A Blog about living in a poisoned home.
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When we looked first at the house everything seemed
fine. True there were electrical odor emitters
plugged in in most of the rooms but these seemed pretty
mild. It just made the house smell good.
Also when the house was inspected he inspector pointed to a small
circle on the cement walkway and said a hole had been drilled in the
cement and insecticide had been pumped in for
termites. Well I guess we would not have any
termite problems I thought.
That was about 4 years ago. Now we seem to fight
more. Sometimes I feel really bad but cannot describe
the feeling. Things seemed better when I
slept on the porch. Another problem is that we had
no bugs. No ants no mosquitoes and no
spiders. Also i was troubled by endless
itching. Every morning I would
June 20, 2017
This is when i began to search the internet for termite pesticides
and how long they lasted. What i found out was
very troubling. From 1950 to 1988 about 30 million
homes were built with chlordane used as termite control.
Sometimes as much as 200 gallons of chlordane was poured into the
ground around new houses. The half life of
chlordane is very long, more than 30 years.
Finally in 1988 the use of Chlordane was banned as a termite
Then I thought about ventilating the bed room. The
bathroom fan would ventilate it for us but t was too loud so I
took out the electrical switch and replaced it with a 600 watt
incandescent lamp dimmer. Then we opened the
window at the opposite side of the room.
That really seemed to help and this lead me to think about other
I ordered a chlordane test kit from Dr. Richard Cassidy at
June 27, 2017
The next fan I added was a window fan in the kitchen. It too blows
out to act as an exhaust fan. The fan runs 24 hours a day.
June 30, 2017
Added exhaust fan to the cellar. Our house has a
walk out cellar with some windows. I opened one
window and fitted in a dual unit window fan backwards so it would
exhaust the interior air. The fan was set on low
and has been on 24 hours a day. A added benefit was a
big reduction in humidity. Once again it seemed that we both
felt much better. Of course the ventilation
solution only works for the summer what will happen in the winter is
still to be determined.
July 5 I received the chlordane test kit.
July 8 We sealed up the house by closing all the windows
and turning off all the fans. We then left for a
14 hour all day outing. Upon returning I plugged in the
pump and connected it to the supplied glass tube.
I let the pump run for 1 hour and 40 minutes. The
pump was then shut off , the tube removed and the unit was
re-packaged and mailed back to Dr. Cassidy.
July 10 Replaced the bathroom vent fan with a dual 7 inch
window fan. Cost $24. Now we have 4
window fans 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs running 24 hours a
July 11 Found reference to wintertime treatment of
homes. They listed 2 methods either a vent fan
with a heat exchange or the use of activated
carbon. They claim the use of activated carbon
would get rid of 99% of the chlordane.
July 22 Received results back from Dr
Cassidy. The level measured was very low ( about 3
times the minimum detectable level) . Clearly
Chlordane is not the problem. In my
discussions with Dr Cassidy he mentioned using a air filter
containing activated carbon in the winter when the house was closed
up. Apparently this is a very effective
solution as it can absorb 99 % of a
Dr Cassidy recommended a air filter made by IQAIR in
Switzerland and costs about $900.00.
August 3, I started looking at kits to test
for pesticide residues in food. Found one and
ordered 3 test kits at about $10 each.
August 11 I selected a clean container filled it with a
clean rag and distilled water and wiped several places in the
corners of the bedroom and the hall. I then used
the kit to test for pesticide residues. All three
test came out negative.
August 13, Called a industrial hygienist and had a
conversion about mold. He pointed out that our
practice of closing up the house for 3 months while we vacationed in
Mexico was conductive to the growth of mold.
That made sense as when i look in the past it seems sometimes the
problem goes away and then it comes back. We also
have a variety of mushrooms that seem to grow in our back
lawn. I began thinking of using lime to reduce the
acid ph that comes from all the oak trees in our back
yard. Also began to look for a mold indoor
link between diabetes and chlordane
A Textbook on
article by Dr. Richard A. Cassidy
dying 30 years after Chlordane was used
Summaries of 10
articles on the dangers of chlordane
Medscape Article on the organochlorine Pesticides
New York Times article on the banning of chlordane