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Protect yourself from INDOOR air pollution

We talked last week about ways you can protect yourself from outdoor air pollution. This week we’ll take a look at how, with a few changes around the home, we can reduce our exposure to indoor air pollutants that are often overlooked. Household cleaners, furnishings, pet dander, dust, pollen and inadequate ventilation can all contribute […]

How to protect yourself from air pollution

The figures associated with air pollution are literally mind blowing. The global cost of air pollution is around $5.11 TRILLION every year. In 2016 it was estimated that around 7 million people die prematurely every year as a result of the air they breathe. The impact of air pollution on the global population is huge […]

In The Bleak Midwinter

Winter Solstice has just passed, its midwinter with shorter days and longer nights. We spend most of our time indoors, trying to avoid the winter weather. And, to ensure we stay as warm as possible, we work to keep our homes well insulated and free from drafts. This is a great way to keep heating […]

Air Pollution Makes Us Fat!

You may have overindulged a little over the last few weeks. But now it’s January and you’re paying the price for all those Christmas goodies you gorged on. So it’s time to detox and get healthy. But before you start on your regime of cabbage soup and celery sticks, you may want to keep an […]

Wildfire smoke. What EXACTLY does it do to the human body?

First let’s take a look at what it is. Primarily smoke is made up of Particulate Matter (PM). That’s microscopic particles of 2.5 micrometers or less. To get some perspective, a human hair is 70 micrometers across. Add to that, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, irritant volatile organic compounds (VOC’s for short) gases and […]

Killer Air

A GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, that’s what the WHO is calling today’s air pollution problem. Responsible for 1 in 9 deaths across the world. Air pollution kills far more people than HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.   And it’s not just the impact on our health to consider. The economic burden is huge at around […]

It’s time to raise awareness on COPD

This month is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the name given to a group of diseases that affects lung function and air flow. Symptoms of COPD often develop slowly, starting with breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness. A COPD diagnosis is serious and can be quite daunting for many people. […]

Super fires. Is this the new norm?

This latest fire in California is by far the most destructive and deadly the state has ever seen. Over the last 12 months, this new wave of ‘super fires’ seems to be occurring more and more. What is happening? Why is the situation spiraling further out of control? There are a few factors at play […]