Take the Healthy Home Quiz!

by Ron & Lisa Beres on February 16, 2012 · 0 comments

Take the Healthy Home Quiz

By now, you are probably aware that indoor air quality is 2-5 times and even up to 100 times more polluted than the outdoor air.  You may be thinking, No problem.  I’ll just go outside and get some fresh air.  Uh, not so fast.  Just last month a study was conducted by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) research that was published in the journal Risk Analysis.  The analysis revealed startling results that Southern Californians and residents of the industrial Midwest experience the highest exposure to fine particulate matter which was found to exacerbate respiratory illnesses and increase heart attacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  And, that Southern Californians are among those at highest risk of death due to air pollution.  According to the EPA, ‘Among vulnerable populations like children, fine particulate matter and ozone results in millions of cases of respiratory symptoms, asthma and school absences, as well as hundreds of thousands of cases of acute bronchitis and emergency room visits.’ Joe Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air and board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District admitted, ‘that while the air is cleaner, we continue to find that we have underestimated the health effects of breathing in air pollution.’

It’s time to take control of our own health and make sure our own indoor air quality and home environments are a safe haven for us and our loved ones.  Our houses should be a sanctuary where we recuperate from the daily dose of toxic exposure we receive through polluted air, water, food and our personal care choices.  Which leads to the million dollar question, How safe is your home?  Test your own healthy home IQ by taking our Healthy Home Quiz for yourself.  As Sir Francis Bacon eloquently stated in 1597, ‘Knowledge is power.’

As stated in our book, Just GREEN It!, today ‘The average consumer must go far beyond reading a label. We now require an education that includes green definitions and product comparisons. In nearly every purchasing decision you may ask yourself if the short-term savings are really worth the long term price tag on our health and planet. Everything in our lifestyle—what we eat, touch, wear, and use to furnish, clean, and maintain our homes—is linked to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget this and choose to ignore the many toxic materials that we come into contact with on a daily basis. Are genetics loading the gun and environment and lifestyle choices pulling the trigger as many have previously thought?  We have allowed a society with an “innocent until proven guilty” mentality in everything from pesticides and plastics to lead, tobacco, asbestos, and pharmaceuticals. In the U.S., chemicals are typically regulated after studies indicate potential harm exists and a regulatory review is conducted…Exercise not just your voice, but your purchasing power. Demand better products, and they will become more readily available. Don’t settle for untested or unregulated goods for you, your family, and our planet. You can—and you do—make a difference!’

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