Concerned About Air Pollution? Don’t Stay Indoors!
New research published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology states that the air we breathe while indoors is actually more detrimental to our health than the pollution outside. There are so many chemicals used in the manufacturing process of all sorts of indoors items from carpets to stain-resistant couches, and these chemicals are showing up in our blood. The highest levels of chemicals are inside new buildings.
You need to get out more. Whether it’s smog or tiny particles of pollution, Americans face the bulk of their health risks from bad air inside. Why? We spend most of our time indoors.
Now researchers have found chemicals from indoor air someplace we might not want it: our blood. The research is in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
A variety of the chemicals used to make everything from carpets to couches resist stains showed up in the serum of 31 Boston office workers. The researchers found the highest levels of these chemicals in the air inside new buildings and, subsequently, in the blood of those who worked there. The office workers even had traces in their blood of one of these compounds withdrawn from use roughly a decade ago.
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Article updated on: January 31st, 2012