This holiday season, you may run into people along the way who are a step away from falling into an abyss. They may be struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, or not wanting to live anymore. You won’t know it upon first glance or even after briefly speaking to them, but the darkness is there, hidden behind a broken smile, glossy eyes, trembling hands, or impatient … Continue reading Ways to Share Love & Kindness With Those Who Are Hurting This Holiday Season
Some days, I just want my life back! I want to see the pretty girl whose eyes sparkle with hope. I want to hear her laugh and say everything will be alright. I miss her infectious joy, her passion for life, and her unwavering faith. I miss who she was before everything changed, before she was pushed into the unknown, and sorrow crowded the halls … Continue reading I Just Want My Life Back – Mold Illness Thoughts
Let’s be honest, fragrances stink. They are bad for our health and for the health of our pets. Exposure to fragranced consumer items has been known to cause debilitating symptoms in adults and children. When it comes to the clothes I wear, I personally don’t want a chemical cocktail of endocrine-disrupting, neurotoxic, cancer-causing chemicals hanging around on my clothing. Removing fragrances from clothing can be … Continue reading Tips for Removing Fragrances From Clothing
If there is one thing about mold that I’ve heard countless times is that it’s all over the earth so it isn’t an issue to be worried about. People have literally said to me that mold is everywhere, so what is the big deal if someone has mold in their home (sigh). They reason that you’re literally breathing in mold any time you’re outside because … Continue reading Is Indoor Mold a Problem? – Does It Harm Human Health?
Over the last decade and a half, fragrance has probably been the second most difficult topic for me to discuss with friends and family. As a side note, talking about toxic mold and its effects on our health and family life takes first place, as the most difficult topic to discuss with family and friends. Speaking about fragrances and their damaging impact on health has … Continue reading Please Don’t Assault Your Body with Fragrances
There seems to be a lot of talk around grief these days. Many years ago when you endured something traumatic it wasn’t the norm to hear people tell you to take your time grieving. At least that wasn’t my experience. When I was very sick from toxic mold exposure in my office and my father passed away as a result of medical malpractice, I was … Continue reading Sunday Reflections- Grief Isn’t Shameful
Being mean spirited and casting judgments on those with disabling and debilitating health conditions is never a good idea. Before you judge or lash out at people in our community, consider these 5 things: 1. Some adults have to sleep/rest longer hours, not because they’re lazy but because their disability or chronic illness requires much more rest than the average individual. This same goes for … Continue reading Saturday Thoughs – Be Careful How You Treat Those in Our Community
I’m so excited to share this new paper with you today. It is a topic I’m very passionate about because so many people I know are suffering from debilitating mast cell disease symptoms. From anaphylaxis to extreme food intolerances, mast cell activation syndrome and or disorder can be a life-altering diagnosis. “The new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San … Continue reading New Paper – Mast Cell Activation May Explain Many Cases of Chemical Intolerance
Hi friends. I hope and pray that you are well. I’ve missed you. Lately, I’ve been hiding as we navigate through some crazy terrain. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active on my social media pages or blog these past few weeks. Life has been slapping me in the face, and I’m still a bit red and bruised, so I’ve chosen to hide as I … Continue reading I almost Died – Sunday Ramblings & Reflections
So way before this blog existed, I was working on a recipe book. During those years I developed recipes for various dietary restrictions and food sensitivities. I also taught classes on healthy eating, healthy cooking, herbal medicine and more. Although I still love to create new recipes and share them, nowadays I don’t have the time to publish them here. But today I snagged a … Continue reading Spiced Fruity Festive Mocktail/Cocktail Recipe
Have you lived or worked in a water damaged building? Did you know that mycotoxins and other contaminants can decrease the formation of glutathione? In this short video I’m discussing the following things: 1.How do low levels of glutathione impact our health? 2. Life begins in the cell. 3.What happens when we are exposed to toxic mold, pesticides, pollution and other toxins? 4.Why is glutathione … Continue reading Why should you care about oxidative stress? Do Mycotoxins affect glutathione levels?
The press release below is shared with the permission of Dr. Claudia Miller. SAN ANTONIO – Could your new home with its fresh paint, carpet and cabinets, as well as pesticides used around the place, cause a range of illness due to chemical intolerance?A new paper provides a long-awaited link between exposures to common chemicals and so-called unexplained illnesses. It also for the first time … Continue reading New paper provides a link between common chemicals and ‘unexplained’ chronic illnesses
I really enjoyed watching this video on how mycotoxins deplete our glutathione (GSH). This is one of the reasons why many of us mold injured people go on to develop chemical intolerances, mast cell issues, autoimmune and neuroimmune conditions. The video discusses how microphage function is compromised by low glutathione, how glutathione is responsible for protecting cell membranes, removing toxins and so much more. “The … Continue reading Toxic Mold Exposure and Glutathione Depletion = Chronic Illness
The loss and constant suffering of mold illness and chemical injury can feel like you are constantly in and out of funerals. You bury one loss only to find that there is yet another one that you have to bury. Month after month, year after year, these losses can leave you feeling heartbroken, angry, and lonely. The loss of not being able to have children.The … Continue reading Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury
I can’t pretend that I have a perfect marriage, nor can I say that we have always handled everything thrown at us with grace and patience. We’ve tried, but we’ve failed and started over so many times.Truth be told, we have fallen flat on our faces. We have quit, screamed, cried, walked away, and felt broken.With my husband and me, our health journey started when … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Illness & Faith
The other night I was in a group chat with a few of my sweet friends. These are moms who have been affected by toxic mold and chemicals. We were discussing how frustrating it is when people make snarky comments because you look good but all the while they are trying to downplay your illness.So as a joke, I said I would make us … Continue reading New Tee Shirt for Chronical Illness Warriors – “I Don’t Feel as Good as I look.”
One of the questions I get asked the most is about household products without fragrances and essential oils. Years ago I saved links on this page where you could click through and research options available online. Today I wanted to share a few quick tips in case you are stuck and wondering what you can use to clean and you don’t have time to work … Continue reading Fragrance Free & EO Free Home Products – Updated Post with PDF
Healing takes time, be gentle with yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. Not everyone who says they are an expert in a field knows what they are talking about, so do your due diligence. Beware of professionals in any given field who have a hidden agenda or hold money, power, and status as their God. Toxic mold and other toxins in our environment can … Continue reading Random Saturday Thoughts – Health & Hope
No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be people who will criticize you, speak ill, and share false information about you. It’s been my bread and butter for quite some time, and it sucks. In the early years, I remember being at church gatherings and watching people gossip and snicker about me and downplay my health situation. I also … Continue reading Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand
Hi friends. How often do you find that it is hard to express just how strong a friend or family member’s perfume is or how awful their fabric softener makes you feel? What does it mean when someone says that you are masked and unmasked? I dive into these topics and more my latest YouTube video. I’m discussing: – How is a person masked … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Masked & Unmasked in Regards to Fragrances & Toxic Mold
May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. MCS is also known as Environmental Illness, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance, and Environmentally Acquired Illness. In Spanish, it is referred to as Sensibilidad Química Multiple and or Intolerancia Ambiental. This illness can be brought on after a toxic injury. Many people develop it after one significant exposure or after multiple exposures. Exposure to construction chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, … Continue reading May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post
If you’re suffering from mold toxicity and are wondering if doing a mold test in your home will be enough, this video is for you. I’m chatting about the following things: ➡️Beware of mold assessors and remediation companies that say mold cannot make you sick or that it can ONLY affect those with compromised immune systems. ➡️Mold Testing isn’t enough and will never be enough. … Continue reading Mold Testing Isn’t Enough, Mold Misinformation & More
I’m growing really tired of hearing that exposure to toxic mold cannot affect you. In today’s video, I share a bit of my frustration with people who don’t believe the truth about toxic mold exposure. I share a few studies that discuss how mold and mycotoxins can cause certain conditions. Links to those studies are provided below. I share some of the symptoms we had … Continue reading Mold, Mycotoxins & Mitochondrial Dysfunction, PANS & Mold Exposure, Autism & Antifungals + More.
I created a video to share the connection between my toxic mold exposure and going on to develop chemical sensitivities and intolerances. Please note that toxic mold exposure is NOT the only cause of MCS but it does seem to play a big part in many women I know and have interviewed. In this, video I talk about the importance of sleeping in a clean … Continue reading The Connection Between Toxic Mold and MCS
Like people, homes, and walls breath, a structure may have no visible signs of mold growth but could still have high levels of encapsulated toxic mold. Because all walls breathe, anything within the wall cavity can be released into the ambient air. Dust, mold, and even dust mite feces are just a few of the things that can come through the walls in any dwelling. … Continue reading Tight Homes, Encapsulated Mold and Faulty Air Sampling
I made a quick video where I’m chatting about: -Contaminated mail and opening packages outside. -Are library books safe? -Can one contaminated item cause disabling symptoms? -Some people may think you’re crazy. -Can friends and family gift you things from their moldy and or fragranced home? -We must have a detective mentality. -Is thrifting safe? -Most homes in my area have toxic mold issues, not … Continue reading How to manage moldy packages, library books, thrifting, your safe space and more.
Yesterday evening after work I was chatting with a few Instagram friends. I was asked a few questions on leaky gut, food intolerances, and toxic mold. Since I can’t always answer direct messages I decided to answer everyone’s questions via a video. If you’ve been exposed to toxic mold or you know someone who has been exposed to toxic mold, this is a video you’ll … Continue reading Mold Exposure, Leaky Gut & Food Intolerances Oh My!
Can we all agree that medical facilities and wellness practitioners should stop using toxic air fresheners and fragranced products inside their offices? I have to add that even diffusing essential oils can be a problem. They aren’t as safe as we’ve been led to believe. So recently, my husband was gifted some nutritional IVs by a sweet friend. Although I wanted to go with him … Continue reading Wellness Practitioners Using Toxic Air Fresheners & Fragranced Products?
I’m so excited to let you know about this amazing company. Just before New Year’s, I received the coolest box of fragrance-free soaps from Canary Whiskers Soap Company. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to receive. Having tried several fragrance-free soaps before and having been sorely let down I honestly didn’t have high expectations. Fast forward a few weeks and oh my word. … Continue reading This is Best Fragrance Free Soap I’ve Ever Tried
Over 18 years ago, when I started coaching and teaching about herbs, healthy living, and healthy eating, almost everyone in the health and wellness industry was pushing detoxification. Detox smoothies, detox supplements, and detox foot baths were slowly making an entrance to the health world. As I started to get sick from toxic mold and chemical exposure (14 years ago) I quickly realized that making … Continue reading Drainage Then Detox – Why The Order Matters
Happy New Year friends! 2020 has been another hard and crazy year for so many of us. Today I just wanted to share a bit about our year, where we are right now, and what we’re hoping for. A decade and a half ago, if someone had told me that I would go on a crazy mold and chemical avoidance journey and that my family … Continue reading Happy New Year
Abstract Fragrance is used in consumer products around the world. However, fragrance has been associated with adverse effects on indoor and outdoor air quality and human health. Questions arise, such as the following: Why does fragrance in products pose problems? What are sources of emissions and exposures? What are health and societal effects? What are possible solutions? This paper examines the issue of fragranced consumer … Continue reading The fragranced products phenomenon: air quality and health, science and policy
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 toxic 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 reminder of the years I’ve lost due to toxic mold … 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 Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of … 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 for accommodation.-Losing friendships is a sad reality.-Loved ones should first … 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 have known then what I know now. If you or … 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 to hear the answer. I’ll also be commenting on the … 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 the Article (2) Pandemic Products and Volatile Chemical EmissionsObtain a … 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 is to educate, inspire, encourage, and promote change via awareness. … 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 grandmother would make for me when I lived abroad. She … 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 Illnesses and the need for clean air. It will highlight … 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 alongside my passion for those who are sick over … 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 with the increase of chemicals and fragrances used indoors is … 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 spices in apple cider vinegar. Although the name was originally … 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 myalgia and nerve pain were extremely overwhelming. Thankfully this week … 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 going crazy making hand sanitizers using Vodka which doesn’t have … 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 and avoiding mold and chemicals as best as we could. … Continue reading Searching for a Mold Free Home – Mold Chronicles
When my oldest was diagnosed with celiac disease over a decade ago, there were minimal resources on cooking nutritious food without gluten. So I went through all of the recipes I had personally developed and made modifications so that we could all enjoy the same meals with minor tweaks. One such meal is chicken pot pie. I decided to deconstruct it and serve it with … Continue reading Grain Free Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
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 it. Some families will be forced to camp outdoors in … 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, toxic 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 impossible because it seems almost impossible that hidden toxins can destroy … Continue reading What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support