Healthcare Reform

Script Image Posted October 02, 2014; Text on Page Last Updated January 08, 2016

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This Presentation is for Research Purposes Only and Not to be Considered Medical Advice.

Years after the United States’ Healthcare Act of 2010 went into effect, appreciable government time and resources are actively spent in attempt to repeal or replace.  The following article is evaluating options to add-on for improvement, assuming the law is upheld, not an attempt to take sides on whether it should remain in effect.

Under the Affordable Care Act, American civilians are required to purchase an insurance plan which includes certain “Essential Health Benefits,” including ambulatory, maternity care, prescription drugs, lab work, and preventative / wellness services, among others.  “Preventative and Wellness Services” in this case refers to counseling, screenings, and vaccinations, unfortunately leaving out benefits for those who prefer nutritional and holistic healing.  Insurance plans in question could at least be made to include an allotment towards vitamins, fitness equipment, first-aid supplies, essential oil extracts, water purification devices, and similar products.  Customers would receive funds each month added to an account balance, which may be spent on such provisions, with any remaining balance carrying over to save up for larger investments.  Individuals will be less likely to require as much disease treatment later on, reducing overall cost, and customers then have something to show for their insurance expense during months not requiring other medical services.  This adjustment would improve quality of life for citizens otherwise unable to afford wellness products, which in some cases can also be helpful to have on hand for emergency situations.  Calculations are requested to develop a formula for the exact monthly monetary amounts best suited at given levels of coverage.

Another necessary adjustment for healthcare policy involves pharmaceutical and drug selection, in that patients are often not allowed to have their preferred choice.  If pharmaceuticals are derived from a particular plant, customers should have the option to obtain the plant itself instead.  Many patients have phobias about synthetic medications, given the list of warnings and side effects.  Cannabis herbs, coca leaves, and opium are less likely to cause severe adverse reactions compared with many prescription drugs currently available, assuming they are grown in soil meeting the prerequisites discussed in our Agriculture presentation and dosages controlled.  Upon request patients could either be supplied with the unadulterated product or allowed to cultivate themselves, acknowledging access needs to be carefully controlled as with standard medication.  Keep in mind this conversation refers to the substances used in their basic form; refined products including cocaine and heroin are for recreational purposes and not recommended.  As available on the illegal market these substances do not undergo proper quality control and as a result can contain objectionable added chemicals, likely to cause harm.  All drugs can be addictive with a risk of severe adverse reactions, including death, so usage should only take place with a doctor’s recommendation.

Healthcare legislation would be less necessary if there was more focus to prevent systematic poisoning and infection of human beings through exposure to harmful chemicals and biological agents.  For average citizens affordable access to non-hazardous housing and transportation is limited, and chemicals including heavy metal remain an ongoing threat.  In terms of pandemic outbreaks, current events indicate efforts to prevent foreign disease from entering the United States could be reinforced.  Citizens should not be responsible for any medical bills caused by a viral pandemic impacting the nation because of government negligence – i.e., allowing airline passengers from established danger zones into the United States with no quarantine.  Any one who contracts said pandemic should be provided health insurance for life, along with ongoing / long-term financial compensation.

Notice – If you actively use any medication with psychoactive affects, be aware they are often named as a contributing factor in violent crimes; if you intend to perform an act of aggression, please wait until the drugs wear off then reconsider (contact your doctor beforehand if you have been instructed to never let the drugs wear off).

References (Last Updated March 26, 2018):

Read the Affordable Care Act – CMS
The Affordable Care Act, Section by Section – HHS
Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act – White House
Health Care Reform and Preventive Care – Web MD
What Marketplace Health Plans Cover – CMS
– Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine – NIH
Nutrition Information for You – Dietary Supplements – USDA
Herbal Medicine: MedlinePlus – NIH
Protective Essential Oil Attenuates Influenza Virus Infection: An In Vitro Study – NIH
Make a First Aid Kit – American Red Cross
First-Aid Kits: Stock Supplies that Can Save Lives – Mayo Clinic
First Aid Kit – Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA
Side Effects: Questions and Answers – FDA
– MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form – FDA
Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States – CDC
100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs – Alternet
SSRI Stories – Antidepressant Nightmares
Big List of Drug-Induced Killers – WND
– Prescription Drugs Now Kill More People In The US Than Heroin And Cocaine Combined – BI
Opioid Overdose Prevention Education
8 Drugs that Exist in Nature – The Week
U.S. Rules That Marijuana Has No Medical Use. What Does Science Say? – Time
About Marijuana – Medical Use – NORML
State-By-State Medical Marijuana Laws – MPP
Guide to Using Medical Cannabis – Americans for Safe Access
– Kaneh Bosm: Cannabis in the Old Testament – Cannabis Culture
Cannabis and Cancer – Studies Showing an Anti-Cancer Effect – Canadians for Safe Access
Cannabis Oil: Unexpected Lifesaver? – NBC News
Cannabinoid Action Induces Autophagy-Mediated Cell Death – JCI
How to Make a Medical Marijuana Oil – Wiki How
Make the Medicine – The Rick Simpson Process of Producing Hemp Oil
Cannabis Could be Used to Treat Epilepsy – Telegraph 
– Adolescent Cannabis Use, Baseline Prodromal Symptoms and the Risk of Psychosis – Cambridge
Study Claims to Find First Two Deaths Caused by Marijuana – Time
– Coca Leaf – Benefits and Controversy – Fox News
Cocaine Is Good For You(r Skin) – Coca Leaf Spa Treatment – Esquire
– It’s Not Cocaine: What You Need to Know About the Pope’s Coca Drink – The Guardian
What Are the Benefits of Coca Tea? – Livestrong
Commission of Inquiry on the Coca Leaf – UNODC
Coca Leaves First Chewed 8,000 Years Ago, Says Research – BBC
– Opium Throughout History – PBS
Opium: A Powerful Medicine for Pain Relief – Fox News
– Breadseed or Opium Poppy, Papaver Somniferum – University of Wisconsin-Extension
– Papaver Somniferum – NCSU
Poppy Fields Forever – Mother Earth Living
Quasi-Medical Use of Opium – UNODC
Poppy Seed Tea Can Kill You
– Alcohol and Opioids: Possible Interactions of Clinical Importance – NIH
– Opioid Interactions with Alcohol – NIH
– The Effects of Combining Alcohol with Other Drugs – University of Michigan
Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety – The Atlantic
‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term – Time
How ‘Magic Mushroom’ Chemical Could Free the Mind of Depression, Addictions – CNN
– Hallucinogenic Drug Found in ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Eases Depression, Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer – JHU
Hallucinogen in ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Helps Longtime Smokers Quit – JHU
– Lophophora Williamsii: Peyote Medical Uses – University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Amber Fossil Links Earliest Grasses, Dinosaurs and Fungus Used to Produce LSD – AAAS
Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective – Scientific American
Argyria Following the Use of Dietary Supplements Containing Colloidal Silver Protein – NIH
Patent CA2741523A1 – Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions Thereof
Ebola Can Survive on Surfaces for Almost Two Months – Daily Mail
Sneezes Travel Even Farther Than We Thought, Up to 200 Times Farther – Scientific American
WHO – Disease Outbreaks
FLU – Pandemic Awareness
FDA – Emergency Preparedness and Response
HHS – Prevention
Public Health Emergency – Preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
National Institutes of Health – Resources for Researchers
U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
National Public Health Information Coalition
Virtual Biosecurity Center

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Script Image Posted August 26, 2014; Text On Page Last Updated August 20, 2018

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The affliction of ALS remains an ongoing concern.  Our objective is to identify sources of cranial nerve destruction, in order to forewarn those who may be affected ahead of time.  Please note, this is not intended as medical advice; if you or one of your associates may have a neurological condition, you need to consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Researchers are not expecting to narrow down one exclusive cause of ALS because numerous threats can lead to nerve damage.  Evidence indicates exposure to hazardous chemicals and heavy metals being a prime contributor of brain impairment, for instance lead once used in paint and fuel.  Mercury is also dangerous and readily absorbed, to the point activists have raised concerns about amounts of this metal used in vaccine additives, along with dental procedures; in response industry professionals have pursued less harmful alternatives.  Additional sources of exposure include fossil fuels, some cement products, and seafood from polluted waters.  Not enough individuals have taken adequate precautions regarding the presence of mercury in fluorescent light bulbs and “plasma” screen displays – these electronics must be taken to a hazardous waste facility for disposal, with hazmat procedures followed in the event one breaks elsewhere.  Many such electronics, including their A/C power cables, now include notices to wash one’s hands after physical contact, on account of materials contained therein.

The list of household chemicals with potential to cause brain damage also includes certain classes of pesticides, herbicides, cleaning agents, construction materials, drugs, and solvents, among others.  Over the years such products have been necessities to allow for our modern quality of life, so the focus is to develop technology and processes to minimize unnecessary exposure.  Under certain circumstances victims of electric shock or physical head injuries develop ALS at a later age, so those incidents should be minimized if possible, with proper treatment and protocol administered before putting oneself back at risk of reinjury, for instance involving athletic competition.

Measures also must be taken to reduce human exposure to radioactive metals, including uranium and its depleted form.  Studies suggest such elements, used at some points for military purposes, are at least partly responsible for veterans of recent wars being more likely to develop ALS and similar disorders, compared with those served before the discovery of these elements on the periodic table.  Higher prioritization must be given to expand lifetime financial and healthcare benefits for all military service members.  Research suggests effects may carry over in some cases to offspring after parental exposure, so benefits need to be paid out for additional generations and for longer periods of time than the current allowance.  Also all regiments should prioritize prevention of exposure to civilians, regardless of which side they are on.  Any individual who is concerned the aftermath may be affecting his or her region must take the initiative to perform testing and seek assistance if any red flags are found.  Residents are the first line of defense to evaluate their own villages and move away from any affected areas until habitable conditions are restored.  Historically radiological and chemical weapons were deployed urgently during wartime by different factions before testing revealed such potential side effects.  Looking back the total number of individuals exposed likely would have been much worse if our opponents had not been taken out at the time.  We currently face other actors looking to acquire or make use of such weapon materials in an irresponsible fashion, where it would be in everyone else’s interest to have them eliminated sooner than later, unless they cease their pursuits immediately.

Biological factors can also be a contributor of lethal brain damage. One menace often overlooked as a source of harm to human organs (including cranial) is mold, more specifically the mycotoxins used by fungi to weaken their hosts.  While each species may incite different ailments, a number of them can lead to neurological damage and in some cases death from fungal meningitis; bacterial and viral meningitis also are often fatal.  During warm to moderate weather be on alert for brain amoeba, which enters through the nasal passage of an individual under freshwater.  Others have contracted from non-distilled tap water, so aqueous solutions for any medical nasal applications must be properly distilled or disinfected before use.

References (Last Updated September 28, 2017):

ALS Association
ALS Therapy Development Institute
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis After Accidental Injection of Mercury
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – The Mercury Connection
EPA – Mercury
NRDC – Mercury Levels in Fish
NRDC – Mercury Pollution in China
FDA – Thimerosal in Vaccines
CDC – Vaccines That Contain Thimerosal as a Preservative
Health Ranger Launches ‘A Blueprint for Safer Vaccines’
EPA – Mercury in Dental Amalgam
FDA – About Dental Amalgam Fillings
IAOMT – Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
Campaign for Mercury Free Dentistry
UNEP – Mercury releases from the Cement Industry
EDF – Mercury Alert – Cleaning Up Coal Plants
Sierra Club – Coal Map
Mercury Contamination in Fish Expected to Rise in Coming Decades
EPA – Cleaning Up a Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
AJE – Blood Lead and the Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
The Lead Education and Abatement Design Group
Science Daily – Elevated Brain Aluminium
Fluoride Action Network
Impact of Fluoride on Neurological Development in Children
The Atlantic – The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
New York Times – Poison Pen
Harvard – Fine Particulate Air Pollution Linked with Increased Autism Risk
Neurotoxic Chemical Effects Information
WHO – Depleted Uranium – Sources, Exposure and Health Effect
Slow Death In Kazakhstan’s Land Of Nuclear Tests
Abandoned Uranium Mines – An “Overwhelming Problem” in the Navajo Nation
Waste Lands: America’s Forgotten Nuclear Legacy
Live Science – 5 Lethal Chemical Warfare Agents
The History of Chemical Weapons – The Shadow of Ypres
25 Years after Chemical-Weapon Massacre, Saddam Hussein’s Attack On Halabja in Iraq
Gunning For Saddam – Saddam Hussein’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Chemical Weapon Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan
Iraqi Kurds Say ISIL Deployed Chemical Weapons Against Them
Dozens of Afghan Schoolgirls Taken to Hospital After ‘Poison Attack by Taliban’
U.S. Saw Yearlong Rise in Chemical Weapons Use by Syria
BBC – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi Had Chemical Weapon Cache
HRW – Were Chemical Weapons Used in Bosnia?
Shocking Pink: An Inexpensive Test for Chemical Weapon Attacks
NPR – Lessons From Libya On How To Destroy Chemical Weapons
C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons
Veterans Health Council – Agent Orange / Dioxin
Gulf War Syndrome Among Veterans May Be Due To Toxic Environments
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons
The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten – Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Depleted Uranium
BBC – Uranium Blamed for Gulf War Syndrome
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Burn Pits
Semper Fi Always Faithful – Contaminated Military Sites (Map)
Autism Linked with Air-Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy
Lead Management at Florida Shooting Ranges
New York DEC – Ammunition: Non-Lead or Lead?
Corrective Action at Outdoor Shooting Ranges
NCBI – Occupational Exposures and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Mesothelioma – Police and Toxic Exposure
Toxic ‘E-Waste’ Dumped in Poor Nations, Says United Nations
Assessing and Improving China’s E-Waste Problem
China – The Electronic Wastebasket of the World
Photographer Documents Africa’s E-Waste Nightmare
Mexico Warns Arizona of Waste Spill Into River
APA – Stun Guns May Cause Brain Injury
Science Online – What do Tasers do to the body?
US News – Taser Stun Guns Can Cause Brain Injury
Woman Left Brain-Dead After Being Hit by Police Taser
NCBI – Exposure to Pesticides and Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
NCBI – Glyphosate Poisoning
PANNA – Pesticides 101 – A Primer
One in Three U.S. Schoolchildren at Risk from Chemical Catastrophes
500k Kids Attend School Near Fields Sprayed With Highly Toxic Pesticides
NRDC: Our Children At Risk
Pesticide Protection Zones – Keeping Kids Safe at School
USGS – Pesticides in Surface Waters
Study Confirms Parkinson’s-Pesticides Link
NCBI – Deciphering the MSG Controversy
Natural News – Dr. Russell Blaylock on MSG and Brain-Damaging Excitotoxins
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning
Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
Chemicals that Should Disappear from Cosmetics
Breast Cancer Fund – Chemicals in Cosmetics
National Institutes of Health – Household Products Database
Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Styrene on Neurochemical Levels in Rat Brain
Alzheimer’s, ALS and Concussions: Connecting the Dots
Did Concussions Play Role in Lou Gehrig’s Disease?
Deadspin – Concussions Killed Lou Gehrig, Killing NFL Players
Early Brain Injury Might Be the Root of Autism
Anxiety and Sleeping Pills ‘Linked to Dementia’
Medications Found to Cause Long Term Cognitive Impairment
Majority of U.S. Cocaine Supply Cut with Veterinary Deworming Drug
Health Officials Say Local Heroin is Being Mixed with Toxic Chemical
EHD – Methamphetamine Brain Damage in Mice
Brain Abnormalities Identified that Result from Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure
Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Psychosis, Brain, and Kidney Damage
Radioactive Smoke – A Dangerous Isotope Lurks in Cigarettes
Fungal Infections of the Nervous System
NCBI – Mycotoxins
Neurologic Syndrome Features of Mold and Mycotoxin Exposure
Building-Associated Neurological Damage Modeled in Human Cells
Science Daily – Fungus-Induced Neurological Disease
WHO – Toxic Effects of Mycotoxins in Humans
Iowa State University – Toxicoses
American Society for Microbiology – Mycotoxins
Validity of the Environmental Neurotoxic Effects of Toxigenic Molds
Vapours from Damp Buildings May Trigger Parkinson’s
BMAA – An Unusual Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin
Was Lou Gehrig’s ALS Caused by Tap Water?
WebMD – Brain-Eating Amoeba
CDC – Naegleria Fowleri – Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis
Discovery – Brain-Eating Amoeba Thrives in Warm, Fresh Water
Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water Supply
Inquisitr – Teen Drowns Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Friend of Man who Inspired Ice Bucket Challenge Dies Diving in Nantucket Water
Guy Jumps Off Cliff Right Next to Great White Shark (Opinion)
Man Swims Near Shark in Sydney Harbor: Real or Hoax?

Housing

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Many customers remain unable to afford adequate housing.  There is a need to standardize and automate the process, so homes can be produced and delivered more quickly.  Entry level customers are not presented with enough options focusing strongly on minimum essentials with otherwise lower upkeep.

The size of standard shipping containers has been established as enough room for an individual’s living requirements, often exceeding the amount actually needed, demonstrated by the “minimal” or “micro” housing trend.  For individuals who prefer the ability to personally move and relocate dwellings without professional assistance, the size of shipping containers can be unwieldy.

As for the objective to use automatic production, each unit itself can be manufactured in advance as a module, shipped in, and installed, so one can connect multiple units via doorways, attaching halls and so forth.  In other words one may begin with an individual standalone room at first, with the possibility of adding on later.  Each module itself would be equipped with basic amenities, such as insulation and ventilation, along with a function to connect into municipal water and power supplies.

The idea is to streamline the connection process, which calls for a standardized method to plug into water, electricity, cable lines, or combination thereof, similar to the USB port used in PC computing.  USB devices often have the functionality to connect via either cable, for portability, or a docking station, where the device is more securely locked in.  From a housing standpoint the docking station adds more security; for example, several of the “minimal” houses currently available are susceptible to wind damage and could be easily hijacked by vehicle.  The docking station is built into the land to serve as a foundation, preferably along with some amount of insulation and weatherproofing, yet the home could still connect on its own to water and electricity through the same port, without being docked.

We are requesting calculations for optimal target weight and size specifications to provide these features, also to develop the standardization process, as with USB where different brands utilize the same outlet design.  For electronic devices, designers develop “apps,” or modifications expanding the range of uses.  Initial housing apps include: roofing additions, such as “green roofs” and rain barrel collection; towing capacity, the option to attach wheels separately vs. already built-in; showering and laundry mechanisms for use with the built-in wash basin, manual if need be; water heating and purification; mosquito nets for outside vicinities; boating or buoyancy mod, weight permitting; self-contained gardening, like aquaponics; power and heat generation from local fuel sources;  storage space, as in foldout furniture;  pet keeping functionalities.

For those already able to afford modern homes, conditions remain substandard in certain aspects.  Many locations are unacceptable, in terms of not being situated away from high-risk areas, such as those discussed during the Transportation Webinar (nonprofitwebinar.org/transportation).

With second hand dwellings, including those rented out to multiple tenants, there is the risk of the unknown.  Testing for several hazards should be conducted before any leasing or purchase.  There may already be chemical contamination, such as mercury released when some one breaks a fluorescent bulb or plasma screen.  “Meth labs” are becoming pervasive in rented and foreclosed residences.  Mold is another severe health risk affecting common building materials.  Given the cost of testing for all of these, not to mention if anything is detected, it appears more sensible to reduce the cost low enough to purchase a new home in the first place.

In terms of construction materials, wood is susceptible to fire and mold, along with termites, requiring the use of chemical inhibitors which add to the contamination.  Wood and straw buildings can be axed in by an intruder, and trees take a long time to develop lumber, affecting scalability.  Metals, such as steel in the example of “shipping containers,” can be printed in a standardized fashion, which improves production time and cost.  Unfortunately, scarcity is in effect concerning potentially finite resources.  Metals also provide less insulation and act as a lightning or shock hazard, so components must be grounded carefully.

One consideration is the introduction of proprietary hemp-based construction materials, such as those adapted from concrete.  Early indications show that stone-based hemp formulas provide natural fire and mold resistance, along with some degree of insulation.  On the other hand, limestone and other quarry stones are known to contain naturally occurring levels of mercury and radioactive elements, along with potential contamination caused by human activity, so any amount harvested for construction needs to be carefully screened and purified, if possible.  If you or your organization has developed a method to ensure a limestone binding formula is free of radon and other harmful elements, please post your protocol – it would be much appreciated.  We are also requesting assistance from any one able to create open-source modifications to the process, i.e., “3D printing” techniques.  If your organization is developing an open-source, automated hemp construction printing process, including stone products or otherwise, we thank you greatly for your efforts.

References (Last Updated March 31, 2018):

- Housing – USA
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Permanent Housing Resources – FEMA
Construction Safety and Health – CDC
Construction eTool – OSHA
ICC – International Code Council
National Association of Home Builders
U.S. Small Business Administration – Construction Business Guide
– Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards – OFR
– Home Inspection Standards of Practice – InterNACHI
– Design Objectives – Whole Building Design Guide – NIBS
Free Encyclopedia of Building & Environmental Inspection
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
WikiHouse – Open Source Construction Set
Contour Crafting – Robotic Construction System
RYOT News – 3D Printer Home
YHBM – Winsun
Monolite UK – D-Shape
Exo Reaction Housing System
Binishells
Daiwa House Group
Better Shelter
Climate CoLab – 3D Printing Hempcrete
Shelter Centre Library
Living Architecture Centre
Cal-Earth – The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture
Small Living Journal
Tiny House Journal
10 Basic Facts You Should Know About Modular Homes – Freshome
Toolbase – Home Innovation Research Labs
Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building
New Home Source – A Step by Step Guide to the Home Building Process
Patent US20090234696 – Engineered Architecture
Eco Building Materials – Van Laarhoven Combinatie Architecten
Limestone: Characteristics, Uses And Problems
Limestone Quarrying and Processing: A Life-Cycle Inventory
International Hemp Building Association
Building with Hemp and Lime – Centre for Alternative Technology
Growing Our Way Out of Climate Change by Building with Hemp and Wood Fibre – The Guardian
Natural Life Magazine – Hemp for Houses
Bringing it Home – Movie
Hemcrete: Carbon Negative Hemp Walls
Hemp & Lime Construction – Insulation
Hempcrete Australia
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Evaluating a Building Lot – Slope, Soils, Drainage, and Radon – Building Advisor
– Statutory Guidance: Drainage and Waste Disposal – Gov UK
– Zoning – American Tiny House Association
– Minimum Requirements for Lot and Building Size – American Planning Association
Call Before You Dig – It’s the Law
– Safety and Health Regulations for Construction – OSHA
Concrete Basics in Construction – Construction Knowledge
Pre-cast Concrete Foundation Installation – Bob Vila
This Old House – Basements and Foundations
Home Building Answers – House Foundations
Finding and Preparing a Building Lot for a Modular Home
RSCP – Shipping Container House Foundations
Mobile Home Foundation Types
Patent US7325363 – Foundation System for Prefabricated Houses
Craftsman Foundation Diagrams
Hometips – House Foundation Types
4 Ways to Avoid Foundation Problems – House Logic
Foundation Repair Guide – Getting Control of Expansive Soil
All About Joist and Concrete Floor Structures
How Joists Work – The Family Handyman
How-To Framing – Hometime
– How to Hang Sheetrock – WikiHow
– Using Gypsum Board for Walls and Ceilings – Gypsum Association
Insulation for New Home Construction – U.S. Department of Energy
Fine Home Building – A Crash Course in Roof Venting
Old House Web – Roof Flashing Details
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
EPA Heat Island Mitigation – Green Roofs
NAIMA – Insulation Knowledge Base
Historic Windows & Energy Efficiency – Preservation NC
Oikos Green Building Library – Air Sealing Rim Joists
Moisture Control – U.S. Department of Energy
Moisture Problems in the Home – MSU Extension
Compliance Document for New Zealand Building Code – External Moisture
Concrete Network – Waterproofing Options for Concrete Foundations
Air Flow and Water Vapor Transport – U.S. Department of Energy
Technical Guidance to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications – EPA
Understanding Vapor Barriers – Eco Building Pulse
Home Building Lessons – Most Showers are Not Waterproof
Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction – FEMA
Lime Based Mortars Create Water Tight Walls – National Lime Association
Indoor Air Pollution – EPA
National Safety Council – Sick Building Syndrome
NHS Choices – Sick Building Syndrome
– Inside FEMA’s Toxic Trailers – Newsweek
Mold Sickness – The Truth
The Mold Help Organization
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
Urgent – Everyone Needs to Read This – Lyn Leahz
A History of Mold Illness – The Kelsey Best Story
Meth in Your Home, Car, or Business
Home Sweet Meth Home – Indiana Family’s Real Estate Nightmare
Meth Lab Homes – Is Your Home a Former Meth House?
Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup – EPA
National Clandestine Laboratory Register – DEA
How to Avoid Buying a Meth House – MSN
Thirdhand Smoke Is Real – National Geographic
Which Household Items Contain Mercury? Mother Nature Network
Hazardous Waste & Universal Waste – Cal Recycle
Cleaning Up a Broken CFL – EPA
Shipping Container Housing: Are the Floors Toxic? – Tree Hugger
Flame Retardants Make Dust Bunnies Dangerous – Duke
Chemical Industry Fights for Flame Retardants – Chicago Tribune
Dangerous Materials – Manage Construction and Demolition Waste
Hazardous Construction and Demolition Waste
– Response to Problem Drywall – CDC/ATSDR
National Storm Shelter Association
FEMA – Safe Rooms
Sinkhole.org
Seismic & Earthquake Resistant Homes
USGS – Earthquake Hazards Program
The Radon Information Center
Radiation and Radon from Natural Stone – Rice
Cause for Worry? Granite Fears Grip Homeowners – ABC News
Environmental Hazards of Limestone Mining – eHow
Radon Exposures in Granite Quarry – Marble Institute
Preventing Pollution at Rock Quarries – Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Oceanside: More Contaminated Soil Found at Quarry Creek Site – San Diego Union Tribune
Assessment of Radiological Hazard Indices of Building Materials in Ogbomoso
Radiological Significance of Egyptian Limestone and Alabaster Used for Construction
Limestone Increases Radon Risk – BBC
Patent CA2783349A1 – Decontamination of Radionuclides on Construction Materials
Radiation Exposure, Building Material – European Nuclear Society
Masonry Standards – ASTM
Regulations for Clean Construction or Demolition Debris – Illinois EPA
Dome Builder
Monolithic.org
The Inflatable Concrete Dome – Vienna University of Technology
Earth Sheltered Homes – Mother Earth News
Earthbag Building
Earthship Biotecture
4 Worst Frozen Pipe Episodes in Detroit This Winter – Detroit Free Press
Red Cross – Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
Today’s Homeowner – How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes
– List of NFPA Codes and Standards
– Fire Protection Specifications – NIH
Home Maintenance Tips – Preventive Home Maintenance
When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked – Forbes
Smart Home Kit Proves Easy to Hack – BBC
Cities Deal With a Surge in Shantytowns – NY Times
More Homeless Camps are Appearing Beyond Downtown L.A.’s Skid Row – LA Times
– Mobile Homes Are So Expensive Now, Hurricane Victims Can’t Afford Them – Bloomberg
Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving – Consumerist
Buyers’ Revenge: Trash the House After Foreclosure – WSJ
2010 Had Record 2.9 Million Foreclosures – ABC News
Foreclosure Rate on Luxury Homes Explodes – CBS News
Chinese Town Filled with Luxury Properties that Nobody Lives In – Daily Mail
More Than 1 in 5 Homes in Chinese Cities Are Empty, Survey Says – WSJ
China’s Ghost Towns and Phantom Malls – BBC
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