Reduce Exposure To Toxicity

‘Perfect’ Is Not Necessary.
Just Better.

There are more than 80,000 untested chemicals in use in America’s products and food supply.

Modern buildings rapidly become sick — and make us sick, too — due to questionable building practices, materials, and maintenance.

Evolving technology promises an easier life — but is there a cost?

Slow, steady progress is sustainable.

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

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1 — Blue Light
2 — EMFs
3 — Indoor Toxins
4 — Outdoor Air Pollution

Each sustainable step toward a safer living environment matters.

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Artificial Blue Light

Unbalanced. Unhealthy.

Blue light is one frequency out of many in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Research indicates that blue light must be balanced with red & infrared light — and be absent at night — to be considered healthy for the body.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Blue light is the highest-energy, shortest wavelength of the visible spectrum. In fact, it’s very similar to UV light.

Blue light is necessary to keep us awake and signal daytime to the brain. However, when blue light is present without sufficient red light, it becomes damaging to the body and brain.

Blue light is everywhere! Modern light bulbs have removed nearly all the red and infrared — leaving powerful blue frequencies to save energy costs.

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

Perhaps blue light’s worst effect is its interference with sleep in the evening — an effect that strongly links to cancer.

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

When Is Blue Light Good?

  • When balanced (by red and infrared)
  • Mid-morning to mid-afternoon
  • From sunlight

During the day —and when balanced by lots of red/infrared — blue light is healthful and even necessary for proper circadian signaling.

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 (nor could we), we just need to understand when and how it’s harmful.

When Is Blue Light Toxic?

  • At night
  • When unbalanced

In the wrong context, even smallish amounts of blue light become quite toxic.

Because the circadian rhythm is among the most important functions for overall health, any signal telling the brain to be active, awake, and stressed at night is actually a very bad thing.

When not balanced by red and infrared light — blue light harms the eyes (vision), disrupts brain chemistry, and impairs hormone balance.

The Worst Sources Of Blue Light

These sources of light are unhealthy in both daytime and evening.

  • Virtually all LED light bulbs
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Screens — Smartphones, TVs, computers

Reduce Blue Light

LIGHT BULBS
  • Change bulbs in the house to incandescent or halogen bulbs.
  • Amber bulbs are best 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.

Read more about blue light.

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Reduce Exposure To

EMFs

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

Infantile Technology

The technology may be progressing at astronomical rates — particularly in the field of wireless radiation — but the technology is still in its infancy, with magnificent and far-reaching effects on society to come.

In the meantime, levels of “normal” exposure to wireless radiation have exploded.

The average city-dweller receives upwards of A MILLION times more wireless radiation than they did just 15 years ago.

It’s Virtually Untested

Being a rapidly-developing technology, safety testing in America is almost non-existent — and what little testing has been performed has been concerning.

Around the world, many other countries have performed more testing of wireless radiation, with increased 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 communities — 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 is a fantastic EMF meter.

EMFs Make Many Symptoms Worse

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

EMFs have the ability to:

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 of how people feel.

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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.

We don’t quite know the answer why, but most chronic illness sufferers seem to show at least some electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) — in addition to chemical sensitivity.


Simple Steps To Reduce EMF

IDENTIFY EMF SOURCES
  • Learn to recognize sources of EMF.
  • USE DEVICES WITHOUT WIFI/Bluetooth
  • You’re rarely using WIFI, Bluetooth, & LTE all at once. Pick one — or use airplane mode when possible.
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.
EMF METER
  • Get an EMF meter so you can “see” what’s happening around you. This is a game-changer.

INVERSE SQUARE LAW
  • 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 Toxin #1

Harsh Chemicals

VOCs

Most folks with chronic illness are extremely sensitive to harsh chemicals. In fact, chemicals seem to aggravate the Cell Danger Response.

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

These compounds are biologically-active, meaning they affect the way your body works. It seems that the sicker we are, the more harmful these chemicals become.

Safe Cleaning Products

Use these products for gentler, safer everyday cleaning.

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.

Other Indoor Chemicals In Furniture, Carpet, and Products

New products are often doused with flame retardants and other chemicals.  This includes furniture, tools, automobiles, shoes, gear, and even 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.
  • Don’t buy so many new products.

Glyphosate

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The active ingredient in Roundup is increasingly being linked to cancer. Its maker, Monsanto, is increasingly fighting to keep the public from knowing about it, but the lawsuits are adding up.

In America, glyphosate is most likely present in significant quantities in conventional wheat products. Therefore, eat organic wheat instead of conventional.

My advice:
  • Get wheat from organic sources — and never use Roundup near your house or at work, or without full bodily and breathing protection.
Indoor Toxin #2

Mold

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

Mold exposure played a major role in my illness and recovery. There are real, concrete steps you can take to improve the health of your building or home. I suggest you learn as much as you can about the subject and act if required.

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

Improving Your 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%.

HVAC Systems

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HVAC systems do not age well, becoming 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.

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

Clean Outdoor Air Is Medicine

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

It can even greatly affect how energetic you feel.

Harmful industrial zones (and even city centers) can make a health recovery more difficult.

Living downwind of polluted city centers, factories, or sanitation zones also potentially problematic.  

Bad Outdoor Air Makes Buildings Sick

Potentially the worst effect of polluted outdoor air is that it makes indoor air become even worse.

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

Living downwind from sources of pathogens — such as garbage processing, water treatment, and industrial areas can lead to pathogens spreading and affecting 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 just 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.

Begin the process of healing now.

By the time you find a better environment to live in, you’ll have developed countless habits and skills that will serve you in your new, safer space.

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