Exposure to Toxicity

A Perfect ENVIRONMENT Is Not Necessary For Health — But A Better one Might be.

How Does Your Environment Harm Health?

  • There are more than 80,000 untested chemicals in use in America’s products and food supply.
  • Sick building syndrome is real. Modern buildings rapidly become sick — often within years — and make us sick, too, due to poor building practices, materials, and maintenance.
  • Evolving tech promises an easier life, but our exposure to radiation is increasing — quite literally — a million times over, just since the mid-2000s.
  • Unbalanced light frequencies from indoor lighting perniciously impair our circadian rhythm, brain chemistry, and hormones.

And while detoxing is certainly a hot topic, in chronic illness, however, it is equally important to reduce toxic exposure from the environment.

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Artificial Blue Light

Unbalanced. Unhealthy.

With a frequency range of 450-485 nanometers, blue light is quickly becoming the most prevalent spectrum in our everyday lives.

Research indicates that blue light must be balanced with equal or more red light — and be completely absent at night — to be healthy for the body.

By contrast, the red frequencies are restorative for hormones, digestion, thyroid, and sleep — yet, these frequencies are almost entirely absent in modern society.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Blue light is the highest-energy, shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum.

In fact, it’s quite similar to UV light.

Blue light is everywhere! Modern light bulbs save energy by removing nearly all the red and infrared — leaving only powerful blue frequencies.

This unbalanced blue light is extremely damaging to skin and eyes and disrupts hormone balance (such as dopamine, cortisol and adrenaline) throughout the body.

Blue light’s clearest negative effect is to harm sleep at night — an effect that strongly links to cancer.

When Is Blue Light Good?

  • When from sunlight
  • When balanced by red

During the day — and when balanced by equal or great red/infrared — blue light is healthful and necessary for proper circadian signaling. Blue light indicates “daytime!” to the brain’s internal clock.

Sunlight is perfectly balanced, with equal parts blue and red — and boasting four-times as much infrared.

In the proper context, blue light spurs digestion, hormone production, kills pathogens, and lowers daytime melatonin (to signal your brain to “be awake”).

We mustn’t avoid blue light entirely, we just need to understand how and when it’s harmful.

When Is Blue Light Toxic?

In the wrong context, even small amounts of blue light become quite harmful.

Blue light is toxic:

At night.

Even in daytime, when unbalanced by red.

When unbalanced, blue light harms the eyes, disrupts brain chemistry, impairs hormone balance, and damages skin.

The circadian rhythm is among the most important functions to protect and restore overall health. Therefore, any signal telling the brain to be active, awake, and stressed at night is very bad.

BLUE LIGHT: The Worst Offenders

These sources of light are unhealthy in both daytime and evening — although the worst damage happens at night.

  • LED bulbs
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Screens — smartphones, TVs, computers
Streetlights bulbs are becoming more blue-rich.

How to Reduce Blue Light

LIGHT BULBS
  • Change bulbs in the house to incandescent or halogen bulbs.
  • Amber bulbs are best at night.
25-40 watt bulbs are ideal at night.

BLUE-BLOCKING GLASSES at Night
  • Use red, orange, or yellow glasses at night to protect melatonin levels.
SCREENS
  • Dim brightness
  • Adjust color balance for less blue (and more red)
  • Install F.lux software on my computers.
FLUORESCENT / LED LIGHTING
  • Wear yellow lenses when spending signficant time under fluorescent or LED lights — even during the day.
  • This really improves stress-hormones during the day.

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Reduce Exposure To

EMFs

Electro-magnetic Fields (EMF) are a growing concern among health advocates.

Wireless may be advancing rapidly, but the technology is still very much in its infancy — with the extent of societal changes still to come.

The future of wireless being so large doesn’t mean past growth — beginning in the early 2000’s — wasn’t significant, either. We’ve gone from very, very little wireless radiation to incredible, alarming amounts in the course of 50 years.

Just since the 1990’s, levels of normal exposure to wireless radiation have exploded a million of times over.

Yes, current levels of radiation will continue rising unabated as new spectrums are opened up to commerce, more devices are used, and more masts are installed.

The average city-dweller receives upwards of a million times more wireless radiation than they would have just 15 years ago.

Virtually Untested

Being a rapidly-developing technology — with a global race among nations to achieve wireless supremacy — safety testing in America is almost non-existent.

Around the world, many other countries have performed more testing of wireless radiation, levels of problematic results.

There have been hundreds of studies performed by the rest of the world — with the World Health Organization labeling wireless radiation a “group 2B possible carcinogen”).

A $25 million US federally-funded study in 2016 found links to cancer — even from relatively “low,” “normal” cell phone radiation. These levels might be considered laughably-low in today’s 4G and 5G world.

Wireless signals have been tested extensively in other countries, and with damning findings.

What is EHS?

(Electrohypersensitivity)

EHS is a common phenomenon in the CFS, MCS, and mold illnesses. Nearly everyone with these ailments has EHS.

In treating CIRS, Dr. Deitrich Klinghardt now prescribes strict avoidance of EMF during the recovery phase.

EHS is also prevalent in the communications industry: I’ve personally spoken to six cell tower workers over the years. Of the six, 4 complained about symptoms of EHS.

Get To Know EMF Sources

Identify all WIFI-enabled, Bluetooth-enabled, and cell-data devices in your home, workplace, and auto — as well as cell towers in the area.

WIFI Router
WIFI-Enabled Devices
Bluetooth Devices

Cell Towers
Smart Meters
Breaker Box
Electrical Wiring

EMFs Encourage Mold Growth

It is widely reported that mold grows extremely well in locations with high EMF (Electromagnetic Fields).

Chronic illness correlates with EMF sensitivity.

  • If you suffer from mold illness, chances are you’re sensitive to EMF as well.  
  • Take common-sense steps to reduce EMF exposure can provide powerful relief of your symptoms and speed up the healing process.

Get An EMF Meter

You can actually measure EMF levels using an EMF meter.

Here’s my favorite affordable option, the Cornet d88t:

The Cornet d88t is a fantastic EMF meter (amazon).

CLICK HERE for more EMF meter reviews.

EMFs Make Many Symptoms Worse

Symptoms of poor health nearly always worsen around high EMF levels.

EMFs have the ability to:

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Due to markedly increased EMF exposure, I consider ungrounded electrical systems unsafe to live and work around.  Buildings with ungrounded systems need an electrician to install new electrical systems.

EMFs seem to stimulate, encourage, or provoke molds into excessive growth and even increased toxicity.  

Chronic illness sufferers usually need to drastically reduce or eliminate exposure to intense EMF, as well as seek daily refuge in natural spaces which are more free from EMF.

These efforts are not fruitless — they usually result in improvement in how people feel.

We don’t quite know the answer why,

but most chronic illness sufferers seem to show at least some
electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).

How to Reduce EMF Exposure

IDENTIFY EMF SOURCES
  • Cell towers
  • Wireless devices
  • WIFI routers
  • Smart gadgets
  • Automobiles
  • Smart meters
  • Power lines
WIFI
  • Hardwire computers with an ethernet cable — it’s faster, steady, and more secure.
  • Turn off WIFI at night (or 24/7). If it’s ever on, use it at low power.
  • Use devices without WIFI or Bluetooth
  • If not using WIFI, Bluetooth, & LTE all at once, pick one — and use airplane mode when possible.
EMF METER
  • Get an EMF meter so you can “see” what’s happening around you. This is a game-changer.

INVERSE SQUARE LAW of Physics
  • This law of physics shows that increasing distance protects you from EMF.
  • When putting devices down, place them at a distance from your body — not immediately beside you.
MOVE Away
  • If you can’t remedy the issue, consider leaving a house with ungrounded or improperly installed wiring, or close to cell towers.
  • This is especially good advice for renters, who may be able to move more easily than homeowners.

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Reduce Exposure To:

Indoor Toxins

Indoor toxins mostly take the form of chemicals — from modern cleaning products, flame retardants, and mold.

These toxins build up excessively in modern, tightly-enveloped construction, where fresh outside air does not exchange with stale indoor air.

The result: Indoor air is trapped, depleted of oxygen and full of harmful chemicals.

Indoor Toxin #1

Harsh Chemicals

VOCs

Most of us with chronic illness are sensitive to harsh chemicals.

In fact, chemicals seem to aggravate the Cell Danger Response — wherein cells perceive they are threatened when they encounter harmful chemicals and other dangers.

According to the American Lung Association, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can appear in the following products:

  • Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
  • Air fresheners
  • Chlorine bleach (I still use this sometimes)
  • Detergent and dishwashing liquid
  • Dry cleaning chemicals
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Furniture and floor polish
  • Oven cleaners
  • New construction materials

These compounds are biologically-active, meaning they affect the way your body works.

The sicker we are, the more harmful these chemicals become.

Safe Cleaning Products

Use these products for gentler, safer cleaning — everyday.

Cleaning Vinegar

Benefect Decon 30

An incredible, natural disinfecting cleaner. Safe for children and food surfaces, yet as effective as harsh chemicals.

Vital Oxide

Similar amazing performance as Benefect Decon 30, but with a different active ingredient. Safe for children and food surfaces.

Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray

Uses the same active ingredient (natural Thymol) as Benefect Decon 30, and it’s cheaper. NOTE: They try to mask the thyme smell with lemon, and I wish they didn’t, though it’s not. bad.

Furniture, Carpet, and Products

New products are often doused with flame retardants and other chemicals.  

This includes furniture, tools, automobiles, shoes, gear, and especially new construction materials (especially laminated flooring, paints, etc).

Tips to reduce indoor chemical exposure:
  • Expose new products to fresh air, sunlight, ozone, and UV light before bringing them into the house.  
  • Air out rooms that contain new products.
  • Buy fewer new products.

Glyphosate

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The active ingredient in Roundup is increasingly being linked to cancer — and our wheat products and lawns often contain it.

Its maker, Monsanto, is increasingly fighting to keep the public from knowing about the biological risks, but the lawsuits are adding up.

In America, glyphosate is most likely present in high quantities in conventional wheat products.

Therefore, eat organic wheat instead of conventional, wherever possible.

Indoor Toxin #2

Mold

Mold illness is becoming a first-world epidemic, and the problem is not going away anytime soon.

There are real, concrete steps you can take to improve the health of your building or home.

If this is a cause of your problems, you’ll need to address it quickly. I was in denial about the issue for many years. Looking back, I desperately wish I hadn’t ignored it.

Learn all about mold exposure.

The Mold section -- Learn about mold illness and how your environment can affect your health, longevity, and recovery from illness.

The Mold section is about reducing your exposure to mold. It begins with Step 1: Awareness.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Your home’s indoor air quality can be improved when you understand how your home works.

You need to be thinking about:

Air exchange

How much outside air gets inside your house in a day? Fresh, outside air is almost always much cleaner than indoor air, and with it comes fresh oxygen. Air exchange also allows accumulated toxins to dissipate — which is actually a big problem in modern buildings.

Choose hard floors

Hard floors collect 99% less dust and germs than carpets. Carpets are also very high in VOCs, especially for many months or years after installation.

Air purifiers

Air purifiers can help scrub the air of dust, pollen, germs, mold spores, and other contaminants that harm your health.

Humidity

In humid climates, a dehumidifier could help reduce the chances of mold growing in your home. Mold loves humidity above 60%.

Among the most important aspects of indoor air quality: moisture intrusion.

Don’t ever let outdoor water find its way indoors.

HVAC Systems

HVAC systems do not age well. They become laden with microbial life within years of typical use.

  • Have your HVAC system inspected and the evaporator coils cleaned every 6 months.
  • Ductless mini-splits avoid the problems of ductwork, but still must be maintained regularly.
  • Install a UVC light for the evaporator coils to keep this vulnerable area more sterile.
  • Use higher-MERV filters to keep particulate organic matter (that will feed mold) out of the system.
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Simple Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality

CLEANING
  • Nurture great cleaning habits for the house and car.
HVAC
  • Maintain HVAC systems to keep clean.
  • Have UVC lights installed inside unit.
AIR PURIFIERS
  • Use well-maintained, clean air purifiers.
PERFUMES
  • Minimize use of fragrances in personal, beauty, and cleaning products.
NATURAL PRODUCTS
  • Don’t harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
HUMIDITY
  • Keep humidity low in the house.
MINIMALISM
  • Don’t have too many belongings.
SICK BUILDINGS
  • Move out of sick, water-damaged buildings that harm your health.
  • Deeply water-damaged buildings usually cannot be permanently salvaged, and almost always cost a fortune to improve — even slightly.
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Reduce Exposure To

Outdoor Air Pollution

The cleaner the air you breathe, the better for your long-term health and recovery.

Clean Outdoor Air is Medicine

Clean air can affect how energetic you feel each day — potentially making each step of your health journey easier and more natural.

By contrast, proximity to industrial areas and even city centers can make a health recovery more difficult — simply due to the outdoor air pollution.

Living downwind of any pollution source can present a real challenge to your health and longevity.

Pollution Makes Buildings Sick

Polluted outdoor air makes for polluted indoor air.

In the modern world, indoor air is becoming increasingly trapped — and pollution outside will eventually work its way inside.

It’s also risky to live downwind from sources of pathogens — such as garbage processing, water treatment, and industrial areas — which can lead to pathogens spreading and harming air quality in surrounding areas.

The risks associated with exposure to emissions from wastewater treatment plants are currently uncertain and require more research, stronger regulatory frameworks and safer design consideration.

Known toxic compounds, bacteria, fungi, endotoxins and viruses have been observed near Waste Water Treatment Plants…

URBAN AIR POLLUTION:  WASTEWATER TREATMENT SOURCES AND IMPACTS ON AGRICULTURE.  2017.  PIQUERAS, PEDRO.  UC-RIVERSIDE.

At some point in your life, moving to a less-polluted area may be exactly what you need to feel your best.

NOTE: While it’s solid advice to breathe better air — do not wait to begin your healing journey until you can find “perfect” air. For one thing, that’s getting harder to find on planet earth, but secondly, you CAN improve your health wherever you are.

Read More: The Location Effect

…for more about how your environment may present a challenge to your health — and what to do about it.

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A Call to Action

Begin the process of improving your environment now.

In the time it will take — to find a better environment to live in — you will have developed countless habits and skills that will serve you masterfully in your new, safer space.

I changed my life by changing my environment — and, years later, I’m always learning more about how to improve and protect the world around me. Caring for our belongings and home cleanses the mind, and creates a space where healing can happen.

Is this an avenue worth following in your life? If so, you can see results, too. It might even be the missing link that’s been stunting progress in your health journey.

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