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Week of September 29, 2003

    Question:   I am an 18-year-old female and a borderline diabetic. Lately I have been getting severe bruises all over my legs and arms. They form quickly--I'll look down and there will be another added to the collection. There is no trauma that causes them. This has never happened before. What should I do?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have been exposed to products (Gasoline, Naptha, Aviation Gas, etc.) for more than 20 years. I have had all kinds of health problems the last 3-4 years. I am unable to work because of all this. I was told I have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). I am required to get tested for benzene once a year. Will I ever feel better than I do now? Should I or can I go back to this type of work and exposure without doing more harm to my body or speed up to process of the CLL? What kind of treatments are out there? What about chelation therapy?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer