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Building Eco-Friendly Homes in Cuba

Apr 15, 2013

Scot Appert of Bio Healthy Homes reveals what he discovered while visiting homes in Cuba. He discusses what acceptable living situations are like in Cuba.

Water Quality: How to Protect Yourself From Unhealthy Elements in Potable Water

Feb 2013

For those of us that live in older homes, it's possible that the water we use to drink and shower with contains chemicals and pollutants that are detrimental to our health. Even in newer homes, where we see clear water that we assume is coming from a clean tap, we might not be able to completely avoid additives and pollutants that are detrimental to our health.

What's in your water? 

Fluoride and chlorine is commonly put into water systems to kill bugs, but many homes pre-dating the 1970's were built using galvanized pipes, lead solder, lead flux and copper products that all have the ability to leach elements into your water supply.

If that's not scary enough, you should know that pharmaceuticals, arsenic, barium, cadmium, and chemicals that we use to eradicate pests or fertilize our lawns can be present in our water supply as they leach into the ground water supply as well.

Other areas of concern

It seems that most people realize that drinking polluted water is problematic, which might explain why bottled water is such a big industry. Generally bottled water is the go to when there is concern over the water quality- but how do you know what really goes into bottled water? One other concern is that plastic might actually leach into the water when stored for a long time or at high temperatures.  To find out what brands are safer than others and you can learn more from a bottled water study by the Environmental Working Group, which can be found online.

Drinking a glass with harmful elements seems like an obvious health risk, but most people don't realize that bathing or showering in bad water can be a larger hazard. Skin is our largest organ, and porous. It's hard to believe, but we actually absorb more water in a shower than we would from drinking a glass of it!

Cut the problem off at the source

Installing a water filter in your home is a highly recommended and easy way to alleviate yourself from all the potentially harmful agents in your water system. There are point of use filters that can be put on individual faucets and shower heads, along with whole house filter systems that treat all the water coming into your home. Most whole house systems are carbon based or utilize reverse osmosis technology. Installing this type of system in you're home is a relatively easy process and on average, will cost in the neighborhood of $1,200-$2,000 depending on the size of your home. A licensed plumber can take care of the install, and you will walk away with the knowledge that you are creating a healthier living environment for yourself and your family.

For more advice on what harmful substances might be in your water system, watch the full Brashenomics interview of Scot Appert, from BioHealthy Homes. He explains that having healthy water takes you one step close to having an overall healthy life!

Scot Appert of Bio Healthy Homes Reveals How New Cars May Not Be Good For Your Health

Jan 10, 2013

The new car smell is very alluring—it's the excitement of owning a new machine and the thrill of taking it out for a spin for the very first time wrapped into one identifiable olfactory sensation. It can't be described as smelling like anything. It's a unique blend that just drives car owners nuts—nuts enough that countless manufacturers are churning out perfumes and air fresheners capitalizing on the scent.

But what most people associate as being a luxurious and comforting smell isn't really all it's cracked up to be. Researchers have found that its origins are less than attractive. In fact, with increased and consistent exposure, it may actually end up as a relative threat to your continued health and safety.

What causes the new car smell?

The new car smell is actually the product of a process called outgassing. It's when the materials used to create the car—the mélange of plastic and adhesives and sealers—release organic compounds into the air. Cars are especially prone to doing the same when they're exposed to less than adequate temperatures such as extreme heat or when they're not properly ventilated. The new car smell is actually car fumes of a sort, but instead of them rising from the exhaust pipe or burnt rubber, they're coming from the inside.

What is it made of?

The new car smell is basically a cornucopia of volatile organic compounds or VOCs floating around. You may have heard of VOCs from somewhere; the acronym is a veritable red flag all by itself. The ominous reputation is, in fact, earned as VOCs belong to a class of air pollutants that can do quite a number on your health. The bad news is they require very little prodding to evaporate and swirl around inside the enclosed space of a car—all it takes is a little heat to get them cooking. Some of the more common culprits are brominated flame retardants or BFRs, which are responsible for keeping some of the components less flammable, and polyvinyl chloride or PVC. These toxic compounds can be found in almost all components of a car interior such as the steering wheel, the dashboard, even the door panel. 

Some of the side effects attributed to constant exposure to VOCs in general inside cars include disorientation and headaches and some symptoms of irritation will also likely manifest while BFRs and PVC have significant ties with thyroid problems, decreased fertility, and memory impairment, among others.

Most car manufacturers are working to eliminate the new car smell. This represents a collective move towards using organic, natural, and earth-friendly materials that contain less dangerous chemicals with lower toxicity levels. With increasing awareness of the very real health threat posed by cars, it won't be long before the marketability and appeal of vehicles will depend not just on aesthetics, functionality or performance, but on health as well.

For more on the dangers lurking inside your car, tune in to Brashenomics with Ben Brashen. Scot Appert of Bio Healthy Homes will be on the show and he reveals how the new car smell may not be so good to sniff. He explains how a new car's molded plastics and new electronics may actually be bad for your long-term health.

Scot Appert Talks About Wireless Technology and Cell Phone Health Risks

Oct 30, 2012

Wireless Technology and Cell Phone Health Risks - Scot Appert of BioHealthy homes joins host Ben Brashen in the Brashenomics studio to talk about the effect of cell phones on health. The minute amount of radiation from wireless devices can have a myriad of effects on the human body, from damaging DNA to sleep and memory issues. Scot discusses ways to minimize exposure and explains how his company specializes in promoting healthy living spaces.

Scot Appert is a healthy ecological builder with over 25 years of experience. He is also a certified Building Biologist and Environmental Consultant, and is a Certified Renovator for lead detection and mitigation, certified Microbial Remediation Technician, and a certified water restoration Technician.

Scot Appert of BioHealthy Homes Talks About Improving Indoor Air Quality

Sep 28, 2012

Improving Indoor Air Quality- Scot Appert of BioHealthy Homes joins host Ben Brashen on Brashenomics to talk about the top 5 factors affecting indoor air quality. Maintaining a high air quality inside your home is very important to health, and Scots advice can help you improve indoor air quality in your house. From the effects of mold and cleaning products to how living by the freeway affects your air, Scot has a wealth of knowledge on improving indoor air quality.

Scot Appert is a healthy ecological builder with over 25 years of experience. He is also a certified Building Biologist and Environmental Consultant. He has inspected and provided consulting services for hundreds of homes, commercial spaces and building projects across America. He works closely with his clients to provide superior building inspections, mitigation and healthy ecological building services.

Scot Appert of BioHealthy Homes talks about healthy homes Brashenomics

Apr 10, 2012

Scot Appert visits the Brashenomics studio for the first time to talk with host Ben Brashen about the specialized home assesment and consultation servies he provides that keep people healthy and well inside of their homes.

Scot Appert of BioHealthy Homes talks about improving sleep quality on Brashenomics

Jun 14, 2012

Scot Appert of BioHealthy Homes joins host Ben Brashen in the Brashenomics studio to share some information improving your quality of sleep. Think getting 8 hours of rest a night is enough to ensure a healthy sleep? It might not be enough as Scott shares several factors in your home that effect a healthy sleep cycle.

Scot Appert BA, BBEC

Healthy Ecological Builder/ Remodeling Professional

Building Biologist &

Environmental Consultant

Healthy Home and Office Inspector

Phone: (206) 883.1694

Important Links:

Deitrich Klinghardt MD PhD

Safe Living Technologies

Cascadia Green Building Council

Living Building Institute

US Green Building Council

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