My House Is Killing Me!: The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma

by Jeffrey C. May (Author), Jonathan M. Samet (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Asthma and allergy sufferers, this book is essential reading: it will answer all
your questions about why you suffer in your own home and what you can do to
prevent it. May, an air quality investigator and president of a home
investigation company, takes you on a tour of your home, both interior and
exterior, with a detailed description of the organic and inorganic substances
that are making you ill. He covers every room, including the basement, attic,
laundry room, garage, heating and air-conditioning system(s), and nooks and
crannies that you probably forgot about. He explains how insects, molds,
bacteria, yeast, dust, moisture, larvae, pet dander, fabric fibers, smoke, and
many other agents can trigger an episode and how to eliminate them permanently.
May provides actual stories from his many years of experience with the solutions
he has recommended to his clients. Todd Schultze's A Safe Haven? (LJ 4/01/01)
complements May's work with practical advice on ridding your home of toxic
hazards like radon, asbestos, and lead. Both will serve for years to come as the
definitive guides to establishing disease-free living environments.

From Booklist
A friend of May's read a rough draft of his book on what is actually in a
"clean" house, hoping it would put her to sleep. Instead, the pictures and text
kept her awake all night. Chemical consultant May describes where and how the
various parts of a residence can cause temporary or chronic illness for those
with allergies or other sensitivities. Dust mites and other bugs, their fecal
pellets and body parts, the skin scales of human inhabitants, and volatile
chemicals are the major contaminants, and some elements of a house usually
considered beneficial--finished basements, wall-to-wall carpeting, central air
conditioning--can cause difficulties. One of the best single chapters is on
cleaning processes and equipment; it reveals that "dry" steam, carefully used,
is excellent. The "Recommendations" that conclude each chapter serve as review
and highlighting of an information-packed text. A first-rate reference that is
enjoyable to read.

Product Details

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (October 8, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0801867304



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