Author(s): BIJLSMA , NICOLE
In the past 30 years, new cancer diagnoses have almost tripled, hospital admissions for life-threatening allergic reactions have increased fourfold, breast cancer has doubled, male sperm count has halved, the age of puberty is declining, dementia has become synonymous with old age, and learning and behavioural disorders in children have skyrocketed. Could these conditions be linked to our homes? YES! Healthy Home Healthy Family is a beautifully designed full colour, hard copy book that explores how industry keeps toxic products in the marketplace, and why the exposure standards for chemicals and electromagnetic fields are not adequate to protect your family. The adverse health effects arising from exposure to health hazards in the built environment includes a detailed discussion on the allergens in the home (house dust mites, pet, pollen and pests), the latest understanding on mould and biotoxins in a water-damaged building; the chemicals in building materials and everyday products; drinking water contaminants and why you need to use a water filter; the various forms of electromagnetic fields that impact the built environment, and the simple ways to reduce exposure to the radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless technologies. It also includes a detailed discussion on how to design a healthy home from choosing the right site and building material selection, to preventing condensation and mould, reducing exposure to toxicants, choosing heating and cooling systems for allergy sufferers, opting for healthier lighting options, reducing exposure to AC magnetic fields and radiofrequencies (wiring, cabling, shielding and furniture placement) and tips before moving in. This reference guide is a must for all homes!