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Indoor Pollution - It’s Happening Again

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It’s happening again, I see the signs, the medical studies, the scientific findings, the company denials, the company reactions and the lack of personal awareness.

Indoor pollution is America’s number one environmental health concern but many people are not aware of this. I see the same mistakes happening now as I did with the tobacco industry. It took many years for people to realize that smoking was bad for them. The lack of…

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) can occur in many different forms and people often express serious symptoms, yet the individual(s) cannot be diagnosed by their physician. Research has found that chemical exposures even in small concentrations often produce symptoms that are otherwise undiagnosed and these discoveries explain why physicians often find it difficult to treat their patients.

Today we are exposed to many different chemicals in our everyday lives, from our workplace…

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Cleaning Products: What to Know-Surface Cleaners

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Continuing with our blog series of identifying harmful ingredients in common household cleaning products, the ingredient ethylene glycol monobutyl ether commonly found in all purpose surface cleaners is examined.

The name alone causes me concern especially when I tell you that this HIGHLY TOXIC SYNTHETIC SOLVENT is found in a wide range of all surface cleaners available on the market today.

What is the rationale behind putting a…

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Bringing Home Your Newborn Baby

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The great joy of bringing home a newborn baby is something every parent can associate with. The long hours designing and building the nursery are over and the result is a safe comfortable environment for the baby to sleep and spend most of its time.

This may not be the case and most times it is not the case. With nursery renovations, materials used or how we behave in the room may never be considered. This…

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Dust Mites - What You May Not Know

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Dust mites for their size cause powerful reactions in people including allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to the North American house dust mite (scientific name: Dermatophagoides farinae) effects millions of people daily. Symptoms of allergies to house dust mites include watering eyes, runny nose, itching, sneezing, asthma, difficulty breathing and infantile eczema.

The house dust mite is a guest in cohabitation with people and primarily occupies beds, bedding, carpets and upholstery. It is extremely difficult to see house…

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Bad Economic Times-People Staying At Home

What can I say, there are troubling times ahead for all of us across the United States of America and around the world. Job losses, foreclosures, increased food prices as well as gas prices, do not paint a pretty picture. All of these factors are having a fundamental effect on how people are behaving. Statistics are showing that people are travelling less, retail sales are down and overall, people are not going out spending money.

These statistics are pointing to…

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Home Cleaning Products: What to Know-Furniture Polish

As a continuation of our ongoing series through the AirMD blog, we will briefly examine the common household cleaning products we keep in our homes and the ingredients found in these products, as well as discuss their potential effects and why we do not need these products in our homes.

When I was young, a part of my families cleaning routine was the dusting of our family home. It was one chore both my brother and I would try to…

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Furniture in Homes: How It Can Affect Your Health

As a scientist I, I am always amazed about the number of chemicals people create and introduce into our everyday lives.

As I look at my home environment, a place of sanctuary for my family, I am constantly reminded of the many sources that can lead to chemical exposures, which the average person does not realize.

Take furniture for example, most furniture is made with pressed wood, plywood, particle board and glues containing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a low cost common…

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Home Cleaning Products: What to Know-Bleach

In the first of an ongoing series through the AirMD blog, we will briefly examine the common household cleaning products we keep in our homes and the ingredients found in these products as well as discuss their potential effects and why we do not need these products in our homes.

I remember many years ago, my wife asked me to help clean the tile floor in my home. As I poured bleach into the bucket I looked at the label…

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Electromagnetic Radiation: What’s It All About?

I have an image of invisible rays around me coming from electronic devices which my body is absorbing. The image I am talking about is in fact a simplified example of how electromagnetic radiation behaves in and around the body.Do you listen to the radio, watch TV, or use a microwave oven? All these devices make use of electromagnetic waves.

Radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and x rays are all examples of electromagnetic waves that differ from each other…

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