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  • 5 Hidden Home Invaders – How to Monitor & Keep Them Out

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | August 2, 2016

    homeBe aware of many common hidden home invaders, and work to monitor and address them wherever possible.

    1. Dust mites – gone!

    These creepy looking microscopic critters feed on dander from pets and humans and produce proteins that give us allergies. Warm, wet conditions can make them multiply.

    Reduce temperature and humidity to help reduce dust mites. Dust mites love warm, humid conditions above 70F, and the National Institutes of Health recommends that for effective control, you should keep relative humidity below 50%. Read more

  • 5 Plants That Purify Your Air

    by Paula Gallagher | June 7, 2016

    boston-fernAlthough the weather is warmer, many people still spend most of their time indoors for numerous reasons. Some because of work, others to escape the heat. Unfortunately, sometimes your indoor air isn't the best and may benefit from purifying.

    A great way to help detoxify indoor air from pollutants is to have plants in your home. Not only do plants brighten up a room, but certain ones can also help detoxify the air from pollutants. Indoor air pollutants include, but are not limited to, the following.

    Formaldehyde: Found in particleboard, paper, carpets, foam insulation, plywood, grocery bags, waxed paper, fire retardants, natural gas, and cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic and can irritate our skin, eyes, nose, and throat, causing itchiness, coughing, and nosebleeds.

    Trichloroethylene: Found in varnishes, spot remover, inks, paints, and adhesives. Trichloroethylene is a known carcinogen that, if inhaled, can irritate the nose and throat and harm the nervous system. Symptoms of exposure can include headaches, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness.

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  • Grandma Knew Best About Creating a Healthy Home

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | May 31, 2016

    healthy-homeGrandmothers certainly had the wisdom to tell us to wash our hands, not wear shoes in the house, and open the windows, but now science has proven them to be right in their ideas about having a healthy home. Ventilation, for example, can help reduce indoor volatile organic compounds or chemicals more quickly. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency advises us that, without sufficient outdoor air, pollutants can sometimes accumulate to levels that can cause health and comfort problems. Reminiscent of grandmother, science suggests a good approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming in. To read about ways to get proper ventilation into your home, you can visit EPA's site on indoor air quality for more information. Read more

  • EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 25, 2016

    summercottageIt's that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 10th annual guide to sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    In the 10 years since EWG published their first guide, there has been much progress. This year alone, there are over 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. Forty-nine baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in their database, most of those being lotions.

    Although there has been a lot of progress, there are still many concerns. One concern is the misleading high SPF values. High SPF values do not necessarily offer greater protection and may lead consumers to spend too much time in the sun. In 2007, only 10 sunscreens in the guide claimed SPF 70 and higher, but this year there are 61 products making such claims, including 15 products advertised as SPF 100 or higher. Read more

  • Free Seminar on Risks of EMFs – Do US Government Standards Protect Us?

    by Paula Gallagher | May 16, 2016

    cell-phone-childDid you know that governments worldwide such as the UK, India, Israel and France are recommending people – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation? And, did you know that many household electronics have electric and magnetic field (EMF) emissions that can be easily remedied?

    Learn about how governments worldwide recommend the public – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation and risks of EMFs. Learn some little-known history about how FCC regulations for wireless evolved. Get the facts on the NIH rat study and why the EPA and the CDC flip-flopped on their public statements. Read more


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