Good morning, everyone. It seems many of my readers (and many of the bloggers I follow) are increasingly concerned with reducing the amount of chemicals in their lives.
This gave me the idea of interviewing my friend, Peter Haynes, who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS,) a severe reaction to chemicals in his environment that may somewhat mimic allergies, but are not an allergic reaction. I remember when he was first diagnosed with this, years ago, and the frustrations he encountered before and after he finally determined what was going on. Peter is Buddhist, and could no longer even go into the temple, due to incense being burned. Strong perfumes sent him into a tailspin. Comparatively, my own puny gluten allergy is a dawdle.
Later today, I’ll be posting an interview with him. I think many of us, myself included, would do well to radically reduce the number of chemicals we surround ourselves with. So many of them are unnecessary, and most of them are harmful to us and to the environment. It’s something I have been working on half-heartedly for a number of years, but more intensively these last several months. Peter offers some ideas for cleaning the home and going about personal hygiene without the toxic chemicals to which we have grown so accustomed.