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Iraq War Veterans Deal with New Allergies

Posted by John on August 17th, 2008

WebMD reports that veterans returning from Iraq appear to be at increased risk for developing allergies.

Soldiers deployed to the Persian Gulf were twice as likely to develop allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) after returning home. Continue reading

Wyndham Hotels Offer Allergy Friendly Rooms

Posted by John on August 10th, 2008

Wyndham hotels now offer allergy friendly rooms designed by PURE Solutions. Dubbed “CleanAir Rooms,” they feature hypoallergenic bedding and medical-grade HEPA air purifiers. states: “The state of the art air purification system operates continuously, eliminating up to 98-100% of viruses and bacteria. In gest rooms, you’ll sleep on PURE mattress and pillow covers that are resistant to mold and dust mites.” Continue reading

Sebo X4 Vacuum Review

Posted by John on August 5th, 2008

Sebo X4 vacuum cleanerI’ll admit it: As an allergy sufferer, I don’t vacuum as well as I should. When it comes to vacuuming, I like to get it over with as soon as possible. That’s what I enjoyed most about testing out the Sebo X4 vacuum: I was able to get my floors extremely clean with minimal effort. This upright vac is a powerhouse with an S-class filtration system (the British equivalent of HEPA). I knew that the carpet was clean without having to go over the same spot twice.

I prefer upright vacuums, and I can tell you that few upright vacuums match the cleaning power of the Sebo upright. The Sebo X4 contains two fans for twice the suction power. (Be warned: don’t get this vacuum near a frayed rug because it’ll suck the edges right up!) Continue reading President Steven Hong on Creating a Healthy Nursery

Posted by John on August 4th, 2008

Steven Hong, President of, recently appeared on the syndicated radio talk show “At Home with Cheryl Gillepsie” to speak about how to create a healthy nursery. He went on to cover all the basics of making a healthy home.

Here are some great healthy home tips from the interview:

  • If you have a newborn on the way, paint the nursery well before the baby’s due date, as fresh paint releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause irritation, headaches, nausea, and more serious problems with high exposure. Low-VOC paints are also available.
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Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke

Posted by John on July 28th, 2008

If you’ve ever been to Los Angeles, you may wonder how the air there could get any dirtier. Well, it has… In Orange County, CA, wildfire smoke has caused fine particulate pollution to reach levels that are up to 100 times higher than those on the smoggiest days. This is a serious health threat that can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

If you live near a wildfire, you should stay indoors and keep windows closed. However, even these precautions won’t keep the smoke out. The tiny particles in smoke pollution are small enough to make their way through cracks and gaps in buildings. Continue reading

What Makes a HEPA Filter Special?

Posted by John on July 26th, 2008

HEPA FilterA HEPA filter is a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter. The first HEPA filter was developed by the U.S. military in the 1940s to prevent the spread of radioactive particles. Today, while HEPA filters are still used in the nuclear fuel industry, they’ve also become popular in homes, hospitals, and various industries that require contaminant-free air.

HEPA air purifiersA HEPA filter consists of a maze of randomly arranged fibers. As small particles pass through this maze, they inevitably collide with one of the fibers and stick to it. In the case of HEPA air purifiers, a large fan forces a room’s air through the filter repeatedly, thus ensuring a constant supply of fresh air. Continue reading