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

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

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

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