54. Is the air in your home making you sick? A surprising conversation with an air quality expert.
I admit that after thirty years in this field, I assume that most of my “health decisions” are correct.
Yet, whenever I record a podcast, I discover more things I’m doing wrong!
At this point, I have two options:
- Get frustrated at everything “I’ve yet to do…”
- Understand that knowledge is power, and one day at a time, incorporate new habits that can help lower disease risk.
Of course, I’m choosing choice number 2! The small changes I make will eventually create a more significant impact.
Fast forward to my conversation today with air quality expert Michael Rubino.
Michael shared some recent studies that discovered a link between many cancers and air quality. My first thought was, “Sure, I can understand poor air quality and the link to lung cancer,” but no, the study suggested that poor air quality can contribute to breast, pancreatic, and many other types of cancer.
The authors explained that pollution can impact our DNA and alter our immune response. This can increase inflammation, which contributes to cancer growth. The authors also suggested that in the case of digestive cancers, pollution can affect gut health and influence cancer development.
Okay, now what? How do we make our homes safer without breaking the bank?
Michael suggested some easy fixes, such as changing out your HVAC filter more regularly and having a good air purifier in the house.
Give today’s podcast a listen to learn how to test your home for air pollution and get more of Michael’s great tips!
And check out these studies on the effects of air quality on health:
- Improving Air Quality Reduces Dementia Risk, Multiple Studies Suggest
- Alopecia and Associated Toxic Agents: A Systematic Review
- Air Pollution Linked with Increased Risk of Autism in Children
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