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Recently, a lot of "ozone air purifiers" have appeared on the market. They promise a safe and effective way to clean your indoor air. But they have not come without confusion and controversy. To help separate fact and fiction, it is important to understand what ozone is, how it is formed, and what this “activated […]

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Using ozone to purify the air – for reducing odors, chemicals, and even mold and mycotoxins (as some insist) – continues to be a controversial topic with strong opinions on both sides of the argument. Some claim they receive great benefit from ozone producing “purifiers,” or from periodic treatment with larger ozone generating devices. They […]

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The Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) has declared August 14-18 as the first Fungal Disease Awareness Week.  Their stated purpose is so that they and their partners can “highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment.” Another CDC page highlights exactly this cause […]

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"Cleaning" your kitchen sponge sufficiently enough to get rid of ALL of the bacteria is a very tall order. "Stop. Drop the sponge and step away from the microwave." That was the intro to a recent New York Times article that cautioned readers against relying on the microwave to kill all the bacteria living on […]

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Fabric softeners come with a lot of promises – soft, fresh-smelling clothes, free of static and wrinkles, along with less stretching, fading and pilling. Unfortunately, in-wash softeners and heat-activated dryer sheets pack a powerful combination of chemicals that can harm your health, pollute the air, and damage the environment. The chemicals of most concern include: […]

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Some chemicals in household dust may lead to obesity, according to a new study by a team of scientists from Duke University and Boston University.  Read more from Rochelle Cameron at the Environmental Working Group:   In a paper published July 14 in Environmental Science & Technology (2015), the researchers discovered that certain chemicals common in […]

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Yesterday we mentioned research by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (2016) that explored what caused people to think that something in their home was making them sick.  That same study also explored healthy home concerns and behaviors among American homeowners and renters. Their research showed that both groups are interested in improving the indoor […]

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A 2016 research study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explored healthy home concerns and behaviors among American homeowners and renters. One specific topic that they explored was how people discovered issues. The researchers asked 414 respondents who expressed an intention to act on specific healthy housing projects, "Among the following healthy home […]

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