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Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Epidemic Causing Headaches, Fatigue and Depression

Indoor Air Quality: The Invisible Epidemic Causing Headaches, Fatigue and Depression

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  • Indoor air quality can be up to <i>five times worse</i> than outdoor air, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health. One study identified a total of 586 different chemical pollutants in the indoor air of 52 homes along the Arizona-Mexico border.
  • Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate a number of common ailments, including asthma, allergies, headaches, memory loss, fatigue and depression. Long-term health effects from exposure to toxic airborne particles include heart disease, respiratory disease, reproductive disorders, sterility and even cancer.
  • Four major sources of indoor air pollution include pressed wood products, carpets, paints, and furnishings treated with flame-retardant chemicals, such as mattresses, upholstery, drapes and curtains.
  • The most effective way to improve your indoor air quality is to control or eliminate as many sources of pollution as you can by using a high-quality air purifier. There are a wide variety of devices on the market, and the technology is constantly being upgraded. At present, air purifiers using Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) seems to be the best technology available.
  • More than 14 additional common-sense strategies are included that can help you improve the air quality in your home or office.

By Dr. Mercola

Most people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors. 

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