Continuing ed credits

A smaller newer group of nurses has formed to look at environmental factors affecting health and functioning of us humans.  One of their topics is looking at environmental exposures of different occupations.  I asked why dental personnel were overlooked?  They asked me what I had to say about it in 2019.  What they are printing is a modification of what I wrote.

Available to all Virginia residents with a call – testing through  With them the  topic MERCURY is more than a business.  They require urine, blood, and hair samples for testing.

In this community W&M geology students are aware of their mercury exposure.  They have been grateful for DAMS (entries 8/20/20 & 1/23/21) participation in 8 Earth Days (2001- 2017) before the lockdown.

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Pet health update

We have a wonderful animal, our cat, Squeaky.  He’s approaching 20.  Unfortunately as cats get older they are likely to get bladder or urinary tract problems.  We never used any therapeutic grade essential oils we have in the house on any of our cats.  You do not use these oils on animals as you would on an adult.  You can actually kill an animal with these oils without proper guidance.

I attended a free class in Gloucester with Dr Mary Oney, a naturopath, about the oils and pets.  I got a free booklet about using the oils with animals and a sample of a blend to spray around Squeaky’s eating area. The result of using it for fleas:  dramatic reduction- to almost none!

Now in 2021 the National Resources Defense Council (a non profit environmental group) reports continued suing of our Environmental Protection Agency to protect pets, owners, and small children snuggling up to pets wearing toxic flea collars.  There is neurological damage (according to the EPA’s own assessment) to toddlers brains.  PetSmart and Petco, 2 large retailers, under pressure from the NRDC, are dropping toxic flea collars.  More detailed information is at

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A ban

Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide killing bees essential to food production, causing learning problems in children BANNED this month.  Maybe even adults are affected😐 – but the ruling doesn’t say that.  Earthjustice, an environmental group joined with other organizations has repeatedly sued our Environmental Protection Agency government to do this.  The substance was banned from indoor household products a quarter of a century ago.

{According to Virginia Cooperative Extension not all bees are interested in stinging people.  I learned that earlier by calling them about some on our deck.]

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