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One-Third of Schools Located in Air Pollution Danger Zones

Posted by John on September 9th, 2008

According to a University of Cincinnati study, more than 30 percent of public schools are in “air pollution danger zones” within a quarter mile of major highways, reports Yahoo News.

Research shows the pollutants from automobiles can increases school children’s chances of developing respiratory diseases later in life. Continue reading

How to Clean Humidifiers

Posted by John on September 8th, 2008

home humidifiersHumidifiers offer many health benefits, especially during the winter. They restore moisture to the air and thus restore moisture to your skin, lips, throat, and nose. Those who suffer from sinusitis know that dry air can be irritating and painful when it hits the nasal mucosa. Humidifiers also make the indoor environment more comfortable – humid air feels warmer than dry air – and humidifiers can help you save money on heating bills.

However, humidifiers must be cared for and cleaned properly, or else you might experience some unwanted side effects. Continue reading

Crescent Moon Bedding Review

Posted by John on September 7th, 2008

Crescent Moon specializes in the manufacture of bedding from alpaca wool. Alpaca wool, compared to sheep wool, is lighter, warmer, cleaner, and stronger. Because alpaca wool is naturally porous, it absorbs more moisture than sheep wool, thus creating a drier environment that discourages the growth of allergens.

Furthermore, the alpacas are raised in totally organic environments – free of pesticides and chemicals. The wool is also free of chemicals like dyes and bleaches. This means the bedding is healthier for you and the environment.

Let’s quickly review the Crescent Moon bedding line:

crescent moon pillow coversCrescent Moon Pillow CoversNEW! These protective pillow covers zip up to block dust mites from invading your pillow; more important, they block allergenic dust mite feces from escaping into the air. If you suffer from dust allergies, a simple pillow cover could eliminate your symptoms. Continue reading

The Science of Sick Building Syndrome

Posted by John on September 7th, 2008

Sick Building Syndrome, or SBS, refers to a condition where a building makes its occupants sick. Toxins and allergens are the most common cause of SBS. Mold, which may produce allergens or toxins, is the single most common cause.

One type of mold – Stachybotrys chartarum – has been implicated in SBS more than any other substance. Also known as black mold or toxic mold, Stachybotrys releases toxins into the air. Common symptoms including headaches, shortness of breath, and fatigue, although much more serious conditions may result. Continue reading

Treat Child Eczema at Home

Posted by John on September 6th, 2008

Eczema affects up to 20 percent of U.S. children. Child eczema usually appears between two and six months of age and runs in families with a history of allergies and asthma. The dry, red, itchy skin patches often begin on the face and spread to other parts of the body.

There is no cure for eczema, but there are many ways to treat child eczema at home. Continue reading

Bathe Pets Weekly to Reduce Allergens

Posted by John on September 6th, 2008

The Tribune Star reports that bathing pets weekly will reduce allergens by 84 percent!

“Pet dander” refers to small flakes of skin, but allergens are also present in saliva and urine (which often dry on the skin or fur). Once dry, pet dander can become airborne and remain in the air for hours at a time. When inhaled, the allergen can produce a wide array of symptoms from sniffling to severe asthma attacks. Continue reading

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Amcor Portable Air Conditioners

Posted by John on September 5th, 2008

Since you can’t be in two places at once, why waste electricity and money to cool down unoccupied rooms?

Amcor portable air conditioners easily roll from room to room, eliminating the need for multiple air conditioners.

Portable air conditioners, also known as spot coolers or swamp coolers, are much easier to install than window units. Simply clip the exhaust tube to the window kit, place it in a window, and close the window. Continue reading

Asthma Inhalers Go Green, Get More Expensive

Posted by John on September 5th, 2008

CBS News reports that, by the end of this year, 22 million asthmatic Americans will have to throw out their CFC inhalers for new, ozone-friendly HFA inhalers.

CFC inhalers use chlorofluorocarbons to propel the medicine; however, CFCs also damage the planet’s protective ozone layer. Beginning December 31, 2008, CFC inhalers will no longer be manufactured or sold in the United States.

If you have asthma, please note that the new HFA inhalers will not work exactly the same as the old CFC inhalers. HFA inhalers may taste and feel different; for instance, the spray may feel softer. Also, most HFA inhalers require more cleaning and care to prevent clogs, and shelf life is shorter for some of the new inhalers. Continue reading

Endotoxins in Dust – Asthma Triggers

Posted by John on September 4th, 2008

It turns out that dust mites, mold, and pet dander are not the only allergens in houshold dust…

New research reveals that endotoxins produced by bacteria in dust can inflame airways and trigger asthma, according to ScienceDaily.

What are endotoxins?

Peter Thorne, environmental toxicologist at the University of Iowa explains, “If you think of a bacterium as an orange, the endotoxin is the material that makes up the peel. It’s the outer layer. And this becomes shed from bacteria, and it’s everywhere in the environment.

“Endotoxin in the home is related to higher rates of asthma.” Continue reading

Enter Your Pet in the Bissell Pet Games Video Contest

Posted by John on September 3rd, 2008

Do you have a funny feline, comical canine, or humorous hamster? If your pet knows any unique tricks, submit a video to the Bissell Pet Games today!

Note: Your pet doesn’t have to be a star athlete like the dog above to win. Cuteness and humor score points, too! Viewers vote on new winners each week.

Bissell pet vacuumThe Grand Prize includes $10,000 plus a Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Pet vacuum. On top of that, your pet’s picture will also appear on the Lift-Off Revolution Pet Vacuum packaging – and the winning video will be featured on Continue reading

2008 Fall Allergy Capitals

Posted by John on September 3rd, 2008

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released its list of 2008 fall allergy capitals – the worst places to live during fall allergy season – based on pollen counts, number of allergy medications used per patient, and number of allergy specialists per patient.

Ragweed, the most common seasonal allergy trigger, peaks in September in most parts of the country. Mold allergy is also a problem during the fall. This year, more than 50 percent of the U.S. population lives in one of the top 100 Fall Allergy Capitals! Continue reading

Find the Best Deals at

Posted by John on September 2nd, 2008

Next time you’re shopping for indoor health products, don’t forget to check the Clearance Center at

Most products in the clearance center are open-box items; that is, the box has been opened, but the products have not been used. Some open-box items have been used for demonstrations, and some have been returned by customers for various reasons – but none of the clearance items have been used for more than 30 days, and they’re guaranteed to arrive in good working order. If a clearance product has been slightly used, we will note if there are any scratches, dents, or scuffs. Otherwise, clearnace products are just like new!

Save substantially by purchasing these clearance items, all of which are still fully warranted!