Most disease and premature death is caused by exposure to environmental toxins found indoors. But you can protect yourself and your family.. and prevent this from happening to you. As a former victim of chemical poisoning and as a survivor, I understand what is at stake.

I was lucky, on my journey—if you can call it that—to be able to live in actual places designed for someone with chemical sensitivities.

Early on, I bought an 800-square-foot adobe brick house in Arizona specially constructed by a woman who’d suffered from multiple chemical sensitivity before she passed away. It had tile floors and everything inside it was metal or glass, including the table and chairs. There were no drapes, just metal slats on the windows. When anyone went inside or out, airlocks on the roof would kick in and prevent irritating chemicals from entering this environmentally controlled bubble. The kitchen was built fifty feet away from the house to avoid cooking fumes, in a detached building barely big enough for a stove, refrigerator, sink, and table.

It sounded sterile and therefore perfect, but I eventually realized ocean air proved to be the best thing for my breathing and moved to California.

Today, I live in a high tech, energy efficient non toxic home that I built by the pacific ocean.

It has an ultra energy efficient air conditioning system, advanced air filtration for eliminating pollens, molds, and chemicals from inside the home. I have a water filtration system filtering out all chemicals from the water. I use photo voltaic solar panels on the roof that absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity to use in my home. I’m able to sell that back to the electric company.

We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, where pollutants are up to five times higher than outdoors, so these steps have been non-negotiable.

All building materials used for the home are environmentally safe and inert:, walls, ceilings floors, doors, furniture.

It’s important to install ceramic tile, stone, or solid wood on your floors, with washable area rugs instead of using synthetic wall-to-wall carpet containing petrochemical fibers coated with toxic stain resisters.

Triple pane glass and high performance insulation in the walls and ceilings preserves heat and coolness inside our home, saving energy.

Minimizing exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) is a tip I list in my book, Poisoned. I recommend staying a safe distance from your television set and use low-EMF, flat screen computer screens instead of cathode ray tube monitors. I have no EMF inside our home, (no wifi, only Ethernet).

It’s a safe, calming oasis.Totally ZEN. I try to continue to walk the walk and protect myself and my family by living in a non-toxic home.

What steps can you take to help make your home a more safe environment for your family?

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