Toxicant and Allergen Assessment
Many of the chronic diseases that have substantially increased in prevalence over the past 40 years, appear to be related in part
to developmental factors associated with nutritional imbalance
and exposure to environmental chemicals (Barouki et al 2012).
Allergic diseases are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia with 20% of the population affected by allergies like asthma, eczema, hayfever and food intolerances (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy 2014).
A number of large population bio-monitoring studies have revealed widespread chemical exposures from the "womb to tomb" with levels in humans and wildlife that are known to cause adverse health effects, including infertility, testicular cancer, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's), autoimmune diseases, obesity, cardiovascular disease, neurodevelopmental problems as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma. Children are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of the environmental chemicals as
a lot of these chemicals have been found in human breast milk and the placenta where they can directly affect the foetus (WHO 2007, EWG 2005). Children are most commonly affected by allergies with one in three experiencing allergies by the age of five (Henriksen et al 2015).
Allergies and chemical sensitivities can significantly impact the quality of life and some are life-threatening. While many factors (indoor lifestyle, inadequate diet, ambient air pollution, conventional farming practices and overuse of antibiotic drugs) are implicated in the development of allergic diseases, some of the most common asthma and eczema triggers are found right in our homes and backyards.
Typical hazards that people react to in a home include mould, pet dander, house dust mites, pests like cockroaches, and air pollutants like tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust. If you or your children suffer from allergies, it is a good idea to have your home assessed for potential triggers and get informed about solutions on how they can be effectively addressed.
What does it involve?
We complete a thorough onsite assessment for potential external and internal sources of allergens and toxicants.
These include traffic-related air pollutants, pesticides, house dust mites, moisture and mould, pet and pest allergens, plants, bedding, building materials, furnishings and chemicals that may be contributing to allergic reactions in occupants.
Air and surface sampling may be carried out, if required.
This may include testing for Formaldehyde, Volatile Organic
Compounds as well as lead and drinking water testing.
What will you get?
An initial interview over the phone and an online questionnaire to be completed before a home visit.
A comprehensive visual investigation of the home and site.
Discussion of observational findings on the day of the audit.
Written report based on the results of the assessment, which will include practical solutions on how to deal with environmental health triggers identified including but not limited to recommendations on healthier bedding and building materials, asthma-friendly vacuum cleaners and cleaning methods.
A follow up call.
Did you know?
Increased biodiversity of bacteria found in household dust along with a presence
of a furry pet in the home (during pregnancy or the first year of life) is associated
with a substantial reduction in allergies and asthma in children
(Stein et al 2016; Bisgaard et al 2011; Ownby 2016).