Environmental Residence And Hotel
For People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
The purpose of The Natural Place is to provide a relatively safe place, in a normal environment where most self-sufficient people with MCS can live on a day to day basis with a minimum of exposures and at a reasonable cost.
Our aim is not only to provide a safe space but to be an example to our guest of what they can do to make their own spaces safe. The materials we use are available and either benign or have a short out gassing period.
To achieve this aim we are located 1 1/2 blocks from the fresh ocean air on a quiet suburban street. This way our guests have a safe and healthful out doors to be in (the beach), and a safe indoors space to be in on those occasions when the outside air is momentarily polluted by our neighbors cloths dryers, barbecues, or other transgressions.
Built in 1962, and renovated by us in 1992, we tried to keep as much of the old building intact as we could to reduce the amount of any new building products. The kitchen cabinets are all of the old wood and plywood type, no particleboard, and well out-gassed.
The floors are terrazzo, and where they are beyond repair we laid down ceramic tile.
The windows were the old jalousie types, very leaky. They were changed for the much tighter single hung window.
In case any fumes from outside do get in all the apartments are provided with a large capacity Austin Filter with 12 pounds of activated charcoal and heppa technology to scrub the air in a few minutes.
All the water coming into the building is carbon filtered to remove chlorine and other contaminants from your shower and toilet water.
We removed the grass from around the building to cut down on mold in on and around the building, and put in a patio for people to enjoy together. We believe that those with MCS can live a relatively normal life style and get well by: 1. Creating a safe living space in an area with fresh air.
2. Eating mostly organic unprocessed foods and drinking pure water.
3. Having a program of whatever therapy works for you, and sticking to it.
4. Arranging your out of the house habits so that you are not in crowds.
5. Limiting the number of exposures you have in a day (go into one or two stores).
6. Preparing for large exposures, like a wedding, concert ect., by limiting exposures and breathing a lot of beach air 3 to 4 days before the event.