Insomnia: how a building biologist can help you get a better sleep

Are you or someone in your family suffering from sleep troubles? Apparently you're not alone - up to 45% of Australian adults sleep poorly most nights.  We're in the grip of an epidemic!

Here's an overview of some things that we building biologists would investigate in and around a home, that may contribute to poor sleep.

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The truth about human chemical exposure

Every day we eat, drink and breathe in chemicals.  We come in contact with them in our jobs, homes and community.  They’re everywhere and they’re practically unavoidable.  These chemicals don’t just hang passively around us.  They infiltrate our body and they build up in our blood and urine.  In this post we cover chemical exposure in humans and how you can best reduce your toxic load in your own home.

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Nature & health. What's the connection?

In our increasingly urban lives, we are all spending too much time indoors and too much time around technology.  It's not a good combination.  Thankfully, getting back in touch with nature is easy enough to do and will reap you many rewards, both in mind and in body.

For a start, getting outdoors and into a natural environment will do wonders for your stress levels, emotions and sense of wellbeing.  But the benefits are much more far reaching and encompass mental function, psychological happiness, physical health and social gains.

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Dirty electricity: it could be in your home, causing you harm

What exactly is dirty electricity?  What potential harm can it cause? How do you know if your home is affected?  In this article we answer these questions and more.  We will help you understand how dirty electricity may negatively affect human health and how you can avoid it.

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Chemicals in Cosmetics: are your personal care products toxic?

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Well it is, and in some areas it can absorb up to 100% of the ingredients you apply to it. Unfortunately, many cosmetic and personal care ingredients are far from wholesome.  They can include a range of synthetic chemicals that are downright toxic!  Such pollutants in the body are potential hormone disruptors and have been linked to a range of health problems including developmental delays, reproductive system issues, low birthweights and behavioural issues.  In this article you'll learn how to avoid the nasty chemicals, where to go for safe cosmetics, and tips for adults and children alike.

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Love pets but have allergies?

Household pets make excellent companions and make us feel happier (yes, there's research to prove it!). But, if you’re one of those people who sneeze merely at the thought of an animal, then keeping pets may be difficult for you.  Here we explore some ideas on how you can reduce the amount of pet allergens in your home.

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Mobile phones: 10 good reasons to switch yours off (and we’re not even talking about cancer)!

Many of you may have heard about possible health risks if you use mobile phones. In particular you may know something of the possible connection between mobile phone use and brain cancer. 

But it’s not just cancer we need to fear when it comes to mobile phone technology.  Here’s a list we’ve put together to highlight a whole range of other concerns, ones that you probably haven’t even thought about until now.

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Mould. Should you really worry about it?

You needn't be too concerned about a bit of bathroom tile mould. But toxic mould spreading insidiously through your home? Yes. In this article we explore the health concerns associated with mould, real-life stories from survivors of mould and mould illness, how to prevent mould and where to go for help if you do have a mould problem in your home.

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Some countries are taking drastic measures to limit and prevent electromagnetic radiation. But why? Humans are a highly complex electromagnetic systems and as such, we interact with external electromagnetic radiation (EMR).  Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity or EHS is a condition that covers a range of symptoms that appear to be brought on by electronic devices that emit radiation (such as mobile phones and wireless electronics). Learn more about it here and how to minimise your risk.

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Mobile Phone Warnings: What you should know

These days we hear more and more about the link between mobile phones and cancer, but is it really real?  The truth is, we don't absolutely know.  What we do know is that the World Health Organisation has found evidence to link some brain cancers to heavy mobile phone user.  Read more here about that research, the biological pathway that can lead from radiation to cancer, and learn our top 10 tips to reducing your risk.

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Household air quality: are you breathing toxic air?

Chances are, you're breathing in toxic air in your indoor environment.  Even in your own home.  People now spend around 90% of their time indoors and research has shown that exposure to indoor air pollutants is one hundred times higher than exposure to air pollutants outdoors. Thankfully there are things you can do about it.  Here we will give you 6 key pointers to help you radically improve the air quality inside your home.

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Top 3 things to look for in a new mattress

If you're in the market for a new mattress, you ought to know that most mattresses sold on the Australian market are made from petroleum-based polyurethane, and are treated with potentially lethal flame retardants. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to serious health risks, such as hormone disruptions, infertility, birth defects, neuro-developmental delays, cancer, reduced IQ and behavioural problems in children.  Here we give you our 3 top tips for promoting a peaceful, chemical-free sleep for you and your family.

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Is Dust Dangerous? Top tips for staying on top of dust.

You may not love cleaning but here’s a few good reasons why you shouldn’t let dust build up in your home.  For a start, dust contains pollutants such as lead, arsenic, DDT and allergens that can lead to a variety of health concerns such as allergies, asthma, learning difficulties and nervous system damage to name a few.  The risks to young children are even greater due to their small size, and underdeveloped organs and immune system.

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Should we ban our children from using mobile phones & tablets?

Is there a connection between mobile phone use and cancer, or not? Right now, the research, along with the experts are divided.  Given our ever increasing reliance on mobile devices along with the World Health Organisation’s latest classification that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic, perhaps it just makes good sense to keep our children away from this technology.  Quite aside from the potential brain tumour they may (or may not) develop now or in later years, there is certainly a new set of behaviours emerging around technology addiction in our young folk and this alone is very disturbing.

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Baby Monitors: Are you unwittingly putting your baby at risk?

Your newborn baby is the most precious thing to you in the world.  You wouldn’t dream of putting their health or livelihood at stake, would you?  The unfortunate truth is that many parents are, unwittingly, putting their infant at risk of harmful radiation from standard, widely-available baby monitors.

Read on to find out about the dangers of baby monitors as well as the safest alternatives to safeguard your baby and you.

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Rising Damp: what are the dangers?

Did you know that water penetration and dampness is the number one problem faced by the construction industry in Australia?  And further, that a staggering 4% of homes in Australia are affected by rising damp?  Here we outline what rising damp is and the dangers involved, how to prevent it and the various treatment options including a new, non-toxic and non-invasive solution.

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