Would You Pay $375 for a Toxic Home Consult?

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Toxins lurking in the home scare the heebie jeebies out of me. I'm trying to raise a child here, folks!

But the building biology consultant who showed up in The New York Times' Home and Garden section this week, offering consultations on your toxic home for just $375 didn't exactly set my heart at ease.

For $375, I can buy a closet full of organic cleaners and a nifty dehumidifer to ward off mold.


And that would actually address the toxic hazards.

But this is the new trend -- in the wake of contaminated drywall from China and toxins as autism trigger warnings, we are willing to cough up the big bucks for plain old peace of mind.

And people are pursuing this as a career option, signing up with the Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology, an online school that purports to be "dedicated to bringing together the technical expertise, biological understanding and ecological sensitivity to create healthy homes and workplaces."

Many of the courses are free, and you can take them yourself, or hit up their list of freebies for what to do around your home.

If they come into your home, the building biology consultants will test water, air and building materials for a checklist of toxins, then give you a list of remedies for each situation (above and beyond the $375 naturally).

Whether it's all worth it is subjective -- the Institute is very big on avoiding cell phones and moving electric alarm clocks away from your bed . . . stuff most of us aren't willing to give up, fears science hasn't even proven are founded.

The building biology consultants may put your heart at ease. But right now I'm staying away -- lest they just make me more fearful at every turn.

Would you call one in?

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