Beware stay at home folks working at home?

@raydene (9874)
United States
March 9, 2008 12:54pm CST
I just heard on tv last night that stay at home moms, people working at home, home based workers, anyone that spends their days at home... have a 54% higher chance of cancer and other illnesses due to poor air quaility. My friends I know you all are tired of hearing me give you green sermons.. but then it is Sunday! lol Please because I care about each and everyone of you.. get the toxins out of your home and use green cleaner.. you don't have to use mine ... just go green Also check for water leaks.. mold...this is a killer! Make sure your heating system is properly vented... another killer! Take a tour of your home with your eyes wide open.. are you killing yourself? Do it today... your life.. the lives of those you love... may depend on it! oxxoxoxoxoxo
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 08
The central heating in my house causes me concern and I hate it being on, it drys my eyes out and my skin too and I swear it's causing me too be tired and continuously yawn, that's why I am forever going out on long walks, to get fresh air. I hate being cooped up in my bedroom for hours on end. I need air, I need circulation and it helps me to sleep too if I have been walking miles. Sitting in front of the television or computer for long periods doesn't help either. Love you ma xxxx
@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Well Son The good thing is you are getting out alot That's good for you And I am hoping you will make some new friends on your walks xoxoxoxoxoxo
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@GardenGerty (105385)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Wolfie, do you have a Carbon monoxide detector? I worry about you with those symptoms. Get some houseplants. They add freshness to the air.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 08
Yes we do and it makes an alarm if it detects, thank you for caring, means a lot x
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@GardenGerty (105385)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I will also add that we need to open our doors and windows, and let in fresh air. Plant trees around your property if you can. I would like at some point to be involved with your company, and we are moving toward a target. I have always felt the need to avoid the toxic fumes. It just ruins my sinuses.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Hi Doll I know you do And I have a package to send to you but I haven't been out Now our world is solid ice again Have the town has no electricity xoxoxoxoxoxox
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@GardenGerty (105385)
• United States
9 Mar 08
We were there,without power a few months ago. Stay in until the slickness is all gone, you do not need any nasty falls or anything.
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• United States
9 Mar 08
Oh dear. I don't like to think that mold is life threatening because I know that I definitely have some in my house. Nevertheless, thank you for the heads up. I will also think about buying more environmentally healthy cleaning solutions. You mention you have a green cleaner; what kind do you use? :)
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Check this site about mold http://home.howstuffworks.com/toxic-mold.htm I use Shaklee get clean.. Oprah had it on her show 5 times.. www.notoxgreen.com xoxooxoxoxoxoo
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I couldn't agree with you more! I don't use nasty chemical based products in my home unless I can't find one that is natural. I won't have bleach in my home ever again. I no longer clean my floors and carpeting with products that I'll put children or pets on. I don't wash my clothes or my body with killer chemicals that can be ingested through my skin (your skin is NOT waterproof!). I could go on, but you get the idea. I switched several years ago and I rarely, VERY rarely get sick.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
It is so simple and saves people money but some just don't think they get things clean with out yuckkkk bleach oxoxxoxoxo
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Winter time is even worse on everyone. We are more cooped up, the heat is on, we are inside more. We don't get as much fresh air. I am so looking forward to spring when I can open the doors and windows. You are so right about the mold, it can make you sick and even kill you.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Awwww Spring Polly Darling I can not wait to open my windows I can cose my eyes and imaging a breeze coming through the window I feel sorry for people that live in air conditioned houses. oxoxoxxoxo
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I have window AC units but only use them when it gets horribly hot and I can't stand it. I love having fresh air.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Yeah me too.. never use them though... xoxoxoxoxoxo
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
I cannot use harsh chemical products anyway since I am allergic to chemically based perfumes and very strong cleansers. I do not think that people should be forced to work outside their home, after all some offices are poorly vented, but people at home should not stay cooped up in the house all day. So any excuse to get out and get some fresh air is best. I know that the reason that this warning was given was not about your health, but that they wanted more women in the work force. I do think however that the cost factor is the reason why many people seal their house to their detriment. So even though it costs a bit more, leave your window open and let some air through at times in the winter.
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Or you can always get one of those Humidifiers. they seem t work people good, alot of people have them in there homes.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Honey The reason I gave this warning is because I am GREEN I believe in GREEN I believe that all of us will be better if we are GREEN And the big thing is I believe that our future depends on us going GREEN As for wanting women to work outside the house..why would I ...I work from home... I want every woman to be able to work at home safely! www.NoToxGreen.Com xoxoxoxoxo
@weemam (13377)
9 Mar 08
I want to thank you for caring about us , I don't think it is a sermon , From the day I bought my steam cleaner I stoped using chemicals to clean , It saves my health as they were aggravating my asthma and it saves me loads of money as well xx
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
They are wonderful also Sweets I need to get one also Does it use alot of electricity? Huge hugs Sis xoxoxoxoxoxo
@weemam (13377)
9 Mar 08
I would imagine just about as much as an electric kettle , I couldn't be without it , I use it for windows walls ornaments. cookers glas cabinets , use it on the matresses on the beds and the pillows ( it kills dustmites too) and if you spray steam on your duster before dusting it lifts the dust and it makes the duster ant static too xx
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Frankly, raydene, I don't give much credence to most of those "studies." I've found that most of the results usually turn out to be proven wrong somewhere down the line. Personally, I do not use toxic cleaners in my home due to a skin condition, but I do keep my apartment well-ventilated at all times. Proper ventilation goes a long way toward avoiding exposure to toxins in the home.
• Canada
19 Mar 08
I'd agree with you about 90% However we're often exposed to things that we don't really register as potentially toxic. For example, most candles are made with parrafin, so the fumes are toxic. I use only pure beeswax candles in my house for exactly that reason.
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• United States
9 Mar 08
I think if people just took more walks and ate a little healthier then it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Everything now-a-days causes cancer, it's irritating to hear about after so much stuff could potentially cause it. I think it's fine to use natural cleaners but the term "going green" is beginning to irritate me, everyone is always talking about "Going green". While I am an avid supporter of eating healthy, using healthy products and getting fresh air, the term "Going Green" has been associated with Global warming which I think is a scam.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Honey You have the right to believe what you believe I use the term Go green because people know what I mean.. It's like the term 'global' makes us think of world wide. It's just a phrase ... I would never want to offend you Sweets..It was not my intention xoxoxoxoxo
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Amen to that Raydene, You do half to watch it, with the mold in your hoem I always have a damp basement, I am moving so i don't half to worry about that to much, what about humidifiers. those are good to clean the air in your home, a lot of people use that.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Hi Sweets Dehumidifiers can dry your home and help some Humidifiers make it moist and if you have mold will make it a bigger problem I do not use either..but I use a air filter xoxoxoxoxoxo
• United States
9 Mar 08
I work at home, I do travel some when working I am very healthy & staying that way
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
Hi Doll Good for you It's nice to be healthy and I'm glad you are committed to staying that way xooxoxoxoxoxo
@ellie333 (21029)
9 Mar 08
A 54% higher chance is very high. If I am indorrs I always make sure I have a window open for fresh air and already use chemical free products around the home, but when I am work I am in a confined space with no natural light not even a window and I do find within an hour I have a thunping headache and need to get out and walk round the block for some fresh air. I love my job but definately not a healthy environment to work in. I am very vigilant in my home but will be even more so now. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
9 Mar 08
You could buy an airsource for your office.. It would help alot It works so well that you can not smell fresh paint xooxoxxoxoxo
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I would use green cleaners, but don't for two reasons. One is that I find them a little difficult to find in the stores. Another reason is they are much more expensive than the non green stuff and since my hubby and I are on a limited income, I have to get the cheapest thing available.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I think a lot of the problem is that newer homes are hermetically sealed. How many people actually throw the windows open when it's warm? While I do understand what you're saying (and thank you), can you suggest any websites that I could find 'green' products? I know I've got mold (an old, leaky toilet went through the floor and I know there's mold on the beams; I'm tearing the floor out when it gets warmer, since it's over a small crawl space that goes to dirt). I'd suggest having some plants--they absorb CO2 and give off oxygen.
@mishastar (738)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Thanks for the information! This is good to know because there are days that i'm working at home or doing assignments online and would not step a foot outside for some fresh air.
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
11 Mar 08
I just read recently that one of the sources of toxins in the home is wearing shoes indoors. You track in things like pesticides, oil from driveways and roads and other toxins on your feet, and then the vapours can't escape. It never occurred to me before. So now I wear slippers in the house.
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
Hi Raydene, Thanks for the reminder. I've been constantly on the look out for some greens on the Health stores here in my Country but there's only a few brands available and they are quite costly. I will still continue to search for the right and affordable price and by then, I can begin singing greens with you, lol!
• India
10 Mar 08
It is really shocking to hear that being at home itself we face lot of troubles. Though its true or not we can really go ahead and safeguard ourselves by checking our homes. Its also another thing we need to take care of ...so prevention is better than cure.
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
10 Mar 08
Hon, keep the green sermons coming because it's so important! Some people like to act like there's no problem and we can continue to go our merry way and continue polluting all we want but they're so wrong! You go girl, each time just one more person pays attention and they tell just one person you're making a difference! Annie
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
10 Mar 08
Thanks for the warning. I know you mean well and I appreciate that. I do work at home, but where I live, the quality of air is very good. I usually work at a PC which is next to my study room window and I get lots of fresh air. I also live near the sea, so the air is better here than inland. After a day of being cooped up in the house, I go downstairs and walk around outside to get more air and some exercises. We are quite environmentally conscious, not just our country but even at home with the kinds of products that we use. We steer clear of toxic or harmful kinds of materials and emissions. Our health's good and in the 3.5 years that I have been working from home, I don't even fall sick except for the occasional flu and headaches once a long while. So I think I am doing all right. Working in an air-conditioned office is not exactly very healthy either. If the exhaust system is not effective and you get staff with ill symptoms working around you, you may end up contracting germs easier than at home.
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