As retired military and a multi-discipline aerospace/systems engineer for 48 years, Don had a “parallel life” of family and metaphysics research which naturally evolved into spiritual development. Along with Diane, he received his ministerial ordination from a Reno, NV-based church which primarily worked with the local HIV/AIDS community.
Following Diane’s transition in San Pedro, CA, he moved back to Reno, then to Talent, OR where he volunteered at SCORE (as a small-business advisor under the SBA) and helped initiate a local chapter of Veterans for Peace. During this time he also assembled and eventually published the materials that came through Diane (eleven books with links on this website) and working on his own two closely related books.
In moderating a Healing Earth meditation/low-level shamanic group for three years in Ashland, OR, and after having an event-filled life that had allowed him to experience far more than he ever could have imagined, he also found he was blessed with what he called Far Sight (inter-dimensional remote viewing of the Universal Energy processes the group initiated – ref. “Manifesting Mechanics” at Light-Path-Resources.org).
While I HEARTILY recommend college for the potential of intellectually broadening one’s perspective, this article points out the down-side of believing everything presented. Remember, most subjects being taught in colleges, or any school, are the result of human interpretations of human- developed theories of existence or endeavor with the ultimate objective of getting the student a job working for someone else! Most true learning comes from “following your muse”… following your innate wisdom, your personal intuition, concerning “your path”. ~ Don Chapin
Chemical Effects on Hearing and Balance
I am currently classified as 50% disabled by the VA as a result of aircraft engine noise during my first seven years in the military. BUT an ancillary situation, not currently recognized by the VA (or audiologists, in general), is ototoxicity, a word that even audiologists aren’t generally familiar with. In my initial military “career field” I was a ‘special weapons’ technician and team chief, ie., an electronics technician working in nuclear weapons, where everything was supposed to be super-clean. Each station I worked at had a 50+ gallon barrel each of trichloroethylene and toluene behind the nuclear bomb maintenance facility. Therefore we used a LOT of those cleaning agents, generally without protection of any kind unless undergoing a standboard (a team technical and efficiency evaluation), because it was not considered particularly dangerous at the time.
Today, you can’t find it, nor, later as an engineering laboratory supervisor, could I find even an MSDS(*) on either chemical. Also, today I cannot balance a bicycle, or even a tricycle, and at times use a cane to maintain my balance.
(*) Material Safety Data Sheet, or product safety data sheet is a document that lists information relating to occupational safety and health for the use of various substances and products. SDSs are a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. Wikipedia
Quotes from: “Ototoxic Drugs, Chemicals and Heavy Metals in the Workplace”
By George Cook, Au.D., CCC-A
“In the early stages, oto-neurologic disturbances may include vertigoand nausea. Histopathologic studies have shown damage in the sensory cells of the inner ear. In later stages, chronic toxic encephalopathy occurs. The syndrome develops slowly with no pathological findings present in the first years. Later, psychometric, auditory, oto-neurologic testing will show disturbances. The site of lesion is within the cerebellum and brainstem regions. Auditory processing balance and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing may show disturbances. Even though effects are time and dose dependent, not everyone is affected. Important initial complaints are headaches, nausea, balance problems as dizziness, memory loss, fatigue and hearing difficulties.”
“This solvent is used as a degreaser, dry cleaning agent, spot remover and rug cleaner. It is used in the production of paints, waxes, pesticides, adhesives and lubricants. Destruction of sensory cells of the inner ear is suspected. It results in a bilateral symmetrical high frequency dip beginning at 2K or 3K Hz and is associated with balance problems
“2.6 million metric tons are produced annually via air pollution and auto emissions.
“Toluene is the most studied organic solvent. It is used in the manufacturing of chemicals, paints, lacquers, adhesives, rubber, rotogravure printing, leather tanning, spray painting, glue, etc. It produces cochlear damage.
“The synergistic effects can result in an increased risk 27.5 times. Balance problems and abnormal acoustic reflexes are significant symptoms. The audiogram configuration can be flat, bilateral or unilateral; however the most common configuration is a dip at 3K to 6K Hz (as noise) even in the absence of noise.”
In the above quotes, those effects in bold print and underlined are, today, common problems in my life. I would encourage everyone to read and note the environments mentioned in this document, “Ototoxic Drugs, Chemicals and Heavy Metals in the Workplace.pdf”~ Don Chapin
Michelene K. Bell is the Founder and Publisher of the spiritual publication, In Light Times, Concepts for Conscious Living (29 years, now retired). On this journey, she was privileged to work with such notable leaders as Alan Cohen, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, JZ Knight, Terry-Cole Whittaker, Louise Hay, Dr. Rita Louise and many more great writers. Since retiring, Michelene is now offering her services as a professional freelance writer and proofreader with a passion for life. Michelene brings clarity and heart to the written word. She paints a vivid picture within the content of articles, blogs, newsletters and all things literary. Michelene enjoys great friends, fantastic food, travel, creative endeavors and having fun exploring new adventures. See her services at: www.MicheleneKBell.com. Visit articles-blog.michelenekbell.com, www.Twitter.com/MicheleneKBell or www.Facebook.com/MicheleneKBell
I love artists, art and the connection with the Divine that creating things brings, horses for all they have taught me and all they’ve healed me from in my life (and for leading me to the water of art, which I drank from immediately), and my incredibly loving and supportive husband and son.
For all the right brain loves in my life, I seem to have been blessed with a L/R balanced mind. That’s why I can sit for hours making and maintaining websites without losing my mind. I love that, aside from the creative focus, web design has given me the means to serve the many fascinating, open hearted, top-flight people who have come to me for assistance. And I love learning about all their wonderful endeavors as I create their websites, from art to physical therapy to…The Buddha Consciousness. I ran screaming from working on computers earlier in my life and had no idea that coming full circle would open the door to such a fulfilling life and so many new and now dear friends. But having been a seeker since I was a kid, and having put my trust in the Divine, it should have been no surprise.
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