Natural Cleaners Improve Indoor Air Quality


How we stayed warm

How we stayed warm

Indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outside air, and we spend 90% of our time indoors. That’s why indoor air quality is one of the EPA’s top five environmental public risks.

Really? But why? Our forefathers did not have these issues, did they? I grew up in a home that had a rather large pot belly stove in the kitchen. Every morning my dad would fill the stove with firewood, stoke the embers and began the gradual warming process. He would briefly sit in the kitchen, enjoying his morning cup of coffee while smoking a cigarette. Somewhere in that process he would rouse me, shouting up the stairwell to wake me up; but truthfully, the aroma that floated enticingly up the stairs was the real trigger to get out of my cozy bed. The scent of the burning firewood, the coffee and yes, even his cigarette were telltale signs that there was work to be done. I guess in looking back at those fond days, this combination wasn’t so good for me, was it?

In today’s world we do not smoke inside most homes, and there usually isn’t a wood burning stove, which would leave me with only the coffee aroma. The “however” to the story is that we have introduced into our homes many other sources of pollutants. I place national brand (meaning synthetic) cleaning products high on that list of sources polluting our air. Hazardous cleaning products are potentially dangerous to your health.

In my free Lunch-n-Learn workshops, we discuss extensively about cleaning products and air fresheners. These items should be considered continuous sources for pollution that need to be eliminated. We explain what makes these products dangerous and how to enjoy a healthier life through organic living.

Why, you might ask, do I offer complimentary workshops? Is it enough to say that I’m passionate about your health? In itself, this fact is most likely not enough to convince you to make a change. But I hope you’ll think about the following. In the grocery store, most brands of cleaning, dish and laundry products use harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, phosphates and phthalates. Each and every one of them is considered to be hazardous to your health. These everyday cleaners can create unhealthy air through a process known as “out-gassing,” meaning that dangerous vapors escape the products. For example, most dish-washing detergents emit toxic fumes during use. That “clean” scent coming from the dishwasher isn’t really a “clean” scent. It’s toxic.

Conversely, with natural-based cleaners you don’t have to be concerned that the vapor coming from your dishwasher contains harsh fumes like chlorine gas. (Really . . . chlorine gas! Gasp!) The good news is that you can still get your home, laundry and dishes clean, while maintaining peace of mind. Today, living an organic lifestyle is easy. You can avoid polluting your home’s air by removing harsh chemicals and the fumes that come with them. You don’t have to sacrifice clean for safety. Would you like to make your home clean and safe for your family, visitors and pets?

I’d like to help you get started.

Hoping you’re breathing easy and living life to the fullest,

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

Health Complications Originating in the Respiratory System

Respiratory diseases & air quality

Respiratory diseases & air quality

Several times every minute, you draw air into your lungs so it can harvest oxygen, which allows you to live. When human beings experience problems with the respiratory system, your body is not capable of harvesting oxygen efficiently, causing the body to develop varying degrees of distress. Illness is soon to follow.

To deepen your understanding of respiratory illnesses, I have included a list of the most common conditions or diseases.

Adult respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, wet lung, white lung – acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine, etc.

Pertussis, whooping cough – a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane

Cold, common cold – a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); Will they never find a cure for the common cold?

Asthma, asthma attack, bronchial asthma – respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin

Bronchitis – inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes

Emphysema, pulmonary emphysema – an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age

Pneumonia – respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants

Atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia – an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults

Interstitial pneumonia – chronic lung disease affecting the interstitial tissue of the lungs

Pneumoconiosis, pneumoconiosis – chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles

Hyaline membrane disease, respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn – an acute lung disease of the newborn (especially the premature newborn); lungs cannot expand because a wetting agent is lacking; characterized by rapid, shallow breathing and cyanosis and the formation of a glassy hyaline membrane over the alveoli

SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome – a respiratory disease of unknown etiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal

Cough, coughing – a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis

Indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outside air, and we spend 90% of our time inside our homes, workplaces and other buildings. It’s time to take charge of your life; start now on living a chemical-free lifestyle! I’d like to help you get started.

Hoping you’re breathing easy and living life to the fullest,

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance