Allergies and asthma arise from loss of the body’s natural resistance to allergens, often beginning with early exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals and industrial asbestos and growing incredibly intensive chemical and industrial processing of the foods we eat, and fabrics we wear and sleep on.
Our ancestors were not as pervasive as these diseases do, because modern industry since WWII has chemically saturated everything: our homes, fabrics, food, and air. For centuries, even as late as the nineteenth century and early 20 centuries, organic cotton and natural woolens were taken for granted. What now must label organic bedding, organic cotton and organic wool, were then simply called the “blankets, sheets, cottons and woolens.”
Petrochemical based foams often contain VOC (volatile organic compounds), which emit, or “gas” over time in the air. Formaldehyde, a probable carcinogenic VOC, identified by U.S. EPA as a dangerous indoor pollutant, is found in most furniture (foam, fabric), products of the press-wood (plywood, chipboard), carpet glues and fabrics, including conventional bed, not organic.
Thus, your conventional mattress and sheets may be part of the problem. Replace them with a set of sheets of untreated organic cotton (also called Green Cotton, or Brown Cotton). Now his body is at least based on something a bit cleaner. Eventually, you should consider virgin wool-fill pillows, comforters and mattress systems that do not use any petrochemical. Replace foams and synthetics with organic wool, organic cotton or hemp. These natural fibers breathe better, and so do their owners.
Dust Mite Wars:
Doctors and organizations such as the U.S. EPA and American Lung Association, have identified dust mite allergens such as asthma, coughing, congestion and other health problems, especially among children.
The stuffing in pillows and comforters can harbor dust mites, especially feathers and other supposed natural fillers. These materials tend to adsorb moisture fix your breathing as you sleep, providing the perfect habitat dust-mite. Did you know you exhale around one pint of warm water vapor each night as you sleep? The perfect environment for dust mites!
The dust-mites are actually tiny spiders that live in dormitories, mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding. Invisible to the naked eye, often live on shed skin, which covers approximately 80% of common house dust. Dust mites need shed skin, moisture and heat to survive. Dust mites leave microscopic droppings, which when airborne and inhaled, cause allergic reactions in many people.
What’s up with wool? Is it an allergen? Everybody thinks they are allergic to wool. Some are allergic to lanolin, but most are not, and are reacting instead to the harsh chemicals usually applied to clothing and wool bed.
The natural lanolin in wool dust-mite refuses. Virgin wool is also naturally resistant to water and odor. Most people find wool organic wool totally non-allergenic and softer than conventional, making it ideal filler for bedding and pillows. Wool in organic bedding and pillows also breathes extremely well, keeping you cool in summer, warm in winter but never too hot!