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
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
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
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
'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.