How to contact Dr. Glorai Gilbère :

Gloria Gilbère,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220  USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

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Second Hand Reactions:

Kootenai Valley Times

 

Fluoride and “Man’s best friend”

 

According to a study conducted by the American Kennel Club of its parent breed clubs, hypothyroidism was found to be the health issue of greatest concern overall and described as the most common endocrine disorder in dogs.

Many people are not aware that fluorides are an effective anti-thyroid substance and were at one time given as effective anti-thyroid medication to hyperthyroid patients, specifically to reduce thyroid activity, at doses less than what people now consume everyday.

Studies report a “low” fluoride content in dog food as 55 or 56 ppm (parts per million). Many dog foods contain as high as 460 ppm. At 460 ppm, it means the fluoride is 114x the maximum contaminant level set for fluorides in water (4ppm).

In 1980 it was reported that the phosphate industry, along with university researchers and the Association of American Feed Control, set up standards for safe levels of fluoride in feed phosphates. A ratio of 100:1 was adopted in 1952 for any product sold to the feed industry as “defluorinated phosphate.” This level was considered “safe”, although plenty of research already existed at the time documenting the toxic effects of Fluoride on the thyroid. It is further documented that this level is still considered safe by the industry since 1980, which is simply outrageous considering the overwhelming amount of literature available with evidence to the contrary, on animals as well as humans.

Toxicity of fluoride on thyroid and reproduction has been documented many times in studies on animals, as well as humans.

In Canada, government information on animals such as sheep and their mineral requirements clearly mark fluorides as the cause of dry hair, lameness, and poor reproduction, all well-established symptoms of hypothyroidism.

The fact that some dog foods can also contain high amount of iodine, together with high fluoride content, poses an additional threat to the thyroid gland because excess in both can have health effects as or more severe as hypothyroidism.

It is very disturbing that fluorides continue to be promoted as “essential nutrient” in animal feed, when no such evidence exists.

I urge you to consider the role of fluorides in hypothyroidism, specifically if they manifest any endocrine disorders. Why not consider making your own dog food, Naturally.

 

This and subsequent articles are for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and chemically induced immune system disorders.

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom, Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic fee living and the chemically injured. She specializes in chemically induced immune system disorders and is author of “I was Poisoned by my body” (Lucky Press, 2001). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID. Her previous articles and consulting information can be viewed at: www.drgloriagilbere.com.

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Second Hand Reactions:

Kootenai Valley Times

 

UNDERSTANDING WINE HEADACHES 

Public attention has been recently directed to the use of sulfites as a preservative in food.

For many years it has been common practice to add sulfites to wine as a protection against oxidation and bacterial spoilage. However, modern winemaking equipment and sanitation makes it possible to produce sound wines without these additives. Sulfites can be naturally present in small amounts in wine and other foods, since the abundant element of sulfur takes many forms as a part of all living things. When used in winemaking, manufactured sulfites are added as sulfursalts or sulfur dioxide solutions to the juice before fermentation until bottling. Unfortunately, sulfite additions by winemakers can be excessive, masking delicate flavors, assaulting the nose, and even causing headaches and allergic reactions in those people especially sensitive to sulfite.

Due to its reactive nature, most of the sulfite joins with other substances in the wine. This part of the sulfite is called “bound” sulfite, and since it is bound up it usually can’t be tasted or smelled except at high levels. A smaller part of the sulfite can’t find anything to join and wanders freely through the wine, ready to bond with bits of air or other substances or organisms which can cause wine to go stale or spoil. It is this “free” sulfite which has a strong preservative effect in the wine and can be easily smelled and tasted or cause a sulfite reaction.

For most measurements, the bound and free sulfite fractions are added together to get what is called the “total” sulfite level in the wine. Since sulfites are a powerful preservative, they are added to wine in small amounts and are measured in “parts per million”, abbreviated “ppm”. Although the legal limit in wine is 350 ppm, most wines with added sulfites contain less, generally 25-150 ppm. According to federal lwa, if wine contains 10 ppm or more of total sulfites, the label must state “contains sulfites”.

Many foods, including wine, may contain small amounts of naturally occurring sulfites, almost always in the bound form. For example, an egg tested at an independent wine laboratory showed 6 ppm total sulfites in the egg white. In wine, experienced has shown that naturally occurring sulfites asre present in some wines in small amount, but not in others. In making wines without added sulfites, it has been found that red wines and older white wines contain the lowest levels of naturally occurring sulfites (none detected or under 5 ppm) while young white wines may occasionally show levels of 5-15 ppm.

As to labeling of organic wines, current government policy is a bit confusing. Unlike other foods, wine that is made from organic grapes, with no added sulfites or other preservatives, may not be called “organic” because there is still no legal recognition of the term organic at the federal level.

It is expected that labeling requirements will change to take into account different winemaking techniques needed to produce organic, non-sulfited wines, and factors such as the forms of sulfite in the wines and the presence of naturally occurring sulfites in other foods.

If you experience a headache after consuming wines, it is actually an allergic reaction --- don’t dismiss it. Keep in mind that allergic reactions occur as a result of a decreased tolerance, therefore, if you must drink wine, select one that uses organically grown grapes with no preservatives and no added sulfites, Naturally.

 

This and subsequent articles are for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, and chemically induced immune system disorders.

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom, Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She specializes in chemically induced immune system disorders and is author of “I was Poisoned by my body” (Lucky Press, 2001). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID. Her previous articles and consulting information can be viewed at: www.drgloriagilbere.com

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Second Hand Reactions:

Kootenai Valley Times

 

Allergy Medications Affect Driving and Workplace Safety

 

The allergy season is in full bloom and it’s important you educate yourself regarding the use of sedating and non-sedating medications used to treat seasonal allergies while on the job and behind the wheel.

Medical research has shown that sedating antihistamines interfere with driving and workplace safety and worker roductivity.

Approximately 20 million employed adults suffer from allergic rhinitis (season allergies). If you are one of those allergy sufferers, it’s important to keep in mind your safety, your co-workers, and those with whom you interact.

Allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing and fatigue impact worker performance and productivity. However, the side effects of over-the-counter sedating antihistamines can have a much more serious impact on a work environment. According to a clinical study by the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, people using non-prescription sedating antihistamines are 50 percent more likely to have a work-related accident than people who use non-sedating antihistamines and natural remedies. Those individuals who drive or operate heavy machinery need to be particularly careful.

Sedating antihistamines can cause drowsiness and decreased driving safety --- it’s not only our safety that’s at risk! Other adverse effects include mood and motivation alterations, diminished performance of clerical tasks and altered cognitive functions. Studies have shown that equivalency rates for sedating antihistamines have been shown to be comparable to a .05 blood alcohol rate.

If you receive a prescription for allergy symptoms, a cold or flu, be sure to ask your health care provider about the medication’s side effects and how they may impact your job performance. You may also ask about drug alternatives that safely manage symptoms and, most importantly, ask for help in correcting the cause of your allergies.

Important facts to consider:

·        Patients taking sedating antihistamines are less likely to recognize their impaired functioning. This places them and others at increased risk of harm.

·        Employees who use non-prescription medication say they most often miss work because of drowsiness.

·        22.4 million workdays are lost due to treatment with over-the-counter sedating antihistamines.

·        When you combine the cost of missed workdays with reduced productivity, it is estimated that companies can lose an average of $2,000 a year per allergy sufferer.

·        36 percent of employees don’t know the difference between sedating and non-sedating antihistamines.

·        A recent Gallup consumer survey indicated that patients would rather live with their allergy symptoms than endure the sedating effect of their allergy medications.

·        The average number of work days employees report they’re affected by allergies during the year is 68.7.

·         One study estimates the loss of time on the job due to the use of over-the-counter sedating antihistamines at 22.4 million workdays annually.

·        Our DUI laws apply to drivers impaired by alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as many over-the-counter and prescription medications commonly used to treat allergies, chronic pain and even the common cold.

·        Read the Label- Sedating medications carry warnings such as “may cause drowsiness” or “avoid driving a motor vehicle or operating equipment.”

It’s important to emphasize that allergies are a result of a compromised immune system --- that’s why many people are not at all affected. If you’re one of the ones who are affected by seasonal allergies, it’s time to do some serious “spring cleaning” and get professional advice to rebuild your immune system before your allergies are more than seasonal.

Don’t put your health and those around you at risk, seek professional help for non-drug relief from symptoms, but most importantly find the causes, Naturally.

 

This and subsequent articles are for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, and chemically induced immune system disorders.

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom, Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic fee living and the chemically injured. She specializes in chemically induced immune system disorders and  is author of “I was Poisoned by my body” (Lucky Press, 2001). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID. Her previous articles and consulting information can be viewed at: www.drgloriagilbere.com

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FOREWARD BY DR. GILBÈRE

My book will assist you in natural non-drug solutions to heal conditions and repair damage from chemically induced immune system disorders, prescription drugs and years of health depleting dietary choices. It’s surprising how many symptoms stem from leaky gut and toxic liver syndromes. No, leaky gut is not a dinner table topic, but will soon become a household word. This increasingly common disorder is not well known in traditional medicine, rarely tested for, and much less understood. MCS is the disease of the 21st Century. It is allergies to food, chemical substances and toxic substances generated by our own body. Since the gut houses over half the body’s immune and detoxification systems, an unhealthy gut is what holds back many people from ever getting well. It doesn’t matter what your diagnostic label is (fibromyalgia, arthritis, MCS, chronic fatigue, lupus, Crohns, irritable bowel etc.) if your gut isn’t healthy, your body cannot repair. This syndrome will soon be as widely discussed and written about as colon cancer, menopause, prostate disorders and arthritis. You can make all the environmental modifications necessary to reduce exposure, but if you don’t get to the "gut" of the disorder, you cannot reverse it! My book is a guide offering natural solutions to gut causes of complex disorders. It provides invaluable information for the patient, health-care provider, families and friends of those afflicted with a baffling array of symptoms. It engages you in your own recovery. I took charge of my health, reversed my disorders, and re-built my immune system so that it now defends me again, you can too, Naturally.

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New Book by Dr. Gloria Gilbère!!

 

 

The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia,
Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Naturally.

by Dr. Gloria Gilbère 

This extraordinary guide offers natural solutions to gut causes of complex disorders. It provides invaluable information for the patient, health-care provider, families and friends of those afflicted with a baffling array of symptoms. The book engages you in your own recovery. It charts the path enabling you to add life to your years, not just years to your life, naturally.

Dr. Gilbère, N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D., is a doctor of naturopathy and natural health, a Diplomate of the Academy of Homeopathy and an ergonomist. She is one of America's leading natural medicine researchers.

An authoritative influence in the discovery of the causes, effects and natural solutions of leaky gut syndrome and chemically induced immune system disorders, Dr. Gilbère is internationally respected for her work in identifying and reversing multiple chemical sensitivity syndromes. She studied homeopathy, environmental psychology, nutrition, herbology, and Chinese medicine with masters in the United States, China, Argentina, England, Spain and Switzerland.

Dr. Gilbère has helped thousands worldwide recover from "dead-end" symptom-care.

 

Available directly from bookstores ISBN: 0-9676050-9-1,
Pathway Book Service at 1-800-345-6665
or on-line at
www.luckypress.com
(please mention this site when ordering!)

Printed on acid-free, chlorine free paper with soy based ink.

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SPECIAL NOTICE!!!!

We now have a WONDERFUL opportunity to help get the word out to the "lay" person regarding the challenges of living with MCS! Dr. Gloria Gilbere (a naturopathic doctor who has been working extensively with MCS patients and has recently written a new book called "I was Poisoned by my Body!") has been asked to write a weekly newspaper column that will be called "Second Hand Reactions." She needs people to share their stories of challenges, solutions, and living with MCS/EI/FM. The stories should be about what you want people to know in order to provide compassionate support, educate the public, what's helped you most in living with and or overcoming the disorder. Basically like the Ann Landers type column that serves millions in sharing experiences and educating. Your identity will be protected, if you so choose. She'd like people to write in about negative experiences with drug side effects, challenges in lack of accommodations, or negative experiences in receiving health care, employment, etc. - anything relating to these disorders that will continue to educate the public. We are not attempting to educate the people who already know about MCS; we're trying to reach all those who are not supportive and don't have a clue. The column will be weekly, so she needs on-going stories!

Stories can be mailed to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220, faxed to: (208) 267-0617 or email: secondhandreactions@hotmail.com

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Second Hand Reactions

Dr. Gloria Gilbere-Published 9/15/00 Kootenai Valley Times

EPA Ruling on Dursban For Household Use

While the EPA fell short of a total ban on chlorpyrifos, the pesticide commonly known as Dursban, the new EPA ruling takes strong action restricting most household uses of Dursban by the end of this year. This is welcome news for sufferers of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), as chlorppyrifos is a chemical frequently associated with the onset of MCS. In the past the EPA was only allowed to look at the carcinogenicity of a pesticide, but under the Food Quality Protection Act, which now allows the EPA to also consider neurotoxicity and estrogen disruption when evaluating the safety of a pesticide, the EPA was able to severely restrict use of Dursban. These new restrictions are the outcome of a voluntary agreement between the EPA and Dow AgroSciences. Under the agreement, production of chlorpyrifos for home, lawn and garden uses will cease by the end of the year, and its use in agriculture will be significantly curtailed. According to EPA administrator, Carol Browner, if the EPA had tried for an outright ban on Dursban, it would have resulted in years of legal battles, during which time the public would continue to be exposed.Despite the fact that we did not get the outright ban we were hoping for, these new restrictions will protect millions of people from future exposures. The EPA ruling doesn't remove existing products from the store shelves. We as consumers should be contacting stores that sell pesticide products, requesting that they voluntarily remove any products containing chlorpyrifos from their shelves. Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used pesticides, and is found in over 800 products including termite treatments, bug sprays, flea products, and lawn and garden products.

The following is a list of the terms of the EPA-Dow Agreement:

        Formulation of chlorpyrifos for home, lawn and most outdoor uses will stop effective
        12/1/00

        Formulator will stop sales for home and lawn use effective 2/1/01

        EPA will not order products to be pulled from store shelves

        All home use products/retail sales will be cancelled (except childproof ant traps)

        All uses in or around existing structures will be cancelled except spot termite
        treatments with gross visible infestations. Totally banned in 2002

        Pre-construction structural use phased-out in 5 years.

Non-residential uses:

        Uses in schools, parks, and other settings where children may be exposed will be
        cancelled entirely. Outdoor areas where it was determined children will not be
        exposed include only the following:

        Professional applications on golf courses retained at rates reduced by 75 percent.

        Use on road medians, industrial plant sites, nonstructural wood treatments including:
        fence posts, utility oiles, railroad ties, landscape timbers, logs, pallets, wooden
        containers, poles, posts, and processed wood products retained. Indoor areas where
        it was determined children will not be exposed include only the following:

        Ship holds, railroad boxcars, industrial plants, manufacturing plants, and food
        processing plants.

Public Health Uses:

        Professional applications directly on top of fire ant mounds retained.

        Ultra low volume applications for mosquito control will be retained (evidently this was
        at the request of the CDC, but is normally not used).

 Agriculture:

        Uses are retained, however use on tomatoes is banned and tolerance levels on
        apples and grapes will be lowered significantly.

It is important that we as consumers understand how dangerous this chemical is to our children and us. Pesticides can be surprisingly persistent, both indoors and out. Pesticide and solvent vapors can persist in indoor air, soil, indoor surfaces such as carpets and dust for weeks or even years. It's been shown that pesticides in some weed-killers commonly used at schools can last from 1-5 years in the soil. It is alarming to me that it will still be allowed on some food products, even though it has been proven to be a neurotoxin. It is still allowed on golf courses, albeit at reduced levels. A toxic product by any name is a toxic product, and safe alternatives should be used at all cost. It's no wonder we now have more allergies, asthma, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity in children, skin disorders, learning disabilities, multiple chemical sensitivities, immune disorders and cancer. The way we can make a difference is to refuse to purchase and use products that contain known poisons, and to educate others and ourselves of the dangers and available safe options. One by one we do make a difference, Naturally.Our gratitude to Sue Riedeman, Ecological Health Organization (ECHO) Vice-President, for allowing us to use her research for this article.

This and subsequent articles are for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA or email:

secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom, Ph.D. an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic fee living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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Second Hand Reactions: Written by Dr. Gloria Gilbere, Published in Kootenai

Valley Times September 22, 2000

"Scared to Death" of Having to Call 911

Dear Dr. Gloria:

Several months ago I was invited to be on a health services panel in New Mexico as part of a community forum regarding people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The forum was convened by the Governor's Committee on Concerns for the Handicapped, to explore the incidence and problems associated with this difficult medical condition.Usually on such panels, I expect to take 10-15 minutes to explain the components and functioning of the EMS system and how it serves the needs of the entire population. I generally speak with pride based upon my positive sense of EMS in New Mexico. On this day, however, I never got the opportunity. The next hour was spent listening to testimony from the impacted public, some via speaker telephone from their homes and offices.The testimony was very personal and powerful. These were people who are either afflicted with MCS, sometimes referred to as Environmental Illness (EI), and/or care-givers who work with these patients/clients as physicians, nurses, social service workers, family members or advocates. They had a lot to say about the incredible problems and hardships endured in accessing health care, and obtaining appropriate health services.

At first I listened with interest, but the issues raised had nothing to do with EMS. Then several folks shared experiences in having to call 911 and en-countering EMTs who smelled of cologne or cigarette smoke or who were not responsive to their concerns about vehicle exhaust fumes, the plastic in the oxygen mask, etc. They spoke of actually being afraid of having to call EMS and risk being taken to a hospital where they might be assaulted by toxic chemical fumes, and unwanted treatments that might actually worsen their condition. The vehemence of their concern caught me by surprise. All

I could think to say was that they always have the right to refuse care or transport. One woman said that my comment "was good in theory," but when she was scared, in pain and perhaps disoriented, she found it impossible to rationally counteract the decisive nature of the EMTs desire to put her in the ambulance and follow their protocols. Some of these people were indeed "scared to death" of being in a situation where 911 had to be called.As a result of this disturbing feedback, I committed to working with the advocates for MCS and related conditions to provide some educational materials and work through approaches to dealing with these and other patients who have conditions that pose special problems for emergency responders. Over the last several months, State EMS Medical Director, EMS Region I Training Coordinator and I have met with Dr. Ann McCampbell (a general practitioner and MCS victim) on several occasions, have read various articles and materials and put together a file on MCS. We even asked the Santa Fe Fire department to bring over a fully stocked ambulance so that Dr. McCampbell, and several MCS sufferers, could go through it and assess various materials and products that we use routinely in EMS.Barak Wolff, M.P.H. Santa Fe, New Mexico

No one should be "scared to death" of having to call 911. New Mexico is doing its part to correct those fears through education of health care providers. What is your community doing? It's easy to sit back and let others do the work; the only way to affect change is through education and involvement. Communicate with your EMT personnel, hospital, physicians and policy makers; education is the key that unlocks the lock to prevention. Remember, the next victim of MCS could be you.

To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with multiple chemical sensitivities, please mail to: MCS stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 USA, or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, Natural Health, and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

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Second Hand Reactions:

Kootenai Valley Times September 7, 2000
Fabric Softeners Create a "Gas-ly" Family Visit

Dear Dr. Gloria:

As a person living with a respiratory system affected by multiple chemical sensitivities, I submit the following personal account to add some humor to a serious situation caused by use of fabric softeners. Our son changed his family’s vacation plans to visit us a few days ahead of schedule to spend time with his grandmother who had broken her leg. His wife and children first visited her family, and then joined us. The next morning, I became suddenly ill on the second floor by something wafting upstairs from our living room. I knew not what, but I knew I had to vacate the house immediately.

Our grandson, 2.5 years old, saw an opportunity to get out of the house on to the front porch with me. I’m afraid my shock and dismay outweighed my grandmotherly spirit for I shouted: JORDON, YOU’RE OUTGASSING!
His big brown eyes welled up. Two big tears dropped onto his cheeks, down his face onto his shirt. With the saddest face he said, "My mommy doesn’t say THAT to me!" He ran inside sobbing and said "Grandma said I was OUTGASSING!" My daughter-in-law with a bemused look, then with a grin, asked, "What is going on?"

Apparently, her family had washed their clothes for them, using fabric softener ­ which they don’t use. When they opened their suitcases and began dressing, the fumes wafted upstairs. It turns out that my grandson had started coughing as they were getting dressed. He kept saying, "Oh, my shirt smells so good!"

My son then had to wash the clothes repeatedly with Borax. The final touch was to throw vinegar into the rinse. The clothes came out fine and I was able to enjoy the family visit ­ and my grandson still loves me.

Both children have respiratory and headache reactions to fragrances. Interestingly, neither child lived on his/her allergy medicines while visiting us, as they have to do while visiting the other grandparents.

Barb Wilkie, Larkspur, CA

Second Hand Reactions: (2000-011)

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Dear Barb: The health effects of synthetic fragrances, especially in fabric softeners, is becoming more and more evident. Many people experience respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, walking pneumonia and allergic coughs without giving any thought that the culprit could be the products used in their washer and dryer. The sad truth is that by using fabric softener sheets, as they outgas through the dryer vents, we’re also
endangering the health of our neighbors. Fabric softeners contain chemicals known to cause cancer/ and or damage to the lungs, brain and nerves. We need to become informed consumers for our health, that of our family, community and planet. Baking soda does an excellent job as a non-toxic fabric softener and anti-static agent; and it’s much more economical, naturally.

To share your stories of challenges, solutions, and living with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities, please write to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 USA or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D. D.A.Hom., Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, Natural Health, and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, ID.

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Second Hand Reactions: 2000-003

Teacher Forced Out of Class (Permanently) by Pesticide Use

Dear Dr. Gloria:

During the summer of 1981, after living in a formaldehyde-laden mobile home for six years, my lungs began to continuously ache. I went to a family doctor who told me I was formaldehyde sensitive and to move out of my mobile home. I did not realize I was mildly chemically sensitive. I slept outside that summer until I moved and relocated to a safer home environment. For the most part, I could function in my teaching job, as a resource room special education teacher, as long as I kept things like marking pens out of my classroom environment.

That ability to function was to change when I was exposed to pesticides sprayed in my classroom. In the fall of 1989, I discovered wasps in my classroom. My school district maintenance came the next day to spray. The district maintenance staff told me that the Ortho Wasp & Bee Killer was SAFE. It was sprayed into the fresh air intake vent for my classroom, where the wasps had created their nest. After returning to my classroom I learned it was NOT SAFE for me.

The experience I had from that exposure to pesticide changed my life. My lungs began to ache, my vision blurred, I had seizures and spasms, my level of environmental intolerance sky rocketed, and I experienced terrible anxiety attacks. Prior to this, I had no anxiety attacks. This hell on earth lasted for about a week. Eventually I returned to school but never at the same level of tolerance as before the spraying. Life for me after that exposure was down hill as my sensitivities broadened and deepened. I continued to try to teach but eventually had to take an early retirement. During the last five or six years after the spraying, I had to reduce my contract or take a full leave of absence from teaching. The continual spraying of the school system in which I taught made the schools, and eventually the world around me, an incompatible environment.

As a result of my exposure to the pesticides in that “SAFE” spray, I have become extremely intolerant of any pesticide and chemicals. Spring and summer are the worst time of the year for me. I become extremely fatigued and have difficulty thinking clearly. As a result of my forced elimination out of our toxic environment, I have become committed to finding and living in harmony with Mother Earth.

We are living out of harmony with the natural order of things. Only safe alternatives should ever be used on this planet. As teachers, we teach our students to acknowledge and learn from our mistakes. Humanity is receiving continuous “error messages” about the poison protocol. It is time for us all to recognize the errors of our ways and make this planet safe for future generations and us.

Don Richard Paladin
Bellingham, WA

Dear Don:  Millions of people are being diagnosed with chemical sensitivities from multiple sources, especially from pesticides. People spray their buildings and lawns without any regard to the toxic consequences for themselves, and especially those already reacting with multiple chemical sensitivities. School and home should be places we know our children are truly safe. Education is power, and it’s time we start educating the decision makers, and our neighbors, as to the dangerous effects of chemicals, and guide them to safer alternatives. Your willingness to share your experience will serve to educate…so Don, you’re still teaching, and education with personal experience is the most valuable. Thank you on behalf of all of us with MCS. Dr. Gilbere

To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with multiple chemical sensitivities, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID, or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com.

Gloria Gilbere N.D.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, natural health, and chemically induced immune system disorders.  She is author of  “I was Poisoned by my body” (Lucky Press). She practices in Bonners Ferry, ID

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Second Hand Reactions: (2000-004)

Wick-ed Candles, They "light up your life" and endanger your children Chemical toxicity comes in many seemingly innocent disguises. One such toxic substance, not readily known by the general public, is the candlewick. In 1973 the EPA Administrator urged a mandatory ban on all candles with lead-containing wicks. As a result, a voluntary ban was approved and then not complied with or even monitored. An EPA study in 1974 determined "Burning only two candles three hours each day on a regular basis in the home could increase exposure to airborne lead by a factor of 5 or more. This exposure to lead from candles could equal or exceed the exposure to airborne lead associated with the busiest freeways in America."[This statement was made at the time when leaded gasoline was still fairly commonplace]. "Inhabitants of homes in which lead wick candles are burned could be exposed to substantial incre-mental quantities of lead which, if continued on a regular basis would pose a signifi-cantly high risk to health, especially among children." The EPA determined that burning candles with lead-containing wicks exceeded the current EPA air quality standard by over 10 times. Yet, today candles containing lead are still being manufac tured and sold!

The Public Citizen’s Health Research Group presented documentation to the EPA showing increased blood lead levels from burning these candles can cause permanent deficits in development, behavior, and intelligence. Environmental lead is either inhaled or ingested; lead in candles can enter the blood by both routes. Particulate airborne lead from burning candles settles as house dust, and most vacuum cleaners stir up huge dust loads. Children inhale and ingest dust stirred while crawling or playing. They track it on their hands or clothes, pick up dust-laden objects and put them in their mouths. Lead tastes sweet, therefore children are not discouraged from licking their hands. We have a tremendous responsibility to protect our children, and that protection begins by becoming informed and then avoiding toxic substances. It is estimated that over 300 million candles were sold in the U.S. in 1999. If just 3% of the candles sold contain lead, then approximately 9 million candles sold in the United States each year contain lead. If we as consumers refuse to buy products that contain lead, manufacturers will be forced to use non-toxic wicks. Labeling must also be specific so the consumer can make informed choices.

In 1999 it was reported that 7 candles imported from China had almost pure lead-core wicks (95-99% lead). That same year 14 candles with wicks containing metallic cores showed up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All 14 candles tested with metallic wicks emitted lead during burning.

In February 2000, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group conducted a study of the lead content of candles in the Baltimore-Washington area. They selected 11 chain stores and a one-dollar store to represent the places where candles are most commonly purchased. They excluded candle stores because they believe candles are more commonly purchased from non-specialty stores. Thirty percent of candles contained metallic wicks. Ten percent had metallic wicks containing lead. The first country to tackle this health hazard is Australia. The Minister of Financial Services and Regulation, Joe Hockey, ordered a ban on all candles with wicks containing lead. He recognized that "Public health experts have confirmed lead emissions from any source pose an unacceptable public health risk and can result in increased blood lead levels in unborn babies, and young children."

Take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of your children; chemically induced disorders are preventable, but not always reversible!! (30)

To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with multiple chemical sensitivi-ties, please mail to: MCS stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA, or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com

Gloria Gilbere N.D., Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, Natural Health, and chemically induced immune system dis-orders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, ID

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Second Hand Reactions (2000-05)

Pesticide Use Prohibits Parent From Visiting School

Dear Dr. Gloria:

I have multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and sometimes the way people treat me is a real challenge. One day I told a friend that I couldn’t go into the school building that day because they had just washed the carpets with a shampoo containing pesticides. I explained the pesticides would make me ill if I entered, and she laughed at me. I wasn’t sure how to respond to her rudeness and insensitivity. How do we respond when people laugh at us for what is a legitimate disorder that can have life threatening consequences?

M. Sartini
Laughed at in Long Beach, CA

Dear Ms. Sartini:

MCS is called the "invisible illness" because generally we don’t manifest symptoms that are visible. I’ve encountered many individuals that just roll their eyes if someone says they have sensitivities. You obviously don’t have a friend in the person that was to accompany you to school that day. Many physicians are not knowledgeable about this disorder, much less the general population. First of all, find friends who are supportive and informed. If you value the relationship, provide her with information and resources so she can be informed. If she isn’t interested in facts, she’s not interested in your friendship. Second, and the most important, do your research on the toxic effects of pesticides and share it with the school’s administration and maintenance supervisor; the health of everyone in the building is at stake. An excellent resource on the effects ofpesticides in schools is a web site at:

www.head-gear.com/SafeSchools/pesticidelet.html

It is my experience that individuals quickest to criticize and judge are usually the least informed; don’t add to their negativity, offer to add to their enlightenment.

This and subsequent articles are for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com.

Gloria Gilbere N.D., Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, Natural Health, and chemically induced immune system dis-orders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, ID

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Second Hand Reactions: Kootenai Valley Times, October 1, 2000

By: Dr. Gloria Gilbere

Scents in the Workplace

Dear Dr. Gilbere: This article is adapted from one in my employer's company newsletter. Please share it to support your efforts to raise awareness of fragrance problems in the workplace.

A little scent goes a long way.

Just pumping gas can leave you smelling of gasoline for hours. Walk through the haze of smokers outside your favorite store or restaurant, and the acrid smell of tobacco lingers for hours.

Over time you may become accustomed to the smellI'm sure smokers must. But the odor of gasoline or smoke can remain long after you've become used to it, and others will smell it.

This doesn't apply only to unwanted scents. Your aftershave, perfume, hand lotion, deodorant, shampoo, or soap may surround you with a scent you've become desensitized to, but one others can and do smell.

I have multiple chemical sensitivity, an environmental illness caused by repeated exposure to airborne chemicals reaching the brain via the nose. It's a disorder recognized and covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Over time the problem gets worse scents we tolerated or even enjoyed begin causing problems. Mine gets worse in winter, when the cold weather dries out the nasal membranes, allowing the scents to more readily make their way to the brain.

Victims of scent sensitivity appreciate smoke-free restaurants, but wish something could be done about the cloud of smoke they have to pass through when entering. Ditto for stores, whether the nearby grocery store or the local mall.

Inside the smoke-free mall, we are accosted by the smells of lotions, oils, and perfumes from cosmetic counters and scent-filled stores. In some cases, we have to walk on the far side of the mall to pass by these stores without being overcome.

In church, it may mean months of leaving worship well before the sermon, because no matter where you choose to sit, sooner or later someone with aftershave or a powerfully scented deodorant sits nearby.

And it's a huge problem at work. In my case, it's triggered by scented candles, pine boughs, poinsettias, perfumes, colognes, and some soaps. That's the short list. Because sensitivity increases over time, the list grows every year. Nothing seems to help, and the very medications that help some deal with allergies can cause worse problems than the scents themselves.

I have a sign outside my work cubicle, marking it a "scent-free area" but it didn't seem to help. The scented still walked right in, forcing me out for fresh air as soon as they leave, and occasionally home for the rest of the day.

The problem of fragrance sensitivity isn't limited to my cubicle. Hardly a day goes by that I don't have to walk in the scent trail of someone who overdid it or walk down a hallway with scent-filled offices.

Using scents originated in the era when bathing was a once or twice a year event and perfumes masked the body's natural odors. In this era of personal hygiene and deodorants, the original reason for perfumes is gone. Since they no longer need to mask bad odors, there's no need to apply them heavily. In fact, some who are scent-sensitive suggest that because fragrances are often intended to enhance intimacy, they should only be noticeable at intimate distances.

Just as we now have a smoke-free workplace, I would love to see companies go scent-free for the approximately 15% of the population that suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity.

Until then, consider a scent-free or minimal scent lifestyle. The scent you think makes you more attractive may make others very ill. And if you feel you must use a favorite scent, please be aware of those who are sensitive and use as little as possible.

Thankfully, my employer adopted a scent-free workplace policy in November 1999. I'm breathing a bit easier at work!

Dan Knight

Dear Dan: Unfortunately, most people, and their doctors, are not educated in multiple chemical sensitivity and the effects and dangers of fragrances. Millions are being affected, and don't even consider fragrances as part of the cause. Asthma, sinus disorders repeated infections, and some learning disabilities, to mention a few, can be triggered by the chemicals used in an effort to smell "good". We buy into the advertising, without consideration to potential health risks. Those that oppose fragrance restrictions feel their rights are being violated, what about the violation of personal air space for the person who has sensitivities? Wearing fragrances is no different than smoking; it should remain a personal choice used in personal air space, but not at the cost of someone else's health. Congratulations to your employer for taking a stand, instead of just sitting on the fence. Dr. Gilbere

To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with multiple chemical sensitivities, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805, or email:

secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com.

Gloria Gilbere N.D.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, natural health, and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, ID USA

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Plants Help Reverse

Indoor Air Pollution and Allergies

Kootenai Valley Times, October 6, 2000

According to Dr. B.C. Wolverton, noted scientist for the NASA lunar habitat, most experts now agree that indoor air pollution is a major problem and may actually be as much as ten times more polluted than the outdoor environment. There is no agreement, however, on how to solve it. The Institute of Medicine estimates that one in five north Americans will experience allergy-related illness at some point during their lives, and indoor allergens will be responsible for a substantial number of those cases. Included are reoccurring sinus infections, chronic post-nasal discharge, asthma, bronchial infections, and ear infections. It is currently estimated that 28% of Americans experience multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and it is expected to grow to 60% by 2010. Increasing the levels of ventilation in a building does not offer a solution. Constant purging of inside air is neither cost-effective nor environmentally responsible. Although the term "green building" is becoming an attractive concept to building managers and occupants, the use of living plants is not currently part of the concept.

Illnesses caused my synthetic contaminants and stale indoor air are most often the result of exposure to low concentrations of a mixture of chemicals. Those exposed to this chemical soup may not immediately experience acute reactions. However, when exposed over an extended period, they may become sensitized and develop MCS. Once a person has become hypersensitive, he or she may later develop acute reactions when again exposed to even trace levels of the chemical or pollutant.

Now that another winter is upon us and we’re all closing up our homes, offices and schools, lets do something to insure we not only reduce some of the indoor pollutants, but in the process add beauty and oxygen to our closed environments.

Plants supply many human needs through their use as food, medicines, energy, building materials etc. Dr. Wolverton points out that plants are the lungs of the earth. They produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture and filter toxins. Indoor plants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere.

Plants work by cleaning the air and neutralizing pollution. Plants can significantly reduce pollutants such as formaldehyde. They can be placed in problem areas, such as a bedroom or kitchen with cabinets and furniture made of formaldehyde-releasing particleboard or pressed wood. In office environments or schools, most furnishings are composed of these materials that release toxins. The following plants are helpful in reducing indoor air pollution allergic reactions:

Aloe Vera: eliminates emissions from most toxic materials

English Ivy: petroleum-based products

Fig Trees: formaldehyde

Chrysanthemum: Toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia

Spider Plants: Exceptional for eliminating formaldehyde

Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm and Lillies: Many toxic materials

The next time you want to make a healthy contribution to your home, office or school, why not contribute a green plant, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email:

secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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Neighborhood Health Notice!

Kootenai Valley Times, October 13, 2000

"Walk Around The Block" Can Mean "Symptoms Around the Clock"

        Have you been enjoying a walk in the neighborhood and found you have suddenly
        fallen without realizing why ?

        Do you get a numb feeling in the side of your face, or tingling around your mouth
        and the doctors can’t find the reason?

        Do you get a sudden onset of dizziness or a headache?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you could be experiencing symptoms of Central Nervous System Disorder from fabric softeners, clothes dryer exhaust and treated fabrics.

It has been discovered that fabric softeners are some of the most toxic products made for daily household use. They contain chemicals like chloroform, benzyl acetate, pentane and Alpha Terpineol, known to cause cancer and/or damage to lungs, brain, and nerves. These chemicals are even more dangerous when heated in clothes dryers. The toxic fumes go into neighborhood air and everyone for blocks around is forced to breathe them.

These chemicals especially affect infants, children, seniors and people who have allergies, respiratory disorders, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Damage can be permanent, causing lifelong illness. Infants often react with rashes, frequent crying and/or diarrhea. Disinfectants can have the same effects. Experts suggest a possible connection between Sudden Infant Death ("crib death") and the use of these products for washing baby clothes, crib sheets and blankets. As if fabric softeners aren’t toxic enough, most have added fragrances, adding to their toxicity.

To soften fabrics and reduce static cling, add a cup of plain baking soda to each wash and half a cup to the rinse. To kill germs, a hot water wash and the high heat of the clothes dryer are safer than disinfectants. When possible, use the good old standby, hang things out in the sun, naturally.

Excerpts taken from research work by Julia Kendall.

To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities, please write to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA or email:

secondhandreactions@hotmail.com

Gloria Gilbere N.D., Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, Environmental Illness, Natural Health, and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" and practices in Bonners Ferry, ID

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Second Hand Reactions:

Kootenai Valley Times, October 20, 2000

MSG is a DRUG and NEURO-TRANSMITTER

The ever-expanding use of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is of great concern to the medical profession and health care practitioners like myself who specialize in working with people affected by chemicals from any source. I am, and have been, seriously reactive to MSG since childhood, when my "comfort food" became a popular brand of canned soups containing MSG. I developed acute migraine headaches and stomachaches, and no one ever suspected that a food additive was the trigger. MSG stimulates brain cell activity. It tricks your brain into thinking the food you are eating tastes good. Manufacturers can and do use inferior ingredients and thus make the product seem tastier. Inferior products and higher profits prevail at the expense of consumer health. MSG intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but a powerful drug reaction. Glutamate in the brain can be terribly destructive no matter where the grain glutamate comes from. The blood-brain barrier, once thought to rigorously restrict the flow of glutamic acid (glutamate) into the brain, is now understood to be "leaky" in places, thus causing the brain reaction or neurotoxic response. The age or physical condition of a person is irrelevant. Large numbers of consumers have complained to the FDA that when they ingest MSG, they experience reactions ranging from such things as simple skin rash, flushing of the face, extreme tiredness, bloating, abdominal cramping, hyperactivity in children, migraine headache, asthma attacks, irregular or pounding heartbeat, loss of consciousness, severe depression. These reactions are not experienced when they eat food that is unadulterated. MSG in its pure form must be labeled. When it is added as an ingredient of another substance it need not be listed on the label. Example: When "broth" is sold as "broth," its ingredients must be listed on its label. However, when "broth" (or any other product) is used as an ingredient in something else, its ingredients do not have to be disclosed. The earlier these substances appear on a list of ingredients, the more likely they are to contain MSG. I advise avoiding all sources listed below.

Definite Sources of MSG:

Hydrolyzed Protein, Sodium Caseinate or Calcium Caseinate, Autolyzed Yeast, Yeast Extract, or Gelatin. Probable sources of MSG: Textured Protein, Carrageenan or Vegetable Gum, Seasonings or Spices, Flavorings or Natural Flavorings, Chicken, Beef, Port, Smoke Flavorings, Bouillon, Broth or Stock, Barley Malt, Malt Extract, Malt Flavoring, Whey Protein, Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate Soy Protein, Soy Sauce or Extract.

These lists are not all inclusive because new labeling deceptions are invented to confound the consumer. It is also recommended to eliminate aspartame (Nutrasweet) and sulfites from the diet. Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are also potential sources of hidden MSG. Also, aspartic acid, found in aspartame (Nutrasweet) ordinarily causes MCS type reactions in MSG sensitive people. Aspartame is found in some medications, INCLUDING CHILDREN’S MEDICATIONS. Check with your pharmacist. Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals contain MSG. Even some dental products contain MSG, check with your dentist. Learning impairment and endocrine disorders may be caused or made worse by early exposure to MSG. Obesity, reproductive disorders, and learning impairment that may only become obvious after puberty may have their origins in neuroendocrine dysfunction caused by exposure of infants and children to MSG. Remember, MSG is a drug. Be informed and learn to read labels. For more information log on to www.nomsg.com. If you or someone you know have any of the health conditions listed, or allergic reactions of unknown source, investigate if hidden sources of MSG could be the culprit. Remember, MSG is a destroyer of health. Choose to maintain your health, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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ADDED MARCH 18. 2001

Five Ingredients That Raise "RED FLAGS" in Cosmetics

Kootenai Valley Times

I am constantly being asked about the safety of cosmetic ingredients. The FDA leaves it to cosmetics manufacturers to test their own products, so it's relatively easy for harmful ingredients to hit store shelves. Here's a list of ingredients, according to The Green Guide, that you may want to avoid.

Everyone would benefit from avoidance of these ingredients, not only those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.

Diethanolamine (DEA):

What It Does: It spreads out liquids, hold oil and water together, and acts as a detergent.

Where You'll Find It: Pure DEA is rarely used in cosmetics, but DEA-realated products, such as cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA, are common in cosmetics, including shampoo and hair spray.

Safety Status: In 1997, the Federal National Toxicology Program released a study that found a connection between DEA and cancer in mice and rats. The FDA is still investigating the ingredient.

The Bottom Line: Sanuel S. Epstein, M.D., co-author of The Safe Shopper's Bible, recommends avoiding any product with DEA-related ingredients.

Mineral Oil

What It Does: A petroleum derivative, it seals in moisture and breaks down skin oils and makeup.

Where You'll Find It: It's used in lotions, lipsticks, and makeup removers.

Safety Status: Some forms of mineral oil have been linked to cancer, skin and eye irritation, and clogged pores. Skin- care professionals warn that it can clog skin because the molecules are so large. Skin needs to breathe; Mineral oil is like covering it with a sheet of plastic.

The Bottom Line: Most body-care and skin-care experts advise against it.

Propylene Glycol

What It Does: derived from petroleum, it works as a humectant (keeps products moist). It's the same product used as anti-freeze.

Where You'll Find It: It's used in antiperspirants, suntan lotions, lipsticks and hair care products.

Safety Status: The National Toxicology Program classifies it as a skin and eye irritant.

The Bottom Line: Many conventional body-care companies use it. But because vegetable-based humectants are good alternatives, you can avoid it by choosing products that specifically use vegetable-based ingredients.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

What It Does: It holds oil and water together, acts as a detergent, and caused products to foam.

Where You'll Find It: It's used in shampoos, toothpastes, bubble baths, and lotions.

Safety Status: Opinion is mixed. The National Toxicology Program classifies it as a skin and eye irritant, and studies have linked it to canker sores. It may also lead to the formation of nitrosamines, possible cancer-causing substances. A 1983 panel of physicians and scientists said it's safe as long as you rinse it off quickly. This advice is disturbing because it implies it is dangerous, just less dangerous if you remove it quickly.

The Bottom Line: Many natural body-care companies avoid it. If you use it, minimize the tie it touches your skin, and be sure it doesn't get in your eyes (hard to do with shampoo). If you're prone to canker sores, look at the ingredients in your toothpaste; you may have found the cause.

Talc

What It Does: This slippery, finely powdered mineral absorbs moisture.

Where You'll Find It: It's used in makeup, body powders and some supplements.

Safety Status: Talc has been linked to ovarian and lung cancers. Dr. Epstein recommends that you avoid using talc-based powders on your face and genital area. However, liquid talc products, like foundation makeup, are thought to pose only minimal risk. In my opinion, it's still safer to avoid products that contain this ingredient, especially for the chemically sensitive.

The Bottom Line: Avoid dusting powders and products that contain talc. Specifically avoid supplements that contain this ingredient so as to avoid ingesting it.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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How Can Real Estate Agents Help Clients With Multiple Chemical Sensitivities?

Kootenai Valley Times

People with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) need their home to be a sanctuary where they can avoid or recover from chemical exposures. They need it to be their "safe" haven. They need a place with relatively clean air, away from busy highways, and with freedom from insecticide spraying and weed killers.

They prefer homes with hardwood or ceramic tile floors, with natural wood rather than plywood or other pressed-wood products that contain glues, solvents and formaldehyde. The structure should be at least 10-15 years old with no recent renovation, so that most of the problem chemicals will have out-gassed from the building materials. The MCS client does not tolerate a modular type home because of the building materials used. The home must have good ventilation, windows that open, and freedom from mustiness and molds. The home must have all electric appliances and preferably not forced air. If the home has old wallpaper, it is imperative that it be inspected to assure there isn’t mold underneath. If the client is extremely hypersensitive, you might suggest that mold testing be ordered. The test is very easy, takes about one hour and costs approx. $30. per room. The results however take from 6-8 weeks until the culture stops growing.

People with acute allergies and MCS have life-threatening conditions and their requests must be met with seriousness. A realtor educated in the special needs of these clients is an invaluable asset and a necessity. A person with MCS may have other specific requirements, depending on the severity of their condition. With an estimated 28 million afflicted with MCS in the U.S., realtors need to be informed, or the informed realtor will be the "closer".

The following are realtor suggestions shared from my personal experience and those of my MCS clients and colleagues:

§ Listen to the client. He/she will already be aware of many substances that trigger his/her worst symptoms.

These substances will vary from person to person. Even if an individual’s specific sensitivities sound strange to you, believe it! It’s real.

§ Preview the property. Don’t take a person with MCS to a place that has fresh paint or stain, new carpeting, strong cleaning products (such as recently cleaned carpet), air fresheners, mold, sitting water, or tobacco smoke.

§ Understand how sick a person can get from even a few minutes exposure to chemical fumes, and that exposure may cause immediate difficulty in thinking, speaking and remembering. In the acutely sensitive person, it may cause anaphylaxis.

§ Do NOT wear fragrances, perfumes, scented cosmetics or lotion, hair spray, or freshly dry-cleaned clothes.

§ Make sure the property has not recently been sprayed with pesticides, insecticides or mold retardant chemicals.

§ Be sure there are no scented candles or incense burning or highly scented objects.

§ Explain to the buyer or landlord the severity of the condition so you can solicit cooperation through education.

§ Be patient. A person with MCS will have to look at more properties and spend more time in each before they can make an offer. They are not being fussy, their medical condition requires it.

§ Be sure your automobile does not contain air fresheners, residue from smokers, or recently cleaned interior with chemicals. The same is true for your office.

§ Be careful not to have a new newspaper with you or in the car. Air the paper out if you can, the fresh ink can trigger a reaction.

§ If you meet the client in your office, be sure other office personnel know and understand the special needs. Meet with the client as far away as possible from copiers (ink outgassing) and computers (especially newer than 6 months). By working with an MCS client, a real estate agent will be providing a vital service to someone who may not otherwise find a safe place to live.

Who gets MCS? Just about anyone. People diagnosed with MCS include individuals poisoned by pesticides; teachers, students and health care workers in tight buildings; Gulf War veterans; workers exposed to solvents; people whose air and water are highly polluted; and those exposed to various chemicals in consumer products, pharmaceuticals, or during building renovation. MCS usually results from exposure to toxic chemicals, either in a single massive dose or long-term exposures to low doses, in some cases the precipitating event in unknown.

If you’re the client, copy this and give it to your realtor. If you’re the realtor, be compassionate and learn all you can about the needs of people challenged with MCS, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

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A Doctor’s Personal Experience With Chemical Sensitivities
Kootenai Valley Times
Dear Dr. Gilbere:

As a physician, I’d like to share my story in the hope that health-care professionals will not only have more compassion for their patients exhibiting symptoms of chemical sensitivity, but that they’ll educate themselves before labeling victims hypochondriacs and worse "mental cases".

I was a teenager when I first experienced a reaction to a chemical odor. It was the odor of the sawdust compound used to sweep wood floors. The odor would set-off a coughing fit and throat constriction that was only relieved by removal from the source exposure. Then other chemicals started causing me to have what I described as peculiar reactions: diesel fuel, machinists’ oil and other petroleum products. Since my exposure to such things was limited, I felt that my reaction was somewhat natural, strong odors causing me strong reactions, evidently by the rarity of the exposure.

The symptoms became debilitating only in the recent past. Ten years ago, I worked in a large medical clinic. The housekeeping routine called for serious disinfecting of clinic rooms and equipment once each week. The chemical used was a standard, industrial disinfectant. It would send me home with a serious headache, total body weakness, nausea, and an entirely angry attitude. It was devastating. If a bottle of this solution were even opened in the next hallway, I was totally disabled and forced to leave work. If I used a room where the solution had been used within 24-hours previous, I would have a milder but still serious headache and muscle weakness.

I still felt that these were reactions that could be considered normal; strong response to a strong chemical that I was only rarely exposed to. Then it began to be something far more insidious and frequent. I began to have similar reactions to perfumes and colognes. Again, it did not quite seem to be a problem except that these people were dosing themselves with unusual amounts of horrible fragrance choices, bad perfume/cologne causing a bad reaction. My work requires me to spend 10-20-30-minutes alone in a closed room with patients.

My professional life demanded that I provide the services these people were seeing me for. My livelihood required that I made no "insulting" demands for the patient to provide the "relief" that "my condition" required. This was potentially career ending, if not a serious means of robbing me of career satisfaction. I began to seek the opinions of my fellow professionals regarding my reactions to chemicals. To a man, I was considered a hypochondriac and, worse, a malingerer of the first magnitude. I was relating my fear for my professional career and was told I must have some "mental" reason for "desiring" to end my professional career. I was not a happy care-giver nor a happy patient.

I learned to keep my complaints to myself and to shoulder the anxiety it produced, damned if I did and damned if I did not. I spent years cataloguing my reactions and making notes on my schedule for occurrences and severity. This became obsessive-compulsive in itself. I did not have any professional encouragement that I suffered even a known condition until about four years ago when an environmental expert made some suggestions. Those suggestions lead me to do research into multiple chemical sensitivities and eventually a self-diagnosis. The relief to just have a clinical diagnosis was a worthwhile experience.

Now I find I can appreciate the problem and meet it in some form of preparation if not remediation. I am even affected by the presence of an offensive perfume/cologne in another room, behind closed doors. I can begin an encounter with a patient and not realize until later that an offensive fragrance is being worn. Flying and attending church has its challenges as well. For some reason, people believe that dressing for church and air travel includes dosing themselves with fragrances.

The quality of life for my family and me has greatly suffered. I must choose where I go, whom I’m around, and risk their opinions (expressed or implied) if I ask for accommodation because of my sensitivities.

To those health professionals who don’t acknowledge chemical sensitivity, I encourage you to look deeper and even examine some of your own symptoms that you may not connect to this invisible illness that destroys lives.

Dear Dr. Trask: Your story is one I hear from all over the world. Patients that have been "tossed out" by society and traditional medical professionals because of their lack of knowledge and unwillingness to look beyond their preconceived mental box. It’s professionals like you that will help us all make a difference. Education is power, and I assure you that by sharing your experience you have given power to many who have been told, "it’s all in your head" or "take this pill, you’re obviously depressed, it will get rid of your symptoms". In my opinion that’s "band-aid" care not health-care. Lets all work together to prevent dis-ease through education about the dangers of fragrances and chemicals. Individuals quick to judge and criticize are usually the least informed. If a doctor does not acknowledge chemical sensitivity exists, he/she is more interested in their ego than your health; find a new health care provider, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

The Road to Reversing MCS/EI is Paved With Good Intestines
Dr. Gloria Gilbere
Published in The Townsend Letter for Doctors-January 2001

"Disease enters and leaves man as through a door," wrote French philosopher Georges Canguilhem more than half a century ago, illustrating the notion that disease is a distinct "thing" that exists apart from the human body. This view prevails today towards the millions afflicted with the invisible disorders stemming from chemical exposures.

While our ancestors attributed their maladies of unknown origin to demonic possession (evil spirits), we now talk confidently about disease-generating micro-organisms.

With multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illness (MCS/EI), a not so different opinion has emerged among most physicians, families, insurance companies and employers. An opinion that those suffering the symptoms of MCS/EI have some sadistic demon that brings on these "invisible" symptoms, therefore, the illness cannot demand recognition in a traditional world that must have double-blind studies and a scientific name for the illness. The generalizations and varied symptomology makes for a confused patient and healthcare provider.

With MCS/EI, a very different opinion is finally emerging that disease is not a separate entity, but a changed state of the organism, a disturbance of the natural equilibrium or harmony of the body systems. This is not a novel new idea. Since the time of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, various remedies were prescribed to restore the body’s natural balance. Although these two views of disease appear to be incompatible, both are valuable in understanding how to reverse MCS/EI.

What is equally important to note is that the insight of the past decade declares all diseases to be both genetic and environmental.

Most individuals that have acquired MCS/EI are looked upon as chronic expostulates.

The few physicians and healthcare practitioners specializing in environmental medicine mostly deal with the patients’ symptom-care and environmental modifications. What is grossly overlooked is the importance of detoxifying the internal organs of the liver, intestines (large and small) and lymphatic system of toxic substances. Equally as important is the purging of often-repressed emotions of pain, grief, anger and un-resolved traumas the true essence of Wholistic medicine -- the whole person as mind, body, and spirit. Only when detoxification of these organs and emotional issues are addressed, can there be true lasting reversal of symptoms and return to natural equilibrium of the body systems.

As expressed by the late Dr. Hazel Parcells, "Cleanse the body and mind, give it the right building materials, and nature will heal and build."

The most overlooked organ that must be cleansed in order to treat the underlying symptoms of MCS/EI and facilitate reversal of the disorders associated with the resulting maladies, is the large intestine. This organ, of approximately five feet in length is a virtual breeding ground for the toxic substances to which the body is subjected. The digestive system, which includes the large intestine, is a direct connection to all allergies, not just those caused by foods. Proper digestion assists the body in clearing out toxins. When digestion becomes impaired, the body looses its’ ability to dispose of foreign substances, and therefore the body’s immune system becomes overwhelmed and reactive.

Attention has been focused on the small intestine and the connection to MCS/EI, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, especially as it relates to a disorder called leaky gut syndrome, clinically known as intestinal permeability. This is where the villi (brush borders) of the small intestine are weakened and allow toxic material and food particles to permeate and enter the blood stream. What is not often discussed is the leaking of toxic matter from the walls of the large intestine. It’s interesting to note that North Americans have a difficult time discussing the normal bodily function of the large intestine. This is puzzling, to say the least, since celebrities will go on national television and allow the country to view a colonoscopy being performed -- for the sake of early detection and education; politicians do television commercials discussing the latest drug for erectial dysfunction (ED) to show there’s yet another drug for symptom-care and to enhance male sexual performance, and we now openly discuss breast and prostate cancer, safe sex and menopause. However, our colon is a subject most are not comfortable discussing. The colon is intimately connected through an elaborate system of veins and venules into the liver, through a portal venous system, and the lymphatic system through the cisterna chyli. The more appropriate name for leaky gut syndrome would be auto-intoxication.

This is the process by which the body literally poisons itself by maintaining a cesspool of decaying toxic matter in the colon. There are trillions of cells associated with the human body ninety percent are bacteria micro-flora microorganisms living in the large intestine. According to a leading expert in nutrition, Dr. Bernard Jensen, "Bacteria in our intestinal tract weigh nearly 3 ½ pounds, and are metabolically active." The toxins released by the decay process circulate into the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. Every cell is affected, and because the toxins weaken the entire system, autointoxication and many forms of "incurable diseases" get their start in the colon. Still another source of intestinal poisons is putrefaction of the portion of the protein from food that fails to undergo absorption, caused by an enzyme deficiency.

Intestinal poisoning not manifesting immediate visible effects appear in disorders such as MCS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, and arthritis, to mention a few. Eventually, the chemicals produced by putrefaction are so poisonous they irritate the delicate lining of the large intestine and destroy the protective barrier keeping out the invading toxins. Damage from the chemical toxins is so destructive that the colon walls become leaky and allow penetration through the damaged barrier into the lymphatic and circulatory systems, especially through the hepatic portal vein. The lymph nodes acting as filtering stations, detect foreign and potentially harmful substances in the lymph fluid. The lymph nodes act like spongy filter sacks, and are part of the lymph system. Lymphatic fluid in an adult equals one to two quarts, and accounts for 1% to 3% of body weight. This is basically the body’s secondary circulation system, and thus toxic substances are circulated throughout the system directly through the lymph ducts and nodes connected to the small and large intestines. Lymph vessels are located throughout the body and are more numerous than blood vessels. The Lymphatic system, four times larger than the blood system, provides the means for each individual cell to get rid of waste. Lymph handles only cell wastes, however, when the blood is also dumping waste toxins from the intestinal tract, into the lymph system via the liver, the lymph becomes overworked and its filtering/neutralizing function is decreased. This buildup of toxic lymph fluid is what contributes to the inflammation and pain in soft and connective tissue disorders as in fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndromes.

When the body becomes overwhelmed with toxins it can’t handle it becomes a raging fire on a path of self-destruction. The body then views any additional chemical exposures as enemies, and thus the birth of allergic reactions. This is not to imply that chemical allergens are not the smoking gun of allergic reactions; only that in order to reverse their effects once the trigger is pulled and the wound inflicted, the body’s detoxification pathways must be cleansed and supported.

Colon hydrotherapy, along with specialized blends of herbal colon cleansing products, is the best way to detoxify accumulated toxic substances and facilitate repair of the immune system. Properly administered, colon hydrotherapy is not addictive but therapeutic; it encourages the restoration of the colon’s natural function by strengthening peristalsis. With colon hydrotherapy, the entire large intestine is cleansed and the therapeutic benefits are much greater than those achieved with an enema. Enema cleansing is effective in the rectum area and, due to the body’s natural desire to expel, is limited in duration. During typical colon hydrotherapy sessions, about twenty-five to thirty-five gallons of water are transported into and out of the colon. Just one professional therapy session could equal twenty or thirty regular bowel movements its no wonder the body becomes reactive to everything.

This system of cleansing must be monitored by a health care professional and continued for a significant amount of time, until the body can repair and become less reactive.

Aiming for the exact cause of MCS is like "shooting rubber bands at the moon". The causes are many a single toxic exposure, accumulated exposures, health depleting dietary habits, or toxic emotions. Repair starts with removing the offending allergens, cleaning the body’s elimination system, repairing the entire digestive tract and cleansing toxic emotions, Naturally.

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The above article is excerpted from the book by Dr. Gloria Gilbere, "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, Ohio 2001).

Gloria Gilbere, N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D. is a doctor of naturopathy and natural health, a Diplomate of the Academy of Homeopathy and an ergonomist. She is internationally respected as an expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental illness consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is respected as an authoritative influence in the discovery of the causes, effects and non-drug solutions for leaky gut syndrome and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is Director of The Naturopathic Health and Research Center in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

Second Hand Reactions: Kootenai Valley Times

Family Poisoned by Chemicals Used for Smoke Damage in Their Home

Dear Dr. Gilbere:

Our entire family of six and three others were injured when our insurance company brought in a company to remediate smoke odor after we had a fire on the outside of our fireplace. They used a chemical called Unsmoke Thermo 55 and Ozone. The Unsmoke is full of aromatic hydrocarbons of Benzene, Xylene, Toluene and 12 heavy metals. The lead reading in our baby’s room was 250,000 mcg of lead per sq. ft. HUD allows 40 mcg per sq. ft. The other ingredients were Antimony, Arsenic, Aluminum, Tin, Nickel, Cadmium, Barium, Zirconium, Thallium, to name a few. All of us developed immune suppression, heavy metal poisoning and serious allergies. This substance is used as a deodorizing chemical, and is often used after floods and for dog odors under different names. The manufacturer would not tell us the ingredients, even as our daughter was in cardiac arrest at the hospital.

The fire started in the fireplace. I did not smell any smoke but saw it. The fire burned through a minute hole in the grout to burn a 4’ hole in the exterior redwood and cedar siding. Smoke migrated through the home when the firemen sprayed the block with water. The smoke damage was minimal and we asked to see the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the Unsmoke previous to having our home sprayed. My husband is a structural engineer and I am an architect, so we are well aware of the importance in the disclosure contained in these sheets.

My husbands doctor said not to have perfumed cleaners around him, so this information was important to us. We were in a hotel and they sprayed our home before they faxed me the MSDS to the hotel. I told the technician to "get out of my house" as soon as I realized what ingredients were contained, but it was obviously too late.

The chemicals were tested in the Unsmoke and found to be in everyone’s blood that was injured. Unsmoke inerts = Dursban TC inerts (dursban is a termacide). It appears that most of the ingredients in Unsmoke is a real pesticide. The manufacturers are a father and brother who are pesticide manufacturers. It also appears as if this is being used as a deodorizer without telling the government they are actually using a pesticide. Please pass on this information to your readers so that other families might be spared the horror we’ve had to endure; our lives will never be the same. Connie Ho, South Russell, Ohio

Dear Connie: I have been in EcoErgonomics for over 20 years, and unfortunately your story is too often repeated. It is important that when we, as consumers, allow anything to be done or applied in our homes and offices that we have full disclosure and give full approval prior to any work being done. More often than not, people blindly trust the people hired, and don’t care to take the time to do some homework on their own. In your case it happened before you could stop it. I’ve had clients tell me "I don’t have time to investigate everything, I trust they’ll do what they say". It’s unfortunate that we can’t trust what someone with financial interest is trying to sell us. I was once in a building that had serious mold problems. The landlord neglected to tell the tenants that he hired someone to spray chemicals to try to kill the mold from several inches of standing water under the building. As soon as I entered the building, on the day of the spraying, the glands in my neck looked like golf balls, I developed a terrible sore throat and had acute sinus pain. The landlord had an obligation to inform us prior to application, but did not believe the chemicals would cause health risks because the chemical company said, "it might make your eyes burn a little and produce a slight cough, but it will go away within a few hours". I moved out of the building, but not before I had been "zapped" with chemicals and compromised my immune system. Ask questions, get written confirmation of what is being professed, do not assume the safety of a product. Some chemical exposures can never be reversed! If we’ve learned anything, it’s that prevention is the best insurance, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

Second Hand Reactions: Kootenai Valley Times

A Mother Becomes Advocate for a Pesticide-Free Schools

A mother, Michele Hertz, persuaded the public schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to stop using toxic pesticides on their grounds. A sculptor and mother of two, Michele became concerned about pesticides in schools after drift from a 1998 spraying of her neighbor’s yard gave her suspected hormonal imbalance.

Michele contacted her school district’s grounds supervisor, who informed her that herbicides were applied to school lawn and athletic fields. She then called the ground-maintenance company and requested Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), which described chemicals contained in products and their possible health risks. "I was shocked to read that some chemicals that they had applied were suspected of actually causing cancer," Michele says.

She gathered information on the effects of pesticides on children from her county health department and the New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP), and then hand-delivered her findings, along with the MSDS for the herbicides used on school grounds, to each member of the district school board. "School boards are usually made up of parents, and they’ll listen as long as you don’t treat them like adversaries," Michele says. At the next school board meeting, in March 1999, she read aloud a lettr signed by over 100 parents, requesting that the district refrain from further spraying, and providing safe, natural lawn-care tips from an expert in Integrated Pest Management. The board enacted a six-month moratorium on pesticide applications that night.

Michele says she’ll continue to push for a permanent ban on spraying, but feels positive about the changes so far. A year later, no herbicides have been applied. "It takes a bit more labor to keep the weeds out and the fields seeded, bit it’s going along okay," report George Foster, the district supervisor of buildings and grounds.

We as parents and citizens have a responsibility to educate and bring forth positive change for our generation and those that follow. Many people are so "stuck" in the way things have always been done, their logical ability to think "rusts away" (maybe it’s the chemicals?). I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my brain or body to "rust-out", I’d rather "wear-out", Naturally.

The preceding information was partially taken from The Green Guide, a not for profit organization dedicated to a livable planet.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

Second Hand Reactions: Dr. Gloria Gilbere

Kootenai Valley Times, Sandpoint Daily Bee

Family Poisoned by Chemicals Used for Smoke Damage in Their Home

Dear Dr. Gilbere:

Our entire family of six and three others were injured when our insurance company brought in a company to remediate smoke odor after we had a fire on the outside of our fireplace. They used a chemical called Unsmoke Thermo 55 and Ozone. The Unsmoke is full of aromatic hydrocarbons of Benzene, Xylene, Toluene and 12 heavy metals. The lead reading in our baby’s room was 250,000 mcg of lead per sq. ft. HUD allows 40 mcg per sq. ft. The other ingredients were Antimony, Arsenic, Aluminum, Tin, Nickel, Cadmium, Barium, Zirconium, Thallium, to name a few. All of us developed immune suppression, heavy metal poisoning and serious allergies. This substance is used as a deodorizing chemical, and is often used after floods and for dog odors under different names. The manufacturer would not tell us the ingredients, even as our daughter was in cardiac arrest at the hospital.

The fire started in the fireplace. I did not smell any smoke but saw it. The fire burned through a minute hole in the grout to burn a 4’ hole in the exterior redwood and cedar siding. Smoke migrated through the home when the firemen sprayed the block with water. The smoke damage was minimal and we asked to see the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the Unsmoke previous to having our home sprayed. My husband is a structural engineer and I am an architect, so we are well aware of the importance in the disclosure contained in these sheets.

My husbands doctor said not to have perfumed cleaners around him, so this information was important to us. We were in a hotel and they sprayed our home before they faxed me the MSDS to the hotel. I told the technician to "get out of my house" as soon as I realized what ingredients were contained, but it was obviously too late.

The chemicals were tested in the Unsmoke and found to be in everyone’s blood that was injured. Unsmoke inerts = Dursban TC inerts (dursban is a termacide). It appears that most of the ingredients in Unsmoke is a real pesticide. The manufacturers are a father and brother who are pesticide manufacturers. It also appears as if this is being used as a deodorizer without telling the government they are actually using a pesticide. Please pass on this information to your readers so that other families might be spared the horror we’ve had to endure; our lives will never be the same. Connie Ho, South Russell, Ohio

Dear Connie: I have been in EcoErgonomics for over 20 years, and unfortunately your story is too often repeated. It is important that when we, as consumers, allow anything to be done or applied in our homes and offices that we have full disclosure and give full approval prior to any work being done. More often than not, people blindly trust the people hired, and don’t care to take the time to do some homework on their own. In your case it happened before you could stop it. I’ve had clients tell me "I don’t have time to investigate everything, I trust they’ll do what they say". It’s unfortunate that we can’t trust what someone with financial interest is trying to sell us. I was once in a building that had serious mold problems. The landlord neglected to tell the tenants that he hired someone to spray chemicals to try to kill the mold from several inches of standing water under the building. As soon as I entered the building, on the day of the spraying, the glands in my neck looked like golf balls, I developed a terrible sore throat and had acute sinus pain. The landlord had an obligation to inform us prior to application, but did not believe the chemicals would cause health risks because the chemical company said, "it might make your eyes burn a little and produce a slight cough, but it will go away within a few hours". I moved out of the building, but not before I had been "zapped" with chemicals and compromised my immune system. Ask questions, get written confirmation of what is being professed, do not assume the safety of a product. Some chemical exposures can never be reversed! If we’ve learned anything, it’s that prevention is the best insurance, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

Second Hand Reactions: Dr. Gloria Gilbere

Kootenai Valley Times

Women Experiencing Allergic Reactions From Some Progesterone Creams

Being a woman in my 50’s, progesterone cream is a part of my daily routine for health and wellness. As a practitioner and researcher, I’ve become acutely aware that all natural progesterone creams are not created equal. Most women are so intent at reducing their menopausal symptoms, they buy over-the-counter progesterone creams without a second thought as to the source of the progesterone or all the other ingredients they contain. In most cases, the source of progesterone may be natural, but the added ingredients are not.

I’m amazed that for the sake of reducing ones symptoms, we don’t consider what other symptoms can be brought on by ingredients that are synthetic, especially for those of us with allergies and weakened immune systems. Natural progesterone is the exact same hormone that is produced by a woman’s ovaries. It’s made from naturally occurring plant steroids found in the wild yam. It is NOT the synthetic version that is commonly purchased as tablets with a prescription such as Provera. The synthetic progesterone can produce severe side effects including increased risk of cancer, abnormal menstrual flow, fluid retention, nausea, skin rashes, migraines and depression. Side effects are extremely rare with natural progesterone. The only side effect of concern is that it might slightly alter the timing of the menstrual cycle. 100% Natural progesterone cream is available through healthcare practitioners and some specialty pharmacies. I finally found a manufacturer that actually produces natural progesterone cream with absolutely no synthetics you can actually pronounce all the ingredients, a rarity in personal care products.

Many women report that progesterone creams either don’t reduce their symptoms, make them worse, or bring on new symptoms of allergic reactions. It’s no wonder when you look at the majority of creams on the market and what they contain. One very popular cream touted by health food stores and some professionals contains the following ingredients that can trigger an allergic response:

Isopropyl Myristate A partly natural, partly synthetic chemical used as an emollient and lubricant to reduce the greasy feel due to the high oil content of other ingredients. Known to cause allergic reactions.

Cetyl esters Derived from cetyl alcohol. May be natural or synthetic. Used as emollient and texturizer. Can cause skin rash and allergic reactions.

Tocopheroal (natural mixed tocophenols) The word "mixed" means it is derived from both natural and synthetic vitamin E sources.

Triethanolamine Is an amino alcohol made from ammonia and ethylene oxide and merchandised as so-called "natural" products.

TEA Used as a wetting agents. TEA is not carcinogenic, however, if products containing this ingredient contain nitrosamines (not usually disclosed on labels) they can cause a chemical reaction during formulation or as they sit on store shelves. This reaction leads to the formation of nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. The FDA accepts that the presence of TEA in skin care products poses a significant consumer health threat. In 1970 it published a notice in the Federal Register urging the industry to remove this ingredient from cosmetic type products. Obviously the urging didn’t remove the ingredient, TEA is still widely used.

Quaternium 15 is formaldehyde in disguise. It is registered with the EPA as a pesticide and is considered a neurotoxin.It is used as an antibacterial agent.

Do not allow a well meaning sales person to sell you something as important as a hormone replacement, just because it happens to be what they’re "featuring" that month, or because that month they were offered a purchase incentive. Learn to read labels, it’s your health. If you don’t recognize the ingredients as a natural substance, don’t buy it. The additives cause many allergic reactions and escalation of symptoms. One lady I know got rid of her hot flashes with an over-the-counter progesterone cream and developed allergies, psoriasis, depression and headaches. She consulted with several medical doctors to no avail, and finally consulted with me for advice. Since I had a similar experience, I suggested she read the labels on all the products she used for personal care within the past 90 days. To her amazement, her progesterone cream contained ingredients she had reacted to previously in cosmetics and hair care products. She stopped using the cream and within three weeks her symptoms were gone. Now she uses the same progesterone cream I’ve personally used, formulated by Organic Excellence, with no side effects, Naturally.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
Director, Naturopathic Health & Research Center
P.O. Box 3220, 7098 Ash Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-3220 USA
Ph: (208) 267-5417
Fax:(208) 267-0617
email: doctorg@drgloriagilbere.com
web page: www.drgloriagilbere.com

*****

Second Hand Reactions: Dr. Gloria Gilbere

Kootenai Valley Times

A Mother Becomes Advocate for a Pesticide-Free Schools

A mother, Michele Hertz, persuaded the public schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to stop using toxic pesticides on their grounds. A sculptor and mother of two, Michele became concerned about pesticides in schools after drift from a 1998 spraying of her neighbor’s yard gave her suspected hormonal imbalance.

Michele contacted her school district’s grounds supervisor, who informed her that herbicides were applied to school lawn and athletic fields. She then called the ground-maintenance company and requested Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), which described chemicals contained in products and their possible health risks. "I was shocked to read that some chemicals that they had applied were suspected of actually causing cancer," Michele says.

She gathered information on the effects of pesticides on children from her county health department and the New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP), and then hand-delivered her findings, along with the MSDS for the herbicides used on school grounds, to each member of the district school board. "School boards are usually made up of parents, and they’ll listen as long as you don’t treat them like adversaries," Michele says. At the next school board meeting, in March 1999, she read aloud a lettr signed by over 100 parents, requesting that the district refrain from further spraying, and providing safe, natural lawn-care tips from an expert in Integrated Pest Management. The board enacted a six-month moratorium on pesticide applications that night.

Michele says she’ll continue to push for a permanent ban on spraying, but feels positive about the changes so far. A year later, no herbicides have been applied. "It takes a bit more labor to keep the weeds out and the fields seeded, bit it’s going along okay," report George Foster, the district supervisor of buildings and grounds.

We as parents and citizens have a responsibility to educate and bring forth positive change for our generation and those that follow. Many people are so "stuck" in the way things have always been done, their logical ability to think "rusts away" (maybe it’s the chemicals?). I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my brain or body to "rust-out", I’d rather "wear-out", Naturally.

The preceding information was partially taken from The Green Guide, a not for profit organization dedicated to a livable planet.

This article is for the purpose of education and to provide support to the millions afflicted with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. To share your stories of challenges, solutions and living with these disorders, please mail to: MCS Stories, P.O. Box 3220, Bonners Ferry, ID USA 83805 or email: secondhandreactions@drgloriagilbere.com

Gloria Gilbere, N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D. is an internationally respected expert in EcoErgonomics, environmental health consultant, natural health practitioner, research writer, advocate for toxic free living and the chemically injured. She is author of "I was Poisoned by my body" (Lucky Press, 2000). Dr. Gilbere is Director of the Naturopathic Health & Research Center, Bonners Ferry, ID.

Gloria Gilbere,N.D.,D.A.Hom.,Ph.D.
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