Author Archives: Christa Upton

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!

Tips for Finding Hidden Mold in a Building

I wrote this from the perspective of trying to find a new rental or house to purchase. But these might help find hidden mold in a current residence, too.  Also thanks to my friend D. P. for helping me brainstorm … Continue reading

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A Pretty Head Wrap for Health

Last month I broke my wrist, which has meant three doctor appointments so far. (It’s healing great, though! Not any slower than normal! 🙂 ) But the normal scents and unavoidable chemical cleaners/disinfectants at the hospital were really tough to … Continue reading

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Mystery Book Free on Kindle 4-18-17 Thru 4-22-17

Starting TOMORROW (4-18-17), my digital mystery book for kids is FREE! Free promotion goes through Saturday (4-22-17). Can be read on any device including laptops (just need the free Kindle app.) For ages 5 – 10, can be read aloud … Continue reading

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A Great Surprise

  We’d been camping for two months for my health. Someone had given us an old RV (somewhat offgassed but not moldy!  🙂 ) in addition to my aluminum camper (which was not big enough for all five of us). … Continue reading

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Guest on Living Clean Blog

I’m honored to be on the Paradigm Change’s Living Clean blog today: http://paradigmchange.me/lc/upton/   Their website has tons of great information on mold & biotoxin illness.   Christa Upton     Black Hills Picture Books    Edgemont, South Dakota  57735

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Video Tour–Overview of House

Here is the video of our mold-resistant, low-tox house. With great thankfulness to all who made this possible. Hope you enjoy! 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRhksJI28Aw   Christa Upton  Black Hills Picture Books   Edgemont, SD  57735

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Tips for Surviving a Less-Than-Ideal Home for MCS

Disclaimer: the author does not hold any guarantee for these ideas nor any responsibility for monetary or health loss due to trying these ideas. It is the responsibility of each individual to test, monitor, and exercise due diligence in trying … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek of House

I’ve been working on a video of the house. Hopefully it will be done in the next two weeks. Just thought I’d give you a sneak peek.  🙂   Christa Upton   Black Hills Picture Books   Edgemont, SD  57735

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Why I Won’t Be Doing Brain Retraining

There is a “treatment” for chronic illness out there called Brain Retraining. I think it can have some benefits. The biggest benefit I see is reduction of stress. In an illness like Biotoxin Illness (from toxic mold and/or bacteria) or … Continue reading

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Interview about MCS Housing; Great Photography

About 4 minutes in begins a good interview with a friend of mine, Marie LeBlanc. http://station.ckuw.ca/24/20170311.15.00-15.30.mp3  My friend has the same struggles I did for years. The same struggles that an enormous amount of people with MCS and toxic mold … Continue reading

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