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Back Decks: The Safe Way to Work with Woods, Stains

Hankering for a handsome back deck? Here’s the low-down on the healthy way to work with woods. With the long, lazy days of summer finally here, there’s nothing like chilling out in the backyard or enjoying a barbecue on a sunny deck. You want your outdoor spaces to be beautiful, welcoming, serene – but especially for people with asthma, allergies and […]

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Mold: What Are Its Effects on Health?

Molds are fungi that exist almost everywhere in the outdoors – and inside, they’re a common component of household dust. But mold can become a nightmare when there’s a large amount and it’s busily forming colonies in your home. Like any pollens, dust and other airborne allergens, mold can cause a host of reactions in […]

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Advice for an Allergy-Friendly, Non-Toxic Kitchen Renovation

For millions of homeowners, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: Your kitchen is so outdated, it could easily pass for a spread in a 1970s IKEA catalog. To boot, the counters are scratched, the cupboard doors are hanging by a thread and the appliances are fast becoming antiques. It’s time for a change – and a new […]

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Could Your House Be Causing Allergies and Asthma?

From the archives. First published in Allergic Living magazine. We’ve sealed ourselves indoors with a toxic stew of gases, dust and mold. Home is just not so sweet any more. As a kid, Michele Chase had severe asthma attacks, which her family put down to the polluted air in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. But […]

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