How Is The Air Quality In Your Home?

Given the devastating situation in Arizona over the last few weeks, this condition has unduly increased to the top of many conversations around the dinner table, in that state as well as many others across the country.

As much as we dislike tragedies teaching us lessons, we continue to learn from them. Whether it be hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or wildfire, once the physical danger has passed, we all begin to process the information.

I live in California, earth country. And, as an architect, I have specialized knowledge regarding the structural stability of my home. Still nothing can prepare you for the 'feeling' you experience while your house rocks back and forth, and you have absolutely no control over the outcome.

We have also had our share of wildfires in the last decade. That too is an ominous force, sometimes of nature, and sometimes of man. Either way it's a frightening experience that one does not soon forget. On a personal note, my brother & sister-in-law lost their house, and everything in it, when the Cedar Fire of 2003 came through their neighborhood. Fortunately there was no loss of life, and I was able to contribute my skills to design them a new house, which they still live in today.

Although we were not adjacant to the flames, the effect was felt in my home, and for many miles around. The air quality outside was unbearable, and inside it became unavoidable. You see smoke is, technically speaking, nanometer size particulate that can cause damage to your body when introduced into your breathing zone. It usually can not be 'filtered' because it's too small. However, it can be eliminated, or removed from your breathing zone, by other technology.

Enter the Fresh Air Purifier by Vollara. It can, will, and does, remove not just the odor, but the actual particulate down to 0.5 micron in size. There are no filters to change, clean, or buy & replace. The patented RCI technology takes what nature does outside, and brings it inside. So it truly 'cleans the air' inside your home.

And unlike other filters, or Ionizers, in the marketplace, the Fresh Air Purifier by Vollara will kill germs, virus, and bacteria, that live on surfaces in your home. E.coli, salmonella, influenza, MRSA, even black mold. University level studies, and test results, have shown that these, and others germs, virus, and bacteria, have been eliminated to 99.8% pure within the first 24 hours of exposure.

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Safe Drinking Water: Arsenic Removal

Is arsenic removal important for safe drinking water? Believe it or not, arsenic can be found in some drinking water sources. It enters the water source via runoff from industry or through natural deposits found in the earth itself. We all know it is a poison if enough of it is ingested, but the amounts found in water are normally far less than that needed to cause death or even serious illness. Still, no one wants arsenic in their drinking water!

However, even at small amounts arsenic can cause some health problems. These include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, thickening and discoloration of the skin, intestinal pain pain, numbness in the feet or hands, partial paralysis, and, in some cases, blindness. It has also been linked to various types of cancers in the bladder, kidney, prostate, lungs, liver, skin, and nasal passages. For this reason, the EPA has set a maximum standard for arsenic in drinking water at.010 parts per million. This level only applies to drinking water that comes from public water systems. Arsenic removal for water with higher levels is there before mandatory.

While some water sources get arsenic from natural processes, most of the arsenic found in water comes from agricultural and industrial processes. Arsenic can enter the water source if the source is close to virtually any type of lumber yard or wood processing factory. The arsenic seeps out of the treated wood and can “runoff” into the water source, thus contamination it.

Arsenic is also found in many types of drugs, dyes, paints, as well as in electronic parts and semi-conductors. There are also many kinds of fertilizers that contain very high levels of arsenic. Any of the above can contaminate surface water sources as well as ground water sources.

Arsenic removal becomes more important depending on where you live. Research has already shown that some western states within US have public water systems with an arsenic level above .010 parts per million. This high level of arsenic can also be found in some New England states as well as a few Midwest states.

The EPA requires public water systems to test for arsenic. This test is done on a routine basis and the results reported back to the EPA. Water systems that find high levels of arsenic must tell their customers within thirty days and they must also take measures to correct the problem immediately. Because the notification process is so lengthy, as we said they have thirty days to contact you, some consumers prefer to use water filters to remove arsenic at the home tap.

There are several high-quality water filters currently available for in-home use that are very effective at arsenic removal. These water filters allow you to remove the arsenic from the water at the tap, before you ingest it. Water filters are available as whole house units or available as smaller point-of-use devices. Both are effective at removing arsenic as well as a variety of other contaminants.

For those who may reside in an area where arsenic may be present in the drinking water, the use of an effective water filter is critical to protecting your health. You can contact a reliable water filter vendor to discuss your options for providing cleaner and safer drinking water to your home. Most arsenic removal water filters are very affordable.

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Asbestos in the Home: What to Do About It

Purchasing an older home is a dream for many – living in a beautiful structure amid all the history and classic architectural features. Raising a family in a beautiful older home is an idyllic dream that can be shattered by asbestos presence in the materials used to build the home.

A lot of older homes – especially the ones built before the late 1970's – are built with construction materials that contain high amounts of asbestos. These structures will sometimes require extensive repairs and renovations, as well as reinforcements if the house is situated in an area where natural disasters often occur. However, when taking these home improvement measures, you should take care not to touch or damage panels, tiles, and other materials that may release asbestos stones and fibers into the air.

Asbestos particles and fibers can be as small as dust particles, making it easy for both humans and animals to inhale and ingest them. These asbestos stones are very dangerous to the body – although they are small, the lungs can not expel them on their own. As a result, asbestos will accumulate in the lungs. The particles of this mineral are also sharp and will puncture the lung tissues. The effects of such exposure to the mineral will only manifest after several years or even decades – making it extremely dangerous for young children who will probably suffer from asbestos-related illnesses when they reach their 30's or 40's.

Scraping, sanding, or drilling holes into the materials that contain asbestos will easily release fibers and particles into the air – thus endangering everyone in the house. If you suspect that your home has asbestos materials, the best thing to do before you embark on any renovation project is to contact an asbestos removals company. They will inspect your home and advise you on what step to do next.

Contractors who remove asbestos from houses and building employ licensed professionals to perform the job. Asbestos removal is a highly complicated job, and will require advanced skill levels and equipment. These contractors will also wear special protective masks and gloves to protect themselves from asbestos terrorization and ingestion. The “infected” area will also be sealed off and isolated from the rest of the house as to not release the dangerous particles into the ventilation system. Therefore, under no circumstance should you try to perform asbestos removals in your home.

Asbestos is often found insulation materials, roof and siding tiles, as well as the adhesives that fix vinyl and rubber flooring to cement. Furnaces, fireplaces, and boiler pipes often contain this mineral, because of its excellent heat-resisting qualities. When all the materials containing the dangerous mineral are removed, you should look into replacing them with recycled building materials like cellulose, cotton fiber, and Icynene foam. Cotton fiber is fast gaining popularity among home renovators, because it is not only friendly to the environment, but can also be treated to effectively resist fire and heat. Also, by using such materials, you are ensuring the good health of your family, pets, and the environment around you.

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Can Your Environment Heal You?

I recently read an article on Evidence-based design (EBD) “Design's Effects on Health”, Health Progress March-April 2010. EBD is a way to design hospitals and healthcare centers that enriches patients' lives rather than hinder their healing process. Without getting technical, EBD believes that patients should not have to struggle with their environments. They also believe that the staff should be able to work in a space that is designed to ensure the safety and health of their lives. Lastly, buildings using Evidence-based Design can improve the quality of care and provide more cost effective healthcare.

Evidence-based Design is the brainchild of Dr. Roger Ulrich. In 1984, Dr. Ulrich searched and discovered that if a patient recovering from surgery had a view of nature out of their window they required less pain medication and had a faster recovery. He also studied how noise affects patients and staff. He found that in a quiet atmosphere patients healed faster and there were fewer errors with the staff. The Center of Health Design describes Evidence-based design as the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes.

After reading the article, I started thinking about our homes. Why can not we apply these same principles to our personal spaces? Why must Evidence-based design be only used for hospitals? Do not we all want to live a healthy and safe life? We can use the same principles found in Evidence-based Design in our homes. EBD suggests utilizing natural sunlight, a view of nature and quiet to help patients heal faster and to remain calm during a stressful period. We can use these same ideas in our homes and even our jobs to ensure that we stay healthy. If we used these simple principles, we can live a healthy life free from stress and anxiety.

If natural light helps people recover quicker, then we can use sunlight in our homes to keep us healthy and energized. EBD found that a healing atmosphere needs to be quiet in order for patients to heal. We can incorporate tranquil sounds into our house to ensure that our home is a healthy space. I know when I turn off the TV I am more productive. I seem to be able to get more accomplished when there is a quiet atmosphere. We can incorporate beautiful artwork to slow us down. Or we can use scenes of nature to keep us calm. One of the best ways to heal after an illness is to surround yourself with nature. Gardens are a common healing tool. When we spend time in nature, we can absorb the healing energy of nature and benefit from natures powerful forces.

Evidence-based Design creates a healing environment that can reduce errors, improve patient and staff satisfaction and enhance efficiency. EBD is a powerful way in which we could improve our personal environments not just hospitals, to make them healthy. When we consider these simple suggestions, we can keep our living spaces safe. Take a moment to look at your home and see how you can improve your surroundings in order to ensure a healthy and safe environment.

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Wastewater Treatment and Our Future Prospects

Waste water treatment is one of the most profitable options to preserve our precious storage water supply. As we all know that the natural preserved water that we have here on earth is decreasing day by day and the fact is that the better you can get it working on the waste water treatment the better are the chances of preserving our resources. The point to be noted in this respect is that the reserve water must be stored with the help of proper wastewater treatment equipment so that the preservation of the water can be done in the proper manner so that our precious water can be preserved.

Moreover, it is a very cruel fact to be noted that there are a lot of other things to consider as well. The process applied by the wastewater treatment plants is to process the wastewater and to remove the contaminants from the water to make it usable again. In this process the wastewater can be made reusable once again. And for this purpose several water filtration plants have been set up so that our precious reserve water can be used once again for several purposes.

In fact as a part of mass awareness it is important to note that it is our moral duty to reserve water. In fact the treatment of wastewater is an important part of the water cycle and fundamental to the health of the environment. In fact the point is that the water we use in our homes, businesses as well as that used in industry is likely to have gone through some sort of wastewater treatment at some point or the other. The amount of uses we have for water means that for a suitable supply to be maintained, wastewater treatment is essential, added to this it is vital for our environment.

It is also a noticeable fact that the wastewater treatment is also termed as the sewer. However, it should also be kept in mind that the term wastewater also explains to the industrial runoffs and domestic as well. Other than that the fact is that the reason behind this is that we must put our wastewater through the treatment facilities for purpose of preserving the nature's storage of water. The fact is that the nature's excellent ability to cope up with the wastewater and to filter it in its own process without any use of dedicated wastewater treatment plants is not enough to cope up with the increasing population growth and the increase in the water usage. Therefore, it is essential for us to take the responsibility to reserve the natural storage of water and to reuse it with the help of every possible means by the use of wastewater treatment plants, water filters and water filtration plants.

In fact these are the only and the best possible means of making the best use of the storage water that we have on earth and to continue using it for a longer period of time. Thus making the use of the water filtration plants can provide the maximum possible help for the maximum usage of our natural resource of water and to get the best benefits out of it.

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Toxic Household Items

Save your liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, nerves, your children, your money, and your environment. I have a career in Law Enforcement; however, besides from enforcement the law, I found a new way to save lives. My new mission in life has earned me the nickname of Green Doreen instead of Mean Doreen. I have been doing a lot of research and I discovered quite a few of the household and personal care products we use in our homes everyday contain many toxic chemicals. The information I discovered was really amazing and it blew me away. I learned the effects from the toxins in regular household items are just as debilitating and deadly as the bullets in my gun.

Of toxins commonly found in the home, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. As a result of my research, I began using eco-friendly, toxin free products about a year ago and since then, I have noticed that my son's health has vastly improved. He has not had an asthma attack since September 2010 and, if he catches a cold it seems to last for 24-48 hours as opposed to a week. Even for myself, when everyone else in the station becomes ill with cold or flu symptoms, I remain healthy and germ free. Actually, I do not know if not becoming ill is a good thing, because that leaves me alone at the station to carry on the load for the people who called in sick.

Seriously though, I consistently believe my transformation into the green world has caused me and my son's immune system to perform at one hundred percent. He does not get the rashes on his skin like he used to and I do not get the burning eyes, tears, and difficulty breathing when I clean the shower. Because of my passion for living and loving the green life, I have been telling my family and friends about the eco-friendly, toxin free products that I currently use. My family and friends are experiencing remarkable changes in their health and the health of their family. For example, one very asthmatic teenager has had a lot less issues with his asthma since his parents have been using the cleaning and skin care products. His parents believe the asthma is subsiding slowly but surely. They have saved a boatload of money by not having to visit the emergency room or the child's personal physician as often as in the past.

Another person was diagnosed with eczema and was prescribed steroids to use on a daily basis to control itching and improve her skin. She has been using the toxin free lotion for about seven weeks and now her skin is beginning to look normal and she is hiring to be removed from the steroids in the near future. She is soooo happy, after twenty-seven years she is looking forward to wearing short sleeves and short pants, maybe even a bikini.

I also know of another person who suffers from migraine headaches that began using the toxin free cleaning products and now the headaches have mysteriously disappeared without the use of physician prescribed medications. These are just a few of the amazing stories I have heard from many of my friends and family members that decided to remove toxic household items from their home. I strongly urge you to do the same.

While you can not control what's happening outside of your home, you certainly can control the environment inside of your home. After all, indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most important environmental health problems. We assume that if a product is sold in a store, it must be safe to use in our home. Try this, the next time you walk down the aisle that contain cleaning products, notice how you can detect the smell of toxic chemicals emitting from the products on the shelf. Also, take a look at how many of the products have “Danger” or Warning “labels. Read a few of those Danger and Warning labels and then determine if that item is something you want to take home and expose to your family. Again, I severely urge you to remove toxic household items from your home to prevent a debilitating or severely impact on long term health that stemmed from your indoor environment.

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Unusual Sources of Asbestos Inside Your Home

Asbestos, a set of six minerals often used in fireproof and heat resistant linings, coverings, and products, is very dangerous to human health. Despite its wonderful properties to withstand heat and fires, asbestos fibers and particles, when inhaled, accumulate in the lungs. These fibers and particles are quite big, and the lung can not expel them automatically. Aside from size, asbestos fibers are particularly sharp-making it easy for them to puncture and penetrate lung tissues.

Over the last few decades, it has been proven that asbestos is the cause of several fatal diseases, including several types of stomach and lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare cancer that afflicts the protective lining that surrounds the major organs in the human body) and asbestosis (or asbestos poisoning, often heralded by an unusual shortness of breath, chest pains, clubbed fingers, but its main effect is the scarring of the lung tissues because of asbestos inhalation). It is estimated that 100,000 people die a year because of asbestos-related illnesses in the United States alone.

Asbestos was widely used in the construction of buildings, ships, motor vehicles, and even houses. Although the effects of asbestos inhalation will not be immediately visible-thanks to the illnesses' long latency period-it is very dangerous to expose young children to such health risks. The latency period sometimes extend up to 30 years, and if your children are aged 5 to 10, the side effects and health problems will pop up when they are at the prime of their lives.

Often, asbestos is found in the home through the insulation placed on the roofs, attics, walls, and ceilings-but asbestos manufacturers have found a lot of other usage for the mineral in the home. These materials or furnishings will not be clearly identifiable to you. Here are a few places to look at:

• Asbestos blanket. This “blanket” is often found around steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts. As noted above, asbestos has amazing heat-resisting capabilities, so it will be typically used to line furnaces and other materials that regularly deal with heat, steam, or fire.

• Floor tiles. This application of asbestos often surprises homeowners-they do not expect the backing or adhesive of floor tiles to be very dangerous. Vinyl, asphalt, and rubber floor tiles may sometimes contain asbestos fibers, and sanding the tiles off or chipping them may release the fibers into the air.

• Artificial embers. The artificial embers and ashes used in gas-fired fireplaces may often contain asbestos-and can be very dangerous especially for people who like sitting in front of the fire in cold nights.

• Soundproofing materials. Sprayed soundproofing materials on the walls and ceilings of your home will release asbestos fibers when sanded, drilled, or even scraped.

• Cement roof or siding tiles. If the house you are currently living in is constructed between 1940 and 1950, the builders may have used cement tiles that contain asbestos. You do not need to worry about releasing the hazardous souls from these tiles, unless you saw or drill them. If they are on the verge of being damaged, it might be safer for you to put new sidings over the tiles.

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Detecting Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was prominently used in major industries like ship building and construction. The fibers of this mineral are thin and can easily be separated into individual strands. Because asbestos has amazing resistant to heat, steam, fire, and chemicals and is remarkably resistant to corrosion, it has been used for decades to line different materials used in the construction of buildings and vehicles. However, despite the usefulness of asbestos, it has negative effects to the health of humans and animals that come into contact with it.

Asbestos fibers are also brittle, and once the materials that contain them are damaged, these fibers are released into the air. Asbestos fibers and particles are small enough to be inhaled, but they are quite large for the lungs to expel on its own. Because of this, asbestos accumulates in the lungs-often leading to more serious conditions like asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissues caused by asbestos inhalation) and mesothelioma (a cancer unique to asbestos intervention that is extremely fatal). Asbestos fibers can also adhere to clothing and can possibly be ingested-causing several forms of cancer in the larynx, esophagus, and stomach. The colon and the kidneys are not safe from the risks that asbestos poses on one's health.

The best way to avoid exposure to asbestos is to know wherever your home is putting you and your family at risk. Asbestos is present in a lot of homes, and to detect if this substance can be found in your own house, here are a few tips:

• Research on the materials that may contain asbestos. This is the most effective way to correctly detect its presence in your home. There are a lot of commercial products that use asbestos, and these include (but are not limited to): heat insulation lining the pipes, boilers, and furnaces of homes and structures build before 1978, roofing materials and side shingles made from asbestos-laced cement, plasters, glues, and other adhesives used with floor tiles to wood panels or concrete floors, the adhesive of vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring, and artificial ashes and embers used in gas-fired fireplaces. The walls and floors of older stoves may contain asbestos cement sheets or paper to insulate heat properly. Oil and coal furnaces and attic insulation often contain asbestos, too.

• Familiarizing yourself with the history of your neighborhood will be extremely helpful, too. Were there factories that produced roofs, tiles, and insulation materials in the area? Do you live near a power plant, a mine, railroads, or construction sites? Are there auto repair shops that specialize in brakes and clutches nearby? Is there a shipyard or oil refinery near your home? If so, chances are, your family is at risk of asbestos exposure.

• If you work in a place that manufactures the commercial items above or are located in the areas mentioned above, you may be bringing home asbestos stones to your family. Do not let your children embrace or kiss you right after you come home if you suspect that your clothes and hair are arranged with asbestos fibers.

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Asbestos Regulations: Important Things You Need to Know

During the Industrial Revolution, awareness about the dangers of asbestos was not as wide spread. As the twenty century dawned, more and more studies were produced to prove that asbestos is a highly dangerous substance that causes cancer and other diseases in the workers who work in industries related to asbestos. These workers died from lung afflictions brought on by prolonged exposure to asbestos-they have inhaled asbestos stones and these have accumulated in their lungs.

The occupational risks posed by asbestos was widely recognized when a British pathologist named Dr. Crooke reported his findings in 1924. He named the affliction caused by exposure to asbestos “asbestosis.” He went on to research the negative side effects of working with asbestos as the decade went on, and he discovered that a quarter of the 360 ​​asbestos workers he examined were suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.

In the United States, the first documentary compensation claim for a disease caused by asbestos poisoning occurred in the late 1920's. Research continued for a couple of decades, but it was only published in the 1950's, after all references to cancer were removed. Even in the 1960's to the 1980's, asbestos was still used to fireproof roofing, wall, and flooring panels, provide heat insulation, and other such uses. But it was only in 1989 that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) issued its ban and phase-out edict for all materials that use asbestos.

Currently, 60 countries all over the world, including those that are members of the European Union have completely or partly banned the use of asbestos. They have recognized the health hazards that this substance poses not only to the workers of related industries, but also the consumers of the products they manufacture. The main concern of these laws is to avoid the problems caused by asbestos inhalation-asbestos fibers are quite big, so the lungs can not expel them automatically. These fibers are also very sharp and can puncture and penetrate human tissues.

An estimated 10,000 people die every year due to diseases caused by asbestos in the United States alone. One out of every 125 American men over 50 die of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and related cancers every year. The EPA did not post a general ban on the use of asbestos, but it is one of the regulated hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act of 1970. The Toxic Substances Control Act has also prohibited the use of asbestos.

However, every time a home is sold, a baseline survey must provide the buyer with sufficient information about the presumed and approximate amounts of asbestos in the structure. High amounts of asbestos will lead to a dramatic reduction of the assessed value of the building, and historically, a reduction in the price tag, too. Asbestos, however, is not a material covered by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Home buyers should always exercise caution about purchasing structures and facilities without full comprehension of the health hazards that a material like asbestos might cause.

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The Deadly Effects of Asbestos

Asbestos was the material of choice in the Industrial Revolution, however it comes to construction buildings, houses, and ships. A lot of commodities were made from asbestos because of its impressive qualities to resist and withstand fire or high temperatures. However, as the use of asbestos proliferated, a lot of people were exposed to the fibers of this material-fibers that accumulate in the lungs when inhaled. Asbestos inhalation became a fatal work hazard that people working in the construction industries started living with every day.

The start of the twenty century witnessed thousands of deaths caused by this once-useful material. Lung disorders were the leading cause of death for many sufferers, and was very common to those who work and stay near asbestos mines and factories. Asbestosis, or asbestos poisoning, was first diagnosed in England in the 1920s, but it was in the 1940's that a deadlier disease was discovered: mesothelioma. This is a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of the major organs of the human body.

When the government realized how serious the health hazards that asbestos poses to humans, they immediately banned the extraction, mining, and manufacture of products with asbestos as its main ingredient.

Sadly, the symptoms of asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases can not be immediately diagnosed, because these diseases have a long latency period. It will take years or even decades for the afflictions caused by asbestos intervention to manifest. Those who have been exposed to asbestos fibers in the 1940's to the 1970's are just starting to feel the symptoms and the unpleasant side effects around this decade-and unfortunately, a lot of these people die within a year of the diagnosis of their asbestos-related diseases.

If there is one of these asbestos-related diseases that is especially deadly, that title belongs to malignant mesothelioma. This cancer, as mentioned above, afflicts the protective lining of the major organs-but is often found in the lungs and the general abdominal area. While it is a rare form of cancer and is mainly caused by a single factor, there are thousands of people who suffer from this horrible disease. Most of the sufferers of mesothelioma are older people, which make the death toll quite high, as an older body will not be strong enough to end the strain of the disease. However, if detected and treated early, the sufferer's life expectancy may be increased.

Up to this day, there has been no discarded cure for malignant mesothelioma. The only thing that modern medicine can do is to relieve some of the symptoms and reduce the pain of the sufferer. As mentioned above, early detection will increase the life expectancy of a mesothelioma sufferer. An individual who has worked closely with asbestos should undergo regular medical check-ups. Symptoms like chest pains, frequent dry coughing, and shortness of breath will manifest quite late, and can be dismissed as symptoms of tiredness or asthma. A mesothelioma patient should not lose hope, though-surgery, chemotherapy, and immune system enhancements will easily add five years to the life expectancy of the patient.

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Signs of Asbestos Poisoning

Asbestos poisoning, also known as asbestosis, is an affliction that directly affects a person's respiratory functions and is directly caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Inhalation of asbestos fibers is a serious hazard to human health, because the fibers accumulate in the lungs, and this leads to what can be fatal damages to the lung tissues. Asbestos poisoning is not an illness that will go away after a couple of days, like a cold or the flu.

A lot of people that suffer from this illness work in industries that extract asbestos from mines, manufactures ships, or house materials that require fireproofing. However, people who live or work in houses and buildings that are built with such materials are also in danger of asbestos poisoning. Asbestos was regulated by the government in 1975 and this mineral is currently banned by most European nations, so contracting asbestosis will be extremely illegally if you live or work in a structure built a couple of years after 1975. However, if your home or office is created before that year or if you work in industries that expect you to substances that you suspect to be asbestos, then you have enough reason to worry about your health.

Here are a couple of asbestosis symptoms to watch out for:

• Shortness of breath. Shortness of breath is one of the main symptoms of asbestos poisoning. A sufferer of this illness might notice that shortness of breath occurs when one is engaging in physical activities and other similar tasks, but as the asbestos poisoning progresses, one will be short of breath even when at rest. However, asthma, bronchitis, and other pulmonary afflictions that impiratory respiratory functions should be ruled out before concluding that a patient is suffering from asbestosis.

• Decreased strength and tolerance for physical activities. Physical activity will be highly intolerable for a sufferer of asbestosis, because of the inability to breathe properly. However, one should draw the line between plain laziness and serious asbestos poisoning.

• Coughing. Coughs caused by asbestos poisoning develop rather slowly and will not go away after a couple of days like regular cough. These coughs are usually dry (they do not produce phlegm) and often resemble a smoker's cough. Over-the-counter medication such as lozenges and syrups may provide an asbestosis sufferer temporary relief, but the cough will immediately return.

• Chest pains. Typically, a person who experiences any kind of chest pain should go to the doctor immediately. But in the case of asbestos poisoning, the chest pain will last for months after a physician has ruled out any kind of heart disorder.

• Clubbed fingers. This is a unique symptom to asbestosis-a sufferer of the disease will notice that the fingertips are flattened and rounded. This symptom is very progressive and will evolve over months or years after being poisoned by the substance.

Typically, these symptoms will not be easily visible after inhaling the asbestos fibers. They will often show up after a couple of years, but if you have observed the following symptoms in yourself or your family members, do not hesitate to consult with a physician immediately.

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What Is Asbestos? And More Importantly, Can It Be Harmful to You?

The substance we know as asbestos is a combination of six silicate minerals. Asbestos is used commercially for its “wonderful” physical properties, which were perfect for insulation and fire retardant coating. This set of minerals is also used in concrete, bricks, fireplace cement, heating, acid resistant gaskets, fire-proofing drywalls, roofing, lawn furniture, flooring, dry wall joint compounds, as well as insulation in pipes, electronics, and ceilings. Asbestos is also used prominently in various industries related to ship building.

Asbestos is quite ubiquitous-it is found in fiber cement boards, packaging materials, and mechanical parts in motor vehicles such as brakes and clutch linings. It is found in houses and residential buildings, schools, churches and other places of worship, malls, and other public structures.

Since its wide usage in modern industries, studies have shown that exposure to asbestos can be extremely harmful to human health-even fatal. Inhalation of asbestos fibers has been known to cause grave illnesses such as terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. There are minute passages of asbestos in the ambient air, and these passages are generally safe for people to inhale. However, long and constant exposure to large amounts will certainly cause serious health problems. Because of the health hazards involved with exposure to asbestos, members of the European Union have banned all uses of the mineral, as well as its extraction, mining, and processing, including the manufacture of any product with asbestos as an ingredient.

Of the minerals that make up asbestos, amosite and crocidolite are the most dangerous to human health-they stay in the lungs of people exposed to asbestos substances for longer periods of time. Chrysotile asbestos-another form of asbestos-has produced tumors in both animals and humans. This form of asbestos also produces mesotheliomas in people who are regularly exposed to it because of their occupations, as well as people who near near asbestos mines and factories.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that plagues the protecting lining of the majority of the human body's internal organs, which is called the mesothelium. Because the main cause of this cancer is asbestos inhalation, the most common site of mesothelioma is the pleura, the outer lining of the lungs and the internal chest wall. There are also recorded cases of the cancer in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium), and even the sac surrounding the testis (tunica vaginalis).

Aside from several forms of cancer, exposure to asbestos can also cause asbestos warts, diffuse pleural thickening, and pleural plaques. Asbestos warts appear when sharp asbestos fibers are lodged in the skin, which will then cause callus-like growths that are usually benign. Pleural plaques, on the other hand, are fibrous or slightly calcified and thickened areas that may lead to diffuse pleural thickening-which in turn may cause lung injury.

Asbestos can be highly hazardous to one's health, and anything manufactured with this material should be avoided-especially if you have an older home where you wish to raise young children.

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City Water Pollution Is Rife – You Need A Quality Water Purification Unit To Protect Your Family

You may think the drinking water is safe in the metropolitan area where you live, but the fact is city water pollution is out of control. Industrial areas actually have higher concentrations of contamination than other regions of the country due, and these high levels of toxins and carcinogens is going to have an impact on your health at some point.

Let me explain to you just how bad the current situation really is.

Most people that live in heavily populated areas feel safer than most when it comes to the quality of their drinking water. This is probably because they think that living in such a large, busy place the municipal water treatment facilities must be state of the art.

You might be surprised when I tell you that the water treatment facilities throughout this great country are so old and out of date that they simply can not handle the kind of contamination we see today.

When most of these facilities to combat city water pollution were designed, there was very little contamination to worry about other parasites and bacteria.

The equipment being used to treat your drinking water are much like the ones large industries used for demineralization, in order to protect their boilers and other water bearing machines. Even now in fact, demineralization is the primary function of the equipment being used to treat drinking water.

What the water treatment facilities basically do is run the water being drawn from the reservoir through progressively smaller filters, until they remove debris as small as a grain of sand.
Once that is done chlorine or chloramine is added to the water to make it clearer, and to kill parasites and bacteria.

There is a particular strain of parasites however that these chemicals can not get rid of, and so these cysts as they are known remain in your drinking water.

You see, the municipal equipment used to combat city water pollution can not remove these parasites from your water, because they are not designed to remove anything microscopic.

The porous filters that use will also allow any substance of equal or less molecular weight o water itself to pass directly through. The “state of the art” equipment you depended on to keep you safe really do not offer you protection from much of anything.

Cysts, chemical agents, pharmaceutical grade drugs, and traces of toxic heavy metals all enter the municipal water supply system due to the accessibility of the treatment facilities to remove them.

The only way you are going to remove these hazardous substances from your water is to filter the water yourself using a home countertop or under-counter purifier.

Let me tell you exactly what you need.

In order to protect yourself from city water pollution, you will need a water purifier featuring activated granular carbon, ion exchange, and a sub micron filter.

The first two combine to remove chemical contaminants from your water, and ion exchange will also eliminate the threat of toxic heavy metals. Then the sub micron filter remover any parasitic threat that attempts to pass through it.

You will not be truly safe from city water pollution until you take the right step to protect yourself.

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Learn Just Why Drinking Water Filters Are A Must In This Day And Age

Groundwater contamination is now totally beyond our control, which is why everyone should invest in drinking water filters for their homes. We could have prepared things from getting this bad if we had taken more steps to prevent this problem from growing; now we could not get our water clean over the span of our lifetimes even if we started today.

We are solely to blame for what we have done to our water supply.

For decades we have allowed chemical agents and pharmaceuticals to infiltrate our reservoir system , and in many cases we blatantly put them there. Large scale industries are known for purposely dumping chemicals and out-of-date pharmaceuticals into our water supply.

Many chemical contaminants such as motor oil, gasoline, and cleaning products were introduced into the system by simple carelessness on the part of individuals.

There is estimated to be as many as 80,000 individual industrial chemicals, and an untold number of pharmaceuticals currently present in our water supply.

There are more than 10,000 documents available to you through the Freedom of Information Act that verify these numbers, if you think I am exaggerating. Just the 2,100 carcinogens in our water supply alone should be enough to make anyone want to buy a drinking water filter .

And, chemical agents and pharmaceuticals are not the only health threats lurking in our reservoirs. There are also naturally occurring toxic heavy metals permanently leaching into our water supply, which only compounds the well known problem we have with lead from old pipes entering our drinking water.

Toxins like lead, mercury, arsenic and others are dangerous at any levels, and serious consideration should be given to protecting yourself from ingesting these harmful substances.

Another reason people might want to consider drinking water filters for their home is the presence of parasites in our water that chlorine disinfection just can not kill. These parasites are known as cysts, and ingesting them can lead to potentially serious gastric distress.

These parasites are potentially dangerous to older individuals, infants and small children , and those suffering from immuno-deficiency disorders.

By purchasing and installing the right home water purification system you and your family will no longer have to worry about the possible effects these contaminants are having on your health.

What you will need to look for is a dual cartridge filter system, which features three distinct filters for removing each category of contaminant. These units are reasonably priced, and come in countertop and under-counter models.

This type of drinking water filter should come equipped with both activated granular carbon and an ion exchange, which will combine to remove chemical and pharmaceutical contaminants from your water.

The ion exchange will also dramatically reduce toxic heavy metals in the water, and will exchange these metals with healthy electrolytes. A sub micron filter for the removal of parasitic cysts in the water rounds out your three necessary filters.

Drinking water filters have become an absolute necessity in our lives. Do not continue to put your health at risk by refusing to recognize our very real problem with drinking water contamination.

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Raw Vegan Lifestyle Tips: Natural Mosquito Repellent

There is nothing more annoying than being awakened in the middle of the night by the unnerving sound or itch of a pesky mosquito bite. It may be tempting to slather on the insect repellent but please before you do, read on.

Duke University Medical Center did a study on diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) which is used in many repellents and found that applying it directly to the skin can be very dangerous. In fact, it has been linked to brain damage and as with all pesticides; it affects children and infants more severely. So take caution when dashing into your local drugstore and grabbing those adorably packaged repellents; they should come with a cross and bones on the label.

There are plenty of natural alternatives out there so avoid the poison stuff and try these safe and natural alternatives.

As my mother would say “All good Italians eat garlic”. Well you do not have to be Italian to know that eating enough garlic will keep the mosquitoes, vampires and your loved ones away! The problem is the ladder of that statement, so here are some sweeter smelling alternatives.

Citronella, that old standby your grandmother told you about, really is an effective insect repellent. Most commercial products containing citronella actually contain fragrance oil and not real essential oils, which is what you want. Fragrance oil is ineffective as a repellent and is potentially dangerous. Be sure to purchase a good quality essential oil and never apply directly to the skin. Add a few drops per tablespoon to a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, sesame seed oil, or soybean oil and apply liberal.

Other essential oils known to be effective mosquito repellents include catnip, lemon eucalyptus, regular eucalyptus, cinnamon, and lavender essential oils. Dilute these essential oils just as you would dilute citronella in a carrier oil and apply liberally to your skin.

Neem seed oil is derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree of India. Researchers in India claim that it's powerful insect repelling properties are far more effective than DEET. The US National Research Council and the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association both concur with these findings.

Soybean oil is probably the best choice for a carrier oil as The New England Journal of Medicine published a study claiming that soybean oil-based mosquito repellents are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents.

You can also mix the essential oils with alcohol and spray onto clothing or bedding or spray the room. Just be careful to avoid the eyes! Store any unused natural repellent in a dark bottle away from heat and sunlight.

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