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The Day I Fell in Love… with a font

One day in June, 2014: It was a rainy, damp day. Mould spores were antagonising my sinuses; and … [Continue Reading]

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My Reviews Are Back (as am I!)

Due to being under the weather for most of this year, I've not been reviewing products that I find … [Continue Reading]


How Lilla Rose Tamed my Hair

This article could be called 'How to Maintain Long Hair When Sensitive to Chemicals'; however, 'How … [Continue Reading]


Netherland Dwarfs: taking care of them in Australia

This year, after four years of studying, I have my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. It's … [Continue Reading]

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Trailer for Allergic to Life: my battle for survival, courage and hope

Today, I found out (through a new blog I'm now following: Meeka's Mind), that there is a an actual … [Continue Reading]

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Dead Birds on the Sand

By Michellina van Loder For me, the song, ‘Teenage Crime’, is associated with dead birds on the … [Continue Reading]

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The Great Leap Sideways

Thilde Jensen's exhibition, 'The Visible Edge of an Invisible Trauma', shown over at The Great Leap … [Continue Reading]

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Prozac Nation: for dogs

Never in my life did I expect to be taking my dog to see a Psychologist. It just seemed too … [Continue Reading]


Greenpeace: Plant Breeding without Engineering

Plant breeding without genetic engineering. Cause it's a thing, yeh? … [Continue Reading]

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Ordered Eating, Sublingual Testing, and Traffic Fumes

Last Thursday week (of JANUARY this year!), I went to see my treating Immunologist and Allergist, Dr … [Continue Reading]


Choose Friendships Over Fragrances

Often, asking someone to forgo using his or her fragrance products (such as perfume, aftershave, washing powder, or hairspray) can be awkward. You just don't know how that person will react. I've had all sorts of responses, from kind acceptance of my request, to utter outrage—stemming from their … [Read more]

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Organic Bras

The fabric used in the manufacture of organic bras is made up of non-toxic materials; usually it’s cotton or hemp. The elastic can be a problem for some people because it has petrochemicals in either the rubber (or spandex) of it. For others it is hardly noticeable, if at all. And for most people it goes away after a few washes (oh, all right, a lot of washes for the severely … [Read More]


What it’s Like to Wear a Mask, Part II (9.2 years later)

There are some people who need to wear a mask over their face to help them try to avoid symptoms bought on by breathing in allergens they are allergic to. There are other people who do the same because they have become sensitised to some/or all of the chemical ingredients in fragrances. And, more controversially so, there are people who wear one because they have become … [Read More...]

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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

Source: theage.com.au via The-Labyrinth on Pinterest   Is eating organic foods better for you than eating conventional? That's what 16 year-old science student, Ria Chhabra, asked herself when she decided to find out if eating organic really was more beneficial to our health. How did she do this? She used fruit flies, which have 75% of the genes that cause disease … [Read More...]


Dead birds, possibly starved to death with full stomachs of plastic

Dead Birds on the Sand

By Michellina van Loder For me, the song, ‘Teenage Crime’, is associated with dead birds on the sand; the obesity-inducing, type-2-diabetes-contributing drink, Coca-Cola; blood boiling and Tony Abbott’s semantic play with … [Read More...]

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