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Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome


This is a growing problem of our modern age, as buildings are sealed more efficiently, contain more synthetic materials and chemicals which is further compounded by occupying them more quickly than ever before.

The first occupants seem to experience the worst symptoms, during the early phase. Sometimes a specific item can be identified and replaced, such as the carpeting.

Paint can be replaced, or the building can be left unoccupied while the problem materials "out-gas" and fresh air can circulate.


The problem seems to be a subjective mix of several factors, including a chemical given off by a product, such as carpeting, together with a lack of natural ventilation and a number of sensitive persons.

A significant number of people must be affected by common symptoms, before a building can be held responsible.

In some instances, these symptoms may only appear while at work and are relieved at home, or upon leaving the building for lunch at a nearby park.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms may include: fatigue, headaches, dry, itching eyes and irritation of the nose and throat. Similar to other forms of allergy.

A new functional malaise, described as “brain fog”, is experienced by some people and attributed to elelctromagnetic fields from electrical devices, wiring and computers etc.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Immune System Support

General Supplements

Vitamin B Complex100 mg
Vitamin C3,000 - 5,000 mg
Vitamin E400 IU

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Purified water is essential.

The principles of a macro-biotic diet may be beneficial, especially in the early stages.

Liquid foods, including green drinks, may be well tolerated.

Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathy, of course, treats the patient and their symptoms, rather than a diagnostic label.

Typically, symptoms may be consistent with an allergy, or chemical sensitivity.

General indications include:

Apis Mellifica
Mercurius Vivus
Nux vomica
Pulsatilla nigricans (female patients, especially)

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


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Herbal Approaches


Grape Seed extract
Green tea
Milk Thistle

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Selection depends upon several factors e.g. presenting symptoms, acute or chronic stage etc.

If the source can be identified: carpeting, glues, processed woods, paint etc. it should be removed, if possible.

Some essential oils, relative to symptoms includes:

Dry, itchy eyesTea Tree Essence.
Dry throatGrapefruit Essence or Lemon Essence.
HeadachesLavender Essence.
LethargyEucalyptus Essence, Grapefruit or Lemon Essence.
Stuffy noseRosemary Essence or
Tea Tree Essence.

In a hospital, or an office with a number of people with contagious diseases, the following list could be reviewed:

Cinnamon Essence,Clove Essence,Eucalyptus Essence,
Ginger Essence,Grapefruit Essence,Juniper Essence,
Lavender Essence,Lime Essence,Pine Essence,
Niaouli Essence,Thyme Essence.

A general list:

Aniseed Essence,Cajeput Essence,
Eucalyptus Essence,Garlic Essence,
Hyssop Essence,Lavender Essence,
Lemon Essence,Marjoram Essence,
Niaouli Essence,Onion Essence,
Oregano Essence,Peppermint Essence,
Pine Essence,Rosemary Essence,
Sage Essence,Savory Essence,
Thyme Essence.

The electromagnetic hazards of computers and monitors etc. may be negated by the following oils:

Bergamot Essence,Cedarwood Essence,
Cypress Essence,Grapefruit Essence,
Lemon Essence,Orange Essence,
Patchouli Essence,Petitgrain Essence,
Rosewood Essence,Sandalwood Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Bites & Stings
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Food Allergy



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