Three Ways Your House Could Negatively Affect You

Your Dream Home

You may love your house. It may even be your dream house. Let’s say it is.

Its location is perfect. It’s just the distance you wanted from your job, your children’s schools, etc.

You personally chose the floor plan either by working directly with an architect or making your choice from the options that were provided by the builder. Or when you walked into it, you knew this one fit your needs perfectly.

What’s It Made Of?

However, have you ever wondered how your house was built and what materials were used to build it?

Why is that important?

I have lived in several houses over the course of my life. When I recall how I felt and functioned in those homes, I can see that some of them were nurturing like a home should be and some were not.

A major contributing factor to the difference in how these homes made me feel is their manufacturing. Materials used to build many homes contain chemicals which have been found to cause symptoms that can greatly affect your quality of life.

Here are three ways that living in a chemical-laden house can affect you:

1. Physically

There is a long list of physical symptoms that can be caused by many of the chemicals that are often used in the manufacture of homes.

For instance, the drywall in your home may contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, which can also cause other ailments including headaches and blurred vision.

2. Mentally/Neurologically

In addition to the physical, there are neurological symptoms.

That beautiful, plush carpeting that covers your floors may contain several chemicals including styrene. Styrene can decrease your ability to concentrate.

3. Emotionally

Then, there are the emotions.

That irritability you’ve been experiencing may be due to formaldehyde-containing particleboard that could be lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The realization of how my life can be so greatly affected by my home has significantly influenced my list of criteria that a house should meet. High on my list is the quality of materials used to manufacture it.

How about you? Does this new awareness change your list of criteria?

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Happy Earth Day!



Happy Earth Day


I was recently awed by the beauty of a tree – God’s handiwork. The reality of God was evident to me in that tree.

In the Bible God gave man specific instructions regarding the earth:

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. – Genesis 1:28 KJV

With the celebration of Earth Day today, the awesomeness of God’s creation is brought to the forefront of my mind.

Earth Day reminds me:
  • of the tremendous responsibility we have as humans to nurture and maintain the earth (… “replenish it…”) and its wonderful resources that have been put here for our benefit and enjoyment (…”subdue it”).
  • of how precious water is to us.
  • of how precious and delightful food is to us.
  • of how important and beneficial healthy living environments are to us.
  • that what we wear affects our interaction with the Earth. Either our attire helps us to benefit from as well as adapt to the climate in which we live or it hinders us.
  • that once we’ve utilized a resource we should do what we can to encourage its restoration.

With the authority over the earth given to us by God comes the responsibility of taking care of it also given to us by God.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

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