Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
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I've heard of similar smell sensitivity as part of something like multiple chemical sensitivity, also sometimes called environmental illness and the thing I've read about is similar to whoMe's description, it's a complex detoxification issue.
The only person I've ever known IRL with this had it triggered by the mercury in her amalgam fillings, her body became toxic quicker and more intensely than mine, since I seem to just have slow phase 1 and phase 2 both. Not everyone with amalgams (or other routes of exposure to mercury or other heavy metals) has these types of issues, my husband for example doesn't, a lot of different factors can play in, but this is something that would get worse over time as the body gets more and more worn down, trying to compensate for the stresses. Pregnancy and nursing are so nutritionally draining that they can often exacerbate things like this, they certainly did for me.
Grapefruit juice is supposed to dramatically slow phase 1 detoxification, so in an unavoidable situation, seems like something to consider (I'd assume beforehand). But I've never talked with anyone who actually tried it, to see how well it works.