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Product Description: This book was written to increase your awareness about the potentially tragic, harmful effects of the numerous chemicals to which we are all exposed on a daily basis. Scientific proof is presented to illustrate the frightening changes that chemicals consistently appear to cause in many forms of our wildlife. Evidence also shows how similar symptoms are now becoming apparent in humans. This book will help you figure out when and where you were exposed and discuss the many different ways chemicals can affect you and your loved ones. It tells you how to document your suspicions about possible harmful exposures and then the most important part - it tells you what you and your doctor, as a team, can do about it. You need to learn how to relieve your present symptoms, and equally important, how to prevent future medical problems. It will not help to pretend that it is not happening. Do not feel overwhelmed. Rather feel empowered and recognize that practical sensible answers do exist, and some of these are inexpensive, easy and effective. Prevention and avoidance are the keys. Detoxification or the elimination of chemicals from your body and surroundings, as much as sensibly possible, is a must. You can truly turn your life around. Your present and future health, as well as that of the animals and plants, and even the planet are at risk. The stakes are high but with a few sensible changes your present health can improve and your future well-being can be made much more secure.
Pages: 510
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Environmental Medical Research Foundation
Date Published: 2004
Edition: Second
Table of Contents: Acknowledgements: iv
Preface: v

Chapter 1: Chemicals and Pesticides Can Hurt You and Those You Love: 1

Pg. 1: Overview
2: Definition of Chemical Sensitivity (CS)
3: Symptoms of CS
4: Frequency of CS and Major Effects
6: Common Causes of CS and Examples
7: One Theoretical Cause of Multiple CS
7: Are These Reactions Toxicity or Sensitivity?
8: How Does the Medical Profession Perceive CS?
9: Why is CS So Common?
10: How Do Chemically Sensitive Patients Perceive Their Illness?
10: How Do Government Agencies Perceive This Illness?
11: How Dangerous Are Chemicals?
12: Can Multiple Chemical Symptoms Keep Recurring?
13: Major Problematic Types of Hazardous Chemicals; Organochlorides, Organophosphates, Carbamates, Phthalates, Solvents
21: What Can You Do to Help Yourself?
21: Classic Examples of CS - Infancy to Adolescence - Alice
27: Summary
29: References

Chapter 2: How Can You Tell If Chemicals Hurt You?: 33

Pg. 33: Clues of a Possible Chemical Sensitivity
34: Five Ways to Recognize CS and Allergies
40: Four Ways to Pinpoint Causes of a CS or Allergy
46: More Tips
50: Can You Protect Yourself?
50: Who Is Made Ill from Chemicals?
51: Two Challenges Remain: More Prevention and Misdiagnosis
52: Summary
54: References

Chapter 3: You Know What's Wrong, Now What Do You Do?: 57

Pg. 57: What You Can Do about a Chemical Sensitivity
61: How to Avoid Contaminated or Polluted Water
62: Other Water Options
64: Avoid Problem Foods and Change What You Are Eating
66: Diets and Tips That Help Detect Problem Foods
74: How I Was Exposed to TBM Chiropractic Energy Medicine
75: Stop More Chemicals from Accumulating in Your Body
76: What Can You Do to Avoid Indoor Chemical Pollution?
78: What Can You Do to Avoid Indoor Mold Problems?
81: Special Mold Contamination Challenges
82: Other Home Indoor Suggestions
83: How Can You Avoid Outdoor Chemicals?
84: Avoid Indoor and Outdoor Electromagnetic Exposures
86: How to Find a Chemically Safe Home
90: How Can You Obtain an Expert Home Evaluation?
91: In General, What Else Can You Personally Do?
92: What Can the Right Doctor Do and How Can You Find One?
93: How Do Environmental Physicians Diagnose?
95: Laboratory Tests for a Chemical Sensitivity Doctors Can Order
95: Major Basic Routine Laboratory Tests
97: Basic Immune System Tests for Allergies/Immune Weaknesses
98: Special Detection Tests for Chemicals in Body/Suspect Items
100: Major Diagnostic and Treatment Methods; Provocation/Neutralization
101: Serial Endpoint Titration and Nasal Tests
102: Nervous System and Brain Tests
104: Mouse Tests
106: Common Treatments Used by Environmental Physicians
110: Sauna Treatment
111: Other Methods Used by Environmental Physicians
115: Nothing Helps? Consider Unproven Alternative Methods
120: Verifying a Chemical Sensitivity Medically and Legally
122: Why Would the Above Suggestions Not Help?
126: Summary
128: References

Chapter 4: Can Chemicals Affect Behavior, Activity, Learning and Child Development?: 137

Pg. 137: Possible Causes and Critical Questions
139: Wild Life and Monkey Studies
140: Rat Studies
141: Mice Studies
143: Salmon, Gull and Fish Studies
144: Triclopyr Effects on Animals
145: Human Research: Infants, Adults, Pregnant Women and Prenatal Exposures
151: My Buffalo, NY, Clinical Observations
153: Summary
157: References

Chapter 5: Sex and Chemicals: 159

Pg. 159: Introduction: Infertility and Sterility; Size of Genitals
160: Estrogenic or Female Mimicking Substance
162: Estrogenic Effects of Pesticides in Animals
162: Alligators, Mice, Rats, Fish, Salmon, Guinea Pigs, Panthers, Monkeys, Dogs, Rabbits, Gulls, Bald Eagles, Birds, Frogs, Turtles, Polar Bears, Whales, Seals, Otters, Deer, Sheep, Pigs
172: The Unborn and Chemicals
174: Infants' Chemical Concerns
175: Children's Chemical Concerns
177: Human Female Concerns: Infant Deaths, Milk, Fat, Cancer, Endometriosis
181: Offspring Sexuality Issues
182: Male Sexuality Concerns, Infertility
184: Dropping Sperm Counts
186: Males Sex Organs and Cancer
187: Male Veterans' Sexual Problems
189: New Sex Concerns Including Transexualism
192: DES, TRIS
194: 9/11 and Malathion
194: Pregnancy and Fertility
196: Teenagers' Sexual Concerns
197: Questions for Legislators and Ourselves
199: My Buffalo, NY, Clinical Observations
200: Summary
202: References

Chapter 6: Just How Contaminated Are We?: 215
Pg. 216: Pertinent Information and Incidence of Chemical Sensitivity
219: Chemicals in Urine
221: Chemicals in Blood
223: Chemicals in Bowel Movements and Fat
225: Chemicals in Breast Milk and Uterine Fluids
226: Chemicals in Semen and Sperm
228: Chemicals in Our Environment
229: Indoor Chemicals
233: Outdoor Chemicals
237: Farmers and Their Children
238: Chemicals in Water and Soil
241: Great Lakes Pollution
243: Chemicals in Food
244: Animal Studies: Rats, Frogs
245: Human Studies on Chemical Exposure
247: Infant and Child Concerns
248: Vegetables, Fruits, Cereal, Meats
253: Pregnant Women: Pesticides and Food
254: Summary
256: References

Chapter 7: How Helpful Are Pesticides and Are We Protected?: 269

Pg. 269: How Effective Are Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides?
270: Deception and Inaccuracy in MSD Sheets
271: One Example, Triclopyr
272: EPA and Chemical Industry Study Conclusions
276: EPA and FDA Decisions
279: How EPA Banning Really Works
281: Dursban Ban
284: Dioxin Ban
285: Federal Legislators and Agency Challenges
287: Political Realities for Public
288: Government Red Flags
291: EPA Officials
293: Laws That Are Not Enforced
294: Learning from Other States and Canada
297: What Happened to Chrissy and Matthew
304: Dr. Sam Epstein's Conclusions
305: Summary
307: References

Chapter 8: Why And How To Protect Your Home And Town: 313
Pg. 313: You Can Protect Your Hometown
314: Pesticide Spraying to Kill Insects
315: Reasons for Concern
316: Symptoms from Malathion and Other Pesticides
320: Malathion Studies: Rats, Mice, Lizards, Fish, Turtles, Frogs, Hens, Pregnant Animals
323: Malathion Studies in Humans
323: Cancer, Malathion and "the EPA Report"
325: Lab Tests for Malathion and Antidote
326: Pesticide Spraying Effects on Mosquitoes, Animals, Humans
329: Realistic Risk of West Nile Encephalitis
331: NYC and Risk of West Nile Encephalitis
332: Other Comments about Humans, Wildlife and Pets
336: Trade Center Tragedy and How New Yorkers Can Cope
341: Prevention and Treatment of West Nile Encephalitis
344: Mosquito Bite Prevention and Control
350: Summary
353: References

Chapter 9: Serious Monumental Challenges: Genetic Engineering, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and Irradiated Foods: 363

Pg. 363: What Is Genetic Engineering?
365: Very Simply, How is GE Done?
367: Which Foods Are Altered?
369: How Many Foods are GE and Should They Be Labeled?
370: Who Should Be Concerned and Why?
374: GE and Farmers
375: GE and the Eco System
376: GE Soy and Roundup
377: Pros and Cons of GE: Our Government and Farmers
379: Spread of GE Products; What Scientists Say About GE
381: Barn Mice Will Not Eat GE Corn
382: What Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone Does to Cows
384: What rBGH Does to Rats, Pigs and Us
385: How Various Countries Have Responded to GE
387: Deceptive Labeling Regarding Irradiation
388: Pros and Cons of Irradiation
390: Animal and Insect Studies Regarding Irradiation
392: Human Studies on Food Irradiation
394: Summary
395: References

Chapter 10: It Could Happen To Your Family!: 399

Pg. 399: You Could Buy a Home Poisoned with Dursban
400: A Dursban Treated House: An Example
401: Symptoms in Family Members
402: What They Did Not Know
403: An Environmental Physician Finds the Cause
403: What Did an Environmental Home Evaluation Reveal?
403: Attempts to Clean It Up
404: Proper Environmental Medical Care
406: Spreading Phenomenon
406: Better in Canada
407: How Has This Family Been Since the Chemical Exposure?
410: Did Local, State or Federal Officials Help This Family?
411: Has This Happened to Your Family? - Considerations
412: A Closer Look at Dursban
414: Studies of Dursban in Animals
415: Studies of Dursban in Humans
417: My Buffalo, NY, Clinical Observations
419: Challenging Questions Remain
419: Summary
420: References

Summary of the Entire Book: 425

Pg. 427: Epilogue: My Greatest Personal Fears as a Pediatric Allergist and Environmental Medical Physician
429: The Ultimate Answer: Centers and Villages for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research

Appendices: 433

Pg. 434: Appendix A: Two Diets That Help in Seven Days or Less
458: Appendix B: Health Professionals
464: Appendix C: Environmental Home Evaluations
472: Appendix D: Diagnosis and Treatment Tests, Resources
486: Appendix E: Books and Other Resources
490: Appendix F: Professional and Public Information

About the Author: Dr. Rapp is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist. She was a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Rapp is the founder of the Practical Allergy Foundation in Buffalo and is a past President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She is also the author of "Is This Your Child's World?" - a book to help identify substances which cause illness and behavioral changes in children and adults, and for providing treatment ideas.