of millions of pounds in the United States.

Air and water pollution are common rotes of exposure in both our homes and workplaces. We are also exposed by inhalation or ingestion of car exhaust, paints, glues, adhesives, and lacquer thinners. These volatile solvents are used in large numbers to produce items in our homes such as furniture, building materials, paint, shoes, cleaning and degreasing agents, inks, pharmaceuticals, and as additives to gasoline. For those living and working in urban areas, the exposure to this class of compounds goes on twenty four hours a day.

Solvents are very damaging to bone marrow and have been associated with many of the bone marrow cancers as well as anemia and thrombocytopenia. They are also associated with immune disorders, including autoimmunity, chronic neurological problems, and infertility.

Symptoms of solvent exposure are the following: aplastic anemia, atrophy of skeletal muscles, B-cell malignancies, blood dyscrasis (unspecified blood disorder), bone marrow damage, cancer, chemical bronchitis, chromosomal aberrations, cognitive disorders, conjunctivitis, corneal erosion, defatting dermatitis, dermatitis, erectile dysfunction, erythema (redness due to capillary congestion), fatigue, headaches, hemolysis, hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), infertility, irritation of the eyes and nose, irritation of the mucous membranes, keratitis, leukemia, muscular weakness, nausea, paresthesia, Parkinsonism, polyneuropathy ( neurological disorder), renal damage, and  skin irritation.

This service is provided through Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.To schedule a consultation to see if the Volatile Solvent Profile could find the cause of your health problem(s), call 813-985-1322 today for an appointment.

Kelly Miller DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFDMP*, physician at Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.

*There is currently no licensure for Naturopathic Physicians (NMD) in the state of Florida and the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine does not currently recognize the credentialing of the  Fellowship from the Brazil-American Academy for Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FBAARM), or the Certification in Functional Diagnostic Medicine (CFDMP) from Functional Medicine University.