Posts Tagged ‘radon’

Caroline Blazovsky/Healthy Home and Vanita Lott/Nurse Midwife

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

My first guest, Caroline Blazovsky, is a national healthy home expert with over 18 years of experience working with the public and physicians to create healthy living spaces and improve wellness. Her certifications and education include knowledge of mold, indoor air quality, chemicals in the home, green building, healthy homes and allergies. Caroline was featured in AARP in 2016 as a leading health and safety expert, is a regular guest on Sirius XM radio and works with leading physicians all over the country. She is a public educator in the media, radio, television and print. She is also President of MY HEALTHY HOME®, a green company that offers testing services, products and consultations for homes throughout the US.:

Caroline is a certified mold Remediator (CMR), certified indoor environmentalist (CIE), healthy home specialist (HHS) and has sustainable design certification (SDC) from Boston Architectural College and Philosophy/Political Science degrees from Muhlenberg College. She is currently a graduate candidate in Preventative Medicine & Public Health at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  More information is available at: http://www.healthyhomeexpert.com/

 

My second guest, Vanita Lott, RN, BSN, CNM a Certified Nurse-Midwife  with high risk experiences. She has attended births  and “delivered” babies in medical centers, hospitals, an independent birth center and had a 10 year homebirth practice.

  • Called to be midwife at the age of 16 while reading about the U.S. Air Force’s CNMs.
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from William Patterson College in New Jersey in 1981. Cum Laude (with Honors).
  • Frontier School of Midwiferygraduated with GPA of 3.87 in 1997.
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives board certified.
  • Hospital experience including high-risk in N.J., N.Y., Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
  • Professional & community lecturer, seminar leader and researcher.
  • Avid student of alternative holistic healing practices, including naturopathy, herbal medicine, sound and spiritual healing.
  • Certified yoga teacher and Reiki (hands-on-healing) practitioner.
  • Loves kayaking, hiking, ecstatic dance, yoga, meditation, being in nature, being with family & friends.  More information at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanita-lott-a4a76761/

Enjoy the Interview Below:

 

Can Fracking Lead to Increased Radon–A Contributor to Lung Cancer?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Can Fracking Lead to Increased Radon

Fracking Natural Gas and Radon: Recent research in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes where 42 percent of the reading surpass what is considered safe by the U S Government, have been rising since 2004 which is the time fracking for natural gas began in the state. Although there are now county differences between those with fracking and those without this difference did not exist prior to 2004. Researchers said “One plausible explanation for elevated radon levels in people’s homes is the development of thousands of unconventional natural gas wells in Pennsylvania over the past 10 years.”

In the study, over 860,000 indoor radon measurements between 1989 and 2013. the association of radon concentrations were evaluated with geology, water source, season, weather, community type and other factors.  Between 2003 and 2013, over 7,400 unconventional natural gas wells were drilled in Pennsylvania using hydraulic fracking to liberate natural gas from shale. Previously most conventional natural gas wells were created by drilling vertically into porous zones of rock formations to release the gas. In the fracking process drilling deep into the ground vertically and horizontally is followed by millions of gallons of water containing proprietary chemicals are pumped in to extract the gas. This process brings gas to the surface along with heavy metals and organic and radioactive materials such as radium-226, which decays into radon. Most radon exposure has been from indoor homes and other structures. Results showed that averaged over the whole study period, housing and other buildings using well water had a 21 percent higher concentration of radon than those using municipal water. In addition, houses and buildings located in rural areas where the most fracking was taking place had a 39 percent higher concentration than in cities. Researchers said “By drilling 7,000 holes in the ground, the fracking industry may have changed  the geology and created new pathways for radon to rise to the surface…..and potential ways that fracking may be distributing and spreading radon.”