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    Allergies and Indoor Air


    Here is an interesting article from HealthNewsDigest.com which have been published on StarFit4Life, sunday 3rd February 2013.  For our information, this makes me want to take part time cleaner to do house cleaning every week.

    Even for those of us without allergies, poor indoor air quality is an often overlooked health issue.  Recent research has shown that the air inside some buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in the most industrialised of cities.  And since many of us spend some 90% of our time indoors, cleaning the air where we live and work might be one of the most important things we can do for our health.

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists three basic strategies for improving indoor air : source control, improved ventilation and air cleaners.

    Source control, whereby emissions from individual sources of pollution are eliminated or reduced – for instance, finding somewhere outside the home to store old paint and construction supplies – is typically the most effective strategy.

    If the sources of pollution are beyond your control, bringing in more air from outsiede through better ventilation is the best bet.  “Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house,” the EPA warns.  “Opening window and doors, operating window or attic fans when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open, increases the outdoor ventilation rate.”

    The agency adds that local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors also remove contaminants while increasing the outdoor air ventilation rate.  Air cleaners (either mechanical filters or electronic cleaners) can also help reduce or remove some forms of indoor air pollution.  “Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including most table-top models, are much less so,” reports the EPA.

    “People with sensitivity to particular resources may find that air cleaners are helpful only in conjunction with concerted efforts to remove the source.” Some of us swear by our housplants for keeping our indoor air free of pollutants.  Mother Nature Network reports that certain plants are known to filter out specific contaminants : aloe removes airborne formaldhyde and benzene; spider plants scrub carbon monoxide and xylene; and gerbera daisies take the trichloroethylene left over from dry-cleaned items out of your air.

    The EPA, however, does not consider houseplants to be especially effective at air filtration, and even warns that over watered indoor house plants can, in and of themselves, present a health hazard, because damp soil may promote the growth of allergens.

    Good housekeeping also can go a long way toward improving indoor air.  WebMD reports that regular mopping and vacuuming (with a HEPA-filter-equipped vacuum cleaner), keeping interior moisture levels low, maintaining a smoke-free environment, and ditching chemical air fresheners are all key to maintaining good breathing space inside.

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    Fish and Fruit found to be safer bet

    Many parents of children with asthma and allergies will already be watching carefully their chil’s diet since certain foods – notoriously nuts – are known to trigger allergic reactions.

    With news that studies show apparently bland burgers, nuggets, pasties and similar fast foods could contribute to the risk, they will be keen to know what research suggest are the safer options for family dinners.  One better bet appears to be a Mediterranean diet.  Asthma UK cites research carried out in Athens in 2011 by Grigoropoulou and colleques, which compared children in the city with those in the rural part of Greece.  They found the urban children were more likely to get asthma, but eating a diet in vegetables, fish and oils, appeared to protect them.

    Fish oils on their own, however, did not do so well in a study from Edinburgh University published in 2009.  This was a review of a number of studies where children had been given omega-3 and omega-6 supplements in the hope of preventing allergies, while other comparable children had been given placebos.  The researchers found no clear evidence that the supplements had any protective effect.

    “Our systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that supplementation with omega 3 and omega-6 oils is probably unlikely to play an important role as a strategy for the primary prevention of sensitization or allergic disease,” they concluded.

    Trans fatty acids have been linked to asthma and allergies before, in addition to raising cholesterol levels and the NHS advises people to reduce their intake.  The fast food study suggest the best advice for parents wanting to protect their children from asthma and allergies is to ensure they have a healthy diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and to steer clear of fast food.

    Story shared from StarFit4Life – Sunday 27 Jan 2013 / Guardian News and Media.

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    Mental Torture Drives Many Women To Divorce

      I read in a report in  Berita Harian and an article written in Star in October.  It reported that… Mental and psychological torture by their husbands have driven many women to seek divorce.

      …” Reasons given to dissolve their marriages include the failure of husbands to fulfill their marital obligations, and using words and actions that were degrading and insulting to the wives and their family.   Even the word like “Whore” can inflict mental anguish on wives, leadint to the end of a blissful relationship.  Under Islamic laws, the women can seek fasakh – which is the dissolution of marriage to any valid reason.  From 2008 to last year, the number of women seeking fasakh had exceeded 14,400 ….”.

      In Catholic’s view

      “……Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other until death.  Sacramental marriage is the sign of the covenant of salvation, to which divorce does incredible injury.. ……..”

      “…..The Church responds by saying: “The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of the Creator who willed that marriage be indissoluble.  He abrogates the accommodations that had slipped into the old Law.  Between the baptized, ‘a ratified and consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death.’”….

      quoted from  http://www.archden.org

      Doesn’t have to end like this

      The word ”divorce’ is taboo in our communities… and for Catholics..the statement above mentioned about it.  I am not trying to discuss about religion or belief, and not trying to offend anybody or judge anyone on this matter.

      Why do write about this ‘taboo’ or ‘sensitive issues’? It is easy for others to judge those who have been through this..and it is always the negative side they see and talk about.

      More and more organizations are trying to help in solving ‘divorce’ issues, through family talks etc.  It won’t happened unless both parties (husband and wife) understand their meanings and needs.  One unpopular organization trying to tackle ‘Sex issues’ on this matters.  I believe sex is important but don’t they realize about ‘the emptiness’ .. not money, not sex, material.. but that simple appreciation.. don’t we all need that?

      Calling your wife ‘whore’ ‘bitch’ ‘sundal’ ‘sial’…. are just as terrible as hitting them.. If you hit them hard and they get bruises all over.. physical abuse ya.. it is.. sooner or later the mark will disappear and people can help these wives..who have been physically abuse.  What about those who have mentally abused? nobody knows.. unless she talk about it… and this is what i am trying to say.. somehow.. she might give in or GIVE UP!

      Think of the beautiful moment

      For those who say the word as ‘no meaning’… please wake up!.. you don’t have to attend any marriage courses or whatsoever.. just read..and learn what to do and how to protect your marriage.  Probably from now on start thinking of gift ideas for their special day … your wedding anniversary, birthday or anything..surprise her.