Nutrition

Many people think of nutrition in general terms, but the specific components of nutrition are fundamental to the proper functioning of the body.  The depletion of body nutrient stores is common to many medical conditions or illnesses.  Understanding nutrition in its subcomponent parts is useful in planning for the accurate supplementation of deficiencies. We will … Continue reading

Mold Exposure Can Cause Serious Illness

I began to evaluate and treat patients for mold-related illnesses in 1996.  Most of these patients initially complained of respiratory problems:  recurrent sinus infections, post nasal drip, shortness of breath, and wheezing.  As I questioned them further, they clarified they were also suffering from other serious symptoms.  Many described problems with extreme fatigue, memory loss, … Continue reading

Allergic Reactions

In 1906, “allergy” was first defined as an “altered reaction” to a substance, meaning a reaction that most people did not get. Later, four types of classical allergy were described with specific immune system involvements: Type I- Immediate, Type II-Cytotoxic, Type III- Immune Complex, and Type IV-Delayed. Although these four categories are still used today, … Continue reading

Chemicals That Cause Cancer

Although genetics may play a role in some cancers, there is overwhelming evidence that many environmental chemicals cause cancer to develop.  These chemicals are present in products we use every day.  Knowing which chemicals to avoid can reduce your risk of cancer. Benzene Human studies have shown that exposure to benzene can cause leukemia.  What’s … Continue reading

Remediating Mold

  I am pleased to have A. Anthony Hibbert, Certified Mold Inspector and Mold Remediator, as my Guest Blogger for June.   Anthony has evaluated and remediated countless homes and other buildings for water contamination, mold, and other issues of poor indoor air quality.      Remediating Indoor Mold “You’ve got mold,” your inspector tells you.  You are not … Continue reading

ASSESSING BUILDINGS FOR WATER DAMAGE AND MOLD CONTAMINATION

 I am pleased to have Luke Curtis, MD, MS, CIH  as our Guest Blogger for April.  Luke is a Medical Doctor as well as a Certified Industrial Hygienist,  and has assessed more than 1,000 buildings for mold and moisture problems as well as other issues of indoor air quality.  He is one of just 10 … Continue reading

Beware the Health Consequences of Mold Exposure!

Indoor mold contamination can cause serious health problems. Indoor water leaks from broken pipes, damaged roofs, poorly sealed windows, basement flooding, etc. create optimal conditions for mold to grow.  Indoor mold thrives in cool, moist, dark places. Hurricanes  Sandy, Irene,  Rita, and Katrina dumped thousands of gallons of water inland,  causing severe water damage to … Continue reading

A Healthy Home is the Ultimate Luxury: Part Two

I am pleased to have Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP+ID+C continue as our Guest Blogger for 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 a … 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

SICK BUILDING SYNDROME: AN OVERVIEW

Indoor chemical exposures can cause both short-term and long-term illnesses, especially when a person is exposed to a mixture of indoor air pollutants at low levels for long periods of time. Immediate health effects may appear after a single high-dose exposure, or after repeated lower-dose exposures. Immediate symptoms may include shortness of breath; wheezing; irritation … Continue reading

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