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What’s the Most Effective Bedroom Air Purifier?

The most common place an air purifier is used is in the bedroom.  This is because it is the place where we spend most of our time at home.  So this begs the question.  What’s the most effective bedroom air purifier? In our experience the air purifiers that work best for people suffering from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues are those that filter at a high efficiency, move a sufficient volume of air and are relatively quiet.  While that may sound simple, it is quite difficult to perform well in all areas since they

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The Link Between Allergies and Asthma

Girl with asthma inhaler

We’ve written previously about the increasing rates of allergies and how climate change is making this epidemic worse. What you may not know is that cases of asthma have also been rising. Currently, 26 million people across America suffer from asthma, and a new study shows that nearly two-thirds of these people also have allergies. As most of you have already experienced worsening spring allergies, you know how tough it can be, even if you don’t have a complication such as asthma. Doctors have long known that allergies and asthma often occur together in children

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Air Filter Anatomy

HEPA Air filter material

Thousands of years ago, life was simpler. People lived off the land, drank fresh water from rivers, and breathed clean air. The modern world comes with lots of comfort and convenience but also complicates things. Now our food is mass produced and delivered to us from farms, but it’s genetically modified and covered in pesticides. We have our water piped to us from miles away, but it needs to be treated with chemicals to make it safe. And our homes may be good at keeping us protected, but this also means they are great at

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Cleanliness is Overrated (Part 2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of 2 on Cleanliness. Read Part 1 here. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, as the old saying goes. Keeping a clean house can reduce allergies, kills germs, and just put your mind at ease. But the American obsession with cleanliness is actually a recent phenomenon. A hundred years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for people to bathe once a week, and two hundred years ago, soap was all but unheard of in the Western world. In fact, early Christians thought filth would bring you closer to God, since cleanliness signified wealth and

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Cleanliness is Overrated! (Part 1 of 2)

Over-cleaning may lead to allergies and asthma

Last year, we wrote about the Hygiene Hypothesis and its predecessor, the Old Friends Hypothesis. While the details vary somewhat, both hypotheses suggest that the immune system relies on early exposure to germs in order to develop properly. The basic conclusion is that when infants and children lack exposure to germs, they are more likely to suffer from asthma and allergies, due to the immune system overreacting to common and harmless triggers. The rate of allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections has tripled by some estimates. And at the same time, so has the level of

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Air Pollution and Heart Health

Pollution in cities can cause heart attacks and asthma attacks

We’ve written previously about the impact pollution and air quality can have on health.  Now we turn to air pollution and heart health. This year, China has been undergoing what’s been dubbed the “airpocalypse” as pollution levels reach deadly highs. Many parts of the United States also have similar crises on a smaller scale, not just in big cities. Areas with lots of factories or vehicles can have higher concentrations of ozone, which lead to increased asthma attacks, hospital admissions, and even death, especially in older adults and during the warmer seasons. Pollution and ozone

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Climate Change and Allergies

Climate change makes allergies worse

If you’re like us, you welcome the change in seasons: warming air, melting snow, and blooming flowers. But unfortunately for many of us, seasonal changes also means seasonal allergies. And if you think your allergies have been getting worse and arriving earlier each year, it’s not just your imagination. Climate Change and Allergies It’s one more side effect of climate change. The Lancet has titled climate change “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” The obvious weather disasters aside, as the world grows warmer, we can expect more aggravated asthma, high concentrations of

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