Sunday, 30 September 2012


Most of us would find it hard to imagine spending just one day without our cellphones. Now imagine spending the rest of your life without it, because you believe you are allergic.

That is the supposed fate of 53-year-old Barbara Lewis of Dallas, Texas, who also believes she cannot use televisions, computers or cars.
Barbara suffers from a condition known as chemical and electrical sensitivity and is convinced that nearly everything in the modern world is making her sick
Barbara Lewis thinks she is allergic to modern life
Barbara Lewis thinks she is allergic to modern life
Lewis pumps herself with oxygen on a daily basis from a cast iron tank (not aluminum owing to her new-world 'allergies') and only wears organic cotton clothes.
Plastic is banned in her small apartment but cellophane is permitted, and even celebrated when it comes to reading.
'It blocks out the volatile organic compounds from the ink,' Lewis said, describing why she avoids books, unless covered by the protective layer.
Lewis pumps herself with oxygen everyday in an attempt to stave 
off the negative effects of day-to-day life
Lewis pumps herself with oxygen everyday in an attempt to stave off the negative effects of day-to-day life
Books aren't the only objects to fall prey to Lewis' paranoia of the everyday.
As she continues in her battle to lead a 'clean' life, convinced that all around her is making her sick, victims of her regime include her cable box, which lives behind a wall of aluminum foil for 'safety'.
On the rare occasions that Lewis leaves her apartment to go grocery shopping she dons a gas mask, an act which she admits procures a lot of stares.
Even books aren't safe - Lewis will only read them from behind a 
protective cellophane layer
Even books aren't safe - Lewis will only read them from behind a protective cellophane layer
But despite objections to Lewis' lifestyle she insists her choices are necessary steps toward shielding her body from the assault of modern devices, the fumes and wireless signals they bring about. 
So convinced is Lewis that her health is a serious risk, she is not only banning all modern technology in her home but also applying for disability benefit.
'It’s actually a full-time job,' she told the Huntington Post about her plan to stay healthy. 'Which is why I’m currently applying for disability, because there’s no way I can work in my previous career.'
On the rare occasion that Lewis ventures outside she dons a thick 
gas mask to protect her from the elements
On the rare occasion that Lewis ventures outside she dons a thick gas mask to protect her from the elements
Many medical professionals remain skeptical about Lewis' claims, but according to WFAA some doctors have backed her up.
'We don't contest that some people get some disabling symptoms which are very real,' said Dr. William Rea of the Environmental Health Center.
There has been 'evidence that some people are sensitive to some chemicals,' he added.


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