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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. Read more about unusal allergies

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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. Read more about toxic textiles

Heating Prices to Soar This Winter – Learn How to Lower Heating Bills

Posted by John on October 8th, 2008

Forget about high prices at the gas pump. This winter, heating bills will be much more devastating to the already-struggling average American.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American household will pay $1,182 for heat this winter – up 20 percent from last winter! Read more about lowering heating bills

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Air Purifiers Reduce Need for Asthma Medication

Posted by John on October 8th, 2008

BBC reports that a new British study is putting air purifiers to the test. Air cleaners will be placed in the bedrooms of over 70 children to see if their asthma improves.

So far, preliminary results from 28 children show that air purifiers in bedrooms do indeed reduce the need for asthma medication.

“They also reported they were able to do sport better and sleep better, which was really good,” said research nurse Heather Hanna. Read more about air purifiers and asthma

Household Chemicals Can Hurt Unborn Babies

Posted by John on October 7th, 2008

The West Australian reports that common household chemicals can damage the lungs of unborn babies and predispose them to childhood asthma.

Professor Peter Sly of the World Health Organization says, “We have evidence that everything from the pesticides used on roses to the bleach in the bathroom impact badly on the developing lungs of unborn babies.” Read more about household chemicals and pregnancy

Support Breast Cancer Research

Posted by John on October 6th, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re proud to offer two great deals in conjunction with the opportunity to support breast cancer research this month.

Blueair Pink AirPodsOrder a Blueair Pink AirPod air cleaner for the special price of $69.00, and $5.00 from the sale will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. These portable, efficient air cleaners make great gifts, and they’re the perfect size for offices, dorm rooms, and other small spaces.

Rabbit Air BCRF air purifiersAdditionally, 12% of each sale of the Rabbit Air BioGS BCRF special edition air purifier will benefit breast cancer research. Rabbit Air’s three-stage filtration eliminates allergens and germs plus dangerous chemicals.

breast cancer researchPurchase one of these air cleaners this month, and you’ll be supporting a noble cause while creating a healthier environment.

Blueair E Series Air Purifiers

Posted by John on October 5th, 2008

Blueair air cleanersBlueair has expanded its line of E series air purifiers to introduce some of the most sophisticated machines on the market.

Blueair e-series air cleaners feature a digital display that actually shows you the level of pollution in the air (thanks to built-in particle counters)! The intelligent air purifiers also come with remote controls for your convenience.

Blueair air purifiersAll Blueair E series air purifiers are also Energy Star rated. Read more about the Blueair E air purifier

Fish May Prevent Infant Eczema

Posted by John on October 5th, 2008

A new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood suggests that infants who eat fish before the age of nine months have a decreased risk of developing eczema.

A family history of atopic disease (allergies) is the main risk factor. In recent years, however, researchers have begun to focus on environmental and dietary factors as well. Read more about fish consumption and eczema

Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumors in Children

Posted by John on October 4th, 2008

Ask ten people to name ten possessions that they can’t live without, and most are likely to list their cell phones. But these convenient devices may be much more dangerous than their owners realize, especially when it comes to use among children.

The Daily Green reports that a Swedish study found that people who begin using cell phones before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop a glioma, a form of brain cancer.
Children are more susceptible to developing cancer from exposure to cell phone radiation because their brains and skulls are not fully developed. The Independent put it this way: “They are more at risk because their brains and nervous systems are still developing and because – since their heads are smaller and their skulls are thinner – the radiation penetrates deeper into their brains.” Read more about cell phones and cancer

Air Pollution Slows Brain Development

Posted by John on October 3rd, 2008

In my previous blog post EPA Decides to Let Rocket Fuel Remain in Water, I pointed out that drinking contaminated water can lower your IQ. Now Environmental Health News reports that air pollution can lower your IQ, too.

A collaborative study by China and the U.S. shows that brain development in Chinese children improved after a local coal-fired plant was shut down. Read more about air quality and brain development

EPA Decides to Let Rocket Fuel Remain in Water

Posted by John on October 3rd, 2008

I first blogged about perchlorate contamination in drinking water back in July with EPA Finds Toxic Rocket Fuel Ingredient in Water (this post includes a video).

Now, as reported by USA Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided that this dangerous chemical can remain in our water. Read more about perchlorate and water

How to Prepare for a Flood

Posted by John on October 2nd, 2008

Flooding can happen anytime, anywhere. Are you prepared?

It’s important to be prepared for a flood – and it’s just as important to know what to do after a flood. Read more about flood preparation

Air Fresheners Pollute the Air

Posted by John on October 2nd, 2008

Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in holistic medicine and frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, recently addressed the following question at MSN Health & Fitness:

I use air fresheners in my home, but have been told I shouldn’t. Are they bad for my health?

It certainly looks like they are. Recent research strongly suggests that they raise your risk of a number of pulmonary diseases. Last year researchers found that being exposed to chemicals from air fresheners as little as once a week may increase your odds of developing asthma symptoms by 71 percent. Read more about air fresheners and indoor air quality

Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT Dehumidifier Review

Posted by John on October 1st, 2008

Santa Fe Max Dry dehumidifiersAt first glance, the massive Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT dehumidifier may look like a mummification chamber that you might find in Michael Jackson’s basement – but it’s not as big as it looks in the online photo. At just over three feet in length, it actually has a rather small footprint, especially when you consider its dehumidifying power. Intended for crawlspaces and large basements, the Santa Fe Max Dry covers 3,600 square feet and can remove 150 pints of moisture per day (and 300 pints at complete saturation).

Even though it’s one of the most powerful dehumidifiers on the market, the Max Dry Dual XT features an Energy Star rating. To get the same effect with off-the-shelf units, you’d have to plug in four or five of them – and use four or five times as much electricity! Read more about Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT dehumidifiers