Book Reviews

My House is Killing Me!

“Asthma and allergy sufferers, this book is essential reading. It will answer all your questions about why you suffer in your home and what you can do to prevent it.”
Library Journal

“This is the best book I’ve read in years. I couldn’t put it down… It painlessly educates the reader about problem houses.”
Ellen McCrady, The Mold Reporter

My House is Killing Me! may seem like a sensational title. But the stories related here by Jeffrey May, an experienced indoor air quality professional, clearly show the dangers of indoor allergens and other pollutants, particularly for those whom allergies make highly sensitive. Much as physicians cure sick persons, Mr. May and other indoor air quality professionals ‘cure’ homes and buildings.”
Jonathan M. Samet, M.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
(From the Foreword to My House is Killing Me!)

“With a sharp increase in the incidence of asthma, respiratory allergies and other respiratory allergy symptoms, the need for clear information regarding environmental triggers is crucial. This text together with the author’s extensive experience in evaluating homes for risks provides patients and parents with respiratory problems, an invaluable resource to begin addressing some of their concerns and investigating possible causes for symptoms.”
Frank J. Twarog, Allergist
Assoc. Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School

“After reading My House is Killing Me!, I am convinced that it is a must read for patients with respiratory problems and the physicians who care for them. His book is also a must read for anyone who owns a home or is about to purchase or renovate one.”
Richard S. Irwin, M.D., Pulmonologist
University of Massachusetts Medical School

“I just finished reading this superb book with a multitude of examples of homes with poor indoor air quality which caused health problems for the occupants. Many photos show the culprits, and the solutions are given.The chapters describe IAQ problems room by room.The important points are summarized at the end of each chapter.The glossary and index are also excellent.Five out of five stars for this book.”
Paul Enright, M.D., Pulmonologist

The Mold Survival Guide

“Despite the name ‘Survival Guide’ I found this a calm and informative guide to environmental mold issues. It explained in an understandable way the scientific issues around mold such as what mold is, how it can be a health hazard, and more importantly how mold is not some sort of invisible killer, but something that requires certain conditions to become a problem.”
Marc, Brookline, MA

“(May) brings real-world experience with the scientific understanding to match. That is a rare combination. The book is a good read for the lay individual concerned about mold, the parent with a child with asthma, chronic sinusitis, or chronic non-seasonal allergy. It is also a good read for mold professionals of limited experience and those planning to enter the profession.”
Thad Godish, Ph.D, C.I.H., Ball State University

“Recommended particularly for concerned homeowners and renovation architects, The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health outlines the causes of moisture problems in old and new buildings…Leading you through his most tried-and-true forensic methodologies, Jeff May gives you the tools to root out the causes of the bedeviling musty odors that have forced homeowners to flee their homes.”
Courtney Miller, ArchitectureBoston

My Office is Killing Me

“Bacteria and mold may lurk in office carpets, the heating system, and other places causing allergy and asthma symptoms, while vapors emitted by furniture and equipment add other symptoms. Other books focus on the home; finally here’s a book to focus on the place adults spend most of their daily lives, the office. From ventilation systems or the lack thereof to breeding grounds for germs, My Office is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide doesn’t just help identify problems; it tells what to do about them.”
Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

“The best source of information on sick buildings that I’ve ever read. If you suffer from sinusitis, asthma, or other symptoms when you go to work, buy this book.”
Paul Enright, M.D., Pulmonologist
Research Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona

“Jeff May has done it again. This easy-to-read book is both scientifically accurate and practical for anyone who is concerned about the air we breathe.”
Jay Portnoy, M.D., Allergist
Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

“Millions of us experience poor indoor air without the slightest idea why or what can be done about it…This book gives you information about the indoor air you breathe so you can influence how healthy it should be. Thank you, Jeff May, for making the complex and diverse field of indoor air quality so accessible and entertaining.”
Jack Spengler
Harvard School of Public Health

Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips

“If your nose gets congested, you develop a sinus headache, or your asthma often gets worse after an hour or two at home or at work, buy one of Jeff’s books to find the cause and a way to fix it (and he didn’t pay me to say this).”
Paul Enright, MD WebMD

“Accessible language, step-by-step instructions, and clear, identifying diagrams and photos.”
AARC Times

Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips… is a home- and health-improvement guide that allows readers to identify suspected pollutants and allergens in their homes – and get rid of them once and for all!”
“Fresh Air”
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips… is an interactive book offering checklists, diagrams, photos and tips to help you clean your home.”
Atlanta Home Improvement

“…filled with step-by-step instructions for what to avoid, what to look for, and how to fix it.”
Asthma and Allergy Bulletin
New England Chapter