Many Americans are aware of the dangers of heart disease and strokes and campaigns on television, billboards and online encourage eating right and exercising to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Now, as the baby boomers age and the Gen Xers enter into their 40s and 50s, heart disease and stroke is even more prevalent. Research is now showing there is yet another cause of heart disease and stroke – and not one people can control as easily as their diet: air pollution.
It’s true we don’t always get to choose who we sit next to on an airplane. But if you find yourself sitting next to someone who is sick, you might want to request a seat change or you may catch more than a sunburn on your next vacation.
With the coming of fall – so too comes the flu season. One common malady that presents itself in both the summer and the fall are enteroviruses – which normally causes flu-like systems in healthy adults but can be more harmful for children and the elderly.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet. Also in 2012, the American Pet Products Association reported that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their cats, dogs, and other animal companions.
About 1 in 10 preschool children are diagnosed with asthma. This age group has twice the number of asthma-related emergency department visits and overnight hospital stays as older kids.
Did you know that your humble green house plant may be a powerful source of clean indoor air? Based on preliminary evaluations of the use of common indoor plants for indoor air purification, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA)
Those who suffer from asthma, COPD, allergies and compromised immune systems (including premature babies and the elderly) can benefit from improved air quality.
A dog may be man’s best friend, but if you suffer from allergies, pets can be our worst enemy. According to studies published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a scientific journal published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAA&I)
Mold forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter, such as dry wall and other building materials. Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes, wheezing, nasal and sinus congestion, chronic cough or skin irritation.
What happens when too much of a good thing becomes too much of a good thing? While antibiotics can be an effective option for physicians to prescribe to help patients manage a wide range of illnesses
You probably already know that covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing is more than just good manners, but a necessity when trying to keep cold, flu and other viruses far away.
Carpets today run the gamut from cozy, to exotic to ultra modern to traditional. You might prefer all natural, or love the plush man-made fibers. But however they come, Americans love carpets. In fact, we buy them by the truckloads, 1.6 billion yards a year to be exact.
Let’s start with my confession. I am not a germaphobe, OK? Sometimes my family wonders about that, but the fact is, there’s a reason for my aversion to germs: I can’t afford to get sick. Bill Gates can get sick. I have bills to pay.
There has been much written about the benefit of air filters and air purifiers and consumers are constantly being reminded to clean and replace air filters to keep their air purifiers working. But do these products really clean the air? While clean air filters can be somewhat effective, experts caution that many indoor pollutants are immune to these filters and can easily escape into the air inside your home.
One of the most common reasons people choose an indoor air purification system for their home is to reduce or eliminate mold that can cause allergies, illness or asthma. Mold is a natural part of the outdoor environment but in the home, it can be disruptive. Not only can mold destroy walls or ceilings where its spores proliferate but the damage to your body and lungs can be irreversible.
If a member of your household has chemical sensitivities, shopping for products made from non-toxic materials becomes a bit more challenging, but thankfully, not impossible. We list some helpful tips below. First, we will address what toxins and carcinogens actually are.
Most people are vaguely aware that indoor mold can cause health problems and potential illness. Mold is everywhere and outdoors it is relatively harmless.
If you’re at home right now, sit down and take a deep breath. At this very moment, there are approximately two million nine hundred twenty pounds of airborne toxins traveling the jet stream around the globe. Don’t bother locking the doors and shutting the windows. Although outdoor air pollution is a serious global threat, it’s the air inside where we should be most concerned.
As autumn turns into winter and the summer heat dies down, many people might be considering some new cozy carpeting for their house to stay warm. But the EPA warns that while wall to wall carpet can be nice in a home or office, your new carpet might be a source of chemical emissions that can cause severe allergy-like symptoms.
When people think of mold – many negative thoughts come to mind. They might think of rusty pipes, old and leaking roofs, aging walls and bad health reactions such as allergies and asthma attacks. And the fact is, they are mostly right. Mold is also part of nature. Mold spores thrive where it is wet and damp.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Asthma is one of the most serious public health issues in the United States, affecting more than 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children and the numbers are growing worse each year. In this two-part post, I wanted to highlight some of the most common causes of asthma, many of which are directly related to indoor air quality.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution may be 2-5 times, and in some cases, more than 100 times higher than outdoor pollution levels.
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or “secondhand smoke” is the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and smoke exhaled by the smoker. According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways in the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways in the lungs become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma attacks commonly include the following symptoms:
I’m very excited to share my very first blog post on our all-new website. My goal is to use this blog to share information about health, wellness and clean air technology and meet others who are as passionate about these subjects as I am. For years, I suffered from terrible allergies.