Preventing COVID-19 Requires Adequate Ventilation — How Susceptible Are You?
A new article in The Atlantic asks, “Why Aren’t We Talking More About Ventilation?” People with chemical intolerance have been asking this question for decades. As the COVID19 pandemic drags on, we’d expect more interest in making sure the air we share in buildings is as clean and fresh as possible. Instead, what we’ve seen is a […]Read more
TILT-ed Texan Spreads Toxic-Chemical Awareness to Save Lives
For over 100 days in 1996, Melanie Cambron experienced migraines so severe she couldn’t leave her home. Other maladies surfaced during this time — all of which had no reasonable explanation. It wasn’t until she discovered she was one of the many people experiencing Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), that everything changed. “My symptoms kept escalating,” Cambron […]Read more
Military Families Face Danger — From the Homes They’re Provided
The relatives of American soldiers encounter harmful daily exposure from environmental issues found in the housing they’re provided with by the U.S. Government, reports show. Black mold, plumbing problems, poor water quality, and other concerns are among the harms to which service members, their spouses, and children are exposed. These complications originate from low-quality construction, according […]Read more
Roughly 25% of Air Freshener Ingredients are Toxic to Your Health
Fragrances can make a home go from smelling objectionable to welcoming — they can also cause severe health concerns in sensitive individuals. Researchers studied the substances found in these products for years, and their results communicate a serious message: Air fresheners have the potential to trigger bodily reactions such as respiratory problems, migraine headaches, and asthma […]Read more
Have You Ever had an Adverse Drug Reaction?
Many severe side effects of prescription drugs are not reported, according to new findings from JAMA Internal Medicine Moreover, the researchers who completed the study comment that current FDA regulatory practices need reform, especially the process used to report harm caused by medical devices. “Over the last 4 decades, the approval and regulation processes for […]Read more
Are Too-Tiny-to-See Particles Polluting Your Community?
Toxic exposures in the air can trigger severe health problems — worse, certain pollutants are so small that they can enter and harm any part of the body. These microscopic “nanoparticles,” emitted from a wide range of products, from candles to cars, can cause numerous illnesses, according to published research. Nanoparticles even have resulted in death. […]Read more
Chemical Intolerance: A Case Study
A 27-year old woman with a history of chemical, food, and drug intolerances reported difficulty in finding a place to live where she was not symptomatic. Her apartment had recently become uninhabitable when new neighbors began using fragranced candles, essential oils, and similar substances in an adjacent unit. She reported major changes in symptoms before, […]Read more
Are You Chemically Intolerant?
Common complaints of Chemical Intolerance (CI), or Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) include difficulties with memory and concentration, fatigue, headaches, weakness, and mood changes such as extreme irritability, and depression. Gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin problems are also reported. The Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) is a validated questionnaire used worldwide to assess intolerances […]Read more
The Nose Knows, But Not Always
Odors can serve as important warning signals for Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT). An odor can let us know when a chemical is present that is not good for us, or has the potential to make us sick. It is not always easy to identify a harmful chemical, however. Some initiators and/or triggers lack any […]Read more
Six Alternative Cleaning Recipes that May Decrease Risk of Children Being Overweight
Many people know that household chemicals such as cleaning products can be harmful, especially when it comes to young children. A recent study found an association between exposure to household disinfectants and higher body mass index (BMI) at age three. This study also found that a child is less likely to be overweight when eco-friendly […]Read more