Paints

Painting your home or office can add new zest to old colors. But be very careful about your selection of paints. Although lead in paints was banned in the United States in 1977, other additives in paints to make them dry faster or last longer can create serious health problems. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are … Continue reading

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – an overview

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a serious multi-system illness characterized by increased fatigue after minimal exertion, cognitive impairment, and poor recovery from stressors-physical and otherwise.  Other symptoms can include confusion, concentration problems, forgetfulness, feeling unrefreshed after sleep, joint pain, new headaches, mild fever, muscle aches or weakness, sore throat, and sore lymph nodes. There are … Continue reading

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder caused by a decrease in dopamine produced in the area of the brain called the substantia nigra.  Symptoms can include abnormal movement activity, cognitive abnormalities, and even psychotic symptoms like visual hallucinations. Primary Parkinsonism These unavoidable causes include genetic predisposition and certain illnesses such as Wilson disease, Huntington’s … Continue reading

Unsuspected Causes of Obesity

The Obesity Epidemic One-third of all Americans are overweight or obese, including adults and children. In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children ages 6-10 and tripled in adolescents ages 11-19. This rapid increase in obesity cannot be attributed to genetics. Along with the rise in obesity, we also see … Continue reading

Detoxification from Environmental Chemicals

What is Detoxification? Detoxification is the process of removing substances considered toxic or poisonous to the human body.  Detoxification aims at the mobilization and excretion of the toxic properties of the substance by inducing chemical changes in the body.  The primary organs of detoxification are the liver, skin, bowels, and lungs. Why is detoxification so … Continue reading

Are Pesticides Making You Sick?

Unwanted pests such as flies, mosquitoes, roaches, termites, fire ants, bed bugs and lice are a nuisance.  However, care must be taken to get rid of them without causing harm to yourself.  Traditional pesticides include a wide variety of chemical compounds that can be found in buildings including your home, workplace, schools, and stores as … Continue reading

Environmentally-Triggered Mental Illness

Environmentally-Triggered Mental Illness Did you ever think that mental illness could be caused by chemicals? Signs of mental illness include depression, mania, anxiety, hallucinations, memory loss, poor concentration, and mood swings… to name a few. Although some of these symptoms were once thought to be genetic or the inevitable result of aging, medical science has … Continue reading

New from Dr. Sprouse! – Your Environmental Minute

I am pleased to be a part of an exciting new venture on the internet. It’s called YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL MINUTE. The subject of the ENVIRONMENT has been a hot topic for decades. Lately, increased levels of air pollution and health issues such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease have been in the headlines. And because … Continue reading

A Healthy Home is the Ultimate Luxury: Part One

  I am pleased to have Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP+ID+C as our Guest Blogger for January and February.  Trudy is nationally known for her passion for eco-elegance, as well as award-winning interiors that combine sophistication, elegant use of color, and an intuitive understanding of her clients’ lifestyles.  Her graceful approach to gently green design reflects … Continue reading

Health Hazards of Gas Stoves

As the holiday season approaches, families often prepare special holiday meals with long traditions…and long cooking times too.  This can create problems for homes that have gas stoves. Methane, the main component of natural gas, can pose significant health problems, especially when the stove is not well ventilated and cooking times are long as with … Continue reading

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