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10 Hazardous Items in Your Bedroom Polluting Your Indoor Air

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Your bedroom may be a more hazardous place than you think. Find out what in your bedroom could be making you sick without you even realizing. The Scary Truth That Lies in Your Bedroom#1. The BeddingOur bedding, especially our pillows, can quickly accumulate sweat, saliva, skin flakes, and other bodily excretions, as well as bacteria, mold spores, or dust mites. All of these substances can cause allergy-like symptoms including scratchy eyes, headaches, and sore throat. It is important to change bed sheets regularly, ideally once a week. Also, aim to change pillowcase covers once every few days, and wash pillows once a month if possible. If you have a pillow that can’t go in the wash, replace it every 12 months.#2. The HumidifierIf you’ve been suffering from symptoms like dry skin, sore throat, or congestion, running a humidifier in your bedroom may be a good idea. Moisture in the air can help relieve many health issues, but can unfortunately also cause some problems if the humidifier is…

3 Things to Know About Your Indoor Air Quality & How It Affects Your Health

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The Truth About Indoor Air QualityIndoor air quality often goes overlooked when it comes to health concerns. Find out the truth about air indoors and how it might be affecting you.We all know that pollution is not a good thing for our health. In some crowded urban areas, you can even see the smog and dirt particles floating in the air. Science has already shown plenty of evidence that breathing in airborne particles can cause serious respiratory problems. What a lot of us don’t realize, however, is that the air we are breathing indoors is much worse. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside our homes and offices can be up to ten times worse than outdoor air in the immediate surroundings when it comes to air quality. Indoor air may be the number one environmental health issue of concern. Americans are spending a lot of money each year on respiratory symptoms that may be traced back to poor air quality in buildings where they spend the majority of their tim…

Environmental Exposures & Lupus: Is There a Connection?

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Studies Show Connection Between Environmental Pollutants and LupusLupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy cells, is a crippling condition for some and affects millions of Americans each year. For those who knowingly have the disease, many have reported worsening symptoms within days of being around smog in crowded cities. In a recent study conducted in Montreal, Canada, it was shown that being around increased airborne pollution and particles had a direct correlation with severity of the disease among lupus patients.Background on LupusLupus is a chronic condition that causes swelling and inflammation in the joints, and can also affect many organs in the body. The disease affects primarily women of childbearing age, although some other populations also are affected. The way lupus works is complicated—it is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The affected person’s genes make them prone to the disorder, and pollutants…

Best Air Purifier for Dorm Rooms

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Air Quality Issues Recently Discovered in Dorm RoomsRecently, alarmingly high levels of toxic flame retardants have been found during testing of the air quality in college dorm rooms. These harmful chemicals could potentially impact the health of the young students who reside in them. The risk posed by these chemicals range from cancer to hormonal disruption, and more. Many enviromentalist debate on what is the best air purifier for dorm rooms as one side is focused on  the irmportance of particualte removal, while the other side argues the importance of removing VOCs and enviromental exposures.Among the chemicals found were two flame retardants that have either been largely eliminated from modern products, or completely banned. One, DecaBDE, has seen its manufacturing almost completely halted since 2013 when it began to be phased out of the industry due to its known side effects in lab rats. It is labeled as a possible carcinogen and was found in higher concentrations during this stu…

How Air Quality & Environmental Toxins Trigger Autoimmune Disease

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Top Triggers of Autoimmune DiseaseAutoimmune diseases, in which the body attacks its own tissues and cells, are becoming more and more prevalent. Over 50 million Americans have some type of autoimmune disease. As an attempt to combat these conditions, many patients are resorting to medications that merely mask symptoms. Hiding symptoms rather than trying to get to the root cause of the disease only prolongs suffering in the long run.Many autoimmune diseases, whether they be Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or others, share common underlying problems that cause them. Find out what are the main triggers of autoimmune disease, and how to start eliminating them in order to get yours under control.Please note that there are other triggers that may affect particular autoimmune diseases and cause flare ups, but these are the most prevalent across the board.#1. GlutenGluten is the protein found in grain products like wheat, oats, barley, and rye. It seems to be a fairly new ph…

The Connection Between Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases

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For most people, our immune systems know the difference between our body’s cells and foreign substances and know to only attack those that pose a danger to our body. For some, however, our bodies don’t know the difference and may attack perfectly healthy tissue, resulting in an autoimmune disease. Although the cause of why exactly autoimmune diseases may occur is unknown, we do know that there is a connection between the way our bodies handle allergens and autoimmune disease responses. Questions remain, however, what is the Connection Between Allergies and Autoimmune DiseasesWhat is an Autoimmune Disease?An autoimmune disease is a disorder in which the human body treats certain healthy tissues as if they were a threat. Our immune systems are designed to recognize substances according to the antigens they present. Antigens are molecules specific to those substances that our body can “read.” The majority of our bodies know the difference between its own antigens and those that come from…

How To Recover from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and Other Environmental Illnesses

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In honor of the upcoming MCA awareness month in May, we have asked Debra Lynn Dadd to write a guest post about her personal battle with MCS and more importantly discuss her road map on How To Recover from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) (MCS) and Other Environmental Illnesses.For those who are unfamiliar with Debra’s work, it is quite remarkable. Debra Lynn Dadd brings more than thirty years of research and real-life experience to her work as a consumer advocate for health and the environment. The author of Toxic Free, Debra was the first to alert consumers to the toxic chemicals present in everyday household products and reveal both the short- and long-term health effects, as well as safe alternatives. The following post was written as a road map for Debra Recovery and offers great insight on removing toxic exposure from your environment to lead a healthy life. Recovering from Multiple Chemical SensitivitiesIn 1978 I had the worst experience of my life. At the young age of twen…