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|| In the early 70's due
to an energy crisis people started sealing up their homes.
What people weren't informed of is the potential health
risk it led too. Sealing up their homes also meant sealing
up toxins as well. Over time, these toxins would eventually
affect people's immune systems causing people to be more
vulnerable to diseases. Unfortunately, bad air is invisible.
Most of our lives are spent indoors. Whether it is in
school, at work or in front of the television. Most people
are brought up believing the safest place to be is at
home. Safe to what extent? Scientific evidence has indicated
that the air qualities inside your homes, schools and
working environment is more polluted then the air outside.
This is found to be 500 times worse in large industrial
People spend 90% of their time
indoors. Failure to respond to indoor air problems can
have many consequences to your health. Affects from bad
in door air may show up immediately or can take years.
Having a constant exposure to toxins in our air, water
and food has been shown to lower our resistance to disease
and change our bodies' metabolism causing a number of
problems: Enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies,
hormonal imbalances, birth defects and learning and behavioral
In the last 5 years Asthma in children has quadrupled.
Researchers have asked themselves, could it be that children
are outside too much or could it be the pollution in their
homes or schools?
Windows are usually left open to let in fresh air. Unfortunately,
during the winter most people can't afford to open their
windows because of high heating cost. In the summer, windows
are left closed to keep in the cool air. When a building
is closed up with out Ozone, bacteria are able to run
|| By eliminating air pollution such
as smoke from tobacco, wood stoves, formaldehyde, chemical
cleaning agents, bad smells and fumes it will contribute
to fresher air which in return will help those who suffer
The typical American home has
chemical contamination levels 70 times higher then levels
found in the air outside. For years, women have stayed
home to care for the family while the husband works to
support them. Recent studies have shown that women who
work at home have a 54% greater risk of developing cancer
than women who work outside the home. This figure came
from a 15-year study, which concluded that the increase
death rate was due to daily exposure to household products.
5 to 10 million household poisonings are reported each
year, many of which are fatal.
The victims are mostly
children. Most people think ingesting household products
is the only way your body is poisoned. This is the part
the manufacturer leaves out of the warning labels.
If these chemicals touch the skin or are inhaled it will
absorb into your bloodstream and spread throughout your
body. Again, the effects are not immediate but can have
great consequences down the road and cause serious health
Things that make breathing problems
worse for people with Asthma.
Air pollution, Pollen
and Cold weather
are some of the strongest asthma
triggers are found in homes. These triggers can be easily
prevented: Dust mites, Cockroaches, Mold and Tobacco Smoke
are some of the biggest causes of asthma triggers.
By keeping dust levels down in
your home and reducing excessive moisture in your house,
the amount of dust mites will lower tremendously. Some
other ways to help prevent dust mites are the following:
Buy special allergen-proof covers for your bed, wash more
frequently in hot water, replace upholstered furniture
with smooth-surfaced furniture such as vinyl, get rid
of large area rugs because hard surface floor are easier
How do cockroaches make my allergies worse?
It's actually refereed to as
cockroach dust, which comes from the roaches body parts
and droppings. This allergy trigger is real simple to
get rid of by simply buying pesticide spray, but remember
to buy a spray that is also earth friendly. These products
are available and Convictions of the Heart
has found companies that offer them.
Molds are tiny plants that will
grow on moist surfaces in or around your home. They appear
as dark fuzzy areas with a musty odor. The problem with
this is it's an asthma trigger; it can sometimes be hard
to locate. It could easily be growing in areas such as
basements, attics and between wall units. We recommend
throwing out any old boxes, wallboards and newspapers
that may be lying around. Anything porous that may have
gotten wet in the past. You also want to wipe that area
clean. Getting rid of excessive moisture is the most important
thing to do in order to control the mold in your home.
There is a certain kind of mold, which is less common
but is known to cause an infant lung disease. This mold
can be found in wooden floorboards and also wallboards.
This type of mold is very hard to detect and if you think
this mold could be present in your home we recommend calling
your local health department for further assistance.
Tobacco smoke speaks for
itself, we've all been taught that smoking is bad for
our health. It's a serious breathing irritant and a strong
asthma trigger. Do not allow smoking inside the house;
have people smoke outside.
smoke at all in the car with a person that has asthma.
the steps we have provided may require some repairs to
your home and require you to purchase products to help
deal with these asthma triggers. Most importantly, changing
your daily habits. If you or someone close to you has
just had a baby it is very important to make some
of these changes, especially if asthma runs in the family.
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