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IAQ: 100.5

Oxygen is an indispensable ingredient to our survival. It is a food to our cells. Oxygen goes through our lungs and dissolves in the water lining of the alveoli. Such dissolved oxygen clings to the hemoglobin in red blood cells, which passes through the alveolar capillaries to the blood. The red blood cells give back carbon dioxide, which is exhaled to the environment. Exhaled air contains about 4.5 percent carbon dioxide (0.4% in normal air). The oxygen that was passed ... more

The Amish and asthma.

The Amish are like a benchmark against which we can measure prevalence of asthma and allergies for other clusters of population.  In recent study Dr. Mark Holbreich found that less than 10% of the Amish children (in Indiana) had a positive skin test for common allergens such as grass, cat or dust mites.  Contrast that with 50% for the Swiss non-farming children and 25% for the Swiss farm children. We have three sets of conditions that make the prevalence of asthma ... more

EPA Region 5 Asthma Forum

I attended the EPA REGION 5 ASTHMA FORUM in Chicago on June 6-7. That was an illuminating experience for me because I never attended it. The Forum was very well organized and moderated by Tracy Enger and Jack Barnette, both of the EPA. Jack injected, in addition to asking poignant questions to presenters, humor and witty comments. Pulmonary Homes has two main objectives: prevention/mitigation of asthma and other respiratory diseases by environmental interventions and increase participation of private sector, with a ... more

Stay Healthy

This is the first post on our blog with an invitation to participate in discussion about respiratory diseases. Our mission is prevention and mitigation of symptoms by providing environmental solutions. We would love to hear from persons who suffer from respiratory diseases -- on any topic. We’ll segregate topics acknowledging your initiation. Share your concerns; tell us what solutions work, might work, and do not work. What would you like us and others to do? ... more