As we head towards winter, heating efficiency becomes very important. This is a great article with simple & effective ideas. One thing to remember….. make sure your indoor air stays clean when you spend more time indoors. EWG offers gr
What does the term GMO mean?
Genetically Modified Organism is the most common usage
(though ‘manipulated’ or even ‘mutated’
might also be even more accurate & appropriate!)
Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic material/information
across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way.
Why should you be concerned?
One of the most important reasons is that your daily diet is an experiment in the effects of Genetic Modification. Odds are that you are eating Genetically Modified Food every day & more than probably, you are eating Genetically Modified Food at each meal.
The main reason for this is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, & virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere.
You & Your Family are the testing ground… & …. without your informed consent. The video below is short, concise & very informative. I suggest taking the few minutes needed to watch & to learn how to keep yourself & your family safe!!
To breathe is to live. But, the very air that we depend upon for life, doesn’t always support our health & wellness. Each & every breath we take contains a volatile mix of toxic smog, created by chemical reactions between automobile exhaust & industrial pollutants, acid rain, radioactive particles, heavy metals, ozone, allergens, & etc… As we breath, we draw this toxic cocktail deeply into our bodies.
An often overlooked reality is that our indoor air, more often than not, is even more toxic & unhealthy than the air outdoors. Our homes used to be made from natural materials, that allowed the house to “breathe” & to exchange dirty indoor air with cleaner outdoor air.
Quality air purification is very important for your family’s good health. The same air tight seals that make our homes so comfortable & energy efficient, have also made our indoor air quality much more polluted. Did you know that the air inside the average American home is five to ten times dirtier than outside air is?
Our homes & our offices are filled with chemicals & other forms of indoor air pollution. Chemicals are used in the materials that our homes are constructed from, our furniture, flooring materials, paint, household cleaning products, & etc. Other indoor air pollutants include, molds, fungus, off-gases produced from heating systems, cigarette smoke, cooking odors, dust, dust mites, & etc.
Some sources of indoor air pollution, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release toxins more or less on a continuous basis. Even after an acitivity (such as smoking, or cleaning) has released toxins into an indoor environmnet, very high levels of pollutant concentrates can remain in the air for long periods of time. On it’s own, a specific chemical or toxin might not be particularily dangerous, but, when combined with other indoor air pollutants, the level of toxicity can increase significantly.
Various studies indicate that most people spend 90+ percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater indoors due to exposure to air pollution than outdoors. (EPA Document # 402-k-93-007, April 1995). How safe is the air you breathe?
When indoor air pollution levels are high enough to be dangerous and expensive attempts through conventional air filtration methods have failed, the building is classified as “sick building”.
There are three main ways of improving indoor air quality. The most important is to control the sources of indoor air toxicity. The next way is to improve ventilation, which allows an air exchange between indoor air & outdoor air. With increasing utility costs, this option often doesn’t appeal to most people. Another way to increase the safety & quality of indoor air is to utilized a quality Air Purification System.
Each Austin Air Purifier is designed to provide you & your family the highest levels of reliability & protection that is currently available. Every Austin Air purifier carries a five-year warranty on all parts & labor. Unique to Austin Air, there is also a full five-year pro-rated filter replacement warranty.
If you compare this with the cost of the frequent filter replacementts that are required in other units, you will be very pleased with the significant cost savings.
You might pay more initially for Austin Air’s premium quality, but, this initial investment will be repaid many times over. The ultra-high quality True Medical HEPA & HEGA filter systemsmake Austin Air among the best available air purifiers on the market.The ultra ~ quiet operation of Austin Air Purifiers is another very important feature. With a vibration-free all-steel-welded body, these units run with a soft background whisper on the low fan settings. The only sound you’ll hear is “clean air”. The high efficiency motor uses only a minimal amount of electricity. Even when turned to the highest setting, the cost is only about 1¢ an hour.
Austin Air cleaners are totally safe for continuous operation – turn them on and leave them on. Of course, for your convenience every Austin Air cleaner has a 3 speed centrifugal fan so that you can adjust the unit to best meet your needs. Select models also include easy-roll casters allowing you to move your Austin Air cleaner to any room in your home or office, delivering super cleaned air wherever you need it.
Every Austin Air cleaner is proudly MADE IN THE USA
Written by Pamela S. Robinson
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Healing with Nature
Many common indoor plants are a valuable tool against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Many of the the most popular plants in your office or home are not only decorative, but NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings
A good rule of thumb is to have one plant for approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights of 8 to 9 feet. This means that you will need two or three plants to contribute to good air quality for an average living space of about 20 to 25 square yards.
Ten House Plants that clean indoor air
The Peace Lily rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also absorbs acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners. The Lady Palm absorbs ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major ingredient in cleaners, textiles, and dyes. The Snake Plant increases oxygen levels by helping lower carbon dioxide, as it rids the air of formaldehyde and benzene. The Golden Pothos absorbs formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. You can place one in your mudroom or entryway, where car exhaust fumes heavy in formaldehyde are most likely to sneak indoors from the garage. The Boston Fern absorbs formaldehyde, which is found in some glues, as well as pressed wood products, including cabinetry, plywood paneling, and furniture. (Some studies also show it can remove toxic metals, such as mercury and arsenic, from soil.) The Spider Plant absorbs airborne formaldehyde and benzene molecules. The Red-Edged Dracaena absorbs gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced by lacquers, varnishes, and sealers. The Wax Begonia filters out benzene and chemicals produced by toluene, a liquid found in some waxes and adhesives. The English Ivy has dense foliage that excels at absorbing formaldehyde, which is out gassed from wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes.
Sheep in Wales (1500 miles from Chernobyl) are still radioactive today. Radioactivity is insidious, it’s effects are cummulative & it will move around the planet. Open your eyes… look around you…. cancers & chronic disease are becoming more & more the norm….. One of the main causes is that just a little bit more poison (in supposedly harmless amounts) from a multitude of sources, add up to an overwhelmed Earth, that can no longer keep herself clean.