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Autism – An Environmental Illness?

Posted by John on October 19th, 2008

Scientists are beginning to look at the environment as a possible cause of psychological conditions like autism. Environmental threats, for example, might include exposure to infectious agents as well as pollutants.

Actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey had a young son with autism, and they helped him recover from it, reports CNN.

“We believe autism is an environmental illness,” wrote McCarthy. “Vaccines are not the only environmental trigger, but we do think they play a major role. If we are going to solve this problem and finally start to reverse the rate of autism, we need to consider changing the vaccine schedule, reducing the number of shots given and removing certain ingredients that could be toxic to some children.” Continue reading

Phthalates in Plastics Disrupt Hormones

Posted by John on October 19th, 2008

Phthalates (pronounced like “thay-lates”) are pervasive chemicals used to make plastics soft and to make fragrances linger – and they’re suspected of interfering with the reproductive development and causing asthma and allergies, according to The Olympian. Continue reading

Healthy Environments Make Healthy Children

Posted by John on October 19th, 2008

When you have children, environmental health concerns become more apparent. What’s in the air? What’s in the water? What kind of dangerous chemicals are in the cleaning products and personal care products? Continue reading

CA Water Agency Concealed Uranium Contamination

Posted by John on October 18th, 2008

The Orange County Register reports that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides water to 18 million people, remained silent about uranium contamination in water at the Hayfield Groundwater Storage site. Continue reading

Teenager’s Research Exposes Harmful Air Cleaners

Posted by John on October 18th, 2008

At just 14 years of age, Otana Jakpor of Riverside, CA has already received a scientific award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after showing that ozone-producing air cleaners actually harm the lungs. Continue reading

Avoid VOCs to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted by John on October 18th, 2008

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be found throughout a typical home – in carpet, paints, furniture, and plastics; the problem with these chemicals is that they off-gas into the air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks, and some VOCs cause asthma and cancer. Continue reading

Nilfisk Backpack Vacuum Review

Posted by John on October 17th, 2008

Nifisk backuumsIn the home, a backpack vacuum, or “backuum,” is not necessary (unless you happen to live in an enormous mansion). However, the backpack vacuum is ideal for industrial vacuum jobs in which you have to clean large areas as quickly as possible. Built for speed and efficiency, the Nilfisk GD10 Backpack vacuum boosts cleaning productivity by up to 30%.

Ergonomically designed and weighing in at just over 10 pounds, the backuum is very comfortable. You won’t even notice the canister on your back. In fact, the backuum actually helps to alleviate back strain and pain because it eliminates repetitive bending over. The Nilfisk backuum allows you to stand up straighter and work faster. And since you’re not dragging a canister behind you, there’s less chance of causing an accident in the workplace.

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Many Cannot Afford New Asthma Inhalers

Posted by John on October 15th, 2008

Writing an opinion column for Abilene Online, Kathy Bunkey points out that the new asthma inhalers, mandatory beginning in 2009, will be too expensive for some:

The worst part of this is that a lot of the people who need this medication in an emergency situation will no longer be able to afford it. This will specifically affect the disabled, the children whose parents cannot afford this increase, the jobless and the elderly. There is no generic for this new medication. We are being offered Pro Air HPA, Xopenex HPA and Proventil HPA, and the cheapest that I was able to find one of these in Abilene was for around $25. They can retail for as much as over $55 per inhaler. Continue reading

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Wood Heating Health Concerns

Posted by John on October 13th, 2008

This summer, with heating bills expected to rise 20% from last year, many people will turn to wood heating in an attempt to save money; however, wood burning poses serious health concerns.

The American Lung Association has expressed concern about wood heating, especially for people with asthma and other pulmonary diseases. Continue reading

Avoid Flame Retardant Chemicals

Posted by John on October 12th, 2008

Flame retardant chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are everywhere; they’re in your computer, toaster, mattress, TV, and sofa. The problem with PBDEs is that they don’t stay in their original place. They end up in household dust, soil, and human breast milk. (They’ve even been found in Arctic seal blubber!) And they accumulate inside our bodies. Continue reading

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Construction Sites Pose Health Hazards for Those Nearby

Posted by John on October 12th, 2008

If you live or work near a construction site, your health may be at risk – even if you never enter the “hard hat zone.”

Construction dust pollutes the air surrounding the site, and the increase in diesel traffic to construction sites further deteriorates air quality. Children living near such pollution face an increased risk of asthma. Continue reading

Chemical Leak Forms Toxic Cloud Over Pennsylvania

Posted by John on October 11th, 2008

BREAKING NEWSCNN reports that a toxic chemical cloud has formed over Petrolia, PA, after a chemical leak in a local plant.

The toxic cloud affected at least 2,000 residents, many of whom fled their homes to stay with friends and relatives or in shelters. Others decided to stay home and keep their windows and doors closed. Continue reading

DeLonghi Vento TRV0715T Heater Review

Posted by John on October 11th, 2008

DeLonghi Vento HeatersThe DeLonghi TRV0715T Vento heater is, in my opinion, the best oil-filled radiator heater on the market. It’s also our best-selling heater so far this season because of its value price and its ability to heat a room 40% faster than traditional oil-filled radiator heaters. Continue reading

Unusual Allergies

Posted by John on October 10th, 2008

Most allergy sufferers are familiar with common allergens like pollen, dust mites, and mold – but here are some unusual allergy triggers that may surprise you:

Cell Phones – Dermatologists report that more people are having allergic reactions to nickel in their cell phones. Nickel is a metal also found in jewelry and belt buckles, and it can cause rashes and blisters. Among cell phone users, a rash may appear on the face. Continue reading

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Toxic Textiles

Posted by John on October 9th, 2008

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Jeanine Burgin’s back started to itch in April. Then came red patches, blisters and a burning sensation.

Skin-care products only seemed to make things worse. She was in and out of hospitals, where doctors tried cortisone and other treatments – all to no avail.

“It was a mystery,” says Burgin, 69, who lives outside Paris.

Turns out the mystery was right inside her house: her new upholstered armchair. Continue reading