Tips for Decreasing Toxic Load

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The following is Part 2 of Dr. Lisa Nagy's article entitled "Household Mold and Marital Discord." Here she discusses ways we can lighten our toxic load.

Stay Well in this Toxic World

Even if you don't have mold in your home, do these things first to maintain or increase health:

- No perfume (read labels on body care products since many contain fragrance).

- Eliminate pesticide use at home and buy organic as much as possible.

- Change your detergent to one that is non-toxic and fragrance free.

- Three mainstays of living a non-toxic life:

 >> Clean Air

 >> Clean Food

 >> Eat organic when possible

- Rotate foods every four days to prevent or reduce food allergies and addictions.

- Remove foods from your diet that trigger symptoms.

- Clean water.

- Choose water filtered through coconut charcoal in stainless steel bottles or drink water delivered in glass bottles.

- Avoid water in plastic bottles since it increases our toxic load.

Self-Test for Sensitivities

Like LSD (an ergot alkaloid) or hallucinogenic mushrooms, many molds produce mind-altering chemicals that can permeate the entire home, including clothing and furniture. Assess whether or not the clothing, fabric or furniture is toxic by spending five days in another location in fresh clothes before returning home to your habitual clothes and furniture. If you are intolerant to the items, this will determine their toxicity and your possible environmental illness.

Chemical sensitivity is synonymous with food allergies. Self-test foods for allergy symptoms by removing suspect food from your diet completely for five days. On the sixth day, eat a lot of that food alone for lunch and observe how you feel in the following minutes, hours and days. For example, I get a massive headache to peanuts the morning after I eat them. Take the offending food out of the diet for two to three months, then reintroduce it once a week as tolerated. Observe cause and effect in your own home.

Say No to Mold

Homeopath and board-certified environmental medical specialist Dr. Doris Rapp asks people to evaluate what they recently ate, touched or smelled when a person or family member is feeling bad or misbehaving. These are the clues to figuring out your sensitivities and those of your family. Keep humidity low, below fifty percent, to prevent mold growth, and always address water leaks the first day they occur.