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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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, 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
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
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’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
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
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. “Dr. Jill Crista is the author of international bestseller Break The Mold, an invaluable resource book for people affected by exposure to mold. Dr. Jill earned her Naturopathic Doctor Degree with … Continue reading Mold Facts You Need To Know by Dr. Jill Crista
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 “green”) – nearly all products emitted chemicals classified as hazardous, with … Continue reading New Studies by Dr. Anne Steinemann on Fragranced Baby Products, Essential Oils, Indoor Air Quality & More
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. The study found that the prevalence of diagnosed MCS has … 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 are caused by indoor air pollutants? Are baby products and … Continue reading Hidden Hazards In Common Consumer Products & Their Effect On Indoor Environments & Health – Dr. Anne Steinemann Lecture
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 on one ingredient, FRAGRANCE aka Essence, Parfum, Aroma. In all … Continue reading Get The Skinny On Toxic Fragrances in Aveda & Other Beauty Products
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 for Texas right now. It is not something to be taken … Continue reading Hurricane Flooding Will Cause Major Mold Issues in Water Damaged Buildings and Homes – How Do You Clean Up? – Is Mold Dangerous?
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 talking about here? What is TILT, what is MCS? For extensive … 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 a time, one hurdle at a time. We never will … 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 because establishments across the USA do not provide reasonable accommodations … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity – A Guide for Hospitals
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 other Neuroimmune conditions like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Allison Johnson reported that … Continue reading Chemical Injury In The Aftermath of 9/11 – The Untold Story
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, this has also been seen in polls and studies about … Continue reading Poll – When did you first start to experience intolerance and sensitivity to chemicals?
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. Many times we feel guilty for having to ask family and … Continue reading Things to keep in mind when you are visiting someone with Chemical Intolerances & Sensitivities
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. This last decade and a half have been pretty intense especially for me. … 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 Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.C. San … Continue reading Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance
This is an amazing video interview with Anne Steinemann Ph.D. She is a doctor and MCS sufferer for over 15 years. She has done her homework and is a powerful advocate for those of us suffering from MCS and other Neuro Immune Illnesses. I love that she discusses the fallacy behind MSDS sheets and products containing a “nontoxic”, “organic” or “all natural” label. It has been … Continue reading Toxins in Everyday Household Products with Anne Steinemann PhD – A MUST WATCH
Please feel free to download these graphics and share them. Just right click on each image to download or share on social media. Continue reading MCS & Fragrance Graphics
By: Dr. Grace Ziem, M.D., Dr. P.H We live in a world filled with human-produced chemicals. Over 80,000 chemicals are used in the manufacture of products for industry and consumers, with approximately another 4000 new, mostly untested chemicals coming on the market every year. Because we now spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the chemicals … Continue reading Prevent Chemical Injury
Myth: People who have negative reactions to fragrances simply have allergies. Why is it necessary to structure my life around someone’s allergies? Fact: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, is a progressive neurological disease that can result in death. Asthma, which often causes sensitivity to fragrance-containing products, can also result in death. Whereas people with allergies might be inconvenienced or temporarily ill from exposure to an … Continue reading Myths and Facts About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
So many people with chemical sensitivities and conditions like CIRS and TILT are looking for safe housing. Housing that is free from mold, cigarette smoke and chemicals is hard to come by these days. Many families have opted for tiny homes or converted trailers and they live isolated from buildings and contaminated spaces. So what can you do if you are chemically sensitive and you need to find safe materials … Continue reading Chemical Free Housing