Sunday, May 08, 2005

While we're all feeling healthy

I just came across a great list for how to keep a healthy home from issue #230 of Resurgence magazine, p. 40., via Emily at Strangechord:
  • Get rid of your microwave oven, which can leak radiation.
  • Don't seat your children near to elecctrical sources.
  • Install a point-of-source water filter on your kitchen tap. Either we filter the contaminants in water before we use it, or our bodies will be forced to do this for us.
  • Get rid of non-stick-coated cookware, such as Teflon.
  • Switch from plastic bags to cellulose bags.
  • Avoid the use of PVC.
  • Store food in glass jars.
  • Run your tap water first thing each morning to flush out the water than has been standing in pipes overnight.
  • Get rid of synthetic detergents and cleaners, Use lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda instead.
  • Never lay carpet in a kitchen or bathroom where mold can accumulate.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances at night.
  • Replace particle-board furniture with solid wood.
  • Open living-space windows every day.
  • Don't use fragranced personal hygiene products.
    Remove televisions, computers and other electrical appliances from bedrooms.
  • Use radiant floor heating in a closed loop, hot water system. Heat objects, not air.
  • Granite work surfaces emit radiation. Use natural stone, slate or wood instead.
  • Replace PVC floor coverings with linoleum, cork or wood.
  • Fiberglass insulation contains toxins; use wool or recycled newspaper instead.
  • Purchase only clothing and bedding that can be washed. Dry-cleaning uses toxic chemicals.
  • Use two tablespoons of baking soda in a wash cycle to soften fabric. Dry clothes naturally on a clothes line.
  • Replace PVC shower curtains with a glass screen.
  • Use non-chlorine bleached, recycled paper towels and tissues.
  • Sit a minimum of 30 inches away from your computer screen.
  • Keep houseplants in office environments to purify the air.
Aside from the fact that living in apartments doesn't let us choose our heating, insulation, or other building materials, we stack up against this list pretty well.

I hate plastic, and I've been working on getting it out of our kitchen for years. One of the great recent innovations that helps is our local health food store, Ellwood Thompson, uses "corntainers," biodegradable food containers made form corn.

Being sick for so long has made me strongly chemical sensitive (think canary in a coalmine), so we've arrived here along a path of trial and error, as I've worked on diet and lifestyle management for years to avoid pharmaceutical drugs and invasive medical procedures.

The great thing is, by and large, it has worked. And, like any diet or lifestyle change, we'd pick one or two new things, work on them until they became acquired behaviours and second nature, and then went on to learn something else. I didn't realize how many changes we'd made until I was reading through this list.

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