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We should pay attention to the canary in the kitchen

The next time you find yourself standing in front of your stove, think twice about using that nonstick pan. […]

By |August 16th, 2006|SF Chronicle|Comments Off

Chemicals in household cleaners may pollute indoor air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes could be as much as five times as polluted as the air outside. One major reason: Common cleaning products contain chemicals that can be more dangerous than the germs themselves. Every time our children roll around on the carpet or our pets [...]

By |July 19th, 2006|SF Chronicle|Comments Off

For fresher air, find alternatives to vinyl walls

If you’ve ever been in a room that was recently wallpapered, chances are you were bombarded by a noxious odor. That smell comes from airborne chemicals or gases like formaldehyde, zylene and toluene, known as VOCs — volatile organic compounds, which can cause health problems such as nausea, dizziness, eye irritation and breathing problems, as well as heart, lung or kidney damage and even cancer. Those with weakened immune systems or chemical sensitivities, asthmatics, young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible. […]

By |June 28th, 2006|SF Chronicle|Comments Off