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What To Do About Big Chemical / Toxic Spills

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you would have heard about the catastrophic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, USA which happened over a month ago.

And if not, let me give you a short summary – a train derailed which was comprised of 150 rail cars owned by Norfolk Southern, some of which contained highly hazardous and toxic materials. Apparently 10 of them were carrying toxic vinyl chloride which is a known carcinogenic compound used to make PVC plastic. Due to the rising temperatures and fear of an explosion, it has been said that engineers decided the safest course of action was to do a control burn and release of the vinyl chloride while evacuating the area.

To be entirely transparent, the exact number of derailed cars, toxins present or general facts are far and few between. Each news report, article or personal story varies in its information. Which is not surprising.

An analysis of data from the EPA revealed a substantial rise in nine of the dozens of chemicals in the air that this agency has been monitoring following this tragic event. If the levels of these chemicals remain high, it can result in long-term health issues for the residents – both near and far.

Although the extent of toxic exposure and long-term impacts won’t be known for a long time, we know that harm has certainly already occurred.

Accidents such as the Ohio train derailment are happening more often than you think. Data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by non-profit groups that track chemical accidents in the US shows that accidental releases of toxic materials are happening consistently around the US. Accidents can be via train derailments, truck crashes, industrial spills or plant leaks, pipeline ruptures etc.

The Coalition To Prevent Chemical Disasters has an active map recording all the “incidences” throughout the US. On their website, they state “On average, there is a chemical fire, explosion or toxic release every two days in the U.S.” as well as stating that “almost 124 million people (39% of the U.S. population) live within 3 miles of a hazardous facility”.

Although we cannot confirm the credibility of information or whether all of these “reported” incidents are accurate. The Coalition To Prevent Chemical Disasters has recorded over 40 events since January 2023.

How many of these chemical or toxic incidents have made the news?

You might have heard of the truck hauling nitric acid which crashed near Tucson, Arizona causing a highly toxic and volatile fire. But what about the 12 new reports since then?

These facts are not intended to scare you but rather bring forth the conclusion that we need to stay alert, prepared and have the education and tools to protect ourselves from toxic or chemical incidents. We have no control over when or how an accident occurs – whether it’s in your home town or 10 towns away, whether it ends up in our waterways or in nearby agricultural land.

Time and time again we’ve warned about the long-term consequences of toxins / chemicals on the health of people – especially those you can actively choose to avoid.

But what if the exposure is out of your control?

While it is not possible to completely avoid your exposure after a crisis, you can definitely seek measures to minimize their impact on your body. That starts with the air you breathe, the water you drink and the extra support and protection you give your body.

And that’s what this article is about.

The extent of the impact of hazardous air pollutants

We breathe nearly 11,000 liters of air every day. Every time you inhale air into your lungs, a number of toxins gain entry into your body. These toxins are then absorbed into the blood and reach all the organs and tissues resulting in widespread damage.

This is why; it’s important to be aware of the common air pollutants and the best nutrients which can keep your vital organs safe and healthy.

For example, the air we breathe contains chemicals released from engine exhaust, train spills, new construction sites, warehouse fires, forest fires, truck spills, and even gas stoves, and fireplaces.

The first line of defence is to filter the air you breathe.

Transportable home air purifiers are available everywhere. Just make sure it has a HEPA filter and / or activated charcoal filter. Although any high-quality air filter is better than none. We have a home air purifier ready to go as we’ve had some bad bush fire months where the air quality was greatly reduced.

The impact of toxic water consumption

There’s so much conflicting information being shared right now on what type of “toxic” consequences an event such as the Ohio train derailment may cause. Remember to always return to the foundational things like ensuring the cleanliness of your air and water.

Again, any water filter is better than none. There are numerous types of water filters available – ensure you have filter replacements available to change them often as they might get exhausted faster than usual. You can also use a countertop water filter if that’s more feasible depending on circumstances.

If near a toxic crisis event, it is always great to have a shower filter or attachment filter – so that at the very least they can help reduce some of the VOCs in the water.

Supporting your detox systems

When our system is bombarded with “higher” amounts of toxins / chemicals our bodies also get depleted and exhausted faster. Naturally, we can always recommend the stay on a nutrient dense diet consisting of wholefoods to support your system but let’s face it… in a crisis, nutrients via food isn’t going to have the same effect.

Important nutrients that can protect against harmful pollutants and toxins
Vitamin A

Vitamin A can increase the ability of your immune system to neutralize the toxic compounds in the air you breathe or the food you eat. Vitamin A can also enhance the body’s natural ability to fight infections thereby protecting you against compromised status.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most vital nutrients you must not ignore if you want to avoid the impact of harmful toxins and pollutants on your body. Vitamin C can act as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and inhibit the damage to healthy cells and tissues caused due to toxins.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a key role in boosting the functions of the immune system and minimizing the release of pro-inflammatory compounds such as cytokines and interleukins by the immune cells. This can improve the ability of your body to fight inflammation and slow down degenerative changes.


The adverse impact of harmful toxins can be reduced to a great extent by consuming foods rich in zinc or using supplements containing this nutrient. Zinc can enhance the body’s natural antioxidant potential and provide other benefits such as improved sleep and better mental health.


Iron can help to improve the supply of healing nutrients to the vital organs of the body through the blood and support the processes involved in the generation of energy. These benefits of iron can facilitate the cellular processes and improve your body’s disease-fighting potential.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids can produce a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect and reduce the risk of diseases caused due to inflammation, oxidative stress, and degeneration.

Some additional supplements to promote the elimination of specific harmful chemicals from your body

Vinyl chloride

Toxicity caused due to vinyl chloride can be avoided by using supplements containing powerful antioxidants such as NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), SOD (Superoxide dismutase), and glutathione.

Nitric acid

You can protect yourself against inflammation and damage caused due to exposure to nitric acid by using supplements containing SOD, PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone), or hydroxo B12.


Consuming foods rich in B vitamins, especially Vitamin B1- thiamine (asparagus, beef, lamb, legumes, liver, nuts, spirulina, whole grains, broccoli, eggs, green vegetables…..) can be highly effective for restoring the healthy functions of the organs damaged due to the toxicity caused by aldehyde.


The harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing of plastic tend to enter our body via hot or warm food stored in a plastic container.
A combination of nutrients having powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties like calcium-d-glucarate, glutathione, and NAC can be highly effective in reducing the damage caused due to plastic.

Nitrogen dioxide

Bicarbonates and SOD can help to neutralize nitrogen dioxide and restore healthy bodily functions in an efficient manner.

SOD- Superoxidase Dismutase an enzyme which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in our body. A supplement that boosts SOD production hasn’t been effective until the development of SOD/wheat gliadin formulation which resists degradation by stomach enzymes and reaches the bloodstream intact. However, in saying that, the increase of SOD is still by far superior when doing Ozone therapy. It has been proven that Ozone activates SOD production manifold.

Mercury, chlorine, and formaldehyde

NAC and glutathione are powerful antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress and minimize the impact of toxicity linked to mercury, chlorine, and formaldehyde.

What are other ways to protect yourself?

As we’ve mentioned above ensuring your stress response and management is supported, eating a nutrient dense, healthy diet and getting clean air and water. Other methods, particularly good for ongoing detox support and management of exposure is Sauna / Hyperthermia treatment, exercise for lymphatic drainage and PEMF therapy for heavy metal detoxification.

You can learn more here about Hyperthermia / Sauna therapy:

Interested in PEMF for heavy metal detox? You can learn more here as well:

Final thoughts

Reduce exposure as good as you can & remember that the body is an amazing organ capable of dealing with SO much. If you live nearby to any of the incidents and would like to share something with us or have anything particular to add, please do so in the comments.

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    1. No wonder no one answers my emails. That was a great article and it probably took a lot of time to do it. Thanks, Duane

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