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Poisoned by Pesticides? Here’s Help

I was contacted this weekend by a Missouri mother whose 22-year-old son is suffering with Stage 4 lymphoma at the Mayo Clinic. She said the doctors showed her a map of lymphoma distribution in the United States, which showed a heavy concentration of the disease in Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Missouri. Her son was immediately placed in a study group examining the links between pesticides and cancer.

Unfortunately, I receive these sorts of emails all the time from parents who are obviously looking for any answers they can find. This woman in particular asked for leads to physicians inside our country who have followed Dr. June Irwin’s lead in testing patients for evidence of pesticide residues.

Moved by her story, I spent some time compiling information on a few notable health care professionals who confirm the pesticide/health issue each day in their practices:

Dr. John Laseter, Accu-Chem Laboratories, 990 N Bowser Rd, Richardson TX 75081
Phone: 972 234-5412

Note: This is where Dr. Irwin sends many of her blood samples when she suspects patients have been chemically injured.

Dr. Walter Crinnion, Healing Naturally, 11811 N.E. 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: 425-821-8118 Web: www.scnm.edu/walter-crinnion-nd.html

Note: Dr. Crinnion is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-walter-crinnion/organic-food-are-organic_b_558093.html. He also appears regularly in local, regional and national news stories about pesticides in food and the landscape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB9xPfhbSR0. Although I don’t have an personal experience with him and have never talked to an affiliated doctor about him, the reports online indicate Dr. Crinnion trains medical doctors how to check for chemical poisoning.

Dr. William Rea, Environmental Health Center, 8345 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 220, Dallas, Texas 75231
Phone: 214-368-4132 Web: www.ehcd.com

Note: Dr. Rea runs an in-patient detoxification clinic for severely sensitive patients. I’ve met dozens of people across the country who swear by his techniques, although most say you feel worse before you feel better.

Dr. Grace Ziem, 16926 Eylers Valley Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: 301-241-4346 www.mcsbeaconofhope.com/MCS%20BOH/ziem_main.htm

Note: Here is a good interview from Healthline featuring Dr. Ziem: http://enlightenedmedicine.net/the_doctor_-_alan_r_vinitsky

Note: Dr. Vinitsky granted this interview to SafeLawns in 2008:

Paul Tukey: How did you become interested in a new way of treating your patients?

Alan Vinitsky: “Dr. William Rea (a double-board certified pediatrician and internist practices at the Environmental Health Center, Dallas) introduced me to Natalie Golos and, eventually, Natalie and I wrote a book together. Natalie, who had herself suffered from pesticide poisoning, had been researching safe living since 1966. She has written five seminal books on environmental medicine and bio-energy therapy.

“After meeting Dr. Rea and Natalie, my practice completely changed from conventional medicine to learning about environmental health and treating our bodies safely using nutrition, avoiding exposure to toxins and knowing what that kind of exposure can do. This is the focus of how I practice medicine today.”

PT: I’ve heard you mention “the accordion reserve.” What is it?

“The accordion model relates to the autonomic nervous system, which is our own stress response – fright or flight. When the accordion is expanded and flexible, then you’re in optimal health. To achieve this, you start with yourself and you create a safe place both in and around your home. To make a safe exterior environment, you stay away from pesticides. Now, of course, if you have neighbors who aren’t doing the right thing, they can potentially contaminate the air and water around you so you have to kind of build a network to make things happen properly.

“One thing that I should point out is that I take care of a lot of kids and adults with chronic diseases and illnesses such as Lyme disease. The deer population has spread in our community and up in your area too — Connecticut is where Lyme disease was first identified. My particular model relates nutrition to helping the autonomic nervous system work better. I developed a combination concept of using vitamins and minerals to help the body deal with stress – both physical and emotional. We work on treating stress first and that helps people start to heal.”

PT: If I take this back to the lawn and landscaping, part of removing that stress, I assume, is getting rid of the toxins — going organic in our landscape, getting rid of the pesticides that kill the insects, kill the weeds, getting rid of synthetic chemical fertilizers. There are very few environmental exposures you can actually control — but what you put on your lawn and landscape is certainly one of them.

AV: “We are talking about creating a safe exterior environment, so stay away from pesticides. Your lawn needs good water, too, and clean air, and if you start with that then you start to improve the situation. Most chemicals are applied as part of weed and feed on the lawn. You or your neighbor puts this stuff down and then your dog runs across the property – they’re tracking toxins into the house. If you’ve got a toddler on the floor and you’re rolling around on the carpet, wrestling, thinking you’re having a good time, not thinking about the pesticide residue on your dog’s paws. Maybe the dog even climbs into bed with you — I wouldn’t do it but a lot of people sleep with their pets. They are sleeping with very poisonous substances.”

PT: Is there enough evidence out there for you to say pesticides and a toxic environment are the reasons behind some of our country’s chronic illnesses?

AV: “You can review Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Disease Control toxicology studies of various substances. So many people are exposed to so many different things. It would be difficult to categorically say this particular substance caused this particular condition, never the less you can say there’s a very strong association with a substance. The connection is move obvious when a patient works in a particular industry where the exposures are high and consistent.

“It’s the cumulative impact of multiple exposures that cause the greatest problems. When a new patient walks into the office I begin treatment immediately – clean air, clean fuel, clean water.

“It turns out that our bodies use up vitamin B12 and folic acid, and an amino acid called glutathione. These three are scavengers in our bodies and they work on the chemical assembly lines called enzymes. They actually clean up the stress and when we start to clean up the stress then the body starts to function better. In addition, we find all kinds of other deficiencies. I see amino aced and nitrogen deficiencies in infants and toddlers. I see it in older folks, even when they are eating a mixed diet of meat sources and plant sources. Almost everybody is deficient when they have chronic illness. So we work on straightening out the amino acids and when you get nitrogen sufficiency then people start to feel better.”

RECOMMENDED READING: In Energy – the Essence of Environmental Health by Dr. Alan Vinitsky and Natalie Golos, plus Coping With Your Allergies, by Natalie Golos

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Chris D

    It’s really a shame that there aren’t tighter rules against pesticide usage. A lot of people are unaware of the effects they can have on an individual, the food / product you are using pesticides on, and children! I would really suggest for people who are uninformed to get at least a high level idea on how chemicals are harmful to your health — here is an article that I think does a pretty good job —
    http://www.ridmothsnaturally.com/moth-balls/chemicals-can-hurt-you-more-than-they-can-help-you.html. There are natural alternatives to a LOT of things.

  • Chris D

    It’s really a shame that there aren’t tighter rules against pesticide usage. A lot of people are unaware of the effects they can have on an individual, the food / product you are using pesticides on, and children! I would really suggest for people who are uninformed to get at least a high level idea on how chemicals are harmful to your health — here is an article that I think does a pretty good job —
    http://www.ridmothsnaturally.com/moth-balls/chemicals-can-hurt-you-more-than-they-can-help-you.html. There are natural alternatives to a LOT of things.

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