At the beginning of the pandemic, people became interested in health aspects that they previously overlooked.
And for what felt like the first time, indoor air quality became quite a concern.
(I even went so far as to install far infrared filters in my office and an air purifier at home. I still use these—and I even travel with a mini air purifier.)
But I’ve noticed a steep drop-off in the number of people paying any attention to this anymore. And that’s a real shame.
Because we often invite dangerous particles IN… sometimes without even knowing it…
And those tiny house guests are linked to viruses—and much, much WORSE.
A breath of… polluted air?
In a survey of 2,000 British adults, researchers discovered that most participants were clueless that candles, pet hair, and air fresheners are all potential air pollutants.
Not only that, but they had no idea of the detrimental effects on health linked to such pollutants.
In fact, the majority of subjects reported they would open a window or door for some “fresh air,” but close to 20 percent never even considered that air could be polluted. Or that such pollution could have possible ill-effects on one’s health.
More specifically, 67 percent didn’t associate indoor air pollutants with lung cancer. And a whopping 81 percent didn’t realize it could result in heart disease.
Lurking in the shadows
There are so many possible sources of pollution in your home. Just think about it…
- Do you have a fireplace? A wood-burning stove?
- Do you have scented candles? Heck, scented anything?
- Do you get your clothes dry-cleaned?
- Have you painted your walls or bought new furniture?
All of these are very common examples of indoor air pollution.
Not to mention, if you live in an urban area, you could be letting exhaust fumes (and more) inside each time you open the door or window.
Suffice it to say, most of us are ignorant about just how many chemicals—and residual matter—we come into contact with every single day. I mean, get this…
The new study found that nearly 30 percent of participants, or someone in their home, were prone to regular coughing or sneezing fits. Hmm… sounds like a red flag that something is in the air!
I want to end with this…
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the smoke from the Canadian wildfires. Well, they’re still burning. But since we don’t see the smoke anymore, many folks think we’re safe.
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not lurking in the air. The same concept works behind those spray deodorants and sunscreens. The application may be easier, but what are you spraying into your breathing air? Keep that in mind.
P.S. Learn more about how indoor air pollution negatively impacts health, and how you can protect yourself, in the August 2017 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“Surprising sources of air pollution lurking inside your own home”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to learn about becoming one!
“Is your home poisoning you? Majority of adults unaware of indoor air pollution.” StudyFinds, 05/07/2023. (studyfinds.org/indoor-air-pollution-health/)