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Old 12-20-2015, 03:42 AM
 
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Hello all. My DW and I are considering relocating to the area, for medical care, support groups, etc., because of availability of Mayo Clinic (my wife has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that is all about faulty collagen, which creates a lot of pain, severe osteoarthritis, etc.). And also a well-known specialist in Tucson, for another chronic illness known as Dercum's Disease. This doc is the only one in the world who specializes in this disease. We just don't have the medical community to deal with these chronic illnesses, nor do we have any other support - no family, etc.

The other main problem my wife has is called mastocytosis. It makes her very sensitive to chemicals and fragrances. Where we live now (in Southern California), our condo uses many, many pesticides. It's been a huge problem for us, and we need to leave this house - the pesticides have given her migraines, body pain and fevers. So, another challenge is that we needs to be away from pesticides, and we have heard about huge bug problems in parts of Arizona, including Scorpions, etc.

Are there neighborhoods or communities that are more environmentally aware, and either try to use no pesticides, or at least use organic pesticides - and do those really work on these kinds of pests? My wife would not do well with lots of critters in the house, so we really need to get a reality check on this.

We've heard great things about certain areas, with people who also share my wife's illnesses, successful in putting together medical teams in the area to help with things like Ehlers Danlos, but we don't want to go from the frying pan into the fire - so to speak - with regard to chemical use.

Any input is appreciated. Thank you all so much!
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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I've been chemically sensitive for 31 years following a pesticide spill in my home. Then I nearly died in '96 from another exposure. I've had to use a number of different modalities throughout the years. Whatever works.

I've got a number of medical recommendations:
1/Dr. Martha Grout, MD at the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine. She uses really advanced medicine and diagnostic tests. She took over for the doctor who saved my life after he retired. I don't use her much, but I love her tests.
AZ Center For Advanced Medicine | Integrative Medical Center
2/Dr. Mary Grace Warner, MD, our former cardiologist who has gone into integrative homeopathy. (In AZ, you have to be licensed by the State Homeopathic Medical Board to practice.) I have a lot of number of medical conditions, and she's been phenomenal in working toward a balance. Might really be able to help with the pain aspect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u58cTRrE96o
Here's her email: mgwarnermd@gmail.com
3/Finally, for some hands-on care, nobody is better than Dr. Stephen Davidson, DO. I've been a patient off and on for over 25 years. I've met people from around the world in his office. Fun guy, too.
HealthAbounds2.com

One of the major issues here is spraying for West Nile Virus. County spraying is far less than it used to be (spraying makes for stronger mosquitoes); people look and report green (with algae) pools more often, and that's helped knock them down. Gilbert, in the East Valley, used to have the town sprayed twice a week, so that clearly would be unsuitable. You should be able to access last year's map of where they sprayed on the Maricopa County website. Luckily, my area (West Phoenix) hasn't been sprayed in years. You can contact the county and have them give notice to you before it happens. It generally starts in March and lasts through November, but while I dread that time of year, they haven't come to my area in many years. When they did, however, I covered up all my windows and doors with sheets of plastic, and turned off the a/c at 10 p.m. (the earliest they'd spray), and left overnight. By the time I got back around 1 p.m., it was fairly OK.

I've been here since '73, and no huge bug problems where I live. Never seen a scorpion, either. I'd expect them to be in more rural areas of town (near or on the mountains), but the best thing you can do is to check with potential neighbors and HOAs, if you're going that route. I believe Arizona Organics is one of the businesses that treats naturally. Me, I use boric acid for ants, which is our major problem. A good resource for everything organic is EcoClean AZ.

I'm OK in my area, but it's always helpful to find a place with space around you, if you can. Avoids drift from other homes.

Where in SoCal are you? If you're in the IE, you've had to deal with heat. Very hot here means everything is going to outgas all summer. In the winter when it's chilly, the air quality isn't good because we're in a valley, and the pollutants are trapped by the cold close to the ground.

BTW: We have properties in SoCal and AZ, and we try to keep them as chemical-free as possible.

Good luck.
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:50 PM
 
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Some areas of Phoenix metro are more affected by scorpions than others. I've heard anecdotal reports that neighborhoods built on land that was once farmed have less or no scorpion problems. Maybe others can chime in on this theory.

By the way, typical insecticides aren't effective for scorpions. Pest control firms use other materials (delta dust, boric acid, diat. earth) for scorpions. Diat. earth scratches their bodies and they dry up, for example. Also, some newcomers get freaked out at their first sight of a common local bug called "water bug" or American cockroach. I've never had a problem with them indoors, and I leave them alone outdoors (they don't bite- they run away.)

Another good strategy is to exclude outdoor insects by sealing cracks in your home's foundation where it meets the siding, etc. I've done that.

I never use pesticides, indoors or outdoors, except on some of my outdoor plants that get eaten up by misc. bugs.

Best wishes
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:56 AM
 
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Thank you so much, LagunaMom and DougStark - great information! I appreciate your time in responding to this thread.

LagunaMom, I'm so sorry to hear about your experiences with chemical sensitivity! But very glad you've found good medical help - I'll definitely look into your suggestions. Do you use Dr. Grout or Dr. Warner as your PCP?

I'm also sorry to hear about the aerial spraying - I'll have to look into that very carefully...

Doug, it sound like you've had good results with diatomaceous earth - I had heard that people use it for ants and other pests, but didn't know it would also work for scorpions! Good to hear you can get by without pesticides!

Do either of you have recommendations for the safest places to live nearby Phoenix? Air quality is very important to us also, so I'd like to know your personal experience.

Thanks again!
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:32 PM
 
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Hello all. My DW and I are considering relocating to the area, for medical care, support groups, etc., because of availability of Mayo Clinic (my wife has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that is all about faulty collagen, which creates a lot of pain, severe osteoarthritis, etc.). And also a well-known specialist in Tucson, for another chronic illness known as Dercum's Disease. This doc is the only one in the world who specializes in this disease. We just don't have the medical community to deal with these chronic illnesses, nor do we have any other support - no family, etc.

You better make sure that your medical plan covers treatment at the Mayo Clinic and any other Arizona hospital that you are planning to use. Most plans, including all of those in the exchanges, do not.
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