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Our current rental home is in the middle of nowhere. We are in a block of 4 homes but otherwise we have desert in front of us and behind us. The home next to us is vacant, in fact. We were unprepared, therefore, when pesticides and herbicides were sprayed on both sides of us last week. If you've followed our story you know we are chemically sensitive due to our massive mold exposure. We had an immediate reaction. Bloody noses, puffy eyes, and issues with breathing. We closed up the house for a day and have ordered a highly recommended air purifier. I've come to see our chemical sensitivity as a gift. It is protecting us.

The homeowners were simply following a commonly accepted protocol for home maintenance. I truly believe we are on the threshold of a major shift in our country. In an effort to be part of the education needed to promote change, I would like to share a lecture that is circulating among those who know they are environmentally ill. Dr. Hayes talks about the estrogen disturbances caused by pesticides. The mycotoxins produced by mold are estrogen mimickers as well. We have seen this in our family in the form of halted menstrual cycles, excessive menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, as well as gynecomastia.

This is one hour in length but well worth every moment. This is difficult information but, as I have learned, it's pain that leads to healthy change.

Lecture by Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California-Berkeley