Our Community Needs to Recognize Environmental Illness (“EI”) Physicians and Encourage Them!
William J. Rea, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
1935 – 2018
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:
- Citridrops Dietary Supplementis available to use in nasal rinse systems, or to dilute in water to consume for gut health.
- Citridrops Nasal Spraycan be used on-the-go when exposed to mold.
- EC3 Mold Solution Concentrateand EC3 Laundry Additiveare available to clean the home, clothes, and linens.
- EC3 Air Purification Candles are effective in removing mold and mycotoxins in the immediate air in homes, offices, and during travel.
- Sinus Defenseand CellTropinboost immune system effectiveness and help the body’s pituitary and hormonal systems heal.