Tiny House #1

Two Tiny House Videos

After making it to the half way point of a moderately sized house, tiny houses are beginning to look good right about now. All that space for fruit trees and vegetable gardens, not to mention our non urban councils’ out bush of Australia having laws that enable people to keep more animals…. Bring on the ducks!

Dirt Patch Heaven

… back to tiny houses: I came across this YouTube channel titled, dirtpatchheaven. This is the second video of theirs that I’ve watched. This one really caught my eye because the builder seems to be willing to work with more specific products, possibly to suit someone with allergies, asthma, MCS, CIRS, and the like? Also, perfect is how they incorporate the owners pieces of furniture into the design of the tiny home. I’m not sure about the doors folding out: that would not pass a BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) 27 guideline stating we can’t have outward opening doors. It’s a fire hazard here. Other than that, this is my favourite design. Still, it’s missing a desk! And then a deck for sun-baking too.

From Dirtpatchheaven

The Labyrinth’s favourite Tiny House Set-up

Life Inside a Box

As far as other tiny house video YouTubers, I’m enamoured by Life Inside a Box; to have watch them grow from this tiny house on desert land to the own paradise. Hell! They are in Arizona too. Possibly my dream place to live. A place where the chemically injured and sick are in the majority.  Shops and dentist cater to their every need. No one dare visits without a shower and clean clothes; plus, for each visitor: another [insert time frame needed!] of using fragrance free products leading up to a visit.

Anyway, vegan wife and man team (as far as i know they are not chemically sensitive; they choose to live this way) have series: From Life Inside a Box.

Do you like tiny houses? Do you know of any that suit people with chemical sensitivities?

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Steps to becoming scent-free: From Breakspear Hospital

Thank you Breakspear Medical, and Patients

Of great interest are the treatments coming out of Breakspear Medical Hospital in the UK. Yes, it’s private, and many cannot afford to go there. But for those who can, well, they are paving the way for people with any or all of the 6 overlapping medical conditions that fall into the category of Environmental Illness: MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)/EHS (Electro Hypersensitivity; ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy, sometimes also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)/SEID (Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease—formerly and still called CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in some countries); CIRS (Mould Illness); Fibromyalgia; Lyme-like Illness, and PTSD.

For the treatments applied and practiced, the research papers, and all the information just like the following to come, will filter down to the public, Big Business and small, and General Practitioners. Eventually.

Here at the Labyrinth we are keeping our eye on Breakspear Medical, among others like Griffith University in Australia who are making groundbreaking research into ME/SEID.

But for now, we’ll share their steps to becoming scent free:

Steps to becoming scent-free

Do not use perfume/aftershave or any scented toiletries

Please avoid using scented soap, standard hair products, skin lotions or any other perfumed toiletries.
Be sure not to wear clothes, which may still have traces of fragrance on them.
Standard cosmetics, such as lip balm, should also be avoided. If you use makeup, please ensure it is scent-free.

Wash and dry your clothes with unscented laundry products

Most laundry detergents, fabric softeners and anti-static dryer sheets are scented, which can adversely affect you and other patients. Use a ‘for sensitive skin’ or scent-free non-biological laundry powder with low perfume levels or none. Note: sometimes it can take several washes to significantly reduce the fragrance from clothes that have been cared for with scented products.
Boric acid will effectively clean your clothes and scent-free anti-static balls in the dryer (which are unscented) will help reduce static and wrinkles.
Dry-cleaned clothes need to be thoroughly aired, by hanging them unwrapped in a well-ventilated area for an extended period before bringing them into the clinic, or if possible, leave them in your car.

Eliminate air fresheners from your environment

Do not use house or car air fresheners, particularly ones that spray into the air, as these can adhere to your clothing, a handbag, briefcase, rucksack or footwear, as well as on hair and skin and leave a detectable scent.
Do not use scented candles or potpourris or burn incense in your home, as these may also leave a scent on hair, skin, clothes and furniture, which could trigger a reaction in you or another patient.

Note: I find it heartbreakingly sad that it’s almost like a friendship test. It’s often the ones who you think who would never do this for you who actually do; and the ones who you think are your like your besties or close family or extended family members who won’t help or outright refuse to, or only half-heartedly try, and then say: “Nothing I do is good enough.”.

What, I, personally find precariously rocky is the resulting fact that friends and family think that if they don’t spray on fragrance or put on scented products that particular day of seeing me, they believe that they are fragrance-free and unscented… If I complain because I feel incredibly sick, or a rash appears on my face and my carer or friends’ mention that it’s fragrance residue that’s the cause, people commonly think that they just can’t please me. They’ve even said, “I did’t wear fragrance today; so what is the point?”. They take it personally. (I used to take it personally too. Ergo, if I want to get better, I can’t sit around or lay in my bed thinking about how much this person has hurt me by their inactions; or how I must be an inconsequential human being for that to have happened. I must accept those people for their behaviours, while moving on from this and the pain in my heart.)

What is the point of us seeing each other?

When the real culprits to blame here, besides their lack of desire to assimilate the information, or my own ability to express it, rather, it’s the layers of the various fragrance products (hair shampoo, conditioner, gel, hairspray (and even if they didn’t put it on they still brushed with the same hair brush, coated with the scented products that day); washing powder, fabric softener, dryer sheets (I’ve heard, not experience this one); car air-fresheners, Ambi-purs, Glade plug-ins (commonly known as FEDS (Fragrance Emitting Devices) that spray out all over them before they even walk in the door. And the fragrance left behind on my hair, clothes, and, in the past, my furnishings. I rarely take visitors or visit because it just doesn’t work out: you’ve not experienced this until you’ve kissed the face of someone you love and had scented face cream on your lips, which caused a reaction for 6 days afterwards; or the ache in my lower lungs that hurts for 6 days after breathing in actual aftershave:

It makes you thankful for the handful who go to the effort of keeping brand-new clothes (that we offer to pay for) not worn or washed with fragrance products, and kept safe, at our home. They shower with our products before they leave home to visit us. And usually shower again when they arrive, changing into the clean clothes kept at our house.

Often it makes me feel like I can’t win; and I know I’m not alone in that. But I won’t stop pushing on with my education agenda!

But then there are the few who have changed products permanently for their own health (as well as mine and others like me), who make me see that it’s not me at all… It’s something else, something I cannot yet articulate, yet.

These are illness we have no control over; apart from expensive medical testing and treatments. The least people can do is accommodate us. Engagements (even my own), weddings, parties, Christmas, New Years Eve, birthdays: these are all non-events for me and so many others.

Gratefulness takes on a new meaning. As does love, family and friendship.

More From Breakspear Medical

Living scent-free

It is a current cultural phenomenon that so many things are scented and most people feel that a smell like a mountain meadow means that it is clean, fresh and desirable. Not many people give thought to what it is that is creating the enticing artificial smell; the smell is in fact volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being inhaled as vapours and absorbed through the skin.

As Breakspear Medical is a medical facility specialising in allergy and environmental medicine, new reports and studies that focus on these areas of concern are frequently reviewed by our doctors and collected for reference in our medical library.

More and more studies are being published that link more frequently occurring conditions, such as non-specific headaches, asthma, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue and numerous other conditions, to fragrances.


From Breakspear Medical on Going Scent-Free for Inpatient Services; and for Visiting Others

Research on ME/CFS at Griffith University: Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik

Emma Franklin’s HeartBreaking Post on her experience with the labels: MCS; ME/CFS (SIED); Fibromyalgia, written to celebrate ME Awareness Month

Amelia Hill: MCS, ME/CFS, EHS, Lyme Disease & Mould Illness …not real? Well, I’ve got something to say about that.

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

A 1999 AAAAI Position Statement on MCS (IEI), contrasted with its teaching on Occupational Asthma


This structure in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania was started during the year of the first modern era chemical warfare attack; 1915 … April 22 to May 25 in Belgium, where 171 tons of chlorine gas was hurled into a 4 mile front line. Today, through negligence and greed, mankind undergoes a more pernicious, slow, and execution style chemical attack, with tens of thousands of synthetic chemicals used in commerce and industry with such a prevalence that those chemicals reached the common household, even in its drinking water.

Stephen Barrett is co-author of “Chemical Sensitivity: the Truth about Environmental Illness.” Of course, the truth is missing from the book.

Needless to say, the book was an attempt to convince mankind that Chemical Sensitivity is merely a matter of mental illness.. This, of course, is in contradiction to Barrett’s own writing, being that he once stated that there are legitimate cases where either repeated exposure to ambient levels of chemicals or brief high-level chemical exposure has medically harmed people. Of course, chemical & irritant sensitivity conditions are well identified in the medical field of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

None the less, the campaign of Barrett and his associates lost its last vestige of credibility with the 911 clean-up crew members who developed Small Airways Disease and Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome. Concerning this, the experts at Mt. Sinia in NYC discovered that it was the pulverized concrete dust, with all its alkalinity, which caused those specific respiratory diseases to develop. Those diseases consisted in sensitivity to a plurality of synthetic chemicals and naturally occurring ones, as well.

In Barrett’s relentless campaign which has shown itself to have been solely a money-making venture, he cited a 1999 position statement issued by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. The position statement is titled Idiopathic Environmental Intolerances, and the title refers to the claim that Environmental illness has no identifiable cause. This is deceptive, because Occupational Illness has easily identifiable causes, namely the chemicals, molds, and irritants in one’s place of work. Needless to say, the symptoms of Occupational Illness are often the same as the ones involved in Environmental Illness.

The odd thing about the AAAAI position statement is that it admits to the authentic existence of specific environmental illnessess. Yet, it denies the existence of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity so much so that its author(s) changed the name of the illness to Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance. However, IEI did not replace MCS at Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, Central New York Occupational Clinic, Marshall University, and Cambridge Hospital.

Perhaps Barrett Should Have Read the Entire Text Before Citing It

As I previously stated, the irony to Barrett’s citing of the 1999 text, in order to strengthen his anti-MCS assertion, consists in the fact that the 1999 position statement expressly recognizes the existence of “true environmentally caused diseases.”

Within that same published text appears examples of such true environmental illnesses. The examples in the text include:

1) “hypersensitivity pneumonitis,”

2) “sick building syndrome,”

3) “reactive airways dysfunction syndrome.”

[The aforementioned diseases appear by name at the section nearest to the Summary. That section is titled,”Comparison with Other Illnesses.”]

In as much:

1) Stephen Barrett called Sick Building Syndrome “a fad diagnosis.” The AAAAI did not do so.

2) Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS) is regarded by the AMA as “a subset of Irritant-induced Asthma.” It’s a chemical sensitivity disease and a form of environmental illness. Yet, has the never-board-certified Stephen Barrett and his fellow propagandists ever acknowledged the existence of this particular form of chemical and irritant sensitivity disease in their writings?

3) Furthermore, a subset of Hypersenstivitiy Pneumonitis is Chemical Worker’s Lung. Now, the Stephen Barrett who has absolutely zero experience in internal medicine, zero experience in dermatology, zero experience in cytopathology, zero experience in immunology, and zero experience as a biochemistry professional has mocked the “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity” by name. But has he ever acknowledged that there exists Chemical Worker’s Lung … or Occupational Asthma due to Low Weight Molecular Agents?

The Chemical-bearing Agents that MCS patients Avoid Are the Same Ones which the AMA, AAAAI, and ALA Recognize as the Triggers of Asthma and Rhinitis

4) The 1999 position statement acknowledged the following:

“Certain environmental irritants, including some of those mentioned above, are recognized as triggers for patients with asthma and rhinitis.”

[The above-cited quote appears at the section titled, “Clinical Description of IEI.”]

The environmental irritants mentioned in the same section of the AAAAI’s 1999 position statement are:

– “perfumes and scented products, pesticides, domestic and industrial solvents, new carpets, car exhaust, gasoline, diesel fumes, urban air pollution, cigarette smoke, plas- tics, and formaldehyde.”

– “certain foods, food additives, and drugs”

– two things not claimed to trigger asthma and/or rhinitis.

In order to confirm that the above-mentioned things are recognized as asthma triggers by mainstream medical science, see:

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals


Understanding Asthma – American Lung Association


Chemical Asthma Triggers and Irritants


Asthma Triggers: Gain Control (EPA site)


The above-cited web addresses are those of the American Lung Asso- ciation, the AMA, and the same AAAAI Barrett elected to use in his campaign to convince mankind that Chemical Sensitivity is nothing more than a psychological illness. In as much, count the number of chemical- bearing agents that the three mainstream associations regard as asthma triggers.

The AAAAI’s public education material on the subject of Occupational Asthma

Concerning the AAAAI that Barrett cited in his campaign to convince mankind that Environmental Illness is merely a matter of mental illness, it published an instructional website about Occupational Asthma. The AAAAI has already acknowledged that Occupational Asthma can be caused by a number of chemicals at nontoxic/ambient levels, afflicting a number of workers employed in a number of industries.

Acrylates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adhesive handlers

Amines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shellac & lacquar handlers

Anhydrides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plastic, epoxy resin users

Chloramine-T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janitors, cleaning staff

Dyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Textile workers

Fluxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electronic workers

Formaldehyde/glutaraldehyde . . . Hospital staff

Isocyanates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spray painters, Insulation installers; plastic, rubber, foam manufactory workers.

Persulfate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hairdressers

The same public education material of the AAAAI states:

“The cause may be allergic or nonallergic in nature, and the disease may last for a lengthy period in some workers, even if they are no longer exposed to the agents that caused their symptoms.”

“Inhalation of some substances in aerosol form can directly lead to the accumulation of naturally oc- curring chemicals in the body, such as histamine or acetylcholine within the lung, which in turn lead to asthma.”

“For example, insecticides, used in agricultural work, can cause a buildup of acetylcholine, which causes airway muscles to contract, thereby constricting airways.”

“Allergic occupational asthma can occur in workers in the plastic, rubber or resin industries following repeated exposure to small chemical molecules in the air.”

“If occupational asthma is not correctly diagnosed early, and the worker protected or removed from the exposure, permanent lung changes may occur and asthma symptoms may persist even without exposure.”

“Up to 15% of asthma cases in the United States may have job-related factors.”

“Isocyanates are chemicals that are widely used in many industries, including spray painting, insulation installa- tion, and in manufacturing plastics, rubber and foam. These chemicals can cause asthma in up to 10% of ex- posed workers.”

The aforementioned illustrates that Chemical Sensitivity, as it applies to asthma and rhinitis, is acknowledged as valid and authentic by the same AAAAI that Barrett elected to use, in order to support his assertion that chemical sensitivity is merely a psychological illness.


Stephen Barrett can mock the diagnostic title, Multiple Chemical Sensi- tivity, all that he wants to. It will not take away the fact is that chemical sensitivity has already been recognized in case specific form. Nor will it take away the fact that the sufferers of those case-specific forms of chemical sensitivity need to avoid the chemicals which exacerbate their medical conditions.

Avoidance and AMA (CSA) Report 4 (A-98)

Avoidance is not ‘detrimental.’ Nor is it nonsense. Avoidance is a medical necessity. And as it applies to asthma, the AMA has stated:

Regardless of the efficiency of clinician assessment and patient self-monitoring, if the patient’s exposure to irritants or allergens to which he or she is sensitive is not reduced or eliminated, symptom control and exacerbation rate may not improve. Formerly titled ‘Environmental Control,’ the key points in this area logically include efforts by clinicians to pinpoint causative agents and to provide specific advice on how to avoid or reduce exposures to environmental or dietary triggers and drugs that may provoke or exacerbate symptoms.” AMA Report 4, Council on Scientific Affairs (A-98)

You can read more of Patrick Pontillo’s writing over at The Blue Marble Album. The Blue Marble Album Originally a family & friends photo album, it was converted into a sampe site of the Pontillo articles, tutuorials, & pictorials which went reached the 2 million hit mark in 2015. The Blue Marble Album ended up predominately attracting those interested in the ecological and environmental articles posted here. The economics & political articles were placed at the 11th Hour Chronicles

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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