Reduce Exposure To Toxicity
Don’t Let ‘Perfect’ Get In The Way Of Better.
There are more than 80,000 untested chemicals in use in America’s products and food supply.
Our buildings are becoming sick — and making us sick, too — due to questionable building practices and materials.
Our technology promises an easier life — but at what cost?
Slow, steady progress is sustainable.
Detoxing is a hot topic, but it’s equally important (and maybe better) to focus on reducing your toxic exposure — especially if you’re immuno-compromised.
Artificial Blue Light
Blue light is one frequency out of many in the electromagnetic spectrum.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
The “light” spectrum encompasses all colors of light — as well as many more invisible frequencies. The wavelengths of light that hit your skin and eye matter greatly for your health.
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! Our 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. Blue light’s worst effect is that it interferes 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 entriely absent in modern society.
When Is Blue Light Good?
- When Balanced (by red and infrared)
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 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”).
When Is Blue Light Toxic?
- At Night
- When Unbalanced
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 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
Change bulbs in the house to incandescent or halogen bulbs. Amber bulbs are best at night.
Use red, orange, or yellow glasses at night to protect melatonin levels.
Dim screens, adjust their color balance for less blue (and more red), and 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-response during the day).
Learn All About Blue Light.
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Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) are a growing concern among health advocates — for good reason.
The technology is progressing at astronomical rates — particularly in the field of wireless radiation — and the levels of normal exposure have exploded.
The average city-dweller receives upwards of A MILLION times more radiation than they did just 15 years ago.
It’s Virtually Untested
These levels have been entirely untested by American scientists (although there have been hundreds of studies performed by the rest of the world — with the World Health Organization labelling wireless radiation a “group 2B possible carcinogen”).
There was a $25 million US federally-funded study in 2016 that found some links to cancer — from relatively “low,” normal cell phone radiation. Levels which 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. However, there seems to be little incentive to test the tech in the US.
EHS — (Electrohypersensitivity)
EHS is a common phenomenon in the CFS, MCS, and mold communities — nearly everyone has it. In treating CIRS, Dr. Klinghardt now prescribes strict avoidance of EMF during the recovery phase.
EHS is also prevalent in the communications industry: I’ve spoken to six cell tower workers over the years. Of the six, 4 complained about symptoms of EHS.
I have dealt with deep electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) for many years, myself. I have been able to actually feel the effects of wireless radiation (as well as some electric and magnetic fields). As I’ve improved, this extremely sensitivity has also improved. It takes much more radiation for me to feel the effects, now.
Get To Know Your EMF Sources
We’ve got to identify all WIFI-enabled, Bluetooth-enabled, and cell-data devices in your home, workplace, and auto — as well as cell towers in the area.
Unsafe Distances From EMF Sources
Check your living spaces. See if they are within these unsafe distances.
(These distances may vary depending on the power density at the EMF source.).
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. Taking 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:
EMFs Make Many Symptoms Worse
Maybe it’s because EMF 1) dehydrates cells via calcium-efflux, 2) can cause blood sugar dysregulation and pre-diabetes, or 3) interferes with sleep. Perhaps it’s because EMFs seem to stimulate, encourage, or provoke molds into excessive growth and toxicity.
Chronic illness sufferers usually need to reduce or eliminate exposure to intense EMF — and seek daily refuge in natural spaces (which are more free from EMF).
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.
Reduce Exposure To:
Indoor Toxin #1
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.
Benefect Decon 30
An incredible, natural disinfecting cleaner. Safe for children and food surfaces, yet as effective as harsh chemicals.
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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:
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 can help scrub the air of dust, pollen, germs, mold spores, and other contaminants that harm your health.
In humid climates, a dehumidifier could help reduce the chances of mold growing in your home. Mold loves humidity above 60%.
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. When the chance arrises, ditch the HVAC system for ductless mini-splits — which still must be fully serviced every 6 months by a professional.
Simple Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality
Good cleaning habits for house and car.
Don’t harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Maintained HVAC systems to keep it clean.
Keep humidity low in the house.
Use well-maintained air purifiers.
Don’t have too many belongings.
Minimize use of fragrances.
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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Outdoor Air Pollution
Clean Outdoor Air Is Important
Living near harmful industrial zones (and even some city centers) can actually make your recovery harder. The cleaner the air you breathe, the better.
Living downwind of polluted city centers, factories, or sanitation zones can affect your health.
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.
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.
Begin the process of healing now, and by the time you find a better environment to live in, you’ll have developed a long list of habits and skills that will serve you immensely well.
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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