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August 01, 2012


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asthma is an atopic disease and can be worsened if allergy to dust mites is present. copd is very frequent at smokers and those that live in polluted areas. it has nothing to do with having a carpet in the house.

although a room with no carpets and minimal furniture looks great, i know:)

Alexandra Caluen

Thanks for stopping by!

You make a good point, but I'll stand by my recommendation that people with respiratory issues should not have carpet in their homes if at all possible. There is just no such thing as a clean carpet once it's been in place for more than a day, and most of them are either made of petrochemicals or contain dyes and preservatives that are themselves allergenic to some people.

If someone can't get rid of the carpet, than as I suggested, it should be religiously vacuumed and cleaned, and all shoes should come off at the door. Those steps might help a few people to avoid a lifetime of drug dependency to treat allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues.

Thanks again for reading!



Hello, came here from a link on Unclutterer. Neat blog, great article. I wish more people recognized this common-sense logical approach to health care. I only just turned 30, but have had my own share of health problems in the past because of anxiety issues (heart problems, ulcers in my teens), but had no insurance. I tried to apply for state care, when mine and my mother's combined incomes were still below the poverty level. The lady in the approval office literally said,"I am so sorry, but you're not illegal, your white, and your not pregnant, we can't help you. I have always made very responsible choices with my health so I was crushed. My mom and I pooled about $600 to get a dianosis, which was identified by a dermatologist as vasculitis. It devestated us financially for months. Thankfully some of the doctors down the chain waved their fees when the found out I was denied help despite my income. Otherwise it would have been much more expensive. Right now my husband has an amazing insurance plan through his work, which they pay for if you use their free gym. They also have zero nicotine tolerance. I have been on both ends so I can see a pretty clear picture of how it is.


Oh, and I right there with you on the carpet thing.


Thanks for reading, and for leaving a comment!

Even where safety nets are in place, those who are eligible vary by state, age, income level, and too many other variables to really "count" on them for basic health maintenance, let alone for advanced diagnostics - as you've experienced.

The Affordable Care Act (if allowed to stand) should help many. But people really need to understand the difference between "having health insurance" and "taking care of my health." One is passive ... one is active.

Off soapbox for now. :-) Take care!

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