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Finding safe products is a challenge for people with an environmental illness like MCS. It is important to realize that each person is different and a product that is tolerated by one person could cause a reaction in another. That being said, here are some recommendations by our members:
Million Little Pieces by James Frey. About addiction, not MCS,
but inspirational in how author overcomes impossible odds.
Clean & Green by Annie Berthold-Bond. Non-toxic & environmentally-friendly housekeeping.
Detoxify or Die by Sherry Rogers. How to detoxify.
Get a Whiff of This: Perfumes (fragrances) -- the Invisible Chemical Poisons by Connie Pitts.
The Invisible Disease by Gunni NordStrom. Swedish researcher looks at EI caused by electromagnetic fields and chemical emissions from appliances.
MCS, A Survival Guide, 2nd Edition by Pamela Reed Gibson. Best comprehensive book on MCS, great for those new to MCS.
Our Toxic World - Doris J. Rapp. How to protect yourself from the dangers of polluted air, water, soil, food, homes, schools and workplaces
Treating & Beating Anxiety & Depression - Dr. Rodger H. Murphree
Whose Illness is it Anyway? - Marilyn Segal & Carolyn Cohen. Two sisters with environmental illness and their mystical journey to wellness.
Dishwasher (automatic): Seventh
Dish Liquid: Free & Clear by Seventh Generation.
Glass Cleaner: Vinegar.
Laundry Detergent: 7th Generation (Free & Clear) Most popular among HEAL members. Available at Kroger and most health food stores.
Hairspray: Aloe Vera 80 is
alcohol and fragrance free.
Shaving: Aveeno (unscented).
Shampoo: Magic Botanicals - Special formulations for MCS. Heritage Olive Oil Shampoo - Unscented.
Suntan Lotion: UV Natural - Natural product from Australia, expensive but best available. Walgreens & other stores have Oil-Free / Fragrance-Free options.
Soap: Kiss My Face - Plain Olive Oil. Dr Bronners - Unscented. Kirks Castille Unscented Soap (Available at Kroger).
Toothpaste: Toms or baking soda & hydrogen peroxide.
Plastic Sheeting -
Tu Tuff #3 Vapor Barrier, avaialable from Shelter Supply. Can use
for renovations or to seal off areas of your house. Let it outgass
Caulking - AFM Caulking Compound, Available from Pure Life Healthy Homes in Atlanta in 10oz tubes.
Paint - Envirosafe Paint, Made by the chemically sensitive for the chemically sensitive, safest paint you can buy.
Joint Compound (Sheetrock Putty) - Murco M100
Wood - Use Poplar instaed of Pine, has much less odor, paint with safe paint, above, before installing.
Tile - Use Maerican made tiles, such as Marazzi, since imported tiles may contain lead. Use C-Cure brand for Thinset & Grout.
AllerAir MCS models.
Bedding: Janices & NEEDS.
Computers: Technology Alternatives Corp - specializes in computers and monitors that have been out-gassed and emit very low electromagnetic fields (EMFs). They also provide several shielding options for computer monitors.
Electrical Sensitivity Products : Less EMF Inc - provides meters to measure electrical fields and low EMF products.
Masks: Calgon Carbon Corporation - worn by a HEAL member to meetings or I Can Breathe - comfortable protection.
Pest Control: Steve Tvedten's website on safe alternatives to pesticides.
Wearable Ionizer: Air Supply - neutralizes and destroys up to 90% of airborne contaminants, great for airplanes, theaters, office buildings & other public places..
Healthy Housing Real Estate: Green, natural & healthy homes for sale.