From: Ilena Rose on 21 Mar 2008 14:42
Sometimes it appears to me that much of the motivation (other than the
money he receives from various industries to go after scientists like
Dr. Rea)... is plain jealousy.
Dr. Rea is board certified ... Barrett failed and never passed.
Psychiatric Boards. It is obvious here, that Barrett had been hired to
do his typical chop jobs on Dr. Rea ... this time before Dr. Rea's
first victory after being harassed by the Texas Medical Boards.
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 1997 21:29:38 +0000
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From: "Stephen Barrett, M.D." <sbinfo(a)ix.netcom.com>
Subject: OEM: Re: MCS
I am preparing a detailed report about the medical, legal, and
political aspects of "multiple chemical sensitivity." (Note from
Ilena: Who paid you for this report, Steve???)
I have encountered cases where the husband of a "clinical ecology"
patient was faced with paying huge bills (for treatment he didn't
believe in) had to choose between divorce and bankruptcy. If anyone on
the list knows of someone in that situation who would be willing to
speak out, I would appreciate a referral.
I would also be interested in interviewing someone who spent tens of
thousands of dollars on clinical ecology treatment and later came to
realize the money was wasted.
Does anyone have a recent treatment manual from Dr. Rea's
Environmental Health Center that I could borrow?
Last week (before I joined the occ-env-med mailing list), someone
asked whether membership in the American Academy of Environmental
Medicine had dropped sharply within the past year and a half. If the
question has not yet been answered, I'll be happy to supply the data.
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Controversial Clinic for the 'Chemically Sensitive'
Texas Doctor Target of State Medical Board for 'Environmental
By TERRY MORAN and MARY-CLAUDE FOSTER
March 20, 2008�
What if you thought that the world around you was making you sick? If
you feared that the house you live in, the car that you drive and
everyday activities such as watching television and talking on a cell
phone were making you ill?
Dr. William Rea says he has treated more than 30,000 people, from all
over the world, who believe the world around them has made them sick.
"Lots of times they know what's wrong with them, but they haven't been
able to get any help," Rea said. "And they're looking for solutions to
Watch the story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET
A board certified surgeon, Rea has become one of the foremost
practitioners of "environmental medicine." At his clinic, the
Environmental Health Center-Dallas, no cell phones are allowed and the
air is constantly filtered. The walls and floors are made of porcelain
-- "because there are no fumes and particulates," Rea said -- and
other non-reactive surfaces such as unvarnished wood. The clinic has
been open since 1974.
"We had to de-grease all the exercise equipment," Rea said. "Because
of the fumes that were coming out of it."
Lisa Nagy, a patient of Rea and a medical doctor with a degree from
Cornell University, said she came to the clinic because "I knew I was
dying. I knew I had, like, a month left."
You wouldn't know to look at her now but just a few years ago Nagy
could hardly move.
"I knew I was sick, I thought I was depressed," she said. "I went to a
psychiatrist every day for a year. I went to an acupuncturist."
Nothing worked, and Nagy became convinced that she was suffering from
an "environmental illness": that chemicals and electromagnetic energy
in the world around her were making her ill.
"I was unable to drive into Los Angeles to see the psychiatrist
because of the diesel exhaust coming in the car," she said. "And I had
no knowledge that I was chemically sensitive."
Nagy also says the mold in her former house was toxic.
"It's possible that I had other exposures before this house and other
situations, which adds to my toxic load, so that this house tipped me
over," she said. "We all see car exhaust, smell car exhaust on the way
to work in the morning, and we all have dogs and cats at home, and we
all have new carpeting at work. We all have air fresheners at the
airport that we get exposed to. It's how you deal with those
exposures. Do you get tired or do you get a headache? That makes you
Diesel Fuel and Detox
The first thing Rea did was test Nagy for "environmental allergies."
He injected a small amount of antigen -- which is a diluted amount of
the very thing she may be allergic to -- which triggers an immune
system response. Rea tests for a whole slew of allergens such as
perfumes, fabric softeners, diesel fuels, woods like oak and many
Then Nagy, as with most of Rea's patients, began what is called the
detoxification program that he says cleanses the body of all
pollutants. The patient gets saunas to "sweat out" the toxins --
purified air, and certain kinds of food in a controlled environment.
Nagy became so ill during detox she was admitted to a nearby hospital
and ended up in the psychiatric ward.
"It was excruciating," she recalled. "The only benefit was I did
oxygen every night and they had hard surface floors without carpeting.
I didn't know really the principals of environmental medicine yet. I
just knew that I needed to rest and oxygen seemed to help."
Nagy's husband Wes Nagy said "the psychiatrist that had me commit her
told me she would never get well and that I should consider moving
on." But after a month of treatment at the clinic, Wes Nagy said that
his wife "was like somebody else. It was like somebody had flicked a
switch. It was a different person."
Public Health Hazard?
If it all sounds a little extreme to you, you're not alone. "We
believe he is posing a threat to the public health of the citizens of
Texas," said Mari Robinson, an attorney for the Texas Board of
The board is trying to stop Rea from practicing his brand of medicine,
and may even strip him of his license. The hearing is set for Dec. 1.
"The treatments that he's giving, we believe, can be dangerous to the
public health, such as injecting jet fuel or natural gas," said
Robinson, who added that the treatments appear to have no clinical
Rea says that he has never injected patients with jet fuel.
"I've used antigens of it, and,of course, as you well know, that was
one of the accusations," he said. "I used an antigen, a provocation
test, just like we would a food or just like we would a mold."
We asked Dr. David Khan of the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center, who, unlike Rea, is a board certified allergist and
immunologist, if any of this makes sense.
"Certainly injecting jet fuel or any part of jet fuel into someone I
think would be potentially dangerous and certainly doesn't seem to
have any value," he said.
When asked about the success stories of Rea's patients, Khan said,
"They're feeling better living in a closed room with aluminum foil,
never leaving without oxygen. Is that a cure? Absolutely not."
Countered Rea: "I might say that in Japan now they have four
environmental clinics that are at university medical schools that are
patterned after our methods in our clinic." And he maintains that his
methods have been peer reviewed in the United States, just not in what
most would consider mainstream medical journals such as the New
England Journal of Medicine, JAMA or Nature. And his reaction to the
actions of the Texas Medical Board is that it "seems like somebody
wants to limit the public's chance for freedom of choice in medical
care, doesn't it?"
But Robinson, of the Texas Board of Medicine, said that "what's gotten
him in trouble is that he has yet, so far, refused to submit his
treatments to the double-blind sort of gold standard studies or to an
institutional review board to oversee it."
'He Gave Me My Life Back'
But none of that matters to Lisa Nagy.
"I have a headset on every phone in the home because I can't really
use [a regular] phone," she said. "If I hold it up, in the piece here,
it's got a magnet and it gives me a headache."
Following Rea's program, she injects herself daily with all sorts of
"This one is terps, which is terpians from wood -- I was very
sensitive to pine. Do not have raw pine in your home. Oak is OK. This
is chemicals and these are the chemicals that are in this vial,
whatever the chemicals are, I was sensitive to some and not to others.
So the ones I was sensitive to, they were put in here with water," she
Nagy says yes; water with a little bit of diesel, perfume, and even
"Yeah, but we inject vaccinations with huge amounts of mercury;
comparatively it's probably one-one hundredth or one-one thousandth of
the amount," she said, although, in fact, most vaccines today don't
contain any mercury.
To trained immunologists such as Khan, there's another possible
explanation for Rea's success: His patients are ill, but from stress
and other psychological factors.
"You can have people stressed out and they can break out in a rash or
hives or all sorts of things just from the nervous excitement," he
said. "These things are real events. But it's not because of the
substance they just ingested, it's because of their conditioned
response and so when they smell whatever the odor is, they have this
conditioned response, they feel ill, their pulse rate may go up, they
have a headache, a variety of things."
Getting away from it all was a matter of survival for Nagy. She moved
to an island -- Martha's Vineyard -- and created a special
pollutant-free home -- Rea style.
"Most of these patients who have these ailments actually have an
underlying psychiatric problem, and one of the problems in this
country is the under diagnosis and under treatment of psychiatric
diseases, and I think we are all guilty of that," Khan said.
Nagy said, "I tried to communicate with the psychiatrists who take
care of me, to invite him over to Bill Rea's clinic. To educate him
how many of these patients appear to be mentally deranged or have
mental issues, but how in fact when you treat their chemical
sensitivity, then their mental situation gets much better."
It is a fact that Rea and his methods are controversial, scorned by
many mainstream medical researchers and institutions. But all that
simply makes no sense to those who say the world made them sick, and
Dr. William Rea made them better.
"I don't want to get all choked up," Nagy said, "but he gave me my
Click here for more information on Lisa Nagy's Story and environmental
medicine. Environmental medicine is not an official branch of the
American Medical Association. Click here to find out more information
on allergens from the The American Academy of Allergy Astham and
ABCNews.com Producer Katie Escherich contributed to this report.
Copyright � 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures
From: Bee on 21 Mar 2008 16:34
On Mar 21, 11:42 am, Ilena Rose <B...(a)mundo.com> wrote:
> Sometimes it appears to me that much of the motivation (other than the
> money he receives from various industries to go after scientists like
> Dr. Rea)... is plain jealousy.
> Dr. Rea is board certified ... Barrett failed and never passed.
> Psychiatric Boards. It is obvious here, that Barrett had been hired to
> do his typical chop jobs on Dr. Rea ... this time before Dr. Rea's
> first victory after being harassed by the Texas Medical Boards.
If you missed Nightline Last Night - you can go and watch the video--
there's also a place to leave
comments: http://abcnews.go.com/nightline. I missed it so I had to
watch it via the computer!
From: Kulacz on 21 Mar 2008 16:43
On Mar 21, 4:34 pm, Bee <Butterflies2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mar 21, 11:42 am, Ilena Rose <B...(a)mundo.com> wrote:
> > Sometimes it appears to me that much of the motivation (other than the
> > money he receives from various industries to go after scientists like
> > Dr. Rea)... is plain jealousy.
> > Dr. Rea is board certified ... Barrett failed and never passed.
> > Psychiatric Boards. It is obvious here, that Barrett had been hired to
> > do his typical chop jobs on Dr. Rea ... this time before Dr. Rea's
> > first victory after being harassed by the Texas Medical Boards.
> If you missed Nightline Last Night - you can go and watch the video--
> there's also a place to leave
> comments: http://abcnews.go.com/nightline. I missed it so I had to
> watch it via the computer!
There are not enough adjectives to describe how I feel about S.B. and
what he has done, in my opinion, to destroy some very fine people.
From: The One True Zhen Jue on 21 Mar 2008 18:44
On Mar 21, 6:15 pm, Bee <Butterflies2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mar 21, 1:43 pm, Kulacz <drkul...(a)optonline.net> wrote:
> > There are not enough adjectives to describe how I feel about S.B. and
> > what he has done, in my opinion, to destroy some very fine people.
> Very interesting, Dr. K, while I was in Dallas for the first time, the
> place I was staying
> in was broken into in the middle of the night (this was April '99) and
Kulacz, you probably don't know this, but Debbee1023(a)aol.com (now
using Bee/Butterflies2) has made dozens of claims about being stalked,
having her phone tapped, computer tapped, etc ad nauseum. She even
claimed that Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders exposed
himself to her after a concert. Of course, she got sued over the last
In short, she makes up a lot of stuff, most of it self-aggrandizing.
If you read enough of her posts, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone,
you'll realize that even she doesn't believe it.
From: The One True Zhen Jue on 21 Mar 2008 18:50
On Mar 21, 6:44 pm, The One True Zhen Jue <Andrew_King...(a)yahoo.com>
> On Mar 21, 6:15 pm, Bee <Butterflies2...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Mar 21, 1:43 pm, Kulacz <drkul...(a)optonline.net> wrote:
> > > There are not enough adjectives to describe how I feel about S.B. and
> > > what he has done, in my opinion, to destroy some very fine people.
> > Very interesting, Dr. K, while I was in Dallas for the first time, the
> > place I was staying
> > in was broken into in the middle of the night (this was April '99) and
> Kulacz, you probably don't know this, but Debbee1...(a)aol.com (now
> using Bee/Butterflies2) has made dozens of claims about being stalked,
> having her phone tapped, computer tapped, etc ad nauseum. She even
> claimed that Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders exposed
> himself to her after a concert. Of course, she got sued over the last
> In short, she makes up a lot of stuff, most of it self-aggrandizing.
> If you read enough of her posts, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone,
> you'll realize that even she doesn't believe it.
Here is something I should have included in the prior post. No
mention of a hotel break-in, but lots of claims of malfesance.
From: debbee1...(a)aol.com (DEBBEE1023)
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Yes, it does effect you, and I am living proof...and there are many
cases....thanks to my employer who was too cheap to buy chemicals that
safe, because he wanted to continue to machine various "tougher
have N-Hexane, machine/oil exhaust, and about 50 metals/minerals in my
that I didn't have before I went to work there.
I spent 6 weeks in Dallas at the Environmental Health Center here, to
muchly needed testing that my traditional medicine HMO (Kaiser)
understand....I have a low blood platelet problem...due to
chemicals/metals/minerals, used at work, with little or no
now have since graduated to being sensitive to vehicle exhaust....
I've also learned about the QME's that work for the insurance
well.....they are basically paid not to find anything wrong, and tell
you it is
"all in your head." I know, my employer "bribed" two of them, and
because I was "honest" and gave him the name of the doctors I was
seeing.....and instead of just trying to help me get well, he has
fought me and
fought me....I'm now on a Workers Compensation Appeal, and in the
trying to find work that I can do out of my house, because I'm so
everything, including foods, plastics, water (unless it is distilled),
list goes on and on....
Toxicologist last week told me that there is no proven treatment
method, and no
cure for what I have. But I'll be damned if I am going to live like
rest of my life...I'm taking what I learned in Dallas...and this stuff
slowly coming out of my body.....taking lots of supplements, eating
(on a rotation diet), and using "sauna" to sweat the stuff out of my
Lots of people I met there had had lots of mercury fillings in their
thank goodness I didn't, but this also poisons people....traditional
"just don't get it.", and I think it is high time they "woke
Just because they have never heard of it, they shouldn't dismiss it,
in people's heads....
Custer had it coming!