Featured Posts: Build an Eco-Friendly, Allergy-Free House

The Letter from my Treating Allergist and Immunologist in Regards to Building a Safe Home

This is a copy of my doctor's letter written specifically for my situation so that I can get help from tradespeople and product manufactures while building a home safe enough … Continue reading


Virtual Eco-House Tour

All readers welcome to my home: My safe, allergy-free and eco-friendly home. Ready for the tour we promised? Take your shoes off. Only socks or Japanese slippers … Continue reading

A sun study of an eco-freindl y house. It shows sunlight splashed across the room in June, which is winter in Australia

Part I: An Allergy-Free, Eco-Friendly Kitchen

This is the first post in ‘An Allergy-Free, Eco-Friendly Kitchen’ series. And to save you reading it all at once, I’ve broken up this one long post into handy bit-sized … Continue reading

Polyvor Aluminium and Glass Doors

How to Avoid Slab Moisture Ingress

Slab moisture ingress can cause indoor mould growth because it not only adds moisture and humidity to the indoor air environment but it can also cause the house to act as a … Continue reading


KLM Plumbing

Meet Kale, our plumber for the project Build an Eco-Friendly, Allergy-free House. Kale has his own business, KLM Plumbing, based in the Bellarine/Surf Coast region of … Continue reading


Building Products/Tradespeople Reviews

Hey there! Just a short post to let you know that all the services and building products I use that work out for me and don't impact on my health will be reviewed on this … Continue reading



Modakboard as Plaster Walling In an attempt to Build an Eco-friendly, Allergy-free House, we have extensively tested a batch of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) board to use as flooring … Continue reading

Our Modakboard samples

I’m Not a Hippy But… I’ve got a composting toilet!

Because my boyfriend and I are in the process of building an eco-friendly, allergy-free house (aka Freedom), with people working on site and all, we realised we needed a … Continue reading


How to Begin Building a House… with Ganesha

We bought our block, out on the Surf Coast of Victoria, Australia, back in 2011. In 2012 we engaged the services of EcoDesigner and Draftsperson, Quin Wyatt, hoping he … Continue reading


Featured Books

Allergic to Life

Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat My rating: 5 of 5 stars Not only is Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope a wonderful resource and reference … [Read More...]

Book Review: Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Understanding Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Causes, Effects, Personal Experiences and Resources by Els Valkenburg My rating: 5 of 5 stars I inhaled this book in one sitting, literally. I gassed myself on the … [Read More...]

End Sex Trafficking: Women and Girls Are Not For Sale

Today is End Sex Trafficking Day, a day when you can help change the world by buying a book: End Sex Trafficking - Let's Be Impossible to Ignore The book is due out 26 October 2012. Here's the gist of it: When … [Read More...]

For the Love of Books…

A blogger friend recently created a post, Paper Books verses eBooks, about her love of books, the way she deals with 'outgassing' petrochemical based inks from them; and she expressed her interest in finding out how other … [Read More...]

More Featured Books

The potential harmful effects of exposure to molds in inhabited buildings were recognized in early Biblical times. In the Old Testament ~ King James Version, Oxford 1888 Edition, Chapter XIV: Verses through to 34 to 37 Dr Mark Donohoe I recently saw one of the most famous MCS Doctors in Australia, Dr Mark Donohoe, expecting to get […]

A Yogic Life

Music: All is fair in love and war (Oriah original)

All is fair in love and war ~ an original Oriah song One of my favourite Yogis just took the brave step of following her dream; and she made a video encouraging others to follow there's. Here she is with the first … [Read More...]

More on Yoga and Exercise

Building Biology

New Research Paper by Nicole Bijlsma ~ Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Unveiling the Elephant in the Room

Building Biologist and author of Healthy Home Healthy Family, Nicole Bijlsma has published the following paper titled,    ‘Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice: Unveiling the Elephant in the Room‘, it discusses ways in which the link between human health and environmental exposure can be managed. It’s an exciting way forward for people who are sensitive to chemicals […]

More on Building Biologists

MCS Life Hacks

How to Seal a Whole House with Foil

My last post was about The Many Varied and Delightful Uses for Foil. One of the listicle points was about sealing the floor and fittings with aluminium foil to make the place liveable. For example: The sea-side rental … [Read More...]

10 Uses for Foil

During Creative Nonfiction class at Victoria University (VU) with the wonderfully inclusive teacher and writer, Michelle Fincke, one of our assignments was to write for something for Weekend Notes. We learnt about writing … [Read More...]

Sealing Chipboard in the Kitchen (with Foil)

This is one of the first articles I wrote as a chemically sensitive patient back in 2006. I'd been sensitive to chemicals for only two years; and I thought I was so clever when we discovered a way to seal in the … [Read More...]

How to Get Your 3M Mask to Seal Tight

Hello! I've not been around this blog much due to having an awful winter where I lost tolerance to a lot of my safe foods (and as I've just discovered via testing with my Allergist and Immunologist, this was due to the … [Read More...]

More MCS Life Hacks

Latest Research on MCS/ES

Professor Martin Pall’s Research

As some of my readers may have already gathered: I'm really excited about Martin Pall's research findings. If you watched the last video, The NO/ONOO-Cycle, a New Disease Paradigm, by Pall, you'll know there's a heck of a … [Read More...]

The potential harmful effects of exposure to molds in inhabited buildings were recognized in early Biblical times. In the Old Testament ~ King James Version, Oxford 1888 Edition, Chapter XIV: Verses through to 34 to 37 Dr Mark Donohoe I recently saw one of the most famous MCS Doctors in Australia, Dr Mark Donohoe, expecting to get […]


Cars in Australia and the US: Is the New Car Smell Bad for your Health?

Of course we all remember the article, a little while back now, about how: Dr Geoffrey Evens Suffers with MCS-like Symptoms with New Cars? Evens, the Research Scientist who bought a new car that set of his formaldehyde allergy he picked up while working in a laboratory for years. Well, the gist of this story is long-winded, something that’s […]

More on Cars and Health

Fragrance Chemicals

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]

Which poison will change your life?

Today, I came across the book Which Poison Will Change Your Life by Glenna Chance. She's an illness activist who has written this book seeking to reverse society's toxic trends. Due to an illegal pesticide application in 1988, Chance was poisoned. At the time she was pursing a career in music; … [Read more]

A Short Story About Dirty Fucking Balls

In Melbourne's, the Age, newspaper, today, the article: Sexism Dovetails with Hypocrisy, by Nina Funnell and Dannielle Miller, attempts to shed light on more than just Unilever's moronic sexist advertising: "Remember that Dove campaign featuring women of all different shapes, colours and sizes … [Read more]

How to Outgas Toilet Paper

Toilet paper can be a massive pain in the butt sinuses! You see, there are toilet papers sold as hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and allergy free; then there are the unscented versions… Finding a brand that doesn’t have fragrance chemicals in it is a game of pin the tail on the donkey. Often, the … [Read more]

Bras for People Sensitive to Chemical-Irritants

Bras for Chemically Sensitive People

This post, on bras for people who're sensitive to chemicals, starts with conventional bras through to organic. I've yet to find an organic bra that I'm comfortable wearing everyday; so it's been a matter of them being non-chemically odorous, bright in colour, pretty, durable and supportive, and in that order, to fit my taste. As soon as I find a bra that fits this criteria I … [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...]

Take off your bra!

Okay, I'm having a terrible day, all because I drove my daughter to school this morning. (We usually leave at 8.00 am to avoid the traffic but today we were running late and left at 8.20 am, and had to crawl our way through the backstreets, and noxious traffic fumes that stung my eyes and nostrils like the fumes from caustic soda.) And now I'm sitting, writing this, with a … [Read More...]

A Masked Duality

Lately, I’ve been wearing the 9913, 3M Particulate Respirator Nuisance Level Organic Vapour Release (that’s the fancy name for this type of mask I use) everywhere I go. Everywhere. I. Go. If I don’t wear it, breathing in solvents, or petrochemical vapours can make me ill. For days… In a Zen-like way, the duality of life dictates to us all that there are good and bad elements … [Read More...]

Maskology: The Study of People Wearing Masks

Today, I'm excited to launch our very own MCS Labyrinth Pinterest Account: a collection of boards with images linking to all the diamonds and gems out there relating to sensitivities to chemicals, including support groups and organisations - sourced world-wide; gorgeous people wearing masks; and many more… (If you’re not familiar with it – Pinterest is a way for you to organise … [Read More...]


How Going Vegan Helped my Relationship with My SuperMan

(This post discusses adult topics and uses adult words written in an Australian vernacular.) I've spent 13 years, 14 this September, practicing the only known treatment for inhalant allergies to chemicals: avoidance behaviour. Due to digestion issues related to food intolerance that hit in 2002-3, at the age of 33 after years of normal chemical use, although I did love the … [Read More...]

How To Explain Why You’re Vegan

From: The Vegan Activist comes one of the most helpful videos so far. I have issues with being vegan, well not really, it's just I have to spend my life asking people to not wear fragrance and sprays so that I can access buildings like University, doctors, specialists and even friends and family. Adding veganism into the mix just makes it weirder, scarier. I don't want to … [Read More...]

See the World Through Vegan Eyes

For those who are not vegan and like to send texts stating: 'Ethically Murdered Meat', where when we click on the link and it goes to an organic or, sorry, Biodynamic butcher shop. It's not funny. I care about these animals, greatly. Please respect the idea that some humans have woken up and are in touch with what is actually happening to living beings before you say dumb … [Read More...]


Détournement, Coca-Cola, Greenpeace and More Dead Birds on the Sand

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act ~ George Orwell In the book, Beautiful Trouble: A Cookbook for a Revolution, one tactic used to re-appropriate common cultural artefacts … [Read More...]

More on Greenpeace

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
Translate »