It’s my birthday week, guys. Man, has this year been rough. From hidden homelessness again to losing my belongings for a third time due to toxigenic mold to caring for sick family members and going backward in my healing journey… it’s been another challenging year for sure. I always dread birthdays because they are a…… Continue reading Birthday Wishes & Fun Facts About Me
Today I’ll be sharing comments and answers from the audience regarding the most important thing they wish people around them would understand about their illness. Below are the articles I mentioned in today’s podcast. Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic…… Continue reading What We Wish People Understood About Our Invisible Disability-Podcast Episode 5
I hope you’ll listen to today’s podcast. This is a great episode to share with family and friends. Below are just a few of the things I touch on during today’s episode:-Friends being resentful because of your illness.-Spouses not believing a condition is real.-Friends and family getting offended because of your illness and your need…… Continue reading How are relationships affected by Mold Illness & EI/TILT Podcast Episode 4
Hi there! Episode three of Chemical Free Gal’s Podcast is now live. I didn’t know that mold was the cause of my health problems until it was too late. No one told me when I was young, healthy, and vibrant, that mold could annihilate me and leave me sick for years. I wish I would…… Continue reading Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3
Hi, friends welcome to episode 2 of Chemical Free Gal’s Podcast. Today, I’ll be answering the following question I received from a subscriber. “Why is it that someone injured by toxigenic mold and or chemicals can be somewhat OK one moment and experiencing anaphylaxis, dizziness, vomiting, immobility, and pain the next minute?” Listen in below…… Continue reading OK Today But Incapacitated Tomorrow? Q&A Podcast Episode 2
Anne Steinemann PhD has just released some fantastic journal articles regarding fragranced product emissions, essential oils, exposures, and their effects on health. I’m sharing them below with her permission. Be sure to check them out and share them with others. (1) The Fragranced Products Phenomenon: Air Quality and Health, Science and Policy*Obtain a Copy of…… Continue reading New Publications on fragranced product emissions, essential oils, exposures, and their effects on health by Anne Steinemann PhD.
Hi guys! I wanted to invite you to join me each Saturday for my new podcasts. Come hang out with me as I share about chemical intolerances (TILT/MCS), toxigenic mold, chemical-free living, Neuroimmune Illnesses, toxins in the news, healthy eating, and delicious recipes, faith, prayer and so much more. My goal with this new podcast…… Continue reading Chemical Free Gal’s New Podcast Episode 1
If you enjoy spiced oatmeal, you are going to love this recipe. Making a supercharged hot oatmeal beverage has carried me on days where a sit-down breakfast simply isn’t possible. If it’s late and I’m feeling a little hungry, I love making a spiced hot oatmeal beverage. It’s something my sweet Italian and Latin American…… Continue reading You Have to Make This Pink Spiced Hot Oatmeal Drink – Dairy Free-Gluten Free & So Yummy
Hi guys! As promised, today is the day you get to purchase items from the Official Chemical Free Gal™ merchandise storefront. I’ve done a few collaborations with our sister store CYRACARO so be sure to check out those items as well. The Chemical Free Gal™ storefront will focus on raising awareness through fashion for Invisible…… Continue reading Today Is Launch Day! (Grab 15% off NOW) on Official Chemical Free Gal™ Merch
This Friday, June 5th, 2020, a new line of official Chemical Free Gal™ merchandise for men and women will be available for purchase. In the future, I will also have items for children too.I’m so excited as this is something I’ve wanted to do for several years now. Quietly, I’ve been designing and putting some creativity…… Continue reading New Line of Clothing Highlights Fragrance & Chemical Sensitivity
Hello, world. How’s everyone doing amidst this pandemic? Things sure have turned into an absolute circus lately, and I worry that those of us who already had limited access to many establishments will be forced even farther away as businesses employ the use of stronger chemicals and fragranced cleaners to sanitize surfaces and restrooms. Dealing…… Continue reading Sample Letter for Establishments Using Air Fresheners and Fragranced Products
When I first learned about fire cider as a teenager, I envisioned a dragon breathing out fire. Something about the name made me feel as if it was some magical drink that would make one breathe out fire. So what exactly is fire cider? Fire cider is a tonic made by infusing herbs, fruits, and…… Continue reading Have You Made Fire Cider? Check Out This Easy Recipe
I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you during these crazy times that we’re going through. I’ve been trying to write this post for the last two weeks but haven’t been feeling well enough to do so. I had a bad chemical and mold exposure that pushed me over the edge and the…… Continue reading Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic
I’ve been getting some messages about how to make hand sanitizers. Although I do believe they can be helpful in certain circumstances, I’m a bit hesitant to share this information because hand sanitizers shouldn’t replace proper handwashing. Also, hand sanitizers can be made incorrectly giving you a false sense of security. Right now people are…… Continue reading Two Ingredient Fragrance Free DIY Hand Sanitizer
I’m going to get real for a little because I know so many families going through similar struggles and I want to share a little about what we’ve gone through these past 19 months. Although my mold saga started 14 years ago (click here and here to read about my story) we were doing well…… Continue reading Searching for a Mold Free Home – Mold Chronicles
Many families won’t have gifts or decorations or special treats during the holidays. Some won’t even have a home to live in. Instead of searching for Black Friday deals on toys or gadgets they’ll be searching for a place to pitch up a tent or a vacant room in someone’s home if they can tolerate…… Continue reading A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles
In this post, I would like to talk about some of the things that people go through after they are injured by chemicals, toxigenic mold and other toxins inside of water-damaged buildings. I also want to share helpful tips for friends and family members of those who are suffering through a series of impossible illnesses. I say…… Continue reading What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support
This article was created with the clinician and the patient in mind. It is a comprehensive resource that can be useful for medical practitioners and patients alike, to learn how they can better reduce and or avoid problematic exposures. Those of us who have been injured by chemicals and or toxic mold know first hand…… Continue reading How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers
Today I wanted to share a short and concise video created by Dr. Jill Crista where she discusses 16 mold facts that you need to know if you’ve been exposed to a water-damaged building. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_bRAFPp28A “Dr. Jill Crista is the author of international bestseller Break The Mold, an invaluable resource book for people affected by…… Continue reading Mold Facts You Need To Know by Dr. Jill Crista
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bVdjIt72F0 Watch an interview done with Dr. Anne Steinemann on chemical sensitivities and how it is affecting thousands of Australians. This condition is also known as Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance. For more media coverage of Dr. Anne Steinemann’s research please click on the links below. Newspaper and Magazine Articles; Television and Radio Programs ABC…… Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage
Fungal and bacterial growth inside ductwork is a common problem, especially in high humidity areas. AC ductwork that is incorrectly installed can also cause mold growth issues. Over the years I have spoken to quite a few HVAC contractors, hygienists, and remediators and I’ve learned that mold in ductwork is a standard problem. It’s important…… Continue reading Moldy Air Conditioning Ducts – Do You Know What To Do?
A few months back Dr. Anne Steinemann sent me some of her new studies. I am posting below, with her permission what she sent me. These studies were conducted in collaboration with some of her students and colleagues and are worth looking at. Please feel free to share with others! Knowledge is power. (1) Fragranced baby products (both regular and…… Continue reading New Studies by Dr. Anne Steinemann on Fragranced Baby Products, Essential Oils, Indoor Air Quality & More
“One of the hallmarks of integrative medicine is to focus on determining the underlying causes of chronic illnesses for patients, not just to treat symptoms. This has led many practitioners of integrative medicine to use testing that helps provide more personalized care protocols to their patients. It is the duty of diagnostic laboratories to deliver…… Continue reading Better Detection/Treatment for Mold Exposure (Oct 2018) Townsend Letter, Alternative Medicine Magazine
I get so excited when I find out about new studies! The medical nerd in me jumps up and down. Why all the excitement? Well, today I received an email from Dr. Anne Steinemann telling me about a new study that just came out on the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities in the United States.…… Continue reading March 2018 Study Finds That One in Four Americans Suffer When Exposed to Common Chemicals
Why should you care about toxins in consumer products and environmental pollutants? Can you become sick from the everyday use of consumer personal products? Is it true that components in essential oils can emit hazardous air pollutants and also react with ozone in the air and create VOC’s like formaldehyde? What percentage of chronic diseases…… Continue reading Hidden Hazards In Common Consumer Products & Their Effect On Indoor Environments & Health – Dr. Anne Steinemann Lecture
Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer la la la, la la la la, la la la la la la The Christmas season is definitely my favorite time of year. It is a time to celebrate the beauty of life. A time to bless and be blessed. A time of prayer and reflection. In the…… Continue reading To Tree Or Not To Tree – A Look Into The Hidden Chemicals In Artificial & Real Christmas Trees
I am amazed at the number of people I run into who recommend I try Aveda products because of their safety and purity. Without going too far into dissecting all of their products and telling you which ones use GMOs and which ones have bad ratings by the Environmental Working Group I will just focus…… Continue reading Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1xFbHUAT4o What is happening in Texas with Hurricane Harvey is so sad and concerning. My prayers are with them during this difficult time. In the back of my mind I cant stop thinking about all of the fungal and bacterial growth that is going to take over the flooded areas. This is a huge concern…… Continue reading Hurricane Flooding Will Cause Major Mold Issues in Water Damaged Buildings and Homes – How Do You Clean Up? – Is Mold Dangerous?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZqwvlmDL84 This is a “must watch” interview with Chuck Norris and his wife. In it, they discuss the horrible experience they had after his wife Gena did 3 MRI’s. They recount the details of his wife’s reaction to the contrast agent, a heavy metal called gadolinium, used to enhance images in MRI’s all over the world. For…… Continue reading MRI Procedure Almost Killed Chuck Norris’ Wife – Yet Done By Millions Each Year – MCS News
The school year is readily approaching and with it comes a string of problems for parents who suffer from chemical intolerances aka MCS and TILT . Below is an outline of important facts that may help teachers, parents, and others better understand those who are suffering from these disabling conditions. So just what are we…… Continue reading Back To School Facts for Someone with Chemical Intolerances
If you have a chronic illness this video will touch your heart. Many of us can relate and understand what it means to completely disappear from society and lose relationships, jobs and community interactions because our health no longer allows us such luxuries. Although the journey is hard we must push forward, one day at…… Continue reading Disappearing From Society – A Look into Life with Chronic Illness
This is a very important resource for nurses, doctors, and hospital administrators. It is also a valuable tool for people suffering from TILT (Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance) to share with their doctors prior to hospitalization for labor and delivery or surgery. Sadly many people suffering from severe chemical sensitivity and TILT are denied medical service…… Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity – A Guide for Hospitals
Me want cookiieee! Yes. Every now and then I do want a cookie. A healthy cookie. A cookie I can enjoy and not feel guilty about later. Enter in cassava flour, a perfect grain-free and naturally gluten-free flour that goes head to head with traditional wheat flour and can be used in many recipes where…… Continue reading Grain Free – Lactose Free – Cheer Me Up Chocolate Chip Cookies – Plus How To Save on Ingredients
Almost every person in the USA who hears the numbers 9/11 remembers saying or hearing the phrase “Never forget.” Yet hundreds of heroes and ordinary civilians who served our nation after 9/11 and who lived near ground zero are now permanently disabled or unable to work because they now suffer from severe chemical intolerances and…… Continue reading Chemical Injury In The Aftermath of 9/11 – The Untold Story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrvufiNCnKM I had the pleasure of meeting Author and Attorney Alan Bell recently. We spoke for quite some time after he signed a copy of my book. He was a prominent attorney in Florida when all of a sudden he became very sick with all sorts of symptoms that baffled his doctors and his family. His…… Continue reading Meeting Alan Bell – Author of The New Book “Poisoned”
“Toxic cabin air breathed by passengers, pilots and cabin crew is linked to cancer, chronic fatigue and neurological problems, according to new research in a World Health Organisation (WHO) journal. The Public Health Panorama report into so-called aerotoxic syndrome – the name given to the health effects of exposure to bleed air, used to pressurise aircraft…… Continue reading Health concerns & cancer link-over toxic cabin air breathed by 3.5 billion passengers each year
This poll was conducted in a private group for Moms with MCS in June of 2017. Poll results provide further confirmation that mold exposure can lead to chemical sensitivities/intolerances and a TILT/MCS diagnosis. Based on results, 59% of women polled who have chemical sensitivities or TILT also know as MCS, started to experience symptoms after their mold exposure,…… Continue reading Poll – When did you first start to experience intolerance and sensitivity to chemicals?
CEH offers free testing of toys and other items for lead and cadmium by appointment or mail-in. If you have items that you’re particularly concerned about, we can test them for you. Please note that we ONLY test cans and receipts for BPA. MAIL-IN TESTING Send your item, or a piece of your item to…… Continue reading Free Test for Lead Cadmium & BPA
Ear infections and ear pain can be extremely uncomfortable, especially for little ones. At home we have used this remedy for many years along with organic mullein and garlic oil in the affected ear. Before moving forward I must state that it’s very important that you discuss your concerns with your family practitioner or naturopathic…… Continue reading Treating Ear Pain Naturally
If you are reading this article it is probably because someone has sent it to you, someone who is suffering from an immune system condition like MCAD or an Environmental Illness like Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance sometimes referred to as MCS. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article. The…… Continue reading Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities
This poll was conducted in a private group for Moms with MCS in May 2017. After looking at the results it confirmed a bit what I have always suspected. Based on results it is interesting that almost 50% of women with MCS polled may be dealing with an underlining illness like CIRS which is directly related…… Continue reading Poll – MCS Symptoms
Being severely sick no matter what the disease or disability is, can be life-altering. It can stir up anger, rage, hatred, un-forgiveness, and fear or it can teach us to love, trust, pray harder, grow in humility and release all that we cannot fix to the master fixer of all things broken. These last few…… Continue reading Mothers Day Reflections – When You’re Chronically Ill
“Dr. Anne C. Steinemann is an internationally recognized expert on pollutant exposures and associated health effects, including topics of indoor air quality, consumer product testing and evaluation, exposure assessment, and healthy homes and communities. She is currently Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She was previously…… Continue reading Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance
The Scientific World Journal Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 767482, 20 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/767482 Review Article A Review of the Mechanism of Injury and Treatment Approaches for Illness Resulting from Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins Janette Hope Environmental Medicine, 304 W. Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA Received 15 January 2013; Accepted 10 February 2013…… Continue reading Scientific Study on Exposure to Water-Damaged Buildings, Mold, and Mycotoxins
I had to share a podcast I heard this week. Dr. Ruscio a Functional Medicine doctor out of CA had a very informative conversation about mold, mycotoxins, and CIRS (chronic immune response syndrome) with Dr. Jill Carnahan who specializes is treating patients injured by Biotoxins. If you have a moment to listen to this interview please do. A…… Continue reading Mold, Mycotoxins, and CIRS with Dr. Jill Carnahan
https://www.slideshare.net/keithberndtson/mold-toxicity-syndrome-cirs Peer Reviewed Studies on Mold Toxicity, Mycotoxins and Biotoxin Illness I wanted to share the slide presentation above along with a link to various peer-reviewed studies concerning mold toxicity so you can share with any clinicians you know. This is an area that is misunderstood and patients often have an extremely hard time finding qualified…… Continue reading Do You Know what Mold Toxicity Is?
May is Toxic Injury Awareness Month, it is the month to share, speak awareness and make your voice heard concerning Environmental Illnesses and Invisible Disabilities like TILT (Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance), MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) and ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis). Please share these short videos and links below with friends, family, coworkers, churchgoers and everyone in between…… Continue reading What is Toxic Injury Awareness Month?
“Over 15 percent of Americans have lost days at work or lost a job just in the past year from exposure to common fragrant consumer products in the workplace.” Anne Steinemann, Ph.D. ABC recently did a short segment on MCS. Segments like these are important as they spread awareness concerning this debilitating illness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueptS29PYhc Thank you…… Continue reading Can smells make you sick? Research shows scent sensitivity could be dangerous
This is a very helpful write up by Doctor W.J.REA. Learn what can cause and or lead to a MCS diagnosis. Onset of chemical sensitivity is influenced by multiple factors including total body load (burden), total toxic load, nutritional state, synergisms, competition for storage, bioaccumulation, and biological half-life of the chemicals themselves. Total Toxic (Body) Load (Burden)…… Continue reading FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ONSET OF CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY