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Oct 16, 2009

Indoor air pollution has many potential effects on the health of both adults and children, but children are more susceptible to respiratory problems than adults. In the past decade, the incidence of respiratory diseases in children has increased. Asthma, one of the most predominant respiratory diseases, has showed a measurable increase, not to mention the many other diseases including allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and respiratory infections.

Studies show when a child is active and breathing is more rapid, a child can breathe as much as 20-50% more air than that of an adult. Now consider this, most children in their home or school at some point are active, whether it is running, jumping or just playing. This offers the opportunity to breathe many more pollutants.

The ability for indoor pollutants to have an affect on an adult’s health is apparent but with a child, whose lungs are still developing, this adds additional concern to the child’s health.

There are many sources of pollutants indoors that can impact a child’s respiratory health. Chemicals from cleaning products, mold, bacteria, airborne particles containing harmful compounds, allergens in dust, all can have an influence in the development of a child’s respiratory system. As is with any environmental pollutant, the longer the exposure, the bigger the influence it can have.

Our children spend approximately 70% of their time indoors and 15% at school; the majority of their time is indoors like most adults. In a home or school environment which contains multiple sources of pollutants, it is no wonder that childhood respiratory disease is on the increase.

Improving our home and school environments for our children requires change. It requires awareness of what the environmental influences are, it requires a willingness to implement change in behaviors and it requires periodic monitoring to ensure conditions are favorable as much as possible for good health.

AirMD is proud to be able to contribute to this education process by providing services, products and information that increases awareness of home and school environments that impact our health.

For More information on AirMD, visit http://www.airmd.com/

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Posted: Oct 16, 2009 8:51am
Oct 8, 2009

It is amazing to me that our daily lives are so involved with chemicals that put our health at risk. Consider this; the average person is exposed to approximately 250 different chemicals everyday. Every child born in the United States is exposed to chemicals from the mother in-utero. There are over 6.8 million accidental poisonings annually; it is time everyone removed as many chemicals from their daily lives to live healthier and safer.

Chemical exposures come in a variety of forms but many exposures can come from our homes.

The average American spends approximately 70% of their time at home. In the average home there are household cleaning products, furniture, rugs/carpeting, paint and synthetically fragranced products. All of these items offer the opportunity to expose the occupant to chemicals.

Now you may ask how this is possible that the items in our homes can harm us but it occurs quite easily when the chemical compounds present in the home turn to vapor or gas at room temperature.

Here are some of the ways we are exposed daily to chemicals:

  • When using certain cleaning products, absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur. Additionally, the fragrance present in the product is a synthetic chemical fragrance and when the product bottle is stored, opened or applied, an exposure occurs.
  • Certain pressed wood used in furniture, the treatments that are applied and the glue/resins used, convert to an odorless gas resulting in the occupant breathing the chemicals into their lungs.
  • The paint used in our homes often contains chemicals. The new paint smell is in fact chemical compounds that you are breathing into your respiratory system.
  • Fragranced products including air plug-ins, room fresheners and fragranced candles, all provide the home with a clean fresh smell yet the fragrances are chemical based providing an exposure to the body.

Everyone should try to eliminate the sources of chemicals in their lives where possible, here are some tips:

  • Use natural based cleaning products (they should not contain danger, warning or caution on the label).
  • Use furniture that is manufactured by companies that use low or no VOC emitting wood and materials.
  • Use low or no VOC paints
  • Try to stay away from plug-in air fresheners, synthetically fragranced candles.

By making small changes in our daily behaviors, everyone can make a difference to improve personal health, the environment and reduce the demand for unnecessary chemicals.

AirMD is proud to announce the launch of the Pure line of household cleaning products called PURE AirMD. The product formula is a result of a scientific achievement using colloidal micelle technology that derives its cleaning power from the activity of the molecules in the formula and not synthetic chemicals.

The products contain no synthetic chemicals and are completely natural, conscious of human health and the environment.

Order your chemical-free products today! www.airmd.com/products

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Posted: Oct 8, 2009 8:17am
Sep 30, 2009

I bet no one would believe me if I told them there were unidentified flying objects in their homes. So I am here to tell you that there are, millions of tiny unseen microscopic particles (so if you cannot see them you cannot identify them!!!) that we breathe into our lungs daily and contribute to indoor air pollution.

How we behave in our homes, the materials we put in them and the ability for outdoor air to infiltrate, all contribute particles into the air and contribute to indoor air pollution. The particles vary in size, shape and color and originate from many different places.

The particles we are most interested in and concerned about are particles in the size range of 0.3 microns to 10 microns. To give you an idea of how small a micron is, it is 25,000 times smaller than an inch or 50 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

Their shape and color vary, some particles looking like something from a horror movie while others have rugged or smooth edges (to see what some of them look like visit http://www.airmd.com/evaluations).

Some of the particles that can contribute to indoor air pollution include mineral particles, soot, pet dander, insect parts and waste, fiberglass, combustion particles, mold, bacteria.

The problem with small particles is their ability to enter deep into the respiratory system and deposit in the lungs. The particles can accumulate in important areas like the alveoli (where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged that allows us to breathe) and cause problems like decreased lung function, COPD and asthma. Additionally, the particles can be absorbed into the bloodstream and deposit in and around the heart causing increases in blood pressure, heart rate and cause heart disease.

Although I make light of the topic title, fine particles in our home and work environments can cause serious problems and like any UFO, until you identify what they are (the specific particles in your home or work environment) you cannot be sure they will not harm you. It is for this reason everyone should periodically have their home and work environments evaluated for indoor air pollution.

To schedule an on-site consultation or for more info on how to protect your family, visit http://www.airmd.com/.

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Posted: Sep 30, 2009 7:30am
Sep 16, 2009

Indoor air quality and its affects on health are diverse and can play a role in our everyday lives. Allergies affect the majority of people in the United States and can make everyday situations more troublesome.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has a national education program that encourages people to understand and become educated about allergies, their sources and their affects on health. AirMD is also fully involved in the process of providing useful information to the public that can improve their health.

The reason for this program is to advise people to actively identify sources of allergies in their lives so they can be removed or reduced. Completing home assessments for the identification of allergy sources and visiting allergists for treatment are encouraged, so allergies don’t interfere with their lives or lead to health consequences.

The public education program comes after an ACCAI assessment identified that 94 percent of people with allergies found their quality of life, specifically their sex lives, sleep and concentration is affected by their allergies. Reduced libido, interrupted sleep cycles and reduced concentration have all been linked to the affects allergies have on the study group.

With the average American spending 80 percent of their time indoors and with the average home having multiple sources of allergies, it is important to have your home evaluated for sources of allergies and other indoor pollutants. An evaluation allows for measures to be taken that can control, reduce or remove sources of allergies that otherwise impact health.

AirMD offers evaluations that allows for measures to be taken, which can control, reduce or remove sources of allergies that can otherwise impact health. For more information, visit http://www.airmd.com/.

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