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Updated on January 27, 2010

All Natural for dining, cleaning and living

At 45 years of learning about my body, environment and my ilness ( systemic mastocytosis) a form of luekemia, My body rejected many natural and un-natural things. Severe allergies have plagued my immune system and its response to myself (auto-immune) and to the vast chemicals that are everywhere( including our foods).

3 years ago I experienced a mast cell event ( much mold from a steam cleaner blew in my face)  At which point I became allergic to most everything on earth! I lost 45 pounds in 4 weeks due to severe reactions (anaphalaxis) The once enjoyed eggs, seafood, nuts, milk and chemicals such as red dyes, bht, mono sodium glutemate were all the enemy now, among other more benign foods such as salt and oils( olive, soybean, butter, ect,.) My lung fuction went to between 50 and 60 percent!  Everyday now a new allergen was posing a real threat to my life.

Now with not being able to eat many things, I found out I could not cook them, wear them or touch them as well!  Our skin absorbs much as do our lungs ! Lesson 101 ........Wow this was much different than just being allergic to much.  My survival is at play here! 

Over the last 3 years I have gained weight by changing my diet to an all natural( organic when offered) feast of the fruits and veggies that my body tell me is correct for me!  Meats include fresh cut steaks(red when purchased) chicken(frozen) and just in general natural without mold and bacteria!

     Finding substitute for chemicals when cleaning include using free and clear products, such as "7th Generation" or another product with no harsh dyes and chemicals.  Sea salt is a great way to clean  baked on food from pans!   Soak first then remove excess water ....add sea salt directly to surface and gently rub away!  Much cheaper than S.O.S. pads and much better for your skin and you! For laundry I use some essential oils for extra boost cleaning and a fresh scent. Add 4 to 5 drops of white camphor or peppermint oil. Making sure to only buy 100 percent essential oils.

     To my dismay my favorite dressing (blue cheese) has not only anchovies within the concoction, but kraft has propylene glycol (anti-freeze) , although it did leave out the anchovies!  You should see me shop for groceries.  My trip to Target could last over two hours reading labels and possibly needing glasses to read!

    Most people can not deal black mold, its toxic......yes its natural but very bad for humans!  Realizing I am much more sensitive than the average joe.....however my body seems to have a red alert lite on when I come in contact with unhealthy substances!  So here I go with my rant on how important a clean home is......

First and the expensive air filter for your return......18 dollars every 3 months is well worth the price when you realize that it is catching more than just huge chunks of debris floating around the ole home! Second ... Do Not leave water standing......on floor, carpet , in tub. ect.  Much easier the keep your home clean when you don;t allow it to become excessively dirty. Third....keep washer and toilet lid up.. Mold makes its mark when in dark places. Keep a nite lite on.      Yes it keeps the monster (mold) away !  Fourth, Vacuum at least once a week. Dust is not all it seems ! The dust bunny is made up of mold, chemicals and just in general a dirt catcher of all.

      Maybe some of this sounds O.C.D. but my reality is that my immune system is already compromised but my 45 years here were comprised of me being a cosmotologist and living near a farm with many pesticides were dumped on me and near me!  What I am sharing is at the very least true and important!

     LOOK at your food ingredients..........smell your air quality...........You will see a diff in both at your home if you follow simple guidelines to keep mold and chemicals at bay! I use hepa filters because I have too...but a few friends of mine changed their habits and now they smell what I smell, their taste has improved and they appreciate !

                           To breathing deep,         



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      Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and comment. I know mold triggers so much .... and yes sinus issues are certainly one of them. Take great care and Happy Holidays.



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      Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub Mia - I have sometimes wondered if my sinus problems are triggered by mold, so your experiences are interesting.

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      Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so mych Yeshuan

      yes indeed you saw for yourself what battles small and large that can stand in my way. Thank you for being there for me..... and still there as well!

      I am here for you too!


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      Yeshuan 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Having spent a lot of time with you, I learned a lot about how quickly things can get out of hand. Your ability to adjust is phenomenal and speaks to just how awesome you are!

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      Momma Mia 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Ben so sorry it has taken me this long to realize that you left a comment here. I had just started here at excuse but it is the only one i have forgive me and thank you in advance.

      Thanks for the read and I am glad you found this hub useful!

      Good luck to you and your precious girls!



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      Ben Zoltak 8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Mia this is a very well written and informative article, well done. My girls sneeze like madness around our little second story apartment, I have been noticing black mold forming in the corners of our bathroom. After reading your warning here I am going to scrub it away, I think we have a bottle of Fantastic spray around here to do the trick!