The Healthier Environmental Living Program (HELP)
What we know! The United States Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental threats facing public health. Our aging water infrastructure cannot be depended on to deliver clean safe water. In 2104 the World Health Organization, White House and the European Union went public with the growing threat of microbial resistance to antibiotics. With antibiotics becoming ineffective, it will again be possible to die from simple bacterial infections that were treatable last year. With people spending 90% of their time indoors, the need to engineer residential spaces to limit the spread of pathogens becomes more and more important. We do this with clean surfaces, clean hands, clean air and clean water.
- BioProtect for surfaces. BioProtect when applied to a surface provides a long term bio-static layer of protections
- Sanders Filters are used in the home on the HVAC system and can be configured for point of use systems. Filter provide submicron filtration from .1 micron and up
- Pure Hand hand sanitizer provides a safe none flammable that doesn’t dry out the skin
- Point of Use water filters for the showers and sinks filtering 99.99999% bacteria reduction
- BioProtect for laundry. We can make the patients clothing, sheets and blankets antimicrobial. All of which can be done in the home laundr
Compromised immune systems / Oncology (HELP)
The Oncology Healthier Living Program is focused on reducing secondary infection. The single major cause of death during cancer treatments was infection (36%), which was also a contributory factor in an additional 68% of the cases. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1056415) Making the home persistently cleaner is important for the family and the patient.
Asthma / COPD / Allergy (HELP)
Approximately 4% of the population suffers from COPD. In some states the numbers climb as high as 9% (http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/resources/facts-figures/COPD-Fact-Sheet.html#Prevalence)
Approximately 8% of the populations suffers from Asthma. Asthma in children averages around 10% but in poverty stricken areas those numbers can climb to 18% (http://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics)
- Pollen (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3406301/)
- Particulate (https://respiratory-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/rr5)
- Cleaning products
- Exotoxins (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-55994-5_20#page-1)
- Mold and fungi (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/allergy-triggers)
- Bacterial endotoxins (http://www.wakopyrostar.com/blog/post/studies-on-the-effect-of-bacterial-endotoxins-on-asthma-and-other-respiratory-conditions/)
- Valley Fever (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02770903.2015.1070861?)
Allergies are on the rise globally. (http://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics)
- Allergies in the USA are under reported because most buy OTC drugs during pollen seasons
- Over 50% of the population is allergic to some form of pollen
It is hard to believe that in this day and age, up to 25% of women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. The health of the mother impacts the baby. (https://www.statista.com/topics/1850/pregnancy/) and (https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/why-we-exist/pregnancy-statistics) The Healthier Environmental Living Program helps to reduce environmental risk. Pregnant women have compromised immune systems. It is prudent to take precautions.
Pregnancy and Susceptibility to Infectious Diseases (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723080/)
Risk of seasonal flu. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4122531/)
Airborne particulate and preterm birth (https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0094-3)
Pollution impacts pregnancy
- Air pollution and depression, anxiety and attention issues (https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1104315/)
- Air pollution and behavior problems
- Air pollution pregnancy and babies UCLA study (http://www.environment.ucla.edu/media/files/air-pollution-impacts.pdf)
- Hydro carbon particulate impacts IQ in children (http://ccceh.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/perera2009.pdf)
- In utero fine particle pollution (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25816123)
- Air pollution and birth weight (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/124-A98/)
- Air pollution in utero possible link to allergies and disease (http://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2016/10000/Air_Pollution_During_Pregnancy_and_Cord_Blood.3.aspx)
Viral respiratory disease iin babies increase risk of Type 1 diabetes (https://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/en/news/latest-news/press-information-news/article/34483/index.html)
Infections during pregnancy impact ability to nurture (https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-12-infections-pregnancy-negative-impact-maternal.html)
Contaminated water linked to low birth weights (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/caje.12039/abstract)
Degraded water infrastructure puts Mothers at risk (http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/making-the-grade/)
How Mold Impacts Your Home
Mold is a major problem in construction.
Mold degrades and destroys construction materials and can release toxins into the air which cause health problems. Mold can be found in dry climates as well as damp. Fungi are ubiquitous in the United States, most often found in the west and southern parts of the United States.
Molds / fungi impact health, specifically affecting the respiratory system and sometimes leading to respiratory disease.
IDA understands how to shape the microbiome in your home to keep your family healthy. Fungi is everywhere, but it is possible to manage its impact for a safe and healthy home. Contact us today for a consultation.