The Healthier Environmental Living Program (HELP)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental threats facing public health. We cannot depend on our aging water infrastructure to deliver clean safe water. In 2014 the World Health Organization (WHO), White House and European Union publicized the growing threat of microbial resistance to antibiotics. With antibiotics becoming less effective, we again will be threatened with possible death from simple bacterial infections that were treatable last year. Because people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, we need to limit the spread of pathogens in residential. We accomplish this by creating clean surfaces, offering protocols for clean hands, and by providing for clean air and clean water.
- BioProtect for surfaces. BioProtect, when applied to a surface, provides a long –term, biostatic layer of protection.
- Sanders Filters are used on existing HVAC systems and can be configured for point-of-use systems. Filter provide submicron filtration from .1 micron and higher.
- Pure Hand hand sanitizer is non-flammable and provides protection against bacteria while not drying out the skin.
- Point-of-use water filters for showers and sinks filter out 99.99999% of bacteria.
- BioProtect for laundry makes patients’ clothing, sheets and blankets antimicrobial, and it can be done easily in home laundry.
IDA addresses problems before and after they happen. Contact us about managing and reducing the threat of mold for your business.
Risk mitigation combined with high quality indoor air quality improves safety workplace performance.
Compromised immune systems / Oncology (HELP)
The Oncology Healthier Living Program focuses on reducing secondary infection. The single major cause of death during cancer treatments was infection (36%), which also contributes to complications in 68 percent of cases. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1056415) Making the home persistently cleaner is important for the family and the patient.
Asthma / COPD / Allergy (HELP)
Approximately 4% of the population suffers from COPD. In some states the numbers climb as high as 9% (http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/resources/facts-figures/COPD-Fact-Sheet.html#Prevalence)
Approximately 8% of the population suffers from asthma. Asthma in children averages around 10% but can climb to 18 percent in areas of poverty. (http://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics)
- Pollen (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3406301/)
- Particulate (https://respiratory-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/rr5)
- Cleaning products
- Exotoxins (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-55994-5_20#page-1)
- Mold and fungi (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/allergy-triggers)
- Bacterial endotoxins (http://www.wakopyrostar.com/blog/post/studies-on-the-effect-of-bacterial-endotoxins-on-asthma-and-other-respiratory-conditions/)
- Valley Fever (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02770903.2015.1070861?)
Allergies are on the rise globally. (http://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics)
- Allergies in the USA are underreported because most buy OTC drugs during pollen seasons.
- More than 50% of the population is allergic to some form of pollen.
It is difficult to believe that up to 25% of women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. The health of the mother impacts the baby. (https://www.statista.com/topics/1850/pregnancy/) and (https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/why-we-exist/pregnancy-statistics) The Healthier Environmental Living Program helps to reduce environmental risk. Pregnant women have compromised immune systems. It is prudent to take precautions.
Pregnancy and Susceptibility to Infectious Diseases (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723080/)
Risk of seasonal flu. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4122531/)
Airborne particulate and preterm birth (https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0094-3)
Pollution impacts pregnancy
- Air pollution and depression, anxiety and attention issues (https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1104315/)
- Air pollution and behavior problems
- Air pollution pregnancy and babies UCLA study (http://www.environment.ucla.edu/media/files/air-pollution-impacts.pdf)
- Hydro carbon particulate impacts IQ in children (http://ccceh.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/perera2009.pdf)
- In utero fine particle pollution (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25816123)
- Air pollution and birth weight (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/124-A98/)
- Air pollution in utero possible link to allergies and disease (http://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2016/10000/Air_Pollution_During_Pregnancy_and_Cord_Blood.3.aspx)
Viral respiratory disease iin babies increase risk of Type 1 diabetes (https://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/en/news/latest-news/press-information-news/article/34483/index.html)
Infections during pregnancy impact ability to nurture (https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-12-infections-pregnancy-negative-impact-maternal.html)
Contaminated water linked to low birth weights (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/caje.12039/abstract)
Degraded water infrastructure puts Mothers at risk (http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/making-the-grade/)
How Mold Impacts Your Home
Mold is a major problem in construction.
Mold degrades and destroys construction materials and can release toxins into the air which cause health problems. Mold can be found in dry climates as well as damp. Fungi are ubiquitous in the United States, most often found in the west and southern parts of the United States.
Molds / fungi impact health, specifically affecting the respiratory system and sometimes leading to respiratory disease.
IDA understands how to shape the microbiome in your home to keep your family healthy. Fungi is everywhere, but it is possible to manage its impact for a safe and healthy home. Contact us today for a consultation.