A space that supports better health and wellness should be as free from environmental threats such as toxic chemicals, mold, and particulates. At the very least, the levels shouldn’t interfere with the body’s regenerative and healing mechanisms. A body that seldom gets a break from environmental trauma is always under stress. Stress burdens the healing process, making it much more difficult to recover from illnesses, including eczema, allergies, asthma, neurological and nervous system imbalances, insomnia, and chemical sensitivities.
This is critically important for children, including the unborn. Their small size, rapid development, undeveloped immune system and proximity to the floor, where many chemicals reside, leave babies and children at the greatest risk of harm. These exposures can affect them for the rest of their lives. Additionally, whatever a mother ingests, inhales and absorbs is passed on to her baby. Here are two sites with startling statistics highlighting the risk.
The NIH (National Institute for Health) states that only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/
The Environmental Working Group found 208 chemicals in umbilical cord blood known to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution-newborns.
It’s obvious that we can’t control everything we are exposed to outside of our homes, but if we can give ourselves a break from environmental contaminants at home, our bodies are better able to handle an increasingly toxic world. A healthy living environment is essential for both short and long term health, starting with the unborn.
Following these principles will help create a home that is a healing retreat rather than a threatening impediment to health and wellness.
Water causes billions of dollars in property damage every year. It is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the U.S. In addition to property devastation, excess moisture is associated with increases of respiratory disease. The prevalence of asthma or respiratory symptoms is twice as high for occupants of schools or homes with evidence of dampness problems and mold. If you want a durable home that supports health and wellness you have to KEEP IT DRY.