If you’ve ever wondered if your efforts to make a more natural home environment are worth it, this episode should convince you! Marilee Nelson is an expert on chemical sensitivity and the founder of The House Doctors, a consulting firm dedicated to cleaner, more natural homes.
Due to her long struggle to heal own son’s chemical sensitivities, Marilee sees it as her personal mission to get the word out about the common household materials and foods that may be poisoning our health. She even co-founded a natural line of cleaners I use and love called Branch Basics.
On top of all that, Marilee is a medicinal cook, a board-certified nutritionist, a certified Bau-Biologist and Inspector (which is a building biologist), and a building materials specialist for healthy homes. She has spent nearly 30 years as a Dietary and Environmental Consultant for clients across the country who are chemically-sensitive or chronically ill… not to mention those who are just plain smart and want to have a natural home!
Episode Highlights With Branch Basics
- How Marilee’s own health struggles started her search
- The gripping story of her son’s recovery after a severe chemical overexposure, and what it took to heal him
- Some hidden elements in your home that may be causing major health and behavioral problems
- Cases when conventional products may be better than “green” materials
- The surprising reasons you might want to avoid low- and no-VOC paint (hint: SVOC)
- Why to throw away your CFL bulbs
- The lingering effects of pesticides even inside the home
- Simple steps to purify the air in your home and reduce chemical exposures
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Branch Basics
- Air Doctor air filter
- EMF Kill Switch (Wellness Mama listeners receive 10% off with the code wellnessmama10)
- Smart plug with remote
- Volt meter
- EMF shields I use
- Homebiotic (prevents mold naturally)
- Advanced Chemical Sensors (ask for the 40-hour aldehyde test)
- Durisol concrete forms
- ECOS paints
- EnviroSafe paint
- Great HEPA vacuum
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The average person is exposed to between 134 and 200 chemicals… before they even leave their homes in the morning!
Sometimes we have something that happens to us that has the capacity to wake us up to important truths that are maybe hidden, misunderstood, or not well understood.
Our natural healing process has been hijacked by the established norms of the day.
Have you or a loved one ever struggled with chemical sensitivity? What did you do? I’d also really appreciate if you took two minutes to leave me a review on iTunes. I value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well!
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