March 2018

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher

The speaker for our March 24th meeting will be Janine Romaner, ND, a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Woodstock, Georgia. With a team of other experienced practitioners at her clinic, she uses non-invasive testing methods whenever possible, and natural medicines to assist in your healing process. Dr. Romaner, ND, received her initial training in British Columbia, Canada from the Institute of Quantum & Molecular Medicine and continued studies with doctors considered masters in this field. She then went on to study at Clayton College of Natural Health to earn her BS in Natural Health and a degree as a Naturopathic Doctor.

Janine sees patients with a variety of chronic and acute conditions, ranging from blood sugar imbalances, to adrenal fatigue, autoimmune diseases, problematic toxic overload, viral and bacterial chronic and acute infections, neurotransmitter imbalances, hormonal and thyroid issues, and much more. She has a history of excellent success with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays. She follows the Defeat Autism Now approach, as well as gentle but effective detoxification protocols with the children. Through extensive non-invasive testing based in acupuncture, levels of organ toxicity and function, inflammation or degeneration can be determined. This form of testing, called Electro Dermal Screening, reveals vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and toxic burdens such as heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, pharmaceutical drug residue, yeast, fungus, viruses, bacteria, allergens, and more. These underlying triggers can be safely detoxified with the aid of homeopathic and herbal formulations. Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are available for the re-balancing and cleansing of your body, and lifestyle enhancement is an important part of each program. Functional medicine incorporates urine, stool, and serum panels. Saliva panels are utilized as warranted to assist in healing endocrine feedback loops, hormonal imbalances and more. Her clinic includes two naturopathic doctors and thermography is offered for safe breast imaging and early detection of cellular activity. Dr. Cedrick Noel, DC specializes in Functional Neurology and is part of the team, although not on-site.

Dr. Romaner will be speaking on adrenal fatigue and dysglycemia. We’ll meet at 1 pm in the community room of the Johns Creek Whole Foods. Please make sure that you and anyone you bring are fragrance free and turn off your cell phone.

Please RSVP by phone or email to Sydna Fisher if you are coming to the March 24th meeting by Tuesday, March 20th. Since Dr. Romaner will be coming some distance she has requested a minimum of 10 attendees.


The speaker for our February meeting was Bren Ames who spoke on her work with HERCULES, which is the acronym for the Emory Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures. The center was established in 2013 to explore ways in which environmental exposures impact health and disease and is based in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

The term exposome, a relatively new concept, was coined by Dr. Christopher Wild at the World Health Organization to represent the cumulative exposure encountered by humans. The human exposome is proposed to be the environmental equivalent to the human genome. Dr. Miller, director of the center, says that measuring the exposome will be extremely difficult, but very worthwhile. What will be measured is the cumulative complex exposures we experience throughout our lives, including environmental pollutants, diet, behaviors and endogenous processes, and how our bodies respond to these challenges. Dr. Miller has written a book on the subject, titled The Exposome: A Primer.

The environment, broadly defined, plays a major role in health and disease but has been underrepresented in the research community. The exposome provides a vehicle to better incorporate the environmental component into the study of disease and health. The long term goal of HERCULES is to play a leading role in the discovery, evaluation, and application of the exposome. HERCULES provides infrastructure and expertise to develop and refine new tools and technologies. Key among these are the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core, which will help generate exposure data, improve metabolomic approaches, and facilitate clinical studies, and the Systems Biology Core which will help synthesize the data into comprehensive computational models. The Community Engagement Core of HERCULES develops partnerships with the Atlanta community in order to understand its environmental health concerns.

Through building capacity among community members, scientists, and healthcare providers, the Community Engagement Core aims to incorporate community concerns into the long term research efforts of HERCULES investigators. The advisory board, of which Bren is a member, meets on a regular basis to oversee outreach and bring together community leaders, government agencies, Emory scientists, and other universities.

Bren’s presentation hinted at the enormous amount of time she has spent on her work with HERCULES. Thank you Bren for your efforts on behalf of the MCS community! She has graciously and generously agreed to summarize her February talk for the newsletter. It will be delayed because of a debilitating exposure, but she has provided the text below of the March 14, 2018 media release on Anne Steinemann’s latest research.


University of Melbourne research reveals that one in four Americans report chemical sensitivity, with nearly half this group medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical products and pollutants such as insect spray, paint, cleaning supplies, fragrances and petrochemical fumes.

The research was conducted by Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Cities from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering, and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Professor Steinemann is an international expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects.

Professor Steinemann found the prevalence of chemical sensitivity has increased more than 200 per cent and diagnosed MCS has increased more than 300 per cent among American adults in the past decade.

Across America, an estimated 55 million adults have chemical sensitivity or MCS. “MCS is a serious and potentially disabling disease that is widespread and increasing in the US population,” Professor Steinemann said.

The study used an online survey with a national random sample of 1,137 people, representative of age, gender and region, from a large web-based panel held by Survey Sampling International (SSI).

The study found that, when exposed to problematic sources, people with MCS experience a range of adverse health effects, from migraines and dizziness to breathing difficulties and heart problems. For 76 per cent of people, the severity of effects can be disabling.
“People with MCS are like human canaries. They react earlier and more severely to chemical pollutants, even at low levels,” Professor Steinemann said.

The study also found that 71 per cent of people with MCS are asthmatic, and 86.2 per cent with MCS report health problems from fragranced consumer products, such as air fresheners, scented laundry products, cleaning supplies, fragranced candles, perfume and personal care products.

In addition, an estimated 22 million Americans with MCS have lost work days or a job in the past year due to illness from exposure to fragranced consumer products in the workplace.

To reduce health risks and costs, Professor Steinemann recommends choosing products without any fragrance, and implementing fragrance-free policies in workplaces, health care facilities, schools and other indoor environments. 


[] Avoid fluoridated drinking water, the largest daily source. Use a water filter or drink spring water. Reverse osmosis, deionizers, activated alumina, and bone char filters are effective in removing fluoride. Regular carbon filters do not remove fluoride.

[] Cut down or avoid tea, especially when it is made from low quality older leaves which contain high levels of fluoride, used particularly in the bottled and instant varieties. The tea plant is a fluoride accumulator and heavy tea drinkers can develop skeletal fluorosis, a painful bone disease of fragile bones and joint pain. If you drink tea, white tea is recommended, because it is made from younger leaves.

[] Avoid pesticides such as cryolite and sulfuryl fluoride. Cryolite is used on a variety of vegetables, fruits, and berries, but particularly on grapes and especially on white grapes. Sulfuryl fluoride is a fumigant. Products most commonly fumigated are cocoa powder, dried beans, walnuts, and dried fruits. Buy organic produce, wine, grapes, raisins, dried beans, dried fruit, and tree nuts.

[] Avoid drugs like Cipro and other fluorinated drugs.

[] Avoid Teflon pans.

[] Avoid mechanically deboned chicken. Most meats that are pulverized into a pulp (chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) have increased quantities of fluoride laden bone particles.

[] Avoid dental products containing fluoride.

[] Avoid infant formula made with fluoridated water. For more information on formula see the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) website.

[] Avoid aluminum, steel, iron, fertilizer, oil refining, and semiconductor industries where fluoride is a common air contaminant.

For people who are hypersensitive to fluoride, bathing or showering in fluoridated water can cause all over pain, headaches, and red itchy welts or rashes. Eating non-organic chocolate, deboned turkey breast, or even drinking some organic teas can cause severe joint pain and headache. If you suspect a food, wait a month or more or until you become pain free, and retest.

Sodium fluoride is a neurotoxin in the same category as arsenic, lead, and mercury. It contributes to ADHD, dyslexia, lower IQ scores, and negative impacts on memory and learning. Some of the things which help the body get rid of fluoride are iodine (displaces fluoride), selenium, boron, calcium, magnesium, tamarind, curcumin/turmeric, sauna, exercise, and eating liver cleansing foods such as lemons, garlic, avocado, flax seeds, greens, grapefruit, beets, carrots, apples, and olive oil.

On the FAN website you can also find a rather shocking list of fluoride tolerances approved for foods by the US EPA as of July 15, 2005.


March: Carol Berman 5th, Gabriella Amico 31st.
April: No Birthdays. 


Information such as that sent out recently on the fluoride bill will be rare, although one of our members may have a heads up for us in the future on 5G. If you do not want to be contacted on these matters, just let Sydna Fisher know. Please remember that anything you do or say in these matters must be in your own name only.

Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.


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