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From Harmful to Harmony: 5 Steps to Allergy-Free Personal Care

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If you've read my story, Allergic — or Toxic?, you'll understand that the chemical soup in which we live can cause a vast array of troubling health issues. However, these simple choices and changes can dramatically improve your health. Start here:

Resolve to quit smoking, ASAP! Tobacco smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide (gas chamber poison), arsenic, and benzene.

Drink plenty of pure water daily. Many so-called illnesses or allergies are actually a chronic state of dehydration! But don't just go to your kitchen sink. Tap water is chemically treated to remove impurities, and these chemicals aren't something you want to ingest. Buy refillable BPA-free plastic jugs at your local health food store or water store (glass is even better if you can lift them) and keep them filled with filtered water. The system most commonly used in water machines is reverse osmosis, often coupled with other processes. If you own your home, consider investing in a whole-house water filtration system.

Install a shower filter. Bathing in chlorinated water is as harmful as drinking it. In some communities, the water is now being treated with chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia! Immersing your skin in harsh chemicals every day can definitely lead to an allergic reaction. You can buy chlorine shower filters at most health food stores. Filters that remove chloramines are less easy to locate. One good model is Vitashower, which uses Vitamin C as its dechlorinating agent. Also check natural products catalogues, such as Real Goods and Gaiam.

Eat fewer "convenience foods" and more whole foods.

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Hey there,

I was wondering if you could please give a citation for the 90-95% pesticide "content" of children.

And another one for the source of your assumption that the body can't dispose any of these things along with other wastes that the liver, kidneys, and intestines eliminate daily. Where, exactly, do they build up? (One "natural" body waste is ammonia, which is a component of urine ... why wouldn't the body just eliminate any ammonia in water, for example)


April 15, 2010 - 8:56am
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Anonymous (reply to CanadianBroad)

Thanks for your comment. First of all, please re-read page two of the article; you are confusing two statements. The study referred to the amount of pesticide residues children absorb by their first birthday; the 90-95% statistic is where pesticide residues are found (predominantly in meat, fish, and dairy products).

Here's a link to one article that addresses pesticide residues in children: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/realfiles/members/1995/Suppl-6/thomas-full.html

In terms of detoxification, our bodies do their best to keep us healthy, but the level of toxins we are exposed to in the 21st century is far beyond what we were designed to handle. When our channels of elimination become overloaded, the body begins to store toxins in fat cells. This article goes into more depth: http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3010

I also have an extensive recommended reading list which I'd be happy to email you. A few books on it: Staying Well in a Toxic World http://www.amazon.com/Staying-Well-Toxic-World-Understanding/dp/0965365913/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271350218&sr=1-2 Never Be Sick Again http://www.amazon.com/Never-Be-Sick-Again-Health/dp/1558749543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271350450&sr=1-1

Hope this is helpful!


April 15, 2010 - 9:57am

Hi Susan,

Thanks for writing! Environmental toxins don't really cause "allergies" in the usual sense; it's just a term that's familiar to most people. When your body reacts to chemicals that you absorb through the air, water, food, and skin, that's a sign of environmental toxic overload. Please see the first article in this series for more background: Allergic — Or Toxic?.

A genetic predisposition to something, on the other hand, would fall under the category of a true "allergy". While reducing your toxic load can certainly help —because the healthier you are in general, the better equipped your body is to deal with any situation — I would recommend working with a health care professional to see what can be done to reduce or eliminate inherited allergies.

April 8, 2009 - 2:04pm
HERWriter Guide


Thank you for these great tips.

Can you explain a little about the difference between environmental allergies and inherited allergies. Can you doing anything about the latter?

April 8, 2009 - 1:41pm
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