Sick houses often create ill people.
Our homes become "home" to about 80,000 chemicals, of which less than 20% have been tested on human health, and may be linked to Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons. Our buildings are increasingly air-tight and thus do not "flush" out these chemicals and natural toxins.
Toxins in homes account for 90% of all reported poisonings each year in the U.S.
Indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of 1.6 million people every year, according to the World Health Organization.
Asthma is one possible indication of a sick environment. Others may include headaches, frequent colds, tiredness, other bronchial ailments, lack of appetite, poor sleep, sleep apnea, a colicky baby, and more.
Headaches, breathing problems, chest pain and more can all be signs of indoor air pollution. Try getting outdoors, and/or opening windows more often (at least a couple of times a day) to see if this reduces your symptoms. Read more about indoor air quality.
Conditions that negatively impact our health, however mildly or severely, include house dust, dust mite feces, mould (mold), common household cleansers, “air fresheners”, anti-bacterial and other liquid soaps, dryer sheets, and high humidity levels.
Since we spend about 90% of our lives indoors it is crucial that we have homes and workplaces that are healthy, especially for children and seniors. See our section on solutions for some ideas on how to improve your health.
To your health!