A woman’s living space should be a refuge from the outside world. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Jeff May recently spoke with PlumbTalk Women about the hidden hazards that can negatively affect someone’s home. Having helped many improve their health through home detoxification, May is an authority on the benefits of a clean living space.
In order to create a haven, Jeff May teaches that women must rid their homes of the toxins that are making them sick.
Toxic environments can make people sick and detract from their quality of life. May, a chemist-turned-indoor air consultant, has seen many cases of illness caused by unclean atmospheres. In fact, he was prompted to follow this career path after his son was hospitalized for asthma that was being triggered by a dust mite-infested bed. May recalls, “After I discovered that his bed was infested with dust mites, we went on the war path, installing dust mite mattress covers, eliminating house dust, and so on. The improvement in my family’s health was dramatic and I started on a new career path.”
May, who is the principle scientist and founder of May Indoor Air Investigations, is a prolific author and researcher in the field. He and other researchers publish alarming studies on the effects of a toxic house. What they are finding is that homes that are rich with contaminants such as dust mites, mold, and allergens, cause allergy-like symptoms, such as chronic cough and nasal congestion.
The Dust Mite Information Center agrees that dust mites can specifically induce allergic reactions that can “be as severe as an allergy attack or as mild as itchy nose and watery eyes.” Despite this research, some individuals assume that health problems only originate with people, not unclean living spaces.
The result of living amidst household hazards such as mold, dust mites, and pet dander is a decreased state of health. Jeff May explains, “Asthma, allergies…and headaches are the most common complaints of those who suffer from indoor allergies. Headaches, fatigue, and hypersensitivity to chemicals can be associated with indoor exposure to combustion products, solvents, pesticides, gasoline vapor, and gas-pipe leaks.” As you can gather, an unclean living space will rob you of health and an abundant life.
Another indoor hazard is the bed bug, which is an actual tiny bug that does indeed infest the bed as well as carpeting and other cloth/upholstery. You may have a bed bug problem if your mattress/mattress pad displays tiny bloodstains. Bed Bug 101 tells us, “A physical sample of an actual bug or egg is required to be 100 percent certain that you have bed bugs.” It is best to have a pest management professional inspect your home for these offenders.
Women need and deserve a personal oasis. An oasis “is a bubble permeable to all things good, resistant to all things negative.” Such a space gives a woman the chance to de-stress and recover from traumas. This is the key reason why it is wise to invest in having your home free of all toxins – because you need an oasis that is safe and sacred.
One way you can rid your house of toxins yourself is by keeping it very clean, and this includes the crawl space and basement. May says, “If you can drop a buttered piece of toast on any surface, anywhere in your home and pick it up and eat it without hesitation, you probably have a healthy home.”
Cleansing your living space can give you a new lease on life. To prove this, May tells the story of a 70 year-old woman who created a basement quilting room. After discovering mold, she hired May to treat it at the source. When the mold was gone, the woman told him she felt 30 years younger and painted the room to make it “hers.” Like her, you can be rejuvenated by having home toxins eliminated.
If you are wondering whether or not your living space is toxic, Jeff May offers one “surefire sign” that your home may be unclean: he says that if you feel fine outdoors but unwell indoors, it is a good idea to call an indoor air consultant. If you experience the symptoms listed in this article (chronic cough, asthma, nasal congestion, etc), your home might have a problem with dust mites, mold, or other contaminants. To determine this, purchase a mold kit or have your home tested for allergens. If it is proven that your atmosphere is toxic, you may need to bring in a professional exterminator or remediator to rid your home of contaminants. If you choose to have a professional do testing (which is often more revealing than self-testing), Mr. May suggests choosing an independent consultant rather than one associated with a remediation company.
No one wants to live in a home that is unclean. Not only does it decrease health, it also decreases morale and enthusiasm. Acknowledge that you are worthy of a wonderful life by ensuring your living space is clean, healthy, and inspiring.
To contact Jeff May please email him at:
May Indoor Air Investigations LLC. (2009). Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://mayindoorair.com/about-us.htm.
Everyone must have a personal oasis. (2012). Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://plumbtalkwomen.com/principle-number-7-everyone-must-have-a-personal-oasis/.
Bed Bugs 101 – How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs? (2012). Retrieved August 10, 2012, from http://www.bedbugcentral.com/bedbugs101/topic.cfm/how-do-i-know-i-have-bed-bugs.
How to Know if You Have Dust Mites. (2004). Retrieved August 10, 2012, from http://www.dust-mite-info.com/dust-mite-symptoms.htm.