In this health video you will learn about the importance of hygiene in the home.
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Lyle Hurd: Hello, Dr. Gilbère, it’s great to have you back. Dr. Gloria Gilbère: Thank you, and thank you for asking me. Lyle Hurd: You know one of the things we have talked about, in some of the conversations we’ve had before, is that you counsel with people in the Orient, you work with people all over the country. And I know some of that, a lot of us professional, where they come to you and ask you to give them some advice, and some help in counseling on what they’re doing with their patients. But you also work with individuals, on a regular basis, through a consulting practice. Will you explain how that operates, and what part that has to do with integrative medicine? Dr. Gloria Gilbère: Absolutely. It’s very interesting because I had two clinics in north Idaho for many years, 11 years, to be exact. And eventually, the people that were being referred to me, that were finding me, were people who could not come, either to the United States, or could not leave their homes because they were so sick from chemical sensitivities, or what we call the Multiple Allergic Responses. They were allergic to everything, medications, herbs, everything, including their own environment in their homes. Basically my position is, as a traditional naturopath, is to help them with reducing the toxic load in their bodies through detoxification protocols, which are many, depending on the situation. Better nutrition and understanding of what their environment is contributing to their illness. So by doing that we’re getting them well. We have about a 96% success rate, and I’ve dealt with over 7,000 patients that I’ve never seen. I have pictures in their folders, in their charts, but I’ve never seen them. Lyle Hurd: Is there any way that a consumer can, either by having someone come to their home, or buying something, find out what the toxicity level in their home is in various areas? Dr. Gloria Gilbère: Yes, there are many, many specialists, and actually, you can do a Google search on people that are environmental hygienists. And they’ll come in and they’ll test for air quality. They can test for mold. There are mold plates. The mold plates, I can guide them as to where to maintain them—it has to be referred by a doctor. But they’re very simple, they’re very inexpensive. We did a lot of that after Hurricane Katrina. People set it out for an hour at room temperature, then they seal it, send it back to the lab, and they’ll literally be able to find the exact spores that are in the air, and to what level. What level of toxicity is there? So that if it’s dangerous, if it’s stachybotrys, for instance, which is the black mold, then that can kill you—they’re able to know that and to be able to take proactive steps for that. So, they can test all of that, from the air that’s coming through the ducts in the office, or in the home, to the formaldehyde in the carpet. All of that can be tested, yes. It’s expensive, so it’s better to buy natural things, non-toxic things then it is to have the testing done because it is expensive, but mold plates are not. So if somebody is concerned about that I would suggest mold plates. Otherwise, take proactive steps, and when you do remodel, and when you do build something new, do it with conscious awareness. Do it with the fact that you know that all of these chemicals are going to add to the toxic load of the body, and do it in a safe manner. The products are available now—they weren’t 15 or 20 years ago, as you know. Now everything—from the soap that you used to clean everything, to the shampoos, to the paints, they even have beautiful, natural bamboo flooring, and bamboo is stronger than steel—So if you have a family, you don’t have to be worried about bamboo flooring. In fact, it’s stronger, but it’s just a hardwood floor. Lyle Hurd: Well now, I believe, if I recollect correctly, that you told me, that in most instances, unfortunately, your home is more toxic than the outside environment around it. Dr. Gloria Gilbère: Absol