Buying or Building a Home

This is a collection of the ideas I would explore if I were to be so lucky to buy or build a home.  Even if you’re looking for an apartment, you can increase the chances of selecting an apartment more conducive to health by familiarizing yourself with this information. I hope you benefit from these ideas!

  • Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)
    • Learn about the four forms of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and how to select and use meters to test potential new homes for EMR. Most issues can be remediated, but there are a few that can’t, and you need to know if the home you’re considering has an issue that can’t be remediated BEFORE you buy.  Read the following books to educate yourself and/or your homebuilder
  • Research the area in which you plan to buy or build
  • Food Security
  • Heat Your Home oil-free and with one-tenth of the wood or other biomass of a wood-burning stove, with rocket mass heater technology.
  • Light Pollution – maybe you want to live in or near a community that makes sure the stars can be seen at night!  Find land or a home near a Certified IDA International Dark Sky Community – for an up-to-date list, check: http://www.darksky.org/idsp/communities/
  • Select features to reduce toxin exposure.  Some of these ideas are borrowed from Dr. Hulda Clark’s “A Cure for All Diseases”
    • Garage: a separate building from the home is the best arrangement.You can keep all the basement chemicals into this garage. Things that will freeze, such as latex paint, don’t keep around unless aboslutely necessary.If the garage is attached, you will have toxin exposure. Never use your door between the garage and house. Walk around the outside. Don’t allow this door to be used. Tack a sheet of plastic over it to slow down the rate of fume entrance into the house, or find another way to stopgap.  Your house acts like a chimney for the garage. Your house is taller and warmer than the garage so garage-air is pulled in and up as the warm air in the house rises. In medieval days, the barn for the animals was attached to the house. We think such an arrangement with its penetrating odors is unsavory. But what of the gasoline and motor fumes we are getting now due to parked vehicles? These are toxic besides! This is even more medieval. If your garage is under your house, you cannot keep the pollution from entering your home. In this case, leave the cars and lawnmower outside. Remove cans of gasoline, solvents, etc.  Put up a separate shed for these items.
    • Basement: don’t have a basement where you stockpile toxic items. Basements invite mold, mice and radon besides toxic things. Fumes travel upward where you live! Keep your toxic things in the attic. If there is no attic, store them in the utility room. Close off the ventilation between utility room and the rest of your house. If you have none of these, perhaps because you live in a senior citizen community or condominium, don’t keep any toxic things stored anywhere. Don’t save any leftover paints, solvents or cleaners. Buy such small quantities that you can afford to throw it all away when you are done with them. Live on top of the earth as was intended by nature. Never have a basement room “finished” for actual living space. Don’t buy a house that has a “lower level” built into the earth. This will be the most polluted and dangerous room in your house. If you are ill, move out of such a room. There is no way that it can be “cleaned up”. Move to the other end of the house and furthest away from an attached garage door.  From an energy perspective, basements are heat sinks, so your home will be more energy efficinet without a basement.
    • Fiberglass: check your dwelling for uncovered fiberglass. Repair immediately. Search for small screw holes intended for pictures, or electric outlet plates that are missing.  Also remove fiberglass jackets from water heater and fiberglass filter from furnace. Replace with foam or carbon. Best of all, hire a crew to remove it all from your home, and replace insulation with blown-in shredded paper or other innocuous substance. Never build a new house using fiberglass for any purpose.
    • Carpeting – this one is commonly known – most carpets are releasing a ton of toxic gases over the entire course of its lifetime.  If your home has carpeting, know that to reduce your toxin exposure, you should budget for replacing it with a safe alternative: use the heavily-reserached recommendations from http://www.gimmethegoodstuff.org to choose a safe carpet, or an area rug.
  • Selecting farmland to own or lease
  • Water quality – maybe you want to live in a community that doesn’t ad fluoride to the water supply.  Find a list of communities who have banned fluoridation here: www.fluoridealert.org.  Conversely, here is a list of states that have mandatory fluoridation laws: http://fluoridealert.org/content/mandatory-fluoridation-in-the-u-s/.