Our Community Needs to Recognize Environmental Illness (“EI”) Physicians and Encourage Them!

William J. Rea, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM

1935 – 2018

By Cesar Collado

On August 16, 2018, Dr. William Rea of Dallas, TX passed away at age 83. Dr. Rea was a pioneer in the field of Environmental Illness.  He successfully treated thousands of patients and passed on his protocols, knowledge, and wisdom to countless Medical and Naturopathic Doctors over many decades.

Dr. Rae’s contributions also spanned the entire field of medicine.  His research, discoveries, and protocols have been essential, foundational codes of treatment for the EI community. He also  supplied publications and medical books to document his work and to teach others. Most recently, Dr. Rea engaged in speaking engagements and symposiums to share is knowledge with other physicians, so that they could also successfully treat Environmental Illness patients. Dr. Rea was widely recognized for this training of other doctors through fellowships and his many lectures to the EI and medical community, in addition to television and radio appearances.

Medical Textbooks authored by Dr. Rea include:

  • Chemical Sensitivity, Vol. 1-4,co-author of Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. 1
  • Regulating Mechanisms of Chemical Sensitivity, Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. II
  • The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ Systems, Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. III
  • Clinical Environmental Manifestations of the Neurocardiovascular Systems
  • The home building book, Optimum Environments for Optimum Health and Creativity
  • Co-author: Your Home, Your Health and Well-Being

Dr. Rea has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers related to the topics of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and environmental medicine.  He was also recipient of numerous awards for his contributions and held many academic positions during his lifetime.  He was the founder of the nationally-recognized, very specialized Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas, a unique facility employing an inexhaustible list of special materials to ensure that the facility was non-toxic to patients seeking care for EI.

Why This Is Important?

Dr. Rea was selfless in his effort to empower patients and the medical community to not only recognize environmental illness, but to treat it.  Without his efforts over decades to disseminate his knowledge, many patients who are currently well may not have gotten better by their physicians and other health care providers.

There are several pioneers in the environmental illness space.  These professionals have been the trailblazers for the many practitioners who address environmental health.  This includes Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Integrative and Holistic Medicine Physicians. As important, specialists such as Building Scientists, Toxicologists, Mold Remediators, Indoor Air Quality experts, Bau-Biologists, and Diagnostic Providers have emerged to serve the community.  These Pioneers, like the late Jack Thrasher (Read about him HERE) have been a driving force behind industry recognition of toxic elements in our environment and have influenced the EPA in its recognition of formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs), and harmful gases.  In fact, The CDC only recognized in August 2017 that fungus should be explored as a potential cause of illness when other treatments do not work for some disease states. In addition, many new treatment modalities and supplements have emerged in recent times to aid in controlling inflammation and to aid the body in detoxification.

Many of these unsung heroes met challenges and industry obstacles when sharing their research and discoveries.  It is always the first in any field that get push back from industries that perceive their discoveries as a threat.  In 1999, the Mayo clinic published their findings that 96% of patients in a study suffering from chronic sinusitis tested positive for a fungal infection. It is now 2018 and still not all ENTs recognize fungal sinusitis and treat it appropriately beyond the traditional antibiotics which only work on bacterial infections and do nothing to treat fungal growth.

The Environmental Illness Community

Our community of providers and patients remains underserved, sometimes ridiculed, and disempowered. Each time one of the key voices of recognition and advocacy for the environmentally ill passes, the entire population loses a voice and insight to the debilitating illness.

This community also includes patients diagnosed with a variety of diseases with unknown causes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, where the treating physicians do not recognize that the environment is what is making them sick.  These patients often go decades before they finally find a provider who recognizes mold and environmental toxins as a significant source of illness.

Community Participation is Critically Important 

We all have a voice that should be heard.  We share similar experiences amongst ourselves and through various communities, including those that are online.  Increasing the presence of the environmental illness community by sharing our experiences with all of our healthcare providers and others helps others find the relief they are often continually searching for.  It is often the success stories that motivate professionals to seek out new information to enhance their ability to treat patients.  Communication also educates and encourage patients to seek help from a professional that treats environmental illness.  Most traditional, Western-medicine, trained physicians have little experience in this area and often do not recognize mold or toxins in the limited time they have scheduled for the patients.  In fact, many do not use mold, inflammation, or toxin diagnostics.  As many know, the physician needs to be generous with time to listen and ask questions about your medical history and environment to identify the need to do further investigation and diagnostics.  Online tools are also available to identify mold issues.  One of those tools is this free questionnaire from sinusitiswellness.com HERE.

Practitioners Need Encouragement as Well

Recognizing your Health Care Providers for the extra effort and time they devote to EI patients is important.  Their jobs are difficult and often depressing. They also take personal risk in being exposed to mold and mycotoxins.   I personally speak with Dr. Dennis and ask about how he is sharing his accumulated knowledge.  Blogs like Moldfreeliving.com and newsletters like this one also spread the word and encourage patients, doctors, and their staffs.  The entire MicroBalance portfolio of products was discovered and developed specifically to treat Dr. Dennis’s patients.  Prior to the forming of Microbalance Health Products, he would have a compounding pharmacy prepare these products.  You can read about it in the MicroBalance Story HERE.

Today, patients have access to products to help them to become and remain well. Those products include the following:

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About the Author:

Cesar Collado is a former pharmaceutical R&D executive, venture capitalist, and seasoned strategy consultant in biotechnology and technology industries in general. He currently works as an advisor to multiple technology start-ups and advises several companies that provide healthcare and other services for environmental illness. Read More

2 Comments

  1. Rebecca B September 19, 2018 at 5:22 am - Reply

    This post was not up to your normal outstanding quality. Your posts are generally exceptionally educational for mold illness sufferers. However, this post read e?b; me like a marketing testimonial. I hope you will go back to your normal high quality educational format. Please keep up your outstanding work on this very important topic.

    • Cesar Collado September 27, 2018 at 4:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for your feedback. I wrote this post because many of the “trailblazers” that researched, published, and lobbied the EPA and Medical community to recognize environmental illness are reaching their advanced portion of their careers. These physicians and researchers were selfless and passionate about helping people and not just making a profit. I believe the loss of Bill Rea and Jack Thrasher are monumental losses to the community. Encouraging your physicians important. it is a challenging job and requires much of them emotionally to treat these patients. They also have risks of exposure.

      It was a one-off that was important to me. We are back on track with material content to help people get better.

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