February 2019

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher


Our meeting will be on February 23rd from 2-4 pm to accommodate our speaker. Because there wasn’t time in the January meeting, Clarice Belcher has generously offered to return and present part two of the Nonviolent Communication workshop. As an introduction, Clarice provided the following: Empathy is a gift we give to others and to ourselves. In this workshop we will discuss what empathy is and what it is not, as Marshall Rosenberg shared in his seminal work, Nonviolent Communication. We will practice using empathy and discover its healing power. Please bring your lists of feelings and needs.

As before, please RSVP only if you are attending and please try to be on time. Make sure you and anyone you bring are fragrance free and turn off your cell phone. 


The speaker for our January meeting was Clarice Belcher, who spoke on Nonviolent Communication, the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. The questions that drove his work are on the front page of the included workshop material.

Nonviolent communication teaches us how to move from life alienating language which uses judgment, criticism, shame, and blame to using compassionate language which gives us an honest way to tell our truth so that we can be heard and understood. It uses a vocabulary of needs and feelings to deepen the connection with another person.

On page 3 are the four components or steps to use for compassionate language.

[] Observe and state what happened without evaluation or judgment, both of which imply that the other person is wrong.

[] Share your feelings – Use the feelings inventory to clarify what you are feeling. Then acknowledge and state it clearly. “I feel angry because that was unfair” is an example of how to name your feeling as opposed to “I feel that was unfair.”

[] State what your needs are. The list of universal needs can help to clarify the situation to yourself and the person spoken to. The unsatisfied need can help explain why you might be experiencing your feelings.

[] Request a specific response by saying “Would you be willing to...” This must be connected to a need. Remember the person you are speaking to has needs and feelings as well, and end with “I am curious to know how you feel and what your needs are.”

Pages 4-6 list the feelings and needs inventories “to support anyone who wishes to engage in a process of deepening self discovery and facilitate greater understanding and connection between people.” Pages 7-9 put it all together and further explain how to use compassionate language.


PFAS is a class of over 4000 different chemicals including Teflon which contain fluorine. Until recently, most were referred to as PFC, or perfluorinated compounds. Known as forever compounds, these chemicals make substances and surfaces slippery and are used in nonstick cookware, stain repellent sprays, fire retardant foam, carpeting, camping gear, fast food containers, and even personal care products. Six brands of dental floss have tested positive: Glide Pro-Health Original, Oral-B Glide Pro Health Mint, Crest Glide Deep Clean Cool Mint Floss, Colgate Total Dental Floss Mint, Safeway Signature Care Mint Waxed Comfort Floss, and CVS Health Ease Between Super Slip Dental Floss. One was described as “single strand Teflon® fiber.”

PFASs are toxic to the thyroid and are associated with negative liver, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, reproductive, and developmental effects.


[] Dental floss containing Teflon® has been in the news lately, but our own Dr. Carol Berman told us about it years ago!

[] Jennifer Carpenter is looking for doctors in Georgia who specialize in MCS. She has daily headaches, severe muscle tension, and is extremely sensitive to fragrance. Her symptoms are so severe that her life is a living nightmare. jencarpe94@icloud.com

[] Noah Hungerford’s mother has had chemical sensitivity for 9 years after a spray foam installation and a bathroom tub refinishing. He is looking for a doctor who would understand and be able to help. The closer to the Toco Hills area, the better. hungeno@gmail.com or 678-793-4914. 


February: Beverly Claudepierre 11th, Mary Ann Cullerton 22nd, Marycallie Laxton 23rd, Sydna Fisher 24th
March: Carol Berman 5th, Gabrie Amico 31st 


[] Clarice requested that the workshop not be recorded so there is no DVD or MP3 file to offer.

[] Please send in your envelope with your $10 dues or a note that you won’t be renewing. Thank you!

Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.


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