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Sunday Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury

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 Sunday Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury

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New Tee Shirt for Chronical Illness Warriors – “I Don’t Feel as Good as I look.”

  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.”

Random Saturday Thoughts – Health & Hope

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

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May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post

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

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Tight Homes, Encapsulated Mold and Faulty Air Sampling

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

This is Best Fragrance Free Soap I’ve Ever Tried

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

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Birthday Wishes & Fun Facts About Me

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

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Could Your Environment Be Making You Sick? Podcast Episode 3

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

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OK Today But Incapacitated Tomorrow? Q&A Podcast Episode 2

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

Today Is Launch Day! (Grab 15% off NOW) on Official Chemical Free Gal™ Merch

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

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Have You Made Fire Cider? Check Out This Easy Recipe

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

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Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic

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

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Two Ingredient Fragrance Free DIY Hand Sanitizer

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

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Searching for a Mold Free Home – Mold Chronicles

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

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A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – 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

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What Does It Feel Like To Get Sick From Mold/Chemicals and How Can Friends and Family Offer Support

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

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How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

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 what it feels like to be exposed to something problematic. … Continue reading How To Reduce and Avoid Problematic Exposures for Chemically Sensitive Individuals and Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance Sufferers

Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

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 Radio Sydney August 17, 2018 3AW Radio July 9, 2018 Sunday … Continue reading Chemical Sensitivity: The Illness Crippling People, Dismissed By Doctors – Dr. Anne Steinemann Media Coverage

Moldy Air Conditioning Ducts – Do You Know What To Do?

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 to note that any issue in your home that will … Continue reading Moldy Air Conditioning Ducts – Do You Know What To Do?

Better Detection/Treatment for Mold Exposure (Oct 2018) Townsend Letter, Alternative Medicine Magazine

“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 the most accurate test results possible and provide interpretations of … Continue reading Better Detection/Treatment for Mold Exposure (Oct 2018) Townsend Letter, Alternative Medicine Magazine

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Hidden Hazards In Common Consumer Products & Their Effect On Indoor Environments & Health – Dr. Anne Steinemann Lecture

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

To Tree Or Not To Tree – A Look Into The Hidden Chemicals In Artificial & Real Christmas Trees

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 spirit of the upcoming season I’ll share some lines I … Continue reading To Tree Or Not To Tree – A Look Into The Hidden Chemicals In Artificial & Real Christmas Trees

Hurricane Flooding Will Cause Major Mold Issues in Water Damaged Buildings and Homes – How Do You Clean Up? – Is Mold Dangerous?

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?

Things I miss about my Dad on Father’s Day

When I think of my dad, I think of the story of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. My dad spent most of his life as a dad washing feet, and he never complained. His love, kindness, patience, humility, and hard work with me and my children will be imprinted on my heart for the rest of my life. My dad was all the things I … Continue reading Things I miss about my Dad on Father’s Day