Saturday, September 1, 2007

Choosing a Non-Toxic Home

I don't want to sleep or eat in a toxic home, and most people I know feel the same way. The reality is that toxin-free is too much for most of us to pull off. Even the wilderness has poisonous plants, venomous animals, insect-borne diseases, toxic minerals and solar radiation. Many of these hazards were here before people, and now they are worse.
The sensible compromise is to make your home relatively toxin-safe, by avoiding the most likely risks. Here is a quick list to consider:
  1. Avoid leaded paint, asbestos insulation & formaldehyde insulation
  2. If you are in an area where radon may be present, have the house tested for it
  3. Avoid homes with past insecticide treatments that are still hazardous
  4. Watch out for industrial facilities nearby, or old industrial pollution from past activity on or near the property
  5. If you have allergies, sensitivities or autoimmune issues, check out the risks of the house and neighborhood related to those concerns

Ultimately, you can live a relatively clean life where toxins and disease are not putting you at a high risk of illness or death with some effort. Depending on what you are willing to give up, you can live cleaner but more rustic, or a little riskier, with more conveniences. The choice is yours.

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