Safe Products and Where You Can Buy Them

Luckily, there are some kind and insightful people who have realized that there are people with specialized needs for non-toxic products. While there are numerous catalogs, here are some that I have found to be excellent.. REMEMBER: What may be good for some people may not be good for you. This listing is no guarantee that every item in every catalog will be tolerable for YOU. For a more detailed listing, please pop over to Catalog Listings

N.E.E.D.S., Inc.
P.O. Box 580
6010 Drott Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
NEEDS has an excellent variety of tons of stuff that MCSers can use to make their lives easier. It's a great catalog to use as a starter for learning about all the stuff that's available to us. In addition, delivery is quick, reliable, and the prices are very reasonable. The staff will even keep a record of what you buy so you don't have to remember product names or manufacturers. You can just call them up and say, "Hey, can I have some more shampoo?" and then they just ask if you want the same kind, and how much you want--it's wonderful not to have to remember every detail!

Environmental Health Center Catalog
8345 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 205
Dallas, Texas 75231
(214) 368-4132
Fax (214) 691-8432

Lowry Drug Company, Inc.
750 Hartness Road
Statesville, NC 28677, USA
704-873-2247 or 800-456-8806
Fax 704-873-4050
Compounded medications made to your and/or your doctor's specifications can be ordered through the mail. The products offered are medical lollipops, medicated lozenges,topical and oral sprays, creams, lotions and gels, modified release doses, opthalmic products, alternate dosage forms, unavailable preparations, oral troches, hospice formulations, pediatric dosages, geriatric dosages, nasal sprays, lip balms, suppositories, urethral inserts, preservative/dye/binder-free preparations and nutritional supplements. While they are in a small town in a state not exactly known for progressive health care (hello--this state produces more tobacco in the USA than any other state), but this place is a rare jewel that should make us North Carolinians proud. I spoke to the manager and head pharmacist personally, and he made it clear that he understood MCS, fibromyalgia and CFIDS, and that we need some special services that many other compounding pharmacies don't understand (i.e. the dye in a capsule can make us quite sick, even if the ingredients IN the capsule are pure--these folks don't think you are nuts if you have MCS, which is such a rare treat from ANYONE in the medical profession!). If you use their services, please tell them how you learned about them.

Orange Glo International
PO Box 3998
Littleton, CO 80161
I use a lot of the products from this company, but I will warn you that they are made from orange oil and leave a strong orange smell for a SHORT while. Their Oxyclean laundry detergent products have no smell and the stain remover capability is as good as chlorine bleach (just make sure the water is hot to activate it!). I can't live without these products, but strong natural smells don't bother me. At least TRY looking through the catalog to see if there is anything that would interest you and talk to the staff--they are quite knowledgeable about the products. I really do recommend the Oxyclean to use in lieu of bleach when I do my laundry for both my whites and colors! The degreasing products works like magic without solvents--the Orange Clean actually got grease stains from firefighters' boots out of my carpet that had been there for 12 years, and the product just smelled like a freshly peeled orange! Honest to God and cross my heart, my carpet looks brand new. I won't lie and tell you this if it weren't true. I'm so grateful to this company for making these non-toxic products that allow me to keep my furniture and laundry clean without making me sick and running me out of my home for a week each time I need to get rid of some stain. Incidentally, I recently got hard water stains out of my porcelain sink with Oxyclean that had been there for 15 years (I had the faucets replaced so there wouldn't be anymore drips). I simply made an odorless paste, let it sit for a few hours, and 15 year's worth of nasty, ugly yellow/brown stains were GONE! The sink is not quite perfect now, but after years of water abuse and abrasive cleansers, I am NOT complaining! It's darn close enough, and I only left the paste on for a few hours. Thanks, Orange Glo!! Just don't tell anyone that I miss my beautiful old faucets with the lovely porcelain inserts that indicated which one was for hot and which one was cold. . .
Some people cannot tolerate citrus smells, even if the produts has no toxic chemicals. I would suggest that if you fall into this category, you should contact (a href="">NEEDS (see SOURCES page) to see if they have any unscented cleansers and de-greasers. I have seen them, but, IN MY EXPERIENCE, citrus cleaners do the best at getting rid of grease. When you have MCS, you have to redefine your definition of what you consider to be an acceptably clean environment.

The Lifekind Products website Lifekind Products has a catalog of traditional non-toxic items, but it also has a glossary of toxic products. I recommend taking a look at this part of the website to learn about unsafe chemicals Lifekind Products Glossary of Toxic Chemicals

  If you can't clean something with the following items, it's probably not worth keeping! You may have to change your definition of what "clean" is (white clothes don't have to be sparkling white to be clean), but these products will most likely do the job you need done.

You'd be amazed at how effective these cheap, widely available items are! Your cleaning budget can be cut drastically. These are the only cleaning products I have in my home (in addition to a few of the Orange Glo products), and they have done every bit as well as the expensive cleaners I used to have. To quote a good friend of mine, "You either get sick enough or smart enough." Sadly, most of us have to get sick enough to understand how the commercial companies (cleaning, perfumes, you name it) manipulate us into thinking that we NEED such silly things as toilet paper holders filled with mothballs. . .

A table of alternative products and where to get them is planned for this space (okay, okay, I'm working on it! Go to Non-Toxic Alternatives to Common Household Chemicals. Chances are, with a few minor changes (such as going to an unscented laundry detergent and using white vinegar instead of fabric softener), you won't even notice this speed bump. It's all a matter of information, and having it in one place. The books listed above in Sources of Information (especially Living Well in A Toxic World are FAR more comprehensive--this is just intended as a "jump start" to let new people see there there are indeed alternatives that work.

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