The things around you can seriously affect the things inside you, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sights and sounds of the home can also affect a person’s health, according to the CDC. It’s been 2,000 years since Julius Caesar banned the operation of chariots late at night. The ringing of church bells was prohibited in many towns in the 19th century. A 1930 study in New York City discovered that workers subjected to loud noises did not work as well. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has determined that loud noises not only have a detrimental affect on ulcers, blood pressure and the heart, but that the noise can have a negative impact on an unborn baby. It can alter the effect of drugs and alcohol. Loud noise also makes a person tired and cranky.
Adequate lighting, both natural and artificial, has a positive effect on both the eyes and skin, according to the CDC. It also can improve a person’s psychological health and keep a person from bumping into things. It seems that most of the jobs are in the cities, but a lot of the workers don’t want to live in those cities. In 30 years, from 1960 through 1990, the number of people who work in one county and live in another increased by 200 percent, according to the CDC. Those commuters spent a lot of time on the road, with the number of vehicle miles traveled in traditional vehicles increasing by more than 250 percent in less than 40 years. With the increase in vehicle miles came a decrease in the nation’s air quality and an increase in respiratory diseases, the CDC said. Individual cars pollute less, with the implementation of the Clean Air Act 30 years ago, but individual cars continue to be a major source of air pollution. The problem is not just an American problem. It seems to be a particular problem in France, Switzerland and Austria, where more than 40,000 people die each year from complications caused by air pollution. Twice as many people die from air pollution than from wrecks in those countries.
The CDC has developed a Healthy Homes Initiative in an attempt to make the home a safer place to be. Both extreme heat and cold can take its toll on a person’s health and it is important to keep the home temperature not only at a comfortable level, but also at a healthy level, according to the CDC. They site the deaths of nearly 15,000 in France attributed to a 2003 heat wave. When the temperature is high, a heat stroke is the most common ailment. While a heat stroke is not usually fatal, it can interfere with a person’s ability to function. The person having a heat stroke may not always notice the symptoms, which include confusion, nausea and hot, dry skin. Severe cold can cause hypothermia, which has symptoms similar to a heat stroke, such as fatigue, nausea and dizziness.