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Part 3 – What We Don’t Know
but Should Know

about the Air We Breathe –

D. What Are We Breathing?
2. Allergens


2. Allergens.

Fields of potential allergens

There are two parts to breathing:

inhalation - where life sustaining oxygen is brought into the body through our airways and lungs by breathing in, and

exhalation - where the gaseous wastes carried in our blood stream and sent to our lungs for expulsion are expelled by breathing out. Sometimes, the air we breathe in contains things which do more than just clog the sensitive tissues designed to handle the exchange of good and bad air.

Assorted pollens
Beyond just making it difficult to breathe, any particles not filtered out by the hairs in our nostrils will have to be dealt with by our bodies. If our immune systems identify certain particulates as health threats, those particles are moved from a "list" the body keeps of irritants to a "list" of allergens - things which trigger an allergic response whether mild or severe. With an allergic response, the body goes on a kind of "red alert", causing things to happen in order to raise a defense against the intruders.

Sneezing cold
Items with specific DNA signatures such as mold spores, mold enzymes, pollen, animal dander, animal fur or hair, dust mites, dust mite feces, bacteria on the dust mite feces, and bits of rodent or other animal feces are just a few of these. Like coughs and sneezes, the typical symptoms of "hay fever" (swollen, runny eyes, sore throat, runny nose, swollen sinus membranes, etc.), asthma attacks, and even grand moll seizures are all part of the body's way of trying to rid itself of the offending material before it makes us really sick. Or worse.

There are at least three issues here.

Assorted allergensThe most obvious one is the body's reaction to a specific irritant whose presence has escalated the immunal response to that of an allergic reaction.

The second issue has to do with the phenomena medical science is beginning to track having to do with the effect of continual allergen loads on our bodies. It is found that over time and repeated exposure, even healthy people can develop serious allergies, and those with serious allergies can become really ill.

The third issue is one that has gotten little press or research but may be far more serious than the other two. It has to do with the cross or cross over reactions when MULTIPLE allergens are present and the varied negative reactions begin to complicate matters beyond what science can track and the body can handle.

In all three instances, prudence would dictate that prevention will prove more effective than treatment.

1. Particulates
Fields of Potential Allergens
2. Allergens
3. Pathogens
VOC's, smoke, chemicals
5. Chemicals/
6. Mold

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What You Need to Know
(A brief Overview of Indoor Air Quality Issues)
IAQ Overview - Table of Contents
IAQ Overview - Part 1 - Is There a Problem?
IAQ Overview - Part 2 - What Don't We Know?
* IAQ Overview - Part 3 - What Do We Need to Know? *
IAQ Overview - Part 4 - Which Technology Works the Best?
IAQ Overview - Part 5 - What are the Major Differences in the Technologies?
IAQ Overview - Part 6 - What IAQ Issues Need to be Considered and Addressed?
IAQ Overview - Full Article

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Overview Topics

Is There a Problem?

A. Is There a Problem?

An introduction to indoor air quality issues.

What Don't We Know

B. What Don't We Know?

The problem is worse than we


Need to Know

C. What Do We Need to Know?

Sorting out the info and charting a course to follow.


What Are We Breathing?

D. What are We Breathing?

Unwelcome guests we receive every time we breathe.



1. Particulates.

Airborne pieces of a lot of stuff we should not be breathing.


Fields of Potential Allergens

2. Allergens.

The body’s “hit list” of alien invaders.



3. Pathogens. 

The bacteria, viruses, and germs which reproduce in the human body and try to stage a takeover.


One of kazillions of Odor Sources in a home or building

4. Odors.

Things have odors for a reason,
but why?
Can the problem be corrected rather than merely masked or covered up?


VOC's on Demand

5. Chemicals/Smoke/VOC's.
Are we possibly drowning in a toxic soup?



6. Mold.

Is what we see dangerous?
And is what we don't see
perhaps more dangerous than what we do see?  


Which Technology?

E. Which Technology Works the Best?

Are the technologies pretty much equal, or is their a large disparity among them?


Passive Technology

1. Passive Technology.

The pollution finds the solution.
(Or so we hope!)


Active Technology

2. Active Technology.

The solution finds the pollution -
even where it is hiding!



a. Stage One --
Dual Ionization (Particulate Removal)


Quad Oxidizing Plasma Generator
b. Stage Two -- Quad Oxidizing Plasmas


Radical Hydroxyls

c. Stage Three -- Advanced Oxidation


RCI Technology
d. Combo Effect -- The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts.


Apples and Oranges

3. Major Differences.

Things that are not the same
are not equal.


Out of this world

a. Literally out of this world.

The technology which produces
"the purest air on the planet"
actually comes from
out of this world.


Overall air purity

b. Overall Air Purity.

By what standard do you certify the actual purity of air?


Lab tech

c. Too Clean to Test for Purity?

"Without dirt in the air,
we cannot tell you
how pure the air is."
Does that strike anybody as odd?


Where's the dirt?
d. Where's the Dirt?

(Where is Clara Peller
when you need her?)


What to do?

e. What to do? 

Anybody can see that it’s clean except the career bureaucrats.


Where are the germs?

f. Where are the Germs?

Hint: One place they are not is
"Blowin' in the Wind".


Who gets to clean the conventional filter?

g. Filtration rates vs. Kill rates.

In the war against pathogens,
would you like your germs
captured and contained
or killed "graveyard dead"?


Odor abatement/removal

h. Odor Abatement/Removal.

The same thing that RCITM
does to particulates and germs it does also to smoke, dust, and sources of odors.


What must be considered?

F. What IAQ issues must be considered and addressed?

Head to head comparison of the technologies - very revealing.


Medical considerations

G. Are there medical considerations?

Obligatory disclaimers and the practical realities of what happens when a sick body can actually catch its breath.


Legal considerations

H. Are there legal and other considerations?

What happens if we just ignore the problem or fail to investigate it fully?


When is timing an issue?

I. When is Timing an Issue?

If the mold or other air quality problem doesn't seem to be spreading or getting any worse, so we really have to pay it any attention?