Indoor Air Pollution

What are you breathing into your body?

Air pollution contributes to cancer.  Many believe the air pollution that causes cancer is only found only out of doors. Our immune system is seriously jeopardized by both outdoor and indoor air.


Toxins caused by indoor pollution are often even more dangerous to your health than what you inhale outside. 


Treating cancer alternatively seeks to help us to understand the detriments of air pollution. It is important to determine what each of us can do to be responsible for eliminating the air pollution in our environment. 


Our immune system will become strengthened and be able to fight the mutation of cancer cells as we minimize the air pollution and toxins that we ingest through our skin and our nose and mouth.


If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems.  With the advancement of technology in air conditioners and furnaces, we have trapped the movement of air in our homes.


Many homes are built with special mechanical means of ventilation.  We are no longer ingesting fresh air into our body.


Other homes are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can "leak" into and out of the home.  These homes may have higher pollutant levels than other homes.


Added to these phenomena are all the schools, work offices, condos, nursing homes, and even hospitals where there is only internal air being circulated.  Air pollutants are on the increase with no way of escaping.  We are seldom breathing fresh air.


However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered "leaky".


When a building’s indoor air pollution level rises to a high level, you are more likely to become ill with “sick building syndrome”.  Sick building syndrome is defined as “the occurrence of excessive work- or school-related illness among workers or students in buildings of recent construction.” 


When such a residue of pesticides builds up in your body’s immune system, you can begin to experience the following symptoms or diseases:


·        Possibly hormone-sensitive cancer such as breast

And prostate cancer

·        Memory loss

·        Depression

·        Anxiety

·        Psychosis

·        Other forms of mental illness

·        Parkinson’s and other forms of neurological



It is indoor air pollution that is the largest contributor to cancer and other debilitating diseases.


It is also indoor air pollution that we are able to change and will have the biggest impact on cancer reversal. 


Treating cancer alternatively will share a quick overview of different types of air pollution and toxins and its affect on our bodies and immune system.


        Outside Air Pollution

        Indoor Air Pollution

        Are you Breathing in Bacteria, Mold and Yeast and other Toxins?

        Pesticide Pollution

        Smoking and Secondhand Smoke


Outside Air Pollution

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Air pollution is everywhere.  Sixty-four pesticides have been listed as potentially cancer-causing compounds according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 


Air pollution creates toxins in our immune system.  An overload of toxins causes the mutation of cells which in turns contributes to cancer.


You can live for weeks without food and days without water, but only minutes without air.  The air you are inhaling contains smog, chemicals, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and other air pollutants.


Air pollution then passes into your nose, into your lungs and on through your bloodstream.  With each breath, toxic chemicals are actually being pumped by the heart to every cell in your body via the bloodstream.


Remember that cancer is mutated cells that the immune system when weakened or over loaded is no longer control.  These mutated cells collect in various tissues and organs of the body and in time cancer develops.


Air pollution is in all Industrial plants, incinerators and hazardous waste sites that release volatile organic chemicals.  These volatile organic chemicals may include benzene, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, toluene, carbon tetrachloride and other volatile organic chemicals.  Many of these can cause cancer.


In treating cancer alternatively, I did not have the time or energy to fight the laws and regulations of air pollution in our environment caused by technology, transportation and industrialization. 


I needed to remove as many toxins caused by air pollution as possibly in my own personal environment. In considering health for our family and the reversal of my cancer I became responsible for what was in my choices to do right now. 


Another investment consideration became a triple carbon air filtration system for our home.


Indoor Air Pollution

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If you think that air pollution is only found out of doors, you are wrong.  Indoor air pollution is often even more dangerous to your health than what you inhale outside.


Most people spend about 90 percent of their time inside homes, office buildings, restaurants, factories and school buildings. 


In these places, indoor toxins, chemicals and bacteria become trapped and re-circulated due to the mechanical means of moving and exchanging air.


Today’s buildings are much more airtight and well insulated than they were years ago, making them vaults for germs, bacteria and chemical toxins.  If you travel with your job or business, you could be even worse off.  Sealed-tight airplanes can seal in toxins, germs, bacteria and pollutants collected from people around the globe.


Think you are safer because your office building is new?  I hate to have to be the one to inform you, but you couldn’t be more wrong.


Volatile organic compounds such as benzene, styrene, carbon tetrachloride and other chemicals are as much as on hundred times greater in new buildings compared to the levels found outdoors.


New buildings are the worst for indoor air pollution.  Building materials emit gasses into the air through a process known as “out-gassing.” 

New carpets and furniture release formaldehyde and other toxins.


Paints release solvents such as toluene and formaldehyde, and furniture made from pressed wood releases formaldehyde into the air as well. 


Out-gassing may also occur from fabrics, couches, curtains, carpet padding, glues and more.


The many chemicals released through out-gassing from carpets, paints and glues can become so strong that those who work in these buildings can get really ill. 


When a building’s indoor air pollution level rises, you are more likely to become ill with “sick building syndrome”.   Your immune system is not able to cope with all of these additional toxins that enter your body both through the skin and the lungs.


Sick building syndrome is defined as “the occurrence of excessive work- or school-related illness among workers or students in buildings of recent construction.”  With time, however, these toxic levels gradually decrease.  However the effects of the toxins may still be hidden in the fatty tissues of your body.


Treating cancer alternatively encourages each of us to look at our environment and determine the risk factors and the actions we need to take individually to protect our immune system and health. 


Treating cancer alternatively becomes a time of not blaming but of assessing and making personal choices. 


Remember that treating cancer alternatively allows us to take control of our health and make decisions that will ultimately strengthen our immune system.  As our immune system becomes stronger, the mutated cancer cells will be destroyed.  Our bodies are created to heal and fight toxins, illnesses, and diseases including cancer and other debilitating diseases.


High amounts of volatile organic compounds can also be found in offices.  These compounds are emitted from copying machines, laser printers, computers and other office equipment.


Have you been experiencing headaches that get more severe at work? 


Are your eyes itchy, red and watery? 


What about a sore throat, dizziness, nausea and problems concentrating?


These are just a few of the many symptoms associated with sick building syndrome.


Other symptoms of sick building syndrome include;

·        nasal congestion,

·        shortness of breath,

·        problems with memory and concentration,

·        fatigue and itching.


In addition, carpet glues as well as particleboard, which are also made from glues and chemicals that contain formaldehyde, commonly cause both fatigue and headaches.


Air purification systems are becoming an investment to good health that is essential in all of our homes.


Are you Breathing in Bacteria, Mold and Yeast and other Toxins?

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Airborne toxins, mold, bacteria and the poisons given off by yeast can also cause sickness. 


Many people remember the mysterious deaths in 1976 of 182 Legionnaires who were staying at a Philadelphia hotel while attending a conference.  It was later determined that this group of people contracted pneumonia from legionella bacteria that had contaminated the hotel’s air condition system.  This event is virtually unheard of or mentioned. 


Nevertheless, any, if not most, air conditioning units and heating systems contain some amount of mold.  Significant amounts are frequently found in them, and the spores from that mold can travel throughout a building.  Most of the time our immune system is able to destroy toxins and molds as they enter our body however our immune system can become stressed. 


Mold grows wherever dampness is found, which make air conditioning units incubators for it.  Damp homes not only breed mold, but they also breed dust mites.  Dust mites are the most common airborne allergy.


Pesticide Air Pollution

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Dangerous indoor air pollution is also created with the every-day increasing use of pesticides, which can be found in some really surprising products.


Believe it or not, pesticides can be found in

  • disposable diapers,

  • shampoos,

  • air fresheners,

  • mattresses and

  • carpets. 


You are being exposed to pesticides every day.  You may even have your home sprayed regularly with pesticides to control bugs.


The most common pesticides in use today are a variety called organophosphates.  This group includes diazionon. 


Pesticides are easily absorbed into your body

·        through contact with your skin,

·        by breathing them into your lungs and

·        by ingesting them through your mouth and nose. 


Even though your immune system is designed to eliminate such dangerous poisons, the sheer amount of them that you encounter daily is far more than your body was ever designed to deal with.


Therefore, pesticides, their metabolites and other dangerous toxins eventually build up in your body over time.  And the greater the buildup, the more difficult it becomes for your body to eliminate them. 


Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

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Another powerful offender of indoor air pollution is cigarette smoke.  The smoke from a burning cigarette as it sits lit in an ashtray contains a higher toxic concentration of gasses than what the smoker actually inhales.


Secondhand cigarette smoke contains cadmium, cyanide, lead, arsenic, tars, radioactive material, dioxin (which is a toxic pesticide), carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxides, nicotine, sulfur oxides and about four thousand other chemicals.


Secondhand cigarette contributes to indoor air pollution.  Many people may smoke outside, however secondhand cigarette toxins come back into the home on clothing, hair, and skin of the smoker.


It was very interesting that as I began to use the infra-red sauna, I could smell cigarette smoke from the sweat and removal of toxins from my skin. 


I never smoked, however I grew up with a smoker in our family.  I could even recognize the brand of cigarette.


Nicotine in the cigarette smoke is the main cause for the cigarette addiction.  However, nicotine also constricts blood vessels and stimulates the cardiovascular system and the nervous system.


One of the main dangers involved with cigarette smoke is caused by the cancer-causing substances and toxins found in the tars in smoke.


Indoor air pollution is serious and each of us is able to take steps in control the breathing of pure quality air in our homes. 


To reduce indoor air pollution, air cleaner manufactures typically rely on one of two technologies for removing odors:


  • Activated carbon.  Odor-generating particulates are trapped by tiny pores in a carbon filter.  Filters must be replaced periodically, but can last a long time depending on the amount and type of carbon used.


  • Ozone generator.  Neutralizes air-borne odors by creating fairly high levels of ozone.  Very effective at odor removal and requires no filters. The major disadvantage?  Ozone itself is a significant air contaminant that can lead to irritation and health problems.


We needed to elimination as much indoor air pollution possible to give our immune system the ability to tackle the cancer cells.  We selected the Atmosphere Air Purifier.


The Atmosphere Air Purifier is one of the best choices for pure breathing air is a mechanical filtration for particulate removal and carbon filters for odor reduction.  This combination provides the best balance of high performance over time, low maintenance and efficient operations.


In treating cancer alternatively, each of us must look at all aspects of our environment and decide what our options are in assisting our body to return to maximum health. 


Air pollution, especially indoor air pollution is important to consider and take control in eliminating as much as possible.  Air filtration system is not only important in reversing cancer, but also in the health of the entire family. 


For more information on air pollution and treating cancer alternatively see:


Causes of Indoor Air Pollution


Indoor Air Pollution and Health


What to look for in an Air filter System


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