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What is the Sick Building Syndrome?


What is the Sick Building Syndrome?

The sick building is a building, be it residential or commercial, that was created by using toxic materials. If the building is poorly ventilated, then the sick building syndrome can become quite severe for many people.

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Question: What is the Sick Building Syndrome?
Can you explain in a simple way what is the sick building syndrome? And how can I know if the building we live in has this sick syndrome or not? Is there an easy way to find out? Thank you!
Answer: The define it in very simple terms, the sick building syndrome is the overall sum of ill health effects people feel in buildings that have been created by using toxic materials. This includes a variety of symptoms - from irritated eyes and headaches to lack of energy or inability to concentrate.

Geopathic stress is sometimes included in the definition of the sick building syndrome. Usually, though, the term sick building syndrome applies only to the toxic indoor contaminants, rather than the area or the land on which the building is located (which is the domain of the geopathic stress.)

Most often, the sick building syndrome is connected to poor ventilation, thus poor indoor air quality. The materials used in the making of the building continually emit toxins into the air, and, if there is no way for fresh air to come in, the occupants are basically swimming in a sea of pollutants. The heating and/or air conditioning unit often becomes an active part in spreading the sick building syndrome.

This is true especially for the so-called sealed buildings which you have probably experienced in newer hotels or office buildings. These are the buildings where you cannot possibly open a window for fresh air to come in! So, all that is available is the air continually re-circulated through the aid conditioning or heating unit (which often only multiplies the toxic effects.)

Basically, there is no fresh, or even moderately clean air for you to breathe, and we know that if there is any crucial factor connected to one's health and well-being then this is definitely the deep breathing of good quality air.

The problem is worse in office, rather than residential buildings for two reasons:
    1. There is an overwhelming number of elements potentially off-gassing toxins in the air. This includes the office equipment, carpeting, office furniture, etc.

  1. There is little significant change one can initiate in an office, especially in a corporate environment.

So, what are the ways of dealing with the sick building syndrome? Well, if you ever had an allergy, or a sudden skin reaction you know it might take quite a while to figure out the source. You will have to look at so many factors that might have contributed to the present situation and do your best in eliminating the potential allergens one by one.

The same basic principles applies to dealing with sick buildings. One will collect all the available data as in the symptoms people experience, then proceed to a thorough examination of the site. Air sampling is usually a test that first comes to mind, but it is not considered a very reliable one.

Identification and removal of toxins can happen quickly if the source is obvious and the removal is easy, time and budget-wise. It can also take quite a bit of time, though, so do not expect this to be a quick process.

Depending on the country where you live, the inspection can be done by an agency related to government environmental health services. Or, at least this can be a starting point to help you heal the sick building syndrome.

If you suspect your home has this syndrome, you can start by properly ventilating it. Do not be concerned with the levels of outdoor pollution because numerous studies have shown that the indoor pollution is much worse than the outdoor one. So, open the windows, let the fresh air in, let it circulate and clear your space. Also be sure to let plenty of sunlight in.

In your home, look for such possible sources as mold, wall to wall carpet, chipping old paints and varnishes that might contain high levels of dangerous chemicals, a heating/air conditioning unit in need of replacement, etc.

If you keep experiencing strange health symptoms in your home, be sure to contact an Environmental Health Agency in your area to ask for specific guidance. You can also look into the history of your home (when was it built, who built it, what materials where used) but this information might not be easily available.

Dowsing can often help with identifying the many sources of the sick building syndrome. Understanding the basics of dealing with geopathic stress is also recommended.

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