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Could air pollution in my home or office make me sick?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Chances are you are exposed to indoor air pollution in the house where you live or the building where you work. When was the last time you were exposed to fresh paint, new carpets, a copier or laser printer? What about cleaning products, nail polish remover or other solvents? How about a big flat-screen TV, which can give off an odor of slowly cooking plastic? Let’s face it: these things aren’t making the air we breathe any cleaner or safer. Quite the opposite: many of the products we use everyday are giving off toxins that we then breathe in, or absorb through our skin.
 
With 90 percent of time spent indoors, there is a good chance that indoor air pollution impacts your health, for the worse. In fact, if the building in which you live, work or study in is a sick building, it could very well be making you sick too. And you probably don’t even realize what is making you ill.

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