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   Posted 2/2/2017 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone --

I haven't posted in a while. I became very ill with CFIDS and other conditions for a couple of years, then recovered much of my life after starting LDN in August of 2013. Within the past few months, it occurred to me that others may benefit from what I've learned about all this, including the revelation of the formaldehyde connection, so I wrote an ebook.

The dangers of formaldehyde poisoning are becoming well-documented. It is a commonly-used component in homes in industrialized nations around the world, oftentimes in concentrations that can cause a variety of symptoms and disease. It is also known as a "potent sensitizer," causing acute and chronic hypersensitivities to other substances, often food items, that never existed before. In my case, I was exposed through some furniture items in our home (verified by testing).

I also discuss autoimmune headaches, which many of us suffer from, and the use of triptans.

You may remember the fiasco of all the refugees who became sick from the formaldehyde in the trailers sent to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, there is a class-action lawsuit against a manufacturer of laminated wood flooring, and a similar lawsuit against a mattress manufacturer. And within the past few weeks, an initiative has been put in place in California to protect nail salon workers and their customers from the formaldehyde in cosmetics.

I've included a lot more information on my website But I also hope to start a dialogue here, and spread the word about formaldehyde.

Best wishes to all!


I took out your link because you are selling your product. That's spam and you can be banned for this. You may share your experiences but not make money off it on these forums. Thanks for understanding.


I'm sorry, Sherrine, but my website -- nor is my post or this thread -- "spam." I am a long time member, and your editing of my post does not serve the HealingWell community, and those who may suspect formaldehyde exposure. I have provided a lot of helpful, additional information on my website.

I'm not saying your topic is spam but you are selling your book on HealingWell and that IS spam. I saw the list of credit cards you accept at the bottom of the page on your website. Because you are a longtime member and because I went through your last ten posts, I didn't ban you. Your heart is in the right place but you still cannot sell things on this forum.

You can do a post with all the helpful, additional information on formaldehyde and refer members to that post but you cannot promote or sell your book. Now you know. I really don't want to ban you.


Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 3/5/2017 7:34:56 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/4/2017 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
All nail salons if tested will have loads of formaldehyde ,that's why I never enter them as I cannot breathe.

I do my own nails at home.

I am autu immune patient already so don't want troubles.

Laminated floors are not good for breathing ,VOC paints and mattress is always good.

Paints is another one makes me loose my mind.

Chemically sensitive ppl only get asthma or auto immune troubles.
Thanks for reminding us what's imp.

Even for normal regular people without any chemical sensitivity.

Good thread.

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   Posted 2/4/2017 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your thoughts, cilly. This is an article describing the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative:

Why do some people develop multiple chemical sensitivities, and others do not? Certainly there are individual differences between people. But it's my opinion that formaldehyde plays a critical role in this, that until now has largely gone unnoticed. I mentioned above that formaldehyde is known as a potent sensitizer, but there is another factor, known as "toxic load." Toxic load describes the overall exposure of toxins over a period of time, and their potential for retention, or reaction, in the body.

Data show autoimmune disorders affect approximately 8% of the general population. 78% of those patients are women. Women tend to use personal care products and cosmetics more regularly than men. Are these products contributing to their toxic load of formaldehyde, and predisposing them to autoimmune disease? Perhaps these products are not in themselves the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. But if an individual with regular, albeit minimal daily contact is exposed to additional environmental sources, such as furniture or construction materials, are those heavier concentrations then enough to trigger disease?

Studies have observed the difference in symptom prevalence between spouses, with the stay-at-home spouse being more likely to be affected by formaldehyde because of their increased exposure. And since, in many cases, those stay-at-home spouses are women, perhaps this is enough evidence to warrant awareness and extreme caution. Additionally (and ironically), as someone gets sicker and spends more time at home, they are exposed to more formaldehyde than they would have, had they been away from home working.

Another factor to consider with toxic load is the type of furnishings purchased in one's home...and even the type of home itself. Those who live in manufactured homes place themselves at more risk, because the amount of formaldehyde present in aspenite, particle board, and the glues used to adhere various components can send levels much higher than a framed house.

I live in a framed house, but the high amount of formaldehyde coming from a sofa, computer desk/hutch, and computer chair, as well as from kitchen cabinets made from particle board, were collectively enough to trigger disease.

I hope I can raise awareness about this. I am convinced that the increased prevalence of childhood allergies, asthma, and perhaps even some cases of autism, are due to formaldehyde. A study released in 2013 found that food allergies in children increased nearly 50% between 1997 and 2011.

Another thing of note: until 2013, Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo contained formaldehyde, hidden on the label as "Quaternium-15"!


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   Posted 2/5/2017 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I could say more to alert you all about this danger. The very fact that you are reading this thread on this board means you (or someone you know) are displaying one of the key chronic symptoms of formaldehyde exposure. I don’t mean to be “crying wolf,” or being a false alarmist. This is real! I can’t stress it enough! And it is not just real in my case, and not anyone else's. The awareness of this problem is becoming more and more prevalent among researchers.

The human mind goes through a lot of chatter, justification, and denial about many things that we don’t realize each day. This is very important, however, when it comes to matters of our health. Levels of formaldehyde that are dangerous are not always easily detectable by odor! And, if you have been around it for any length of time, you become accustomed to the smell such that it doesn’t reach your consciousness any longer. Our sofa was the main source of formaldehyde in the exposure that eventually made me develop CFIDS and secondary disorders, yet I sat on it for a full FIFTEEN YEARS before I realized it! This sofa was so comfortable, and my wife and I enjoyed it so much, that this further masked my suspicions. You are not normally alert to things when they are associated with comfort or otherwise pleasant thoughts.

What are some other ways we might justify or deny the possibilities of health issues in our homes? “I paid a lot of money for this sofa, or laminated floor, and it looks so beautiful!” “My children spent a lot of fun times in this room, or our home,” a happy thought which eliminates anything within the walls as suspect. “No one else in my family got sick. I must be different.” "I spent a lot of time putting together this particle board desk or shelf I bought, and it is very useful." The list can go on.

Formaldehyde poisoning can present itself differently among different individuals. Some may develop CFIDS. Some asthma. Some food allergies or intolerances. Headaches, sinusitis, or even cancer. If it is an ingredient in a cosmetic or personal care product, symptoms can appear on the skin. Look for patterns of health issues, either with yourself or your family members.

Another thing that may escape our attention is the fact that formaldehyde is sometimes present in fabrics and construction materials that also contain VOCs, which sometimes can have a more obvious odor. Many VOCs will “off-gas” and become less noticeable over time, leading us to believe that it must be safe because it doesn’t smell any longer. But formaldehyde is different. It is present for the life of the product! I was exposed to a level approximately 80 parts per billion over a period of ten years before I began displaying symptoms. This level is barely detectable by the sense of smell.

I have run across a disturbing fallacy being repeated again and again on the web with respect to formaldehyde. Apparently NASA commissioned a study years ago, which “found” that certain house plants remove formaldehyde from indoor air. This study was poorly performed, and later was tested again more rigorously and the results did not stand up to scientific scrutiny. Yet, this original study is cited over and over again as truth. It is not true!

Formaldehyde can be tested reliably, and I describe how to do this in my ebook. But I’m not posting here just because I want to promote my book – I’m trying to alert as many as I can to this issue. In my opinion, this is a modern health crisis that until now has gone relatively unnoticed. Become your own advocate, and don't be complacent and unaware like I was!

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   Posted 2/6/2017 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have a problem with formaldehyde don't get the flu shot. Vaccines use formaldehyde to kill the virus. So if you get the flu shot you are getting formaldehyde.
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