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Blog/Opinion: Americans are interested in health

By HHI Staff

Americans are overwhelmingly interested in better health today. Most television news shows include regular health segments, and many have special health correspondents or doctors on their payrolls. In a poll taken by Organic Gardening magazine, 70% of American consumers said, if they had a choice, they’d buy organic fruits and vegetables at their local market—and more than half of them would be willing to pay as much as 20% more. Yet, many of us are unaware of the health threats inside our own homes.


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A house is not simply a benign structure in which you relax. It’s an active, enclosed system. And, when you are inside it, you become an integral part of that system. If your house is like many being built in the U.S. today, it is composed of various individual components that contain a variety of petro-chemicals. Wall coverings are chemically treated with mold inhibitors. Wood windows are made with chemically treated lumber. These treatments can be harmful in their own right, but when they outgas (release chemicals into the air) into the living space of your house, they can interact to form new toxic compounds.


Enter you and your family. You have now linked into this enclosed system for better or worse. Probably worse. As the components of your home outgas, they contaminate the air you are breathing. As they are inhaled, they are absorbed by your lungs and pass into your bloodstream. Some are absorbed through your skin. As an article in Interior Design pointed out, “our interiors, once our chief refuge from urban terrors, are now themselves seen as sources of danger.” When you consider the number of hours spent indoors, it only makes sense to build a healthy house, or convert your existing home into a healthy rather than an unhealthy one.


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Americans are interested in health:  Created on August 14th, 2010.  Last Modified on February 28th, 2011


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