Announcement For Gathering Participants For Study Of The Needs Of Persons With Environmental Sensitivities

Women with Environmental Sensitivities

The James Madison University Environmental Sensitivities Research Team is inviting adults aged 21 and over who have experienced environmental sensitivities (chemical and/or electrical) to participate in on online study of how their needs are being met as they grow older with sensitivities.

If you are interested in participating, please click on the link below to see the consent form and learn more about the study. If you are unable to complete the survey online, you are welcome to request a hard copy that can be mailed to you. To request a hard copy please email or call 540-568-6195 and leave a message with you name (clearly stated) and your complete address.

Thank you ahead to everyone who helps me with this study.

To take the survey online, copy this url into your browser:

Pamela Gibson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
James Madison University, MSC 7704
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Low Dose Immunotherapy (LDI)

What is LDI?

LDI is a form of immune desensitization that works by restoring the tolerance for toxins or other foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body (antigens). This can be done for literally thousands of antigens at once to help your immune system better tolerate certain therapies.

How does LDI work?

Lab Services 200LDI’s effect is accomplished by combining beta glucuronidase with extremely miniscule doses of various allergens.  The enzyme (beta-glucuronidase) potentiates the antigen, allowing for a much greater benefit with much lower concentrations of the antigen itself. The enzyme makes T-cells (a type of immune cell) pay attention to the antigen included with it, down-regulating the immune response to  the specific antigens your provider feels are relevant to your particular medical issues. The tolerance is actively learned by your immune system, and helps make your other treatments easier to tolerate, as well as potentially directly improving your condition. [Read more…]


Getting Around Roadblocks To Healthy Eating Habits

heather croppedBy Heather Greenfield, MS, CNS – Nutritional Consultant

“Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
~Harvey Fierstein

Whether you have Lyme disease, mold toxicity, CFIDS, or undiagnosed gut issues, cleaning up your diet is one of the most powerful tools for health that you can use. It will help improve your immune system so that your doctor can treat you more effectively. You may just need less medication as a result of having a healthier diet. Everybody wants to get better, so why is changing one’s diet so challenging?

I love to share information and help guide people to more vibrant health through eating the healthiest foods for their body. To me, dietary changes are almost never about weight loss. Food can be medicine, and eating healthy food is really about improving the immune response, controlling blood sugar, and discovering hidden food sensitivities. [Read more…]


The Autism Epidemic: Understanding the Problems and Exciting New Treatments

Fridays at 2 PM Pacific Time
The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today

The Autism Epidemic: Understanding the Problems and Exciting New Treatments

We will be discussing the spectrum of Autism which has now reached epidemic proportions. We now understand more about the causes for these diverse neurological conditions (which range from severe autism to Asperger’s Syndrome to ADHD) which allows us to provide valuable treatments. This will include our presentation about how NAET can make a big difference for many of these unfortunate children.


Intestinal Health: Key to Healing

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Intestinal Health: Key to Healing

We will be delving into all aspects of intestinal health and its role in healing. This will include discussions about food allergy, probiotics, enzymes, overgrowth of candida and toxic bacterial species (called intestinal dysbiosis) and much more.


All Disease Begins in the Gut

Heather McLean, MS, CNS

Heather McLean Greenfield,  MS, CNS

By Heather McLean Greenfield,  MS, CNS

“All disease begins in the gut” ~ Hippocrates

Lyme disease,… Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) and other tick borne coinfections are strange, confounding, infuriating, scary, annoying, mysterious, and apparently controversial. Call it active Lyme or chronic Lyme, or do like the Infectious Disease Society of America guys do: deny, deny, deny, and call it “Post Lyme Disease Syndrome.” The fact remains, people are still sick. The symptoms are many, and can be anything from uncomfortable to debilitating. Today, we concentrate on how food can effect how you feel and heal from tick borne illness.

When infected by Lyme disease, the immune system is invaded with a tiny microorganism called a spirochete that is thought to be capable of sequestering itself into the tissues of the body. This can make it difficult to eradicate with one short-term prescription of antibiotics. The spirochete is intelligent and can use the body to hide and shift while avoiding treatment. The ability for this microorganism to hide can create a constant state of infection that causes persistent inflammation and immune dysregulation. With over 70% of the immune system lining the gut, this can lead to digestive inflammation and other digestive and systemic issues. Since you eat every day, and the immune system has to deal with everything that you eat, you might just have a problem on your hands if you’re eating the wrong foods. [Read more…]


Why Should I Eat a Gluten Free Diet?

Most of you have either seen the “Gluten-free” label, or heard an opinion on the folly or wisdom of a gluten-free diet.

What does gluten-free mean?

Gluten is a protein present only in certain grains. It is most concentrated in wheat, but is also found in rye and barley and sometimes in oats. Gluten largely determines the texture of bread and other products because it improves its leavening properties.  Without gluten, bread simply wouldn’t be fluffy.

What’s wrong with fluffy bread?

The interventions by agricultural scientists to create strains of wheat which make bread even fluffier did so by modifying the gluten, which is still brand new (40 years is new on the evolutionary timetable) to our digestive tract. These new strains of wheat that contain this new kind of gluten are farmed by the huge commercial farms in the US to the exclusion of most of the old wild strains. Researchers and doctors have seen a steady rise in immune dysregulation, autoimmunity, and imbalanced gut microflora over the last few decades, especially since the 1970s, when these new wheat strains were introduced to the American farmer. It is our current reality that the food we count on daily as part of a regular, wholesome diet can adversely affect many other aspects of our health. [Read more…]


I Can’t Eat WHAT???!!! Adventures in Food Allergies

By Melissa Kaplan

Gluten containing foodsBack in the mid 1990s, something now long forgotten prompted me to try going gluten-free for a while to see if it made any difference in how I was feeling. I’d been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia in 1990, and nothing was really helping. How hard could it be, I thought, to go without bread and pasta for awhile? Okay, and the occasional pizza, biscuits and pancakes… And cookies…And brownies… I come from sturdy peasant stock, so I could so go gluten free (GF)… For awhile… Just to see.

I spent the next couple of weeks craving bread, pasta, anything and everything made with that lovely gluten dough and batter. It wasn’t just the thinking about what I could not eat; my body was positively demanding anything wrapped up in bread. [Read more…]


Thanksgiving Dinner All Planned Yet?

If not, here are some ideas from a variety of health oriented diet plans. Be sure to look any recommendations over to be sure it fits in with your specific needs. Pretty much everyone should be able to find inspiration, if not exact recipes somewhere in this grouping. Have fun preparing and enjoying the holiday. Maybe try something new. The fermented foods are excellent for providing lots of probiotics to help with GI health, but if you don’t have time to make any, there are good options available in local markets.


Lacto Fermented Pickled Vegetables

Lacto -Fermented Pickled Vegetables from The Kitchen

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Tip #14 For Living More Toxin Free


From Seventh Generation

On this last tip, again, it is equally as important for many chronically ill patients. In addition to trapping allergens, carpet off gasses a wide variety of toxic chemicals, as will most carpet pads and any glue used to hold the carpet down. Some carpets take years to outgas. If you have a carpet that you are unable to remove, remember Tip #1. Open all your windows at least once a week to let your air be refreshed and cleaned. Maybe go with Tip #9, and get a plant or two for the room. If you do remove the carpet, you can still put natural fiber area rugs down, that can be taken out and cleaned regularly.

We hope this series of tips was helpful!