What in the World is Sick Building Syndrome?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 40% of American households are currently affected by poor indoor air quality, which if left unattended, can ultimately lead to what is known as 'Sick Building Syndrome.'
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) refers to ailments that occur as a result of spending long periods of time in a well-sealed, poorly ventilated building or home. Unfortunately these days, most modern buildings and homes have been built with energy saving methods in mind, which lead to higher risk of SBS due to poor air exchange rates and accumulation of toxins inside of the HVAC system and the structure itself.
The WHO also stated all the way back in 1984 that almost one-third of newly constructed homes and buildings contained harmful building materials in some form or fashion. This trend has continued up until present day, and the numbers have substantially grown with the ever-increasing use of synthetic building materials and products.
SBS is not limited to VOCs or other off-gassing synthetic chemicals and toxins - in fact, one of the biggest contributors to poor indoor air quality is mold growth. Molds are a type of fungus that are extremely resilient and can propagate within 36-48 hours of a water-intrusion event such as a busted or leaky pipe, roof leak, shower or toilet leak, flood event, or even sustained humidity levels of 55% or higher.
Symptoms and Long-Term Consequences of Poor Indoor Air Quality or SBS
Common short-term symptoms of SBS include headache, irritated or scratchy throat, itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, frequently re-occurring upper and/or lower-respiratory infections, nausea, and chronic fatigue.
Long-term effects can be much more serious and there are many studies that show that they can result in the following: serious chronic respiratory diseases, chronic fungal sinusitis and nasal polyps, heart disease, and cancer.
One of the biggest challenges with SBS is that it can often go misdiagnosed and untreated for a long time (or at least the original cause is not recognized). Many doctors still do not understand the scope or the impact of indoor air quality on the body and its long-term effects on overall health.
A major indicator that your indoor air at your home or office is causing issues is whether or not you feel better once you leave the place in question for a period of time. Ideally this would be a time period of at least a week to see if there is a difference felt. If your symptoms begin to slowly subside while you are away from the suspect location, that is a big hint that you may have a problem with the indoor air at that particular indoor space.
The Good News...
Our bodies are beautifully designed organic machines capable of filtering and self-healing when operating in a normal low-toxin environment and receiving the proper nutrients. What has happened in the last 50-60 years here in the U.S. and many other places in the world, is that our food, water, and ultimately our air have been subjected to a non-stop toxic chemical onslaught that has brought our immune systems and other correlating filtration systems to their collective knees.
The above-mentioned systems now spend 100% of their energy trying to keep the body going by filtering and fighting off all the garbage that we take in from our environment, and they typically do a pretty impressive job for much of our lives. However, if the body is not properly detoxed and the environment situation not rectified, there will come a time where the toxins begin to build up and overwhelm the body's defense systems, which will eventually lead to chronic illness or worse.
So What Do We Do?
As my own ENT doctor told me at a follow-up from major sinus surgery, in which he found tell-tale signs of nasal-polyps beginning to return only one month later:
"You've got to start with cleaning your indoor air. The air you breathe is five times more important to your long-term health and wellness than the food you put into your body. All the drugs, supplements, and surgeries in the world are not going to get you healthy if you are continuing to breathe in bad air all day. It's just a fact..."
It was a tough lesson for me to learn, but I finally did and that is how Purify was born.
We provide a patented indoor-air cleaning service that literally stomps the life out of virtually all mold and mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and many indoor toxins in your air, surfaces, and behind the walls of your indoor space.
We are an excellent first-step to rectifying the root of the problem immediately, by getting your indoor air sanitized, fresh, and ready for healthy breathing again.
So if you have a mold problem, don't go grab that bottle of bleach and start scrubbing away. That is the WORST thing you could do, as cleaning and agitating live mold will disturb the colonies and consequently they will release millions of spores all over the room, into the vents, your respiratory tract, and ultimately throughout your entire house or workspace, making the problem much worse!