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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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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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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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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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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