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Saying Good Night to the Dust Mite

They’re creepy and allergenic. But you can minimize the mites.

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Your House Has Mold!

From the archives. Published in Allergic Living magazine, Summer 2007. It’s a humid summer day. You descend the basement stairs and that damp, dusky smell hits you. Or you look under the kitchen sink and see a dark stain near a dripping pipe. Perhaps you peel back a piece of carpet in a damp area and spot the […]

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Chemicals Tied to Early Puberty

If you or your child have asthma or allergies you have probably already been trying to reduce your exposure to chemicals in your home. It turns out that you may be doing yourselves more of a favour than you know. A study recently published in the American Journal of Pediatrics, shows that chemicals that we […]

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What is Mold?

Molds are microscopic fungi that grow all around us, both indoors and out. Inside, mold thrives in humid areas like the shower or the basement. Outside, you’ll find it growing in shady areas where there is dampness or where vegetation is decomposing. Mold reproduces by sending out tiny spores that float through the air, looking […]

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How You Can Help Lessen Smog, Bad Air

How you live makes a difference to the air you breathe. 1. Automobile Advice Let’s start with your vehicle. If you’re driving an SUV, it burns one-half to two-thirds more fuel than a regular car. As for cars, newer models can vary con­siderably on environmental and energy efficiency, so compare both fuel effi­ciency and emission […]

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Dampness at Home Linked to Kids’ Nasal Allergies

Reuters Health is reporting on a large Finnish study that finds children who live in damp or water-damaged homes may be more likely than other kids to develop nasal allergies. Sixteen per cent of the children with dampness reported in the home went on to be diagnosed with allergic rhinitis over the next six years. […]

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The Queen of Stylish Green

Andrea Kantelberg’s interior design studio is pure white. White walls, white table, white chairs. The headquarters of Kantelberg Design is more like a canvass than an office, a space where Canada’s doyenne of green design can create in the high style meets healthy design aesthetic for which she’s now known. Kantelberg has made a name […]

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Allergic Living’s Safe Paint Picks

Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint line www.benjaminmoore.ca Why? Zero-VOC paint and tint line; interior and exterior paints. Boomerang Recycled Paint www.boomerangpaint.com Why? Recycled paint that’s low-VOC. Easy on the environment, made in Canada. Mythic Non-Toxic Paint www.mythicpaint.com Why? Great paint: no-VOCs; lovely colours; a company proud of its certifications. Farrow and Ball Clay Paint www.farrow-ball.com Why? A […]

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True Colors: Non-toxic Painting

From the Allergic Living archives. First published in the magazine in 2009. Painting a room or two is the single easiest project to undertake to improve the look of your home. A fresh coat brightens a room, and a properly chosen colour can help to set a mood. And importantly in tough economic times, paint […]

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Home Free: Allergy-Proofing the House

For those with environmental and chemical sensitivities, a house sealed tight can lead to symptoms such as runny noses, scratchy eyes and throats, and even asthma attacks. To clear the air, Allergic Living sizes up the allergic dangers that lurk in the typical household, and proposes solutions – one room at a time. Basement Furnace Room […]

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