Caused by Fume Event…

Fume events are sometimes accompanied by smoke

The symptoms of Aerotoxic Syndrome are, in fact, a direct result of poisoning by organophosphates. This can result from a so-called “Fume Event,” where, due to a technical malfunction, relatively large quantities of these substances suddenly occur in the cabin, causing serious air contamination on board

…. or long-term low-level exposure

It can also result from repeated exposure to small amounts of these substances over an extended period, known as “Long-Term Low-Level Exposure.” These quantities are too small to be visible or smellable but are more than an individual can break down in a day (this capacity is genetically determined and varies from person to person). As a result, the “excess” toxins are stored in the body, primarily in fat tissue. This leads to a gradual accumulation of toxins that cannot be eliminated. This is referred to as the “stacking effect.” You may not be immediately aware of this until a critical threshold is reached. Consequently, you may believe for a very long time (sometimes thirty years or more) that you have “no issues” before suddenly developing severe symptoms.

The most common symptoms include:

fatigued pilot in cockpit
extreme fatigue is one of the symptoms
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling in arms and/or legs
  • Tremors
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing loss
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eye irritation
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Lack of reactive power
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart issues

Often not recognised

Unfortunately, the (often neurological) symptoms are often not recognized as organophosphate poisoning by treating physicians. As a result, many Aerotoxic Syndrome patients receive an incorrect diagnosis (such as burnout, MS, Parkinson’s, etc.). The often heavy medications prescribed for these conditions, including antidepressants, do not help with the condition but put additional strain on the body, including the liver, which is already working hard to detoxify the body…

Do you recognize these symptoms?

Have you flown and recognize one or more symptoms? Then please fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with Drs. John Midavaine. You can also do this directly on the website of John’s Medical Lifestyle Institute: