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How sensitive are you to your home?

So many people today are chemical or energy sensitive making it difficult for them to live in their homes in health and comfort. Think about it, your home outgases so many different chemicals from the carpet, insulation, manufactured wood framing, cabinetry, and furniture or from paints and cleaning agents.

From an energy standpoint the emissions from all the satellite dishes, cell phone or microwave towers, high tension power lines, electrical substations or transformers on the electric pole outside your window are all emitting a frequency that is different from your body’s natural electrical or magnetic range.

You can hardly find a place on earth where you can avoid chemical or stray electrical or magnetic fields from interfering with your peace, comfort and health. It’s not practical to move to the hills and we can’t live in a bubble suit.

So, what can we do about all the toxins we are exposed to each day?

Creating a healthy home means reducing the amount of toxins in your home environment. If possible live in a green home or at least create as much green in you home as you can.

Make a commitment to reduce the amount of chemicals you clean with, or use on your body or ingest through your food.

When making updates or repairs to your home, spend a little time researching and only use Low or No VOC products.

Use natural fibers on clothes, furnishings and home accessories.

Have your home’s electrical system inspected and repaired where needed paying particular attention to the home’s grounding system.

Unplug appliances you are not using and pay attention to your bedroom and make that space as chemical and energy neutral as possible.

If you feel you are chemical sensitive visit a doctor who specializes in chemical sensitive protocols and have testing done to find out specifically what you are sensitive to.

Feel like you might be only slightly sensitive. Here’s a quick test for you to use, it is NOT a replacement for chemical sensitivity testing your doctor would perform.

Let’s say you want to paint the interior of your house but can’t find a Low or No VOC paint. Here’s a very simple way to determine if you will have a sensitive reaction to the paint.

Buy a small amount of the intended paint and paint one side of a piece of foil with the paint, an area about a foot wide and the length of whatever size foil you have. Let the paint dry on the foil in the garage for a few days.

When you can no longer smell a paint odor on the dry paint, bring it into the house and leave it by your desk or favorite chair for a few hours while you are sitting next to it.

See how you feel. If you still do not smell the paint or have a reaction, then perhaps you might try placing the dried paint sample by your bed. If you sleep through the night without issue, probably you won’t be sensitive to the paint once it’s on the wall.

You can try this with other products as well. Remember to always consult your physician before attempting any home testing that might impact your health in any way.

By practicing prudent avoidance we can create a healthier home environment for the entire family to enjoy.
 

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