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A man came to see me who complained of tremendous fatigue and nausea from time to time. He also complained of coming down with terrible flu-like symptoms every three to four months which would lay him up for ten days each time.
On investigation, I discovered that he was a full-time painter who used both oil and water-based paints. He never wore any type of mask while painting. On the positive side, his eating habits were excellent as most of his meals were freshly prepared.
I prescribed St Mary's thistle tablets, one after each meal, to protect his liver and restore any damage from toxic paint fumes; one anti-oxidant tablet, three times a day, to work against free radicals in his system; a combined tablet of echinacea, St John's wort and golden seal to boost his immune system; and a garlic tablet three times a day to act as an antibacterial against infection.
To protect against paint fumes, I asked him to wear a mask when using oil paints, and to drink two to three litres of water daily. I also suggested he gargle half a teaspoon of salt in warm water twice daily.
Ideally, he should keep up this treatment for four months and then to lower his doses to half as a preventative measure, as long as he continues to work as a painter.