The Air You Breathe Makes You Sick

David Tinney

Hi! My name is David Tinney and I want you to enjoy life and better health. I'm a home owner and I've been shocked by the recent news about how polluted the air we breath is, even in our homes. Recently, after much investigation, I was shocked to discover that asthma and allergy is caused in part by the air we breathe!

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 National Health Interview Study over 7.6 million children (5-17 years old) and over 12.7 million young adults (18-44 years old) suffer from asthma.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. EPA research also concluded that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times (and sometimes as much as 100 times) more polluted than the WORST air outdoors! Since research indicates American's spend 90% of their time indoors, it's no wonder that asthma and allergy suffering is on the rise.

A beautiful and clean home could be a major source of airborne contaminates that could prevent you and your family from feeling "healthy" and "energetic". Allergenic particles such as pollen, dust, mold spores, fungi spores, tobacco smoke, dust mites, pet hair and pet dander all contribute to poor indoor air quality. Additionally, common household furnishings such as draperies, carpeting, wallpaper, paints, stains, and furniture may continue to "off-gas" potentially toxic fumes for a long time after application or installation. Another health problem associated with a tight home is a relative case by which viruses and bacteria brought into the home by one person can readily transfer to other people in the home.

Heating and air conditioning ducts which are dark, damp and rich in "nutrients" provide an excellent breeding ground for mold, fungi, and dust mites which can spread rapidly when these ducts are in use to heat or cool the home. Poor ventilation and dirty filters are also major contributors to unhealthy contaminates in the home. Mold and fungi can cause "discomfort", infections and commonly trigger allergic reactions. A Mayo Clinic study found that "Allergic Fungal Sinisitis" was diagnosed in 93% of 101 consecutive surgical cases with CRS (Chronic Rhinosinisitis). Over 36 million Americans suffer from Chronic Sinisitis.

Another allergenic irritant, the dust mite, thrives in warm, humid conditions and feeds upon dead skin flakes shed by humans and pets. Each person can shed up to 700,000 skin scales per day creating an abundant food source for prehistoric looking nemesis to good health. Approximately 10 to 15% of the population suffer from an allergy related to dust mites with most allergic to the airborne, breathable dust mite feces and not the dust mite itself. About 40,000 dust mites can "thrive" in only one ounce of dust, so imagine how many dust mites may live in each of the cleanest homes!

You can control the quality and freshness of the air in which you spend 90% of your time. If you haven't installed a home air filter, you should seriously consider it. Click this link for more information about a home air filter. It will surely help any who suffer from asthma or allergy symptoms.

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