My journey into environmental medicine began with ten miscarriages and after seeing a close connection between many of my patient’s illnesses with hazards like mould, chemicals and electromagnetic fields in their home. I will show you where the hazards are in your home, and the simple steps to create a healthy home.
Breathing outdoor air in Australia kills more people than the road toll and indoor air is estimated to be at least five times more polluted than outdoor air (BITRE, 2017; OECD, 2014)
Most of the indoor air quality problems in a home, comes from the products you buy
There are over 130 million chemicals registered for use on the world’s largest database – the Chemical Abstract Service, and most of the man-made portion have never been tested for their impact on human health
1 in 3 Australian children are diagnosed with autism and 75% of autistic adults end up on a disability pension (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, 2017)
20% of Australians have allergies, and most of the triggers are in your home
Most countries around the world have never fluoridated their drinking water
The radiation from mobile phones and wireless technologies are classified as a possible human carcinogen (World Health Organisation, 2011)
A Parkinson’s disease cluster was found in farmers in northwest Victoria (Ayton, 2016)
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s & Lou Gehrig’s Syndrome have correlated with increased exposures to pesticides (Genuis & Kelln, 2015; Freire & Koifman, 2012)
In the past 35 years, new cancer diagnoses in Australia tripled which means one in two people will have cancer before the age of 85 (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, 2017)
Genetics loads the gun, but the environmental pulls the trigger (Dr Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health
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Ten Steps to a Healthy Home
Take your shoes off before you enter the home as this will reduce toxicants like pesticides and traffic-related air pollutants being tracked onto carpets
Get rid of the clutter, because it restricts air flow, increases the dust load and encourages house dust mites and pests
Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and motorised head to reduce the allergen load (house dust mites, mould, pet and pest dander) in the home. Read more…
Dust your home with a slightly damp microfibre cloth followed by a clean, dry tea towel
Reduce the chemical load in your home. Air fresheners, perfume, pesticides, solvents, paints, cleaning and personal care products contribute to poor indoor air quality. Read more…
Use the sun to air pillows and mattresses, pet bedding, chopping boards and soft toys.
Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel and lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastics, pewter, highly coloured ceramics, ceramics with a corroded glaze and leaded crystal. Read more…
Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1 metre away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields. Read more…
Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water are associated with health risks. Use a water filter. Read more…
Mould is caused by dampness and moisture. Find the moisture first and then remove the mould with a damp microfibre cloth. Read more…