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Common household toxins cause asthma

Breathe for Life: How Common Household Toxins Cause Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases now affecting 8.3% of children and adults, according to the CDC.

In children specifically, it is the number one chronic childhood disease.

The biological trademark of life is breathing. We can only speculate what it is that is hurting our lungs so much (and so consistently) to compromise our ability to breathe.

Yes, genetics do play a role.

Parents with asthma are much more likely to have children with asthma or allergies, up to 7 times more likely.

But then we’ve seen such a large increase in asthma rates, that genetics alone can’t possibly explain this epidemic.

There’s also the added problem of how patients are treated after they’ve been diagnosed. Asthma patients always go home with the right medication to manage their disease, but practically never with advice on how to avoid getting triggered to begin with.

And we have plenty of solid scientific evidence to be able to provide this preventative advice to asthma sufferers and relieve them from unnecessary episodes.

Understanding indoor air pollutants (and their ties to asthma)

There is plenty of environmental pollution, especially in urban centers. The air we (and our children) breathe is not clean anymore and there are few – if any – things we can do about it.

But guess what? The air inside our homes is even more contaminated!

It may come as a surprise to some people, but the air in our homes is rife with pollutants, many of them directly linked to asthma. This includes things that have known causal ties to asthma, not only asthma attack triggers.

The EPA ranks indoor air pollution 4th in terms of cancer risk among the top 13 environmental problems that they analyzed.  They found that indoor air consistently has higher levels of toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than outdoor air.

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Indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors - asthma

Additionally, there is no federal agency in the US that regulates the consumer products that release toxic chemicals into the air in our homes.

That’s right. Indoor air can be contaminated with anything and nobody can do anything about it.

There are no laws or regulations for the air in our homes, which leaves the door wide open for companies that make different types of home products to use whatever chemicals they want.

The EPA looks at external air pollution sources (factories, car emissions, etc.) but there are no “Clean Air Act” type rules for residential indoor air.

Work in a factory? OSHA will have safety standards set for the levels of chemicals released into the air.

But at home, we’re on our own.