Please read these symptoms, then take a guess before scrolling further down to see what they are symptoms of. The symptoms followed an initial flu-like illness and include the following: fatigue, malaise, central nervous system (headaches, loss of memory, difficulty with task completion, disorientation or dizziness), G.I. tract (nausea, diarrhea, lower bowel cramping), upper and lower respiratory tract (rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, shortness of breath, frequent infections) skin rash, muscle and joint pain, and peripheral neuropathy (pain and tingling of finger tips, tremor). Some patients expressed an olfactory sensitivity to environments containing low concentrations of chemicals (e.g. new carpets, diesel exhaust, fresh paints, perfumes), which precipitated CNS and respiratory tract symptoms. Sound familiar? Do you have any thoughts? Oh, and these occurred over 2 to 4 year period. Don't peek until you are pretty sure you know what the diagnosis could be? All right, these are symptoms of CHLORDANE EXPOSURE. What is CHLORDANE? A pesticide is a biocide (i.e. it kills life). Information on toxicity is obtained from toxicological tests performed on target organisms, laboratory species (nonmammalian and mammalian), and acute human exposure. However, when it comes to long-term health effects on humans, little or no information is available. Thus, human exposure to a pesticide is examined from acute symptomology, WHILE CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECTS ARE EITHER IGNORED OR ACCEPTED AS NOT RELATED TO THE EXPOSURE. There labs all reported the presence of elevated CD26 (Ta1) cells and a high incidence of autoantibodies in 24 subjects with chronic health complaints following chlordane/heptachlor application in their homes for termite infestations. This is all from exposure to JUST ONE pesticide. There are LITERALLY TEN OF THOUSANDS used all around you, EVERYDAY. For most people, low level exposures allow them to continue living their life what we consider normally. Those of have SIGNIFICANT exposures can and most likely will, experience long term health effects. I just hope this enlightens some to the dangers of pesticides. They are deadly poisons. Oh, did you know that pesticides were FIRST USED in Concentration camps? That is WHY they were developed. They then later realized that they killed insects and other undesireables, like weeds, fungus, insects, both above ground and below ground.