Weight Loss and Allergy Flares

As you may remember, I was feeling rather ill early in the week. I’ve had a nasty cold since last Friday, in which my throat was on fire and coughing was a killer. One day I drank apple cider vinegar and raw honey all day [Homemade Cough Syrup and Other Remedies], the next I decided […]


The New Normal

It’s an interesting conundrum: When you’ve started to remove allergens and experience relief from symptoms, how do you know when your body is functioning normally again? How do you know when your body is experiencing no more allergy symptoms? If you’re anything like me or the people whose stories I’ve read, you suffered from allergy […]


How I Became Allergic to Natural and Artificial Flavours (and Colours)

Just over a year ago, an allergist gave me a patch test that changed my life. Those chemical-filled patches taped all over my back helped him to identify five contact allergens that answered a lot of questions about why I had been feeling so awful, inside and out. A year later I am still learning […]


Is Fibromyalgia Related to Allergies?

This is a concept that has been zig-zagging through my head for the past while. Honestly, it was more a group of concepts, but one key trigger seems to be bringing the situation into clearer focus. I’m not a doctor, but I think this theory bears investigation. About Allergies Allergy symptoms I have experienced: Runny […]


The Crisis Isn’t Over – Update

See last week’s post here This time last week, I was coming from the most horrible night itching and holding my sheets off my skin with my hands and teeth, for the short time that I actually stayed in bed. I was debating whether to go to the doctor and fighting my unfounded concerns about […]


The Crisis is Far From Over

My body seems to have gotten stuck in a cycle of inflammation after that house-wide contamination a few weeks ago. I tried to use topical steroids a little less because my skin was getting inflamed, but my switch to tacrolimus (Protopic) on my body was doing nothing for my rash. The inflammation feeds the development […]


Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

It was with disgust one day that we found our cat had been peeing on a specific area of carpet. Carpets are hard to clean, and even harder if the urine gets into the padding underneath. Luckily, I had made a pet stain remover already, but we felt it was time to clean the whole […]


Ridiculous Consumer Products Created to Sell More Stuff

We know that the developed world runs on consumerism. Companies employ people by providing a product or service. They make themselves relevant by continuing to update or improve that product or service to sell more. They employ people and pay these people wages, and these people again in turn buy more “stuff” and keep the […]


New Life for Old Clothing: Moving Forward

I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to adjust my clothing use and my wardrobe to reduce my allergic reactions. My daughter and husband can still wear polyester, even though my propylene glycol allergy means that polyester and possibly spandex are off the table for me. More than half […]


Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Antibacterials

We’ve all seen the antibacterial designation on hand and dish soaps. You may even have seen the same on packages of shower curtain liners or athletic wear. But what does this mean? To the company who produced the product, it means that antimicrobial agents have been impregnated into the fibres or substance of the product […]