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The Gormley Files – Preserving Our Natural Resources Preserves Health

Good news! The bill referred to below passed the Senate on October 10 – thanks to all who sent messages to their Senators! Read more here: https://mast.house.gov/blog?ID=021535EC-B791-4B8E-857F-BEA2B12FAD18

Senate Must Pass The Water Resources Development Act

by James J. Gormley

Fixing our water issues is perhaps the most important priority for the state of Florida, the region and the country.

On September 13th, the House passed a bi-partisan version of the Water Resources Development Act, including a provision that Florida Congressman Brian Mast wrote with Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio to authorize the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir.

The Water Resources Development Act is a biennial bill that authorizes new water infrastructure projects and makes improvements to water programs not just in Florida, but throughout the entire United States.

Tell your Senator to get behind the Water Resources Development Act and send it to the the President’s desk right away.water

The problem: Discharges from Lake Okeechobee are damaging Florida’s Treasure Coast not only because they contain toxic algal blooms but also because the freshwater infusion into a brackish estuary kills plant life, harms animals and destroys the environment. To prevent these discharges, the water must instead be sent south of Lake Okeechobee – mimicking the natural flow.

The solution: In 2017, the State of Florida passed Senate Bill 10, which authorized the construction of a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store and treat water, thus limiting these damaging discharges.

The bill was then reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and referred to the U.S. Congress in July for authorization by the federal government, who will share in half of the costs for the project. This bill authorizes the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir so that design and construction can get underway as soon as possible.

Tell your Senator to get behind the Water Resources Development Act today!

This bipartisan bill includes all of Florida’s Treasure Coast priorities from the version passed by the House on June 6th as well as the updated provision that Representative Mast wrote with Senators Rubio and Nelson to authorize the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir. Also in the bill are important provisions that Congress Mast wrote to force the Army Corps to redo the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule that determines when discharges happen, and to develop technology for the large-scale filtration of water, including early detection, prevention and management of harmful algal blooms.

The compromise bill passed the House of Representatives on September 13, 2018 and is expected to be voted on in the Senate this month. We know people are getting sick, animals are dying and our environment is being demolished. We cannot wait any longer to get this bill signed into law.

Ask your Senator to rapidly sign on to and vote to pass this vital bill!

The Transpartisan Review Blog #4

America has a representative government. Voters elect leaders who appoint civil servants, and they implement ‘public policy’. This works for much public business, but in areas involving social services—school reform, drug rehabilitation, criminal justice, race relations, poverty and even security policy, results fall far short of aspirations.

Unlocking Hidden Allergies at the Core of Your Unexplained Symptoms

By Leo Galland, M.D., Author, The Allergy Solution

Are you tired all the time, and don’t know why? Do you have headaches or joint pain or brain fog or digestive problems? Have you put on weight and find that you just can’t lose it? I want to explore with you the unsolved mystery of those common complaints that just won’t go away. In my experience, allergy is often the cause.

Maybe you never thought you had allergies. No runny nose, no itchy skin. Although it might come as a surprise, I have discovered that a hidden allergy is the underlying reason for just about any health issue, because allergies come from something we all share: the immune system.

The rise of allergies is directly attributable to our immune systems being out of balance and reacting to a modern witches’ brew of fast food, stress, chemicals, pollution, and compromised gut health.

Did you know that only one person in 30 had allergies only 50 years ago? Today that number is one in three and rising. The allergy epidemic spreading like wildfire throughout the world is getting worse, with 1 billion people suffering from allergies today.

I have found, in my clinical practice, that we need to do more than merely ask “What are you allergic to?” We need to instead ask: (1) Why are you allergic?; (2) Why have your allergies become worse; and (3) What are the underlying imbalances in your body that open the door to annoying and persistent allergic symptoms?

Hidden allergies emerge

Finding answers to these foundational questions helps us to uncover what we now know to be hidden allergies. A hidden allergy is commonly at the core of your once mysterious health concerns.

Have you experienced or do you have one or more of the following:

  • Weight gain?
  • Stomachaches?
  • Muscle aches or joint pain
  • Insomnia?
  • Headaches?
  • Fatigue?
  • Depression or anxiety?
  • Constipation or diarrhea?
  • Brain fog?
  • Bloating?

The culprit could be allergy

While not many are fully aware that allergy can play a pivotal role in these and other health problems, it was this very search for answers to common, yet previously undiagnosed, conditions that inspired me to write The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth About Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well.

In my practice, I’ve seen chronic conditions that were previously diagnosed as psychiatric disorders, autoimmune diseases or many other conditions that wind up being allergic in origin.

Taking on allergy with new approaches

We already know the misery that allergies can create. Fortunately, once we find out what is causing or activating them, “The case is afoot,” as Sherlock Holmes would have said!

Allergy has such a far-reaching impact on so many people with so many different problems. But your immune system needs to know when to fight and when not to fight. It needs balance.

My program helps you learn why your immune system is out of balance, so that you can restore its harmony and overcome allergies.

The secret to my program lies in the interaction between what you eat and the environments in which you live. There are 3 levels of environment that matter:

  • the outdoor environment that we all share;
  • the indoor environment, where we spend 90 percent of our time; and
  • the internal environment within our digestive tracts.

Each of these plays a critical role in your immune system, especially with the cells that naturally prevent allergies. They’re called regulatory T-cells, or T-regs.

If you suffer from allergies, your T-regs are broken. My program is designed to help you overcome allergy by restoring the power of your T-regs.

The runaway train of allergies

My program also helps you understand how your allergies developed. While genetics is involved, the runaway allergy epidemic train of the last 40-50 years, however, left the station due to environmental factors rather than genetic changes. Genes merely cause susceptibility.

For example, a study from 2005 found a connection between a defect in the CD14 immune system gene and how bad asthma becomes in families if the family members were also exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.

Unlocking the causes of allergies

Knowing which factors—like a bad diet, a sedentary lifestyle and excessive exposure to pollutants, such as exhaust and smoke—stack the deck away from wellness is important because addressing them can enable you to regain and maintain a state of health. I refer to these factors as “antecedents”—things which lead to other things—with the most common antecedents for developing allergic illness being: exposure to environmental toxins; unusually heavy exposure to mold or pollen; infection; depletion of the body’s good bacteria; nutritional deficiency; extreme stress; and impaired digestion.

Relief is in sight

Today we know that hidden allergies can bring on a bewildering constellation of unexplained symptoms. Instead of masking these mystery complaints, however, my approach is to help people identify and avoid hidden allergy triggers and to scale back unhealthy inflammatory and immune processes that cause allergic symptoms.

Taking advantage of tools and strategies I provide in The Allergy Solution, you and your healthcare practitioner will be able to shine a light on your symptoms and the factors most likely to be triggering them. My book has chapters that will equip you to fix your gut health issues, shed unwanted pounds, reduce stress with mind-body techniques, and show you how to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.

Best Health,

Leo Galland, M.D.

Leo Galland, M.D. is a board-certified internist, author and internationally recognized leader in integrated medicine. Dr. Galland is the author of The Allergy Solution. Discover how to get well. Follow The Allergy Solution on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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