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Managing MCS
Natural vs LP gas appliances
with William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.

Environmental Health

Dear Dr. Rea,
In a recent reply, you said: “My opinion, based on many years of experience with patients in this type of situation, is that no one with chemical sensitivity can live around or with natural gas and expect to get well.” Does this apply equally to LP gas? Propane? As well as “natural gas”? My doc told me that I need to get rid of my LP gas stove and replace it with an electric stove due to my MCS. My gas stove has no pilot light, but every time I turn on a burner I do get a whiff of gas and notice the symptoms. Some of my other major appliances are also gas (dryer, water heater, furnace), but those are all in the basement, not upstairs where I spend all my time. Do you think just replacing the stove with electric without changing the basement gas appliances will be enough to improve my condition? I also have some EMF sensitivities (right now they are mild): is it possible that getting an electric stove may trigger ES? Just replacing one set of problems with another?

Dr. Rea’s response:
Yes, when I wrote that no one with chemical sensitivity can live around or with natural gas and expect to get well, that did include LP gas and propane. The only exception would be a heating system where both the gas tank and the heat exchanger were located in a shed or utility closet at least 20 feet from the home to avoid exposure to the fumes. Some people have done well with that set up. Replacing your stove with electric and leaving your gas appliances in the basement may be enough to improve your condition. It’s hard to tell, but if if there is no improvement, get rid of them. Certainly, replacing all would be best. Yes, there is the possibility of triggering a more severe EMF sensitivity by replacing all appliances with electric versions, but it is unlikely if you only replace your stove.

William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.
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