By Patricia Ann Smith-Willis, M. D. (Research)

It is not possible to inherit environmental illness. However, it is possible to inherit (genetically) the ability to be a poor biological detoxer (like parent, like a child) and it is likely that since they live together in the same house that they may have similar chemical exposures in the home.

The mother who has environmental illness and has not been through an unloading and environmentally manipulative treatment similar to Dr. Rea's "Chemical Sensitivity Treatment" which reduces the Total Body Load (pesticides and chemicals sequestered within the mother's body from years of chemical exposures or even from a sudden, overwhelming exposure) can because of poor liver function and from other failing body detoxing mechanisms, be unable to protect her developing fetus from the chemicals within her own body.

This can cause malformations and future deficits in her baby, which after birth can manifest as illness and/or permanent brain and organ damage. Since during the early development of the fetus the neural tube is being formed, it is easy to see how autism, microcephala and various neural tube defects could be a result.

Also, the EHC-Dallas since 1978, has been measuring blood levels of mothers (and all patients) and also nursing mothers' breast milk levels with Dr. John Lasiter's Accu-Chem Laboratory (a world leading laboratory with state-of-the-art petrochemical detection at the parts per billion level). It has been found that nursing mothers with a sick baby who is not thriving have high levels of several different petrochemicals including solvents and pesticides in their breast milks and the babies also have high levels in their tiny bodies which is confirmed via blood testing on them.

Chemical Sensitivity, a state-of-the-art, medical, textbook of 3000 pages in four volumes, documents almost 30 years of studies on more than 30,000 patients and is additionally complimented with reports on another 70,000 patient studies from additional MDs on four different continents.

Volume one is an academic medical textbook for understanding the biological mechanisms of chemical sensitivity and may perhaps be difficult for the average layperson.

Volume II, which is about pollution and map most of the world's locations and sources of pollution have been extremely popular with the lay person and the professional alike. It is so popular that it is currently out-of-print. We hope to soon have a paperback version of this volume.

Volume III is about Diagnosing Chemical Sensitivity and is useful to professionals especially but is also popular with patients and layperson at all levels.

Volume IV, which was published in 1997, explains Dr. Rea's way of treating chemical sensitivity at the level of each specialty. It has been very popular with both professionals and layperson, not to mention many interested patients.

Dr. Rea has published more than 500 medical peer-reviewed articles in different specialty journals. His first specialty is cardiovascular, thoracic and general surgery. His CV is more than 30 pages long. We can supply a copy of his CV via e-mail if desired.

All of these books can be obtained at the on-line American Environmental Health Foundation's nonprofit store at: <>

We hope that you will take a look frequently at this site for environmentally useful information and supplies for yourself, your family and your friends.

If we can be of any further service to you, please feel free to write me or come to the clinic or the nonprofit store at 8345 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 220 on the second floor.


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