Sick Homes and Buildings
The Indoor Air Problem
Sick homes or "Sick Building Syndrome" as it is more commonly called is a term that refers to homes and buildings which collect pollutants or otherwise directly contribute to the contamination of the air inside. This results in the sickness and disease of the individuals who live or work inside of sick buildings. Since the 1970's, we have been making our homes and buildings very air tight and energy efficient without considering the affect this would have on the indoor air we breathe. We have now learned that airtight homes and buildings collect, compound and even create pollutants in the indoor air we breathe. In essence, we have sealed in energy saving heat and air conditioning and sealed out everything that makes our air healthy to breathe. Correlated with these energy saving measures, we have had epidemic increases in the number of people who are now suffering with allergies, asthma and myriad of other air quality related health problems. Hundreds of thousands of people are rushed to the hospital each year because of asthma attacks and millions now require doctor visits, drugs, shots and inhalers in order to breathe correctly.
Today, inhalers and other drugs are being readily prescribed to multi-millions of people from infants to senior citizens.
The question is "why are they needed?"
Medical doctors claim they do not know what causes asthma, while drug companies wrongly and knowingly blame outdoor air instead of addressing the true causes of breathing disorders.
Articles about the indoor air problem appear daily in newspapers and magazines. There are television news programs airing specials about the serious health affects of mold, large dust mite populations and the chemicals found in indoor air. The annual economic toll for Americans is in the billions of dollars. The indoor air crisis is also evidenced by the massive amounts of television, magazine and newspaper ads for drugs that are supposed to help people breathe. The US government has considered the indoor air pollution problem to be a #1 environmental health concern. The level of airborne contaminants can be as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air in the worst of cities.
Indoor air pollution is a widespread problem in both new and old homes, whether located in cities or in rural areas. Indoor air contaminants are non-discriminating, affecting everyone from infants to senior citizens.
On average, each human will breathe approximately 2,500 gallons of air every day without proper consideration of its purity. We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors continuously inhaling dust particle pollutants, chemicals from cleaning and personal care products, off-gassing chemicals form carpet, new construction materials, man-made furniture and clothing, and airborne biological pollutants such as pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, pet dander, dust mites and mite excrement. These particles, chemicals, and bio-contaminants found in indoor air can affect everyone to varying degrees, with a large variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of Indoor Air Contamination
Note: All of the symptoms mentioned above can be caused by or aggravated by regular exposure to invisible indoor air contaminants.
Side Affects of Medications
The following is a list of known symptoms and side-affects of the many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications being used by asthma and allergy sufferers and those attempting to alleviate the symptoms associated with breathing indoor air. This list of symptoms and side-affects was obtained directly from the fine print found on the labels and literature of breathing drugs. Note that many of the symptoms are the same or worse than the those caused by the indoor air itself.
Increased Intraocular Pressure
Infections of the Pharynx
Upper Respiratory Infection
Loss of Appetite
Candida-like Oral Lesions
Retarded Cranial Ossification
Reduction of Growth
Embryonic Growth Retardation
Aches and Pains
Rapid Heart Beat
Adverse Affects on the Heart
Worsening Pulmonary Symptoms
Low Adrenal Response
Systemic Eosinophilic Conditions
It is a sad testimony to see millions of destitute people willing to risk the side affects and unknown consequences of these drugs in an effort to reduce their symptoms from exposure to indoor air contaminants. These drugs rarely address the causes of illness but merely mask the symptoms and have the potential of compounding health problems.
(Disclaimer: Before discontinuing use of any drugs, you should consult with your doctor.)
What You Can Do
Addressing indoor air quality issues should be a priority for everyone. Moreover, there is absolutely no wisdom in delay. The ill symptoms caused from indoor air usually progress with continued exposure and can sometimes become irreversible. Taking proactive steps now could prevent symptoms from getting worse and may alleviate them altogether. Many of the causes of indoor air contamination can be easily and affordably corrected, and certainly worth the cost and effort. If you or anyone in your family suffers from any of the symptoms shown above, read all of the educational articles on this web site to get a better understanding of indoor air problems and the solutions that are available to you.
Indoor Environmental Inspection
In addition to all of the suggestions on this website, you might consider the benefits of an indoor environmental inspection. You will receive a thorough inspection of your home with an optional written report. All of the areas and items inspected are those that favor indoor air pollution. Collectively they contribute to a "soup" of substances in your air which can significantly reduce the quality and safety of the indoor air you breathe daily. Everything from mold and dust mites, to furnaces and building materials. An indoor environmental inspection will help you to understand how all of these things can affect the health of you, your family, and your pets.
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