This site contains many links to safer products, non-toxic catalogs, and sites with information of interest to those with any sort of sensitivity to chemicals. Those with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia may also benefit from using less toxic products. This is because all these illnesses are basically similar. Most with any of these illnesses, have some degree of pain, fatigue and sensitivities to food and environmental triggers.
The rest of this site contains information on what I am doing to get better.
As of August 2009 , I am no longer home bound due to MCS.
I can sit on the synthetic couch and car seats. I go out into public. I can now wear my wedding bands (they burned my finger before). I can now wear shoes! I also go outside without my face mask. I attribute this to IV glutathione treatments. It only took 3 or 4 treatments for my environmental sensitivities to go away for the most part. I had about 22 glutathione treatments, before I stopped due to the expense. The last one was in November 2009.
IV glutathione is not cheap, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately, oral glutathione is ineffective. If you would like to try this treatment, look for a doctor of functional medicine, or an integrative doctor. The regular type doctors might just tilt their head to the side like a confused dog, and say huh?
I was just made aware that a Naturopath can refer you to a place to get IV Glutathione treatments.
Currently, I am being treated by a Dietitian due to all my food issues and possible toxins residing in my body.
I am so pleased to no longer live the life of a hermit.
If I throw something out there that is totally new to you, you might want to research further before you act on that information.
Click on one of the following links, or just scroll down to what interests you.
A date in red indicates a recent addition or update to the site.
MCS Sites ---- updated March 28, 2009
Articles ---- updated January 2, 2009
Miscellaneous Links ---- updated November 30, 2010
Toxic Chemical Lists
March 28, 2009
Non Toxic Products that I Use
Guides to Non Toxic Products ---- updated March 28,2009
My Journey to Wellness ---- updated December 2010
What I Am Doing to Heal My Body ---- updated ---- May 2008
The Moral of this Story if there is One
Non Toxic Recipes
August 04, 2012
Non Toxic Catalogs
My Shopping Mall
Kid's Fun Stuff
There are almost 1000 free on-line patterns listed on my sewing page. They
are very well organized. If you are having trouble finding something in 100%
cotton in the store, or on-line, please look on the page for a pattern. If you
do not know how to sew or are too ill to do so, perhaps a friend or relative
could make it for you. I would love it if I had I friend like that. I really hate to
sew. I know, I know, why do I have a sewing site? I started to find free patterns on-line,
for my own purposes, and decided to share them, but this whole thing got out of hand.
I guess I am a tad Obsessive-compulsive. Ok, more than a tad.
There are almost 1000 free on-line patterns listed on my sewing page. They are very well organized. If you are having trouble finding something in 100% cotton in the store, or on-line, please look on the page for a pattern. If you do not know how to sew or are too ill to do so, perhaps a friend or relative could make it for you. I would love it if I had I friend like that. I really hate to sew. I know, I know, why do I have a sewing site? I started to find free patterns on-line, for my own purposes, and decided to share them, but this whole thing got out of hand. I guess I am a tad Obsessive-compulsive. Ok, more than a tad.
Sorry for any dead links. I do not update my site as often as I should. I am trying to take better care of me. Feel free to report a dead link. Here's my e-mail if you have had problems using my e-mail form in the past, try again. I fixed the problem.
there is also an e-mail button at the bottom of each page.
I fixed or removed all dead links on this page.
When I add new links to a section, I take that opportunity to check
all the links in that section for dead links,
or links that go someplace other than where they are supposed to go.
This is the only way I know of to even
attempt to keep up with the constantly changing web world.
Environmental Illness - Our Little Place
MCS for Beginners (archived)
The Wall of Personal Testimony - HERC
Resources for the Chemically Injured, Chemically Sensitive or Environmentally Ill
- Lassen Technology
Chemical Injury Survivors of Minnesota
Chronic Neuroimmune Diseases Information
Nova Scotia Allergy and Environmental Health Association
Scents Are Not What They Seem - NEAEHA
Poison in the Grass - Chem-Tox
Radiation Ovens - Association for freedom of choice and Free information
MCS Under Siege - Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
Toxic Ingredients - Vaccine Information, Wendy's Story
The Next Industrial Revolution - Environmental Wellness
Why Shoes Make a Normal Gait Impossible - Parents for Barefoot Children
Sodium Fluoride used in Fluoridation is NOT Pharmaceutical Grade - Fluoride Action Network
Finding Tolerable Clothing or Fabric - NSAEHA
School Environment - Healthy or Hazardous? - Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
Drugs, Stoned by Prescription - KOS Publishing
Salts that Heal and Salts that Kill - Cure Zone
Billboard Control: Fighting Visual Pollution - Scenic America
The Seven Essentials of Recovery - by Debra Lynn Dadd
How We Become Chemically Sensitive - Health and Certainty
Electromagnetic Field Poisoning - Craig Reese
Moldy Material - Health and Certainty
The Problem with Pressure Treated Wood - Raw Food Info
Formaldehyde Toxicity - Grisanti
How to Legally Avoid Unwanted Immunizations of All Kinds - Mercola
The Oiling of America - Weston A Price Foundation
I would call MCS a degenerative disease.
The Fluoridation Fiasco - Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
The SARS Epidemic: Are Viruses Taking the Rap for Industrial Poisons?
Food For Thought: Malcolm Beck
Pushing up Daisies: Malcolm Beck
Other Malcolm Beck articles (archived)
Hospitalization for the Chemically Sensitive Patient - A MCS site
The Murky World of High Fructose Corn Syrup - Weston A Price Foundation
"Consumers trying to avoid genetically modified foods should avoid HFCS. It is almost certainly made from genetically modified corn and then it is processed with genetically modified enzymes."
Agriculture and Nutrition - Weston A Price Foundation
Finding Health Close to Home - Weston A Price
Natural Gas and People with Chemical Sensitivities - Medical-Environmental Report
How Nature Cures - Doctor Yourself
Hidden Allergens in Foods - Allergy Advisor
Poison for Profit - Red Flags Weekly
What's Wrong with Food Irradiation? - Organic Consumers
People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Are Becoming the New Homeless - E Magazine
I thought hyperbaric oxygen might be a good idea until I read this article
Teflon – Is it Good or Bad - Dr Rapp
- "here are thousands of substances that can be found in typical sewage sludge, including any of the 100,000 or so chemicals produced and used in industrialized nations, many of which illegally end up in sewers. "
Sludge - Anarac
The Sludge Scam: Should Sewage Sludge Fertilize Your Vegetables - Riles
I know this article has little to due with MCS, but it is very informative.
January 02, 2009
Pollen and Mold Guide - Men's Health
Soft Drinks - Tuberose
Soft Drinks: America's Other Drinking Problem - Weston A Price Foundation
Society for Barefoot Living
- we are already members!
Resource List for Pesticide Alternatives - A Better Way - IPM Solutions
Plastic: A Problem of Global Proportions - International Plastics Task Force
This women noticed that her son did not react to chemicals as much if he avoided chemicals in foods, especially school lunches.
Understanding & Accommodating People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
in Independent Living - ILRU
Organic Directories - Organic Consumers
The Healthy Flooring Network Guide to Healthy Flooring
Old Timers Page - Walton Feed
The Safe Playgrounds Project
Epilepsy and Diet - Dogtor J
List of KOS Health Articles
The Dangers of Natural Gas - Alkalize for Health
The Breast Cancer Deception - Natural News
Safe and Effective Natural Control of Flea, Ticks, Bed Bugs, Lice and other Pests
Managing Fleas Without Poisons
MCS Legal Help
March 28, 2009
Non Toxic Stuff that I Use
Dakota Free Bar Soap Best stuff in the world! Unlike most soaps, even natural ones. this one does not give me a rash!
Produced by a chemically sensitive person.
go to Dakota Free order any product that you need, then enter 10%MCS into the comment area of the order page.
Baltimore Soaps and More She specializes in soaps with no essential oils, dyes, or anything artificial. I tried the 100% olive oil soap, and it did not bother me a bit. Perhaps, you can contact them and mention your particular allergies, so you can find the soap suited to your special needs.
Use like Vaseline, but has no motor oil in it!
The Solution I use this as a shampoo full strength
This site seems to be down for now. When It comes back on I will try
to let you know. Or just keep checking. They do have a phone number
on line so, try ordering that way for now.
Tates shampoo and conditioner
- I started using this after I got over my MCS, so I can't tell
you that you won't react to it. But is all natural with ingredients like
Most toothpaste has toxic fluoride and I can't deal with it anyway.
Paper First Aid Tape I use this with a cut piece of 100% cotton T-shirt as a bandage
Natracare feminine products The grocery store kind of feminine products are so irritating.
The regular kind are made from synthetic fibers and usually have masking scents,UG!
can be purchased at healthfood stores
Organic Essentials Cotton Balls normal cotton balls have added chemicals
Macadamia nut oil
for dry itchy skin
My hubby uses this.
I am sure it has toxic stuff in it,
but at least it is unscented.
The Solution (new formula) Very concentrated all purpose cleaner.
Take the solution full strength, and delute it it like this: 30 oz water and add to that 2 oz solution.
I use this for my laundry too.
This site seems to be down for now. When It comes back on I will try
to let you know. Or just keep checking. They do have a phone number
on line so, try ordering that way for now.
Cal Ben Dish Washer Powder Only kind of soap based dish powder that works and I have tried about all of them. It contains some chlorine, so I hand wash most of the time.
Cal Ben Dish Soap Has a hint of coconut, feels nice on hands
can be purchased at health food stores.
The Solution used as a Glass Cleaner (new fomula)
Take the solution full strength, and delute it
it like this;
The Bi-O-Kleen is mostly water. If you try the solution deluted, it works better and you are not paying for a quart of water.
ingredients which are not on the bottle:
This site seems to be down for now. When It comes back on I will try to let you know. Or just keep checking. They do have a phone number on line so, try ordering that way for now.
Steel Wool instead of SOS pads can be purchased at hardware stores
Natural Salt instead of denatured table salt. I prefer the Peruvian salt. It comes from the mountains verses the ocean, so has less chance of containing heavy metals, plus I prefer the taste.
Natural Cellulose Sponges
For cleaning - normal ones are plastic and contain chemicals
Frontier Organic Spices instead the, irradiated grocery store kind. You can get these at your health food store.
Pyrex Glass Food Storage instead of plastic
Wide Mouth Glass Canning Jars to store my homemade beef broth
1 Quart Wine Decanters
I use as a water pitcher, I bought mine at a thrift shop
Organic Cotton Towels Need to stay away from the formaldehyde in traditional cotton
Organic Cotton Sheets to avoid formaldehyde (wrinkle guard) and toxic flame retardants
100% Cotton Barrier Cloth Mattress Sack to block some of the toxic bedding materials from reaching me
Heating synthetic fabrics and foams release toxic fumes into the air, and deposit them into the clothes that you are ironing, and your lungs.Nov 2005
Organic Cotton Bath Mats instead of vinyl lined polyester
January 6, 2009
I Can Breathe Organic Cotton Face Mask - When pollen and mold is really bad, I also stuff cotton balls into my ears. This mask helps but it does not block all pollen. I need to find something that does, since gardening is all I have to do to keep me from going nuts.
Thankfully, my MCS is gone, so I no longer need these masks
To oil hinges.
Never use jojoba oil to oil a sewing machine. I used to do that and it gummed up the machine. It is fixable if you have done this. Either bring it in to a sewing machine repair shop to be thoroughly cleaned, or take the machine apart and clean it out yourself. We did both. The repair shop barely got any oil out, so my husband sat down with the machine and a lot of q-tips!
BioShield Wood Stains and Finishes Most of their products have a nice citrus scent.
Dry Iron Has a stainless sole plate without the toxic non-stick finish of most irons.
I love this iron. It does not has a steam feature. There are no steam holes to get clogged up. The iron seams to get hotter than normal irons, so I don't miss the steam. When I need steam I mist them with a spray bottle. The iron is small, light and pointy, making is easier to get into small areas.Thermos Stainless Steel Food Jar instead of plastic.
January 6, 2009
August 5, 2012
This is where you can get full spectrum fluorescent bulbs tubes. Not all full spectrum lights are created equally. The site is sorta technical but the folks that work there are nice and will help you to find exacally what you need. I don't think they sell ballasts, but they can let you know what kind of ballast that you need. Give them a call, since it will be easier to talk about it than, going back and forth via e-mail.
Leather fly swatter
Charcoal Chimney instead of lighter fluid
Whole Foods Real Hardwood (lump) Charcoal
instead of charcoal briquettes with chemical additives
January 6, 2009
Natural Beginnings Seed Starting Mix - most starting mixes contain synthetic fertilizer and often Styrofoam pellets. This mix contains: coconut coir, worm guano, perlite, and mealworm guano.
Compost Sifter - Made of metal and wood
- to keep pollen and garden dirt and mulch out of my eyes.
Swheat Scoop Natural Cat litter - clumping cat litter that is safe for kitty.Raw pet food from Burgundy Pasture Beef contains heart, liver, kidney and ground beef
Dry pet food is so not good for animals. It is as bad as dry breakfast cereal is for humans. But every attempt we have made to wean our cats from dry food, has resulted in one or both cats to stop eating entirely. Then they have to go to the vet to be re-hydrated and force fed. Both have almost died because of this.
Orijen dry dog food - grain free dry food made from local free range chickens and local vegetables
We had to switch the Corgi onto a better food since the food we had him on (Nutro sensitive Stomach Formula) was making him very ill starting in Feb, 2008. He drank huge amounts of water and was getting us up 2-3 times nightly having to pee.
Orijen dry cat food - grain free dry cat food
Ziwipeak canned cat food
After reading about all the horrible ingredients that go into pet food, I thought I would give changing cat foods one more try. But this time change the food very slowly. So far so good. We switched her over to Before Grain dry food by 10% a week, and by the 3rd week she was beginning to act like a kitten again. She is 10 years old. She has been completely switched over for about a month now.
Guides to Non Toxic Products
Guidelines for Non-Toxic Living - Our Little Place
Guide to Less Toxic Products - NSAEHA
March 28, 2009
Non Toxic Catalog Lists
Non Toxic Product Catalogs - MCS Help Site
My Personal Non Toxic Shopping Mall - MCS Help Site
Various Catalogs - Lassen Technologies
MCS Resources - Our Little Place
MCS Product Resources - Massachusetts Association for the Chemically Injured
Less Toxic Products - MCS NYC
MCS Buttons, Posters, Signs, and T-shirts
Buttons, Posters and Signs
Non Toxic Homemade Recipes
Please avoid any recipes in the links below that contain toxic grocery store type ingredients such as:
ammonia, dish detergent (petro chemical based), fabric softener, dryer sheets, chemical fragrances, bleach, rubbing alcohol, mineral oil (baby oil is mineral oil, so avoid this too), motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, paraffin (it is made of petro chemicals), chemical dyes (rit dye or most food colors), or any other product made of petro chemicals.
pine products, soy, coconut, citrus, essential oils, etc.
Barley Water Recipe - John Christopher (archived)
The way I did it, was to boil 2 oz of lightly pan roasted whole barley (not pearled)
in 1 quart of water, then simmered for
20-30 minutes. Then I strained and tossed out the barley. I drank 1 cup
of barley water about 4X a day.
I have been thinking just recently, that the carb content of barley, must be the reason that it helps you to gain weight. Grain is used to fatten up cows for market. I also think this barley water must have gluten in it, if barley has gluten. I think the reason that I was not bothered by the barley water was because, I have trouble with grains (due to my hypoglycemia), and am probably not gluten intolerant, per se.
It is supposed to strengthen the liver, and be good for lots of other stuff,
like infections, candida, cancer and parasites.
Tongue Diagnosis - Al Stone L. A. C.
January 2, 2009
How to Perform Muscle Testing - Allergy Scape
Kinesiology - How it Can Work, How it is Often Misused - MCS Allergy Help
April 8, 2009
Interactive reflexology maps of feet and hands - Dorling Kindersley Book
I believe if the area indicated by the map is painful, there is a problem with the corresponding organ. Most areas of my feet used to be painful if pressed on that area. Now, hardly any areas are. To me that indicates that my health is improving. I guess I am doing something right.
Pulse Diagnosis - Institute for Traditional Medicine
Urine Diagnosis - Wrong Diagnosis
underlying problem should be found and addressed. Because regular and alternative doctors
are unwilling or unable to help us, we are left to try to diagnose ourselves,
like with methods in this section. Every once in a while I check my state
of health using body diagnosis. I am doing a lot better. Mostly what I
have done to accomplish this, is to eat better, and get plenty of sleep.
Updated July 2005
I believe that going down the wrong road has lead me down the road to illness. I feel by selecting better paths
now, will send me on a journey to wellness. It has been a rocky road, but I am healing, slowly. I hope, some of my
discoveries, might help you too.
I was such a fussy eater as a kid, but this got sort of embarrassing as a teen.
Wrong Path #2
So, I started to force myself to eat the stuff that the other kids were eating, like pizza, spaghetti, Chinese food, tacos, Mac and Cheese, McDonald's Hamburgers and French fries. I hated milk, cheese, and tomato sauce. But by the end of high school I actually learned to like pizza and that other stuff.
As a teen, I no longer got the ear infections, and my hearing improved some. But I still got the worst colds (probably allergies as these 'colds' went on forever) and still had leg pain, but not as often. I also suffered depression, scoliosis, and a few bouts of bronchitis. I started playing basketball (well mostly kept the bench company) in high school, and after practice I had a large bowl of ice cream. After away games the coach brought us to McDonald's. Seems the bronchitis started after I started to play basketball. Probably the ice cream!
Wrong Path #3
After I got out of High School, I attended New Hampshire Technical Institute. They served almost no meat but lots of grain based meals, like spaghetti, tacos, pizza, and macaroni. I was used to meat and potatoes at home. At college, they only had milk, carbonated beverages, and watered down Kool-Aid. My dad was from Georgia, so I was used to sweet iced tea, even though we lived in Vermont.
Wrong Path #4
Since there was no meat, I had to eat more bread and we often ordered pizza in the evening and on Sunday because on that day they only served two meals at really odd times. (11 am and 3 pm). We often missed one of both meals on Sunday, forgetting the meals were at different times. I hate milk, and carbonated drinks and the Kool-Aid looked disgusting so I drank the chocolate milk. The chocolate covered up the yucky milk taste.
I gained 10 pounds my first year of college, due to all that bread, and processed food they served. I never had a weight problem before. I got lots of infections like bronchitis and colds, and I was a little depressed.
Good Path #1
That summer, I decided to loose the weight. I knew starving myself was not the answer. I heard about all the problems that causes. Your body slows down and uses up even less calories. I decided to ride my bike every day. I skipped no meals, but ate no snacks. I had no seconds and only ate 1 piece of bread with each meal. I gave up potato chips and French fries too. I had read that 10 potato chips or French fries have 100 calories. I lost all the weight in those 3 months of summer. The next year, I avoided loading up on the rolls, and I stayed thin, and felt much better.
I did not go to the doctor for my bronchitis since mom was not there to make me.
I took a computer programmer job after the Tech, but hated it so badly that, I quit after only 4 months. Might have just been homesick though. I moved back home. I took some local skill-less jobs to fill time until I decided what to do. One year after I graduated from the Tech, I continued my education at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. Within a short time, I got very ill and lost weight instead of gaining it. Again, the cafeteria had the same yucky choices of sodas, watered down Kool-Aid (It looked like they were just cleaning the tank it was so pale), and milk. I ended up drinking chocolate milk again. I started to have terrible digestion problems, namely reflux.
Good Path #2
My mom suggested that I stop drinking milk. Wow, that made a huge difference, but I still had some problems since dairy by products such as casein, whey, sodium caseinate, etc. are mixed in with lots of prepared foods that institutions like schools serve. I had lost about 20 pounds (down to 100 pounds) and felt very weak and tired. I am 5' 4" so I was skin and bones. I could not even open the industrial type doors at school. I had to wait til someone else wanted to go in, and I entered at the same time. I really thought I was dying. A friend that had not seen me in a while, said that I looked anorexic. I did not realize that I looked that bad. So, after hanging on for 2 terms and most of another, I finally told my mom how bad I really felt. Of course, she encouraged me to return home to Vermont. She took me to the doctor who found out nothing. For the next month, she tried her best to nurse me back to health.
I felt a lot better at home, with real food, so I wanted to go back to school. But my mom did not think that was such a good idea. She was right. I hated it there. I really wanted to start my life, so asked the company, that I had co-oped for that summer, to hire me full time, and I moved back to Virginia. I ended up getting married to a guy I met at work while I was co-oping. I now know that a diet made up of almost no meat, pasteurized milk, lots of grains, and almost entirely processed foods made me very ill.
PROBLEM (age 26):
After getting out of college. I was on a very limited diet of: lean chicken (I could not digest fats, probably because school would not give us any, so my body forgot how to deal with it), bananas, green beans, scrambled eggs (could not digest boiled or fried ones), white bread (couldn't digest brown bread, too much fiber), apple juice, and water. Fat, fiber, acid, caffeine and sugar bothered me. I switched to de-caffeinated iced tea (not knowing at the time there was still a little caffeine in it). After three years of this, I was sick of it and went to a doctor again. He said, maybe I was not allergic to anything anymore and I should start to add back foods one at a time, but just don't start with the worst food first.
Wrong Path #5
So, I added foods back a little at a time then jumped to the worst offender, due to impatience. PIZZA! I felt fine, so I ate anything I wanted and for a while, I was fine.
PROBLEM (age 31):
But as time went on, I got sicker and sicker again, with colds, sinus and ear infections, bronchitis, fatigue, back and neck pain, stomach problems, pneumonia, mono, depression, irritability, anxiety and insomnia.
Wrong Path #6
PROBLEM (age 32):
I gained 20 pounds and was so tired that I slept all the time.
Wrong Path #7
They switched me to zoloft.
PROBLEM (age 33):
Had a cold that just would not leave. An environmental doctor discovered I was still allergic to milk and various plant life, and I had hypoglycemia and candida as well.
Good Path #3
I gave up all dairy, sugar, caffeine, and cut down on bread. I lost 20 pounds in 3 months, without even trying. I had gotten up to 140 due to all that grain, sugar and paxil. I never really ate a lot of sweets but I had sweet iced tea with each meal and between meals. That is a lot of sugar. White bread is about the same thing as sugar. It turns almost instantly into sugar the second you eat it and wrecks havoc with blood sugar levels. I felt tons better, for a while anyway.
Unfortunately, we moved so I could not get more good advice from this doctor. The environmental doctors in the new place (Texas) wanted to redo all the allergy tests, and I just did not feel up to all that. The other unfortunate thing was that I saw him after I got put on antidepressants. I feel the allergies were causing my mood problems.
PROBLEM (age 34):
I got more food allergies, my depression returned, and my back pain got worse. I also got a bladder infection and started having problems with my teeth.
Wrong Path #8
PROBLEM (age 38):
In 1999, I had a concussion and later the same year, a had car accident. I suffered headaches, confusion, loss of memory, weight loss, fatigue, anxiety, back and neck pain, severe depression, panic attacks, and allergies to most foods especially grains.
Wrong Path #9
PROBLEM (age 40):
I had 3 more car accidents between 2000 and 2001. Probably due to all those evil drugs. So, I lost more weight, I had tons of pain (back, neck, leg, shoulder, feet, TMJ), and had fatigue, weakness, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, muscle spasms, muscle twitching, buzzing in the ears, poor memory, confusion, and more food allergies .
Wrong Path #10
PROBLEM (age 41)
Of course more and more symptoms appeared or got worse. I suffered kidney and sinus infections, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, tons of food allergies (got down to eating only beef, green beans, homemade broth, sea salt, and water), pain (back, neck, leg, shoulder, feet and TMJ -- just about everything hurt), reflux, hair falling out and turning more grey, eyes clouding over, sensitive teeth, receding gums, infected gums, rashes, poor digestion, constipation, hypoglycemia, candida, insomnia, muscle spasms, nose bleeds, buzzing in the ears, hearing problems, mild vision problems, poor memory, confusion, fatigue, being cold all the time, and MCS.
Good Path #4
2005 - age 43
These are problems I have yet to overcome:
2007 - age 45
I still have the same symptoms to overcome.
April 8, 2009
2009 - age 47
Here's the Good News:
I have added the following to my diet:
rutabaga, carrots, and an occasional cooked radish. When my garden is producing, I
also eat, fresh black eyed peas, lima beans, wax beans. I can't eat these beans dried or
canned, and they are not available fresh or frozen.
I fell from a ladder in October of 2007. I sprained and strained muscle in both feet. I was unable to walk for 6 weeks. This fall caused more than pain.
My feet stopped hurting about November 2008 so I hope that means my body in now not so stressed so maybe my added symptoms will take a hike.
2009 - age 48
I accomplished these things by getting IV glutathione for a few months.
Here are my remaining issues:
2009 - age 48
I still have the following symptoms though:
2012 - age 50
My journey to wellness has been quite a rocky path, but here are a few things I have learned along the way.
Updated July 2005
I believe processed food and medications are the major cause of MCS. Once
weakened by poor nutrition and toxic drugs, the body is much more susceptible to
the toxic chemicals the world throws our way. I believe this is why when exposed to the
same chemicals, once person will get terribly ill and the other will seem unaffected.
Man made chemicals in pesticides, cleaning potions, and personal care products
The rest of this section is devoted the main areas that I feel are important to getting and staying well or at least getting better to some degree from any illness. Click on the below links or just scroll down to read about all of them.
Water is so necessary for the cells of the body to function properly. If the body does not get enough pure water, the bodily fluids, urine, blood, lymph, etc., become extremely concentrated and toxic. If too much is consumed, the fluids will become too diluted and weakness will result. Water is best taken 30 minutes before meals or 1-2 hours after a meal. Water with meals will upset the digestion. It is also best to drink it room temperature. The body will have to heat up cold water and cool off piping hot teas. This will weaken the body. Water is also necessary for good bowel movements. More information of the healing power of water can be found in this book: Your Body's Many Cries for Water .
In June 2004, I started to drink
Mountain Valley Spring Water
in glass bottles, instead of filtered water from
BYOB Water Stores
. I think Mountain Valley Spring Water tastes great! The first few days, it was like I could
not get enough of this water. It was like this was what my body was looking for all along
and it was making up for lost time. But I did level off after a while and now drink normal amount.
The same thing happened to my husband. He drank a lot of it at first too. But now he thinks
the water tastes too minerally for him and went back to the filtered water. I think this is common.
Deficient people need minerally water and the more robust folks need the cleansing
qualities of filtered water.
Here is an article about the dangers of drinking distilled water:
Personally, I think even filtered water is depleting to the body. Even my husband, who used to like BYOB filtered water, is now drinking tap water. I have been told that filtered water is dead.
Back in 1997 I brought two bottles of water to be muscle tested at my kinesiologist. I did not label (except with a 1 and a 2 so I knew which was which) either bottle so he would not know which was which. I did not look while he tested so I did not know either. The highly filtered BYOB water tested weak for me, and the tap water tested strong. I was not going to drink "Tap" water! So I continued to drink the empty water. I should have listened to my body, and stopped drinking the filtered water. In 1999, I began to drink "Rain fresh" brand water, after I tasted it at my acupuncturist. It is reverse osmosis water with added oxygen, so still an empty dead water. We switched to mountain valley spring water, after we moved and rain fresh was no longer available. The water tastes great! It may take a while for my body to remineralize after 7 years of drinking dead water.
The earth provides water with the minerals a body needs, so I believe that is the best way to drink it. It is too bad that most don't have access to fresh mountain streams. If you can not afford spring water, it might be beneficial to add a touch of sea salt to your water so you can at least be getting some electrolytes when you drink. Add the salt according to taste, your body will tell your when it is the right amount. Salted water has a softer feel in my mouth. I like it a lot better.
Given a choice, my dog prefers rain water, to tap, filtered or even spring water. Animals are usually wiser than we are. My potted plants and veggie garden also prefers rain water. Maybe one day I will take my dog's advice and get some rain barrels.
Country Water Action: Thailand Promoting Rainwater Harvesting, Preserving Rainwater Jar Culture
Recently, I discovered that I was not getting enough water. I thought that I was drinking plenty of water, but the only thing it seemed to accomplish was to make me pee. So I drank less, to see if I felt less tired and weak. I felt terrible. So I tried something else. Instead of drinking a full glass of water at a time when I felt thirsty, I drink 1/2 a glass at a time. Oh my gosh, all the difference in the world. Now, I digest my food way better and I am not running to the bathroom all the time. I think drinking too much at once was upsetting my electrolyte balance. My kidneys were very busy dumping water to make things right again, and I was still dehydrated.
I found that drinking a full glass of water when I first get up (sleep is dehydrating, and so is taking a bath) is very helpful. I read in these articles
that salt and water are needed to make Hydrochloric acid (HCL) for the
body to make HCL, which is needed for digestion. I avoid drinking for at least 1 hour after
meals so that HCL is not diluted. After supper, I try not to drink too much water after supper
because I found it is hard on my kidneys to drink at night. Each person needs a different amount
of water to to feel well, so use your own body as a guide. When the weather is
hot, or I am more active, I drink more water than usual. When I garden, I get so tired and
sometimes lightheaded. I find if I drink water while I am outside, I feel
a lot better.
I did try the cleanses that are on her site, but they made me loose too much weight, 30 pounds, and I was only 123 lbs to begin with. I spent the next year, trying to put it back on.
The body regenerates at night. It performs tasks such as: repairing damaged cells, growth in
children, reorganizing memories, resting the brain and muscles, as well as de-toxing the blood and
cells. It is important to sleep during the night not during the day (like if you
are a night owl and go to bed at midnight or later) because these functions occur naturally at
Exercise helps to move the blood, thus bringing more nutrients and oxygen to the cells. It
also moves the lymph fluid. The lymph fluids have no pump like the blood does.
Exercise also causes deep breathing, allows sounder sleep, builds muscle, improves mood,
increases physical stamina, and assists in digestion and elimination functions. The liver and kidneys will
filter the blood of more toxins if the blood
I used to go to the chiropractor at least 1-2 times a week until he ticked me off one last time! (there is a point here, really) He said, "If you would do something about your problem (MCS) then maybe you would improve!". So I did. I stopped going to to see him.
I have tried so many therapies, most of which did not help, or made things worse.
Here's the listI knew that my back would soon be out of alignment and become unbearable, so I decided to do my Y-Dan Tape more regularly. Now, I do not need the adjustments anymore.
is a series of gentle stretching exercises I do in the morning before breakfast.
Sleeping is dehydrating, so I drink 1-2 glasses of water (that's how much I loose after
visiting the bathroom in the morning) first. A lot goes on while we sleep. The
liver cleans the blood all day, but more so at night, so up to 70% of the blood is in the liver between 1-3 am.
Doing Y-Dan will help to get the blood
circulating again. When I am cold, I move around and I feel warmer. In addition, exercise encourages bowel movements, by
exercising the bowels. Since morning is nature's time to eliminate, this is a good time to exercise.
Eating breakfast first would just shove more
food down there and bowels move better when not compacted.
Actually, now I can skip a few days and the pain does not return. I must be getting better. But I do get constipated and sometimes depressed, when I skip too many days.
I learned Y-Dan very slowly. I had had 4 car accidents in the period of 2 years, so I was in quite a bit of pain. Even just putting my arms above my head was painful. I only added about 2 movements (exercises) a week, and ended up skipping those that were just too painful or exhausting, and stopped when I got too tired to go on.
As time went by, I could do more and more of the movements without so much pain and fatigue. And I
eventually added the movements that were just too painful to do before. If putting my arms over my head
was painful, I just raised them as high as I could get them. There is this one exercise where I had to
touch the floor with my fist, yea right! I just went as far as I could get and one day, low and behold, I
did it, I touched the floor. I could not even do that as kid!
When the weather allows and I feel up to it (emotionally and physically), I take a walk in the sun. Sometimes
I just go around the block and other times I end up walking 20 minutes. I find I feel so much better if I have gotten
outside that day, even just for a short time.
The sun helps the body to: regenerate the cells of the eyes, energize
the body, improve the mood, kill cancer cells, make serotonin, melatonin
(melatonin is made from serotonin in response to darkness), make vitamin D
and makes plants grow. It can help us in much the same
way that it helps the plants to grow and the outside air to smell fresh.
sometimes I have trouble sleeping. I have found early morning sun, is very effective in helping me to be less depressed during the day and to sleep better at night. I think it is because the sunlight is a different color in the morning. The reason does not really matter. Morning sun also helps that left over morning melatonin, (making me still sleepy), turn into serotonin, so I feel more awake. Nice warm dandelion root tea also makes me feel better.
updated - April 10, 2009
We have installed, an electronic balist and full spectrum lights in the kitchen.
The new lights do not have a flicker and don't hum at all. I appreciate that,
but was hoping it would help me with my depression, but it hasn't.
and the following articles:
Sun - Friend or Foe? - Dr. Craig Reese (archived)
"Ultraviolet light needs to pass through our eyes so that the pineal and pituitary glands are stimulated which helps in the production of important hormones like Serotonin and Melatonin. "
April 10, 2009
Healing Cancer With Light - Healing Cancer Naturally
Healing Power of Sunlight - Shirley's Wellness Cafe
Full Spectrum Sunlight and Inner Health - Second Opinions
Health Benefits of UltraViolet Light - Jaguar Enterprises
Medical Benefits Supporting the practice of Suryayog
John Ott, light pioneer
"...we think this problem is due to the magnetic fields magnetizing the iron in the hemoglobin, causing them to have a polarity that makes them line up just like a bunch of little magnets. "However, we find that getting the person outdoors or seating them directly in front of our full-spectrum lighting with ultraviolet reverses the condition. The ultraviolet seems to be an important factor in breaking up this clumping."
Athlete's Foot, Toenail Fungus, and Similar Repugnant Topics - Doctor Yourself
Immediately that summer, my athlete's foot went away.
Looking back, I think it was the sunlight that did it. Fungi
in general and athlete's foot fungi in particular love shade.
When we swam outside and dressed outside, the sun got to our toes.
Sunlight did what sanitation couldn't. "
When we got internet access, I hunted for a connection to all my problems. I knew there was a reason and a connection, I just had to find it. I lived on the internet a few years until finally I put it all together, especially after I ran into the The Weston A Price Foundation Site in 2001. This site has so much great info, that I decided to purchase a book written by the founder of the Weston A Price Foundation. Sally Falon's book, Nourishing Traditions , has done a great deal for me to help me in my journey to be well. Part of the book contains recipes for whole non food industry foods, but the first part is devoted to dispelling the myths of the food industry in an entertaining style. Much of this same information is located on the website, but I have trouble sitting at the computer for long periods of time. It makes me sorta dizzy, irritable, and keeps me from sleeping at night.
I discovered that the food industry has been very busy brainwashing us for its own purposes. They have been lying to us since they learned to develop fake foods. They tell us to eat, lots and lots of processed grain, no saturated fats but to use canola oil and margarine instead, etc. Truth being, we should eat the exact opposite: plenty of saturated fats in the form of animal fat such as butter, cream, whole milk, fats and fatty meats from pasture raised animals. Coconut oil, and palm oil being saturated fats are good but the vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, canola, and soy oils are bad. Olive oil is high in mono unsaturated fats, so I believe it to be a compromise. I can't tolerate it though. They suggest soaking all whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds to remove phytic acid and to avoid white flours, white rice, and soy (high levels of anti nutrients and plant estrogens. Excessive estrogen makes little girls develop at extremely early ages like 8 years old. It sometimes does not let boys mature at all.). Soy is not meant for man or beast.
The Weston A Price Foundation, is non profit so they can be free to be totally honest about dispelling the
myths of the toxic food industry.
In June 2001 (now age 40), I began to eat eat whole foods in their natural state. I am unable to eat all the things that
are mentioned in the Nourishing Traditions book, due to my food allergies. I actually eat closer to a caveman diet. I
eat lots of meat, veggies, but no milk, grains, fruit, nuts or seeds. Each person has their own tolerance for things
like milk and grains. I think it depends on how worn out
your adrenal glands are. Mine is shot. Probably from all that sweet tea and zoloft. Antidepressants are
stimulants. Stimulants are very bad for the adrenals.
Animal fat has the cholesterol (and other types of fats) that your body is craving. Your body is made up of cholesterol and will make it if you do not eat it. It makes it even if you do eat it. This is why if you stop eating fat you crave bread. The body can make cholesterol from carbs and sugars. But carbs tend to hang around as fat.
In the past, it seemed that, sometimes no matter how much I ate I didn't feel satisfied. I rarely have that problem now. I add quite a bit of the fat which rises to the top of my broth, back to my soups. When making my broth, I try to not to let it boil. If it gets too hot the broth will not jelly up after cooling it in the refrigerator. Adding fat makes the soup taste a lot better, and I am eat less since my hunger is satisfied earlier.
I do feel that a big part of my improvement is due to abandoning all processed foods (even processed organic food) and factory farmed meats. Factory farming is not only inhumane to the animals it is inhumane to us. You are what you eat and you are what your animals eat as well. If your animals eat grain laced with antibiotics, hormones, meat from other animals that died of disease, chicken dung, municipal garbage, feathers, cardboard, restaurant grease, expired grocery store food stuffs, and bubble gum including the foil wrappers, then that is all in the meat, and you are eating all that too. Since the animals get very ill on these horrible diets, the meat is far from nutritious. Many of the animals can not even walk because they are so weak!
Actually, factory raised animals are expected to be sick! The humane way of raising animals is to let them eat from pasture that way they were designed to. Ruminants (grass eating animals) get very ill on grain. They can't digest it, and many of the cattle die due to this. The feedlots have to give the animals tons of antibiotics, antacids and other meds to try to keep them alive long enough until slaughter. The meat lady I get my pasture raised meat from, said "if they kept the feedlot animals for about 1 more month, they would all die. They just can't survive on what they are feeding them."
Locating non feed-lot meat, and raw dairy is not as hard as it used to be, one only has to visit Eat Wild and Real Milk to locate a source anywhere in the United States and Canada. We get our organic produce from my local health food store.
The health food store is generally not a safe place to buy personal care and cleaning products. The products may have names like green this or organic that, but if you check the ingredients you will find a whole bunch of no nos from the Toxic Chemical Lists . Many of the health food stores are being bought out by the same folks that own the toxic old grocery stores. This is such bad news. This puts in danger our ability to purchase non toxic food and other products.
I can only give you the tip of the iceberg on all the things that are out there on a good traditional diet. Here are a few links so you can really understand what the processed food industry would rather you did not know!
Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans
Factory Farm Project
Supplements can seem to help in the short run, but even if made from natural ingredients,
natural vitamins contain chemical fillers and preservatives.
If you want to know about all the yucky stuff that goes into most of your "natural" supplements read
Dietary Supplements - What the Industry Does Not Want You to Know
I took supplements for two years under the guidance of a natural nutrition doctor, and although they seemed to help at first, in the long run, I felt so much worse. Supplements can create vitamin/mineral imbalances. Personally, I developed allergies to many of them. So, I have turned to food to heal me as I have found herbs to be much too strong for me. Herbs should only be used short term anyway. They can also create imbalances in the body if used too long. I use herbs rarely, but when I do, I will boil them as a tea, so I can control their strength. I believe, herbs in pill form, are more like a processed food.
Man can not even come close to guessing the amounts of vitamins and minerals that the
body needs. Why guess, just eat
organic, biodynamic, or pastured animals in their natural state and you will do a lot better than mega dosing on
vitamins. Some chemically raised oranges have been found to have no vitamin "C". The crops will only contain nutrients
that the soil contains and chemicals deplete the soil. So, I am not sure what is worse, what the chemically raised produce
has in it, or what it does not, namely nutrients.
The Pottenger cat study, proved that cat dung from cats that were fed processed foods, produced sickly beans, verses the healthy bean plants from cats fed a optimum diet (for cats) of raw meat and raw dairy. Some compost and manure products at the garden store are pasteurized, thus killing everything bad and all the good guys too. Micro-organisms in the soil make the plants healthy.
Mercury Fillings I started to get my mercury fillings (the ADA likes to call them silver fillings so they won't sound toxic. The metal colored fillings are about 50% mercury, 30% silver and the rest other metals) replaced in November of 1998. I had the second quadrant removed in April 1999, but I was unable to tolerate the removal procedure very well. I got depressed each time. I now believe that the chelating supplements caused this. De-toxing too fast can cause depression and cleansing is hard on a malnourished body. I decided to give mercury removal a rest for a while then, in March 2004, I had to get that nickel crown replaced due to a cavity under it. I went ahead and got the filling beside it replaced as long as that side of my mouth was numb. I used no supplements that time. Other than a lot of fatigue, I was fine.
In June 2005, I got the last quadrant of mercury fillings replaced. I am so glad that is
over with. I caused me to be very fatigued and stiff.
Since then, I have been rolfed a few times. It helped me to loosen me up
after all that stress and pain. The numbing medication so did not work much.
I think a good part of my exhaustion may have been due to numbing medication, getting stuck in
my mouth tissues. The rolfer worked on my mouth to rid my body
of all that numbing medicine.
More on the toxic nature of dental materials can be found at:
Also, mercury can cause
What I Am Doing to Heal My Body
Updated May 2008
When I fall short of these goals, I try not to beat myself up to much about it. Doing some of these things is better than doing none of them.
And I do fall short of my goals often. I do not get outside or exercise every day. This causes me to be depressed, constipated, lack energy, and have insomnia. I sometimes go to bed after 10 PM. Seems the later I go to bed, the harder it is to fall asleep, and get up the next morning. I also eat at 7 PM once in a while, then I can't sleep, and also wake up with crud in my eyes. I often get up way too late, probably because I ate and/or went to bed too late. This causes insomnia since I have not been up long enough to be tired. And getting up too late, also seems to make me constipated. I spend way too much time on the computer. Being on the computer seems to cause me to loose track of time, which keeps me from eating on time, and drinking enough water. Using the computer after after dinner, keeps me from sleeping at all.
I go through periods where I practically watch no TV. During these times, I feel so much better. But when I am not feeling well or I am depressed, I watch more TV. I read that depressed people watch more TV. I think it might be because they are not motivated to do much of anything else. Unfortunately, TV makes depression worse. It also seems to cause insomnia and constipation. It does for me anyway.
Both the TV and the computer mess with the
function of the pineal gland, probably produce bad energy fields, keep me from getting
anything else done, causes insomnia and lack of exercise. Ever notice how still folks
are watching TV or sitting at the computer? I read that you use up less calories watching TV
then if you were sitting in the same chair just staring at the wall. I think this is because
being mesmerized by the TV, slows your whole system down. Not moving all day will certainly
cause constipation, which I believe is a major problem contributing to MCS. It seems like making
one little mistake messes up everything else.
I hope this list helps you. I know it is more fun to talk about what goes into a body then to talk about what comes out. But if we talked more about that sort of thing, maybe this stuff would be common knowledge.
The Moral of this Story if there is One
Updated May 2008
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities is a sign of a weak tired body. I believe it is mostly due to lack of sleep, a hectic lifestyle, a poor diet. Many times, being bombarded by chemicals all at once or over a long period, a little at a time causes MCS. Avoidance of toxic substances will avoid symptoms, but will not cure the liver. I think glutatione is key to repairing the body. There have been tests that show MCS folks have a lower level of glutathione in the body. I believe major changes should include eating more the way our bodies were designed to eat. Eat more saturated fat, less grain, and no processed food at all (which would include all sugar, artificial sugars, table salt, white flours, pasteurized dairy and fruit juice, and almost anything in a bag, box, can, bottle or jar). Saturated fat being bad for you is yet another myth propagated by the vegetable oil industry. They had to convince the public that saturated fat was bad, so we would buy their products. The Weston A Price has a great list of dos and don'ts here they are:
More about Weston A Price
Listening to the food industry's idea of healthy eating has gotten us all into this mess. The food pyramid was bought and paid for by the grain lobbyists. Eating 11 servings of grain a day, will make you fat enough to sell at market. Anyway, don't get me going.
When I read "Nourishing Traditions", it all made sense to me. The things you hear on TV or read in most magazines about what to eat to be healthy, are designed to make someone a lot of money not make anyone healthy.
I almost forgot, home-made beef broth is a big part of my healing from MCS because,
Gelatin rich homemade broth helps the liver to de-tox.
I eat so much soup, I think I will turn into soup.
When I put this website together, I honestly believed eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sunshine, exercise, and sleep would cure me. Don't get me wrong, those things are good for you, but those things did not cure me. I don't know what causes MCS, and I really don't know what cures it. I now think that I was wrong thinking simple things like good food will fix MCS. For me, IV glutathione healed me of MCS. This past year, I have been taking readisorb (glutathione wrapped in oil so it is stable and will reach the cells all over the body). But I do second guess that assumption. There could be some unknown reason, I got a lot better.
I started this website with the hopes that I could help others get well again, just as soon as I found the cure. I have done a lot of research and I never found a cause or cure.
I got an e-mail from a lady that switched from nebulized Glutathione to IV Glutathione
because of what she read on my site. So I am happy to have helped that 1 person.
She says she is feeling better each week.
It would be nice to have every MCS person cured and our own
kids will never have heard of MCS
Only when the last tree has died,
And the last river been poisoned,
And the last fish been caught,
Will we realize that we cannot eat money.
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