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  • Fashionable Face Masks: Stay Healthy in Any Condition

    If you were trapped in a desert for months with only dirty, polluted water to drink, you would undoubtedly jump at the chance to buy for good, clean mountain water. A bottle of that stuff would probably come at a premium, considering your location and circumstance. But if you were thirsty for clean water, you’d pay practically anything.

    Bottled Air via Daily Mail - health Take a breath of fresh, healthy air - via The Daily Mail

    Beijing is suffering from a similar problem right now. Although they aren’t trapped in an arid desert, their city has been put on a red alert over its high levels of pollution. These levels are so high, in fact, that a certain company is selling bottles of fresh mountain air to people at an exorbitant price. But, just like the desert scenario, people are shelling out up to $28 a bottle for premium oxygen. A local restaurant has also purchased air filtration machines, and are now charging extra for customers to partake of the clean air whilst enjoying their meal.

    Aside from charging for oxygen (which thing seems mind boggling), a new fashion trend has cropped up in China that helps keep people’s lungs clear of the pervasive pollution: surgical masks.

    Face Mask - Independent.co.uk - health Face masks are a necessary accessory - via Independent.co.uk

    Apparently, surgical masks are all the rage in many Asian countries. Because there are such high levels of pollution in many cities and widespread illness, surgical masks need to be worn outside to avoid becoming sick. And, since they are such a constant part of life now, these new wardrobe additions have been fashioned into something a little more stylish.

    We can learn an important lesson from these fashionable face masks.

    When it comes to being prepared, don’t forget about your health. There is a lot of information out there about how to prepare for disasters and other unsavory circumstances, but we often overlook the need of maintaining proper health. In Beijing and other areas of the world, pollution is very prevalent. We are fortunate here to not be surrounded by so much airborne filth. But just because we aren’t at a state of emergency due to pollution doesn’t mean we aren’t at risk.

    For example, here in Utah we experience what is known as a temperature inversion. This happens when a high pressure system hovers over the mountains, forcing the cold air down. Exhaust from cars, smoke from fire places, and other such things that dirty the air get trapped underneath the high pressure system, thus creating a thick, smoggy fog that in many cases exceeds the EPA’s health standard.

    This is just one example of how our health can be compromised even during times of peace. Face masks might be advisable during such situations. It’s not just pollution that can make us sick, however. Airborne illness can also be a threat. Face masks will also help against those sicknesses, too.

    Being prepared for the future involves being prepared for more than just earthquakes and tornadoes. It involves taking precautions to protect your health. After all, being healthy in an emergency is just as important (if not more so) as being healthy during regular, uneventful days.

    If you live in an area where inversions are common, you know they can – and will – happen, so be prepared for them. If you don’t, then take a look around and come up with a list of possible health threats. Whether you live in the big city or country, there will always be health issues you can prepare for. Whether it’s pollution, airborne illness or some other villain, take the steps necessary to prepare for those events.

     

    How do you prepare for health threats in your area?

     

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  • How's Your Water?

    Oil and gas drilling are blamed for the pollution behind problems with drinking water

    When we think about water storage, what we usually have in mind is a power outage that disrupts our utilities or a natural disaster that might contaminate a water source. Not to add to our worries, but the Associated Press (AP) recently published one more good reason—and a sneaky, unexpected one—to store clean drinking water.

    In the wake of the recent boom in the energy industry, several states are reporting problems with well water. They blame oil or gas drilling for the pollution. Details are still coming (read about the AP’s investigation here), but drinking straight from the tap is looking less and less appealing in certain parts of Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, and West Virginia.

    Whether your water comes from a local well or a city reservoir, it’s smart to prepare against the possibility of contamination. Read up on filtration and purification techniques and check out how to Find the Right Water Filtration System for you, so even in the event of a problem at the source, you’re never without drinkable water.

    One of the big lessons of emergency preparation is that emergencies don’t always come in the form of sirens and a flashing red light. In fact, the best reason to be prepared is the problem we don’t see coming.

    Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”

                                                       --Max Mayfield, Director of National Hurricane Center

    --Stacey

    Photo Courtesy of Yahoo! News

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