Op-Ed

More on Paint and Chemical Sensitivity

April 1, 1999

More on Paint and Chemical Sensitivity

At the risk of getting into an extended discussion, I’d like to comment briefly on the quote of mine in “Paint the Room Green”(EBN

Vol. 8, No. 2, February 1999), in which I said that I had painted my own house with Livos paint and my wife couldn’t move in for 3 months. That was back in 1986, when there were very few alternative paints available. Since then, I’ve tended to use various low-odor synthetic paints because they seem better tolerated by both my wife and many of the other sensitive people I’ve dealt with. The letter from Livos (EBN

Vol. 8, No. 3, March 1999) wisely suggested that sensitive people test paints prior to use for personal tolerance. I also recommend doing that because everyone’s metabolism is different, and sensitive people don’t always tolerate the same things.

John Bower

Healthy House Institute

Bloomington, Indiana

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