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Home sweet home … almost

Angie Cummings, the woman I met last fall who suffers from multiple-chemical sensitivity, moved into her “healthy house” in Sussex on Feb. 8.

Her symptoms, she said, have been rapidly disappearing.

People who have multiple chemical sensitivities are affected by emissions from building materials, such as paint and plywood. Cummings said her symptoms included headaches and chronic sinus infections and sometimes were as severe as blacking out.

Brookfield-based Source 1 Project Solutions Inc. built the home for Cummings and her family, who officially moved in last month. Some of the special materials in the home include insulation made from recycled denim and porcelain floor tiles.

Despite all the careful planning, Cummings said, there were some hiccups. She realized soon after the move that the inside of her refrigerator was lined with a substance that contained petroleum. She had to strip that substance off the fridge by using rubbing alcohol, she said, which was not something she had expected.

Cummings said she knew she was feeling better, but her doctor confirmed her improvement only a couple of weeks after she moved into the home permanently.

What makes the move most exciting, she said, is that her teenage son’s sensitivities are improving as well. He had been on allergy medication for nine years, she said, and would get sick immediately whenever they tried to take him off.

He stopped taking the medication within the first week of moving into the new house, Cummings said, and he’s doing great.

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