Article of Interest: A Grim Reality of Reopening─More Mold
Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: Unoccupied buildings, abandoned during the coronavirus shutdowns, give fungi a great opportunity to move in. “The health effects of mold can be different for different people, so you cannot rely on sampling […]Read more
Article of Interest: Chemical experts question EPA’s approval of coronavirus disinfectant
Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave emergency approval to a disinfectant it said would kill the coronavirus on surfaces for up to a week. Calling it “a major game-changing announcement,” EPA Administrator […]Read more
Article of Interest: How many chemicals are in use today?
Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external article: No one, not even the Environmental Protection Agency, knows how many chemicals are in use today. EPA has more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the […]Read more
Study of Interest: Microplastics Found in Every Human Tissue
Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this important external study: Plastic pollution of land, water and air is a global problem. Even when plastic bags or water bottles break down to the point at which they are no longer an eyesore, tiny […]Read more
Preventing COVID-19 Requires Adequate Ventilation — How Susceptible Are You?
A new article in The Atlantic asks, “Why Aren’t We Talking More About Ventilation?” People with chemical intolerance have been asking this question for decades. As the COVID19 pandemic drags on, we’d expect more interest in making sure the air we share in buildings is as clean and fresh as possible. Instead, what we’ve seen is a […]Read more
Is Secondhand Smoke and Thirdhand Smoke Linked to Coronavirus Transmission?
Researchers are worried about COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic smokers and vapers to others in their household via secondhand and thirdhand smoke and aerosol. Let’s explore what this means. Why Are Researchers Concerned about COVID-19 and Smoking? Smokers are already at risk of more severe cases of coronavirus. But even in the homes of asymptomatic but infected smokers […]Read more
TILT-ed Texan Spreads Toxic-Chemical Awareness to Save Lives
For over 100 days in 1996, Melanie Cambron experienced migraines so severe she couldn’t leave her home. Other maladies surfaced during this time — all of which had no reasonable explanation. It wasn’t until she discovered she was one of the many people experiencing Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), that everything changed. “My symptoms kept escalating,” Cambron […]Read more
Military Families Face Danger — From the Homes They’re Provided
The relatives of American soldiers encounter harmful daily exposure from environmental issues found in the housing they’re provided with by the U.S. Government, reports show. Black mold, plumbing problems, poor water quality, and other concerns are among the harms to which service members, their spouses, and children are exposed. These complications originate from low-quality construction, according […]Read more
Dr. Claudia Miller: Smoking Increases COVID-19 Risk
Last week, Dr. Claudia Miller—a professor emeritus of Environmental Medicine at the University of Texas and leader of the Hoffman TILT program—published a commentary in the San Antonio Express-News about smoking and its connection to COVID-19. From the San Antonio Express-News: Tobacco smokers are especially susceptible to COVID-19, more likely to be hospitalized and intubated, and […]Read more
Roughly 25% of Air Freshener Ingredients are Toxic to Your Health
Fragrances can make a home go from smelling objectionable to welcoming — they can also cause severe health concerns in sensitive individuals. Researchers studied the substances found in these products for years, and their results communicate a serious message: Air fresheners have the potential to trigger bodily reactions such as respiratory problems, migraine headaches, and asthma […]Read more