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Building materials often emit (out gas) volatile organic chemicals (VOCS) into the air. Chemically injured (or the resulting state of chemically sensitive) people must wisely choose materials which have low or no VOCS. Selecting poplar or oak as hardwood, over pressed wood products which contain formaldehyde in the glue, is an example of a wise choice. Selecting zero VOC paint, preferably one which not only contains no formaldehyde but also is capable of sealing in harmful VOCS emitting from the substrait (sheetrock), is wise. See Formaldehyde: Our Homes and Health for more information. Selecting a tile or hardwood floor over a synthetic carpet would also be preferred. A new or newly renovated home which is made of 'normal' building materials can be very hazardous to the chemically sensitive person. Houses which advertise 'new paint and carpet' are truly scarey! For do-it-yourself tips on various projects, check out the DIY site at, although they are not giving special attention to the needs of the chemically sensitive.

These listings have been gathered from various sources and are presented here with the intent to provide hard won information to anyone whom it may help. If you find that the names, phone numbers, addresses or such are out of date in any way, or you feel there is a significant change or addition which should be made to these resources, please be so kind as to Contact Us.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse people, products or services. We do not give medical advice. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Please check with health-care professionals of your own choice. I am not a doctor and I do not give medical advice. The author is a chemically injured person who is extremely chemically sensitive (reactive) and who has just had a lot of personal experience in trying to survive chemical insults and toxic exposures.

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