Health Benefits of Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Many people have heard of service training dogs. However, the notion of “emotional support animals” (ESA) is foreign to most people. In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness of the benefits of these pets.

If you are like most people, you may probably have come to know about emotional support animals when the news of a woman who was told to disembark from a U.S. Airways flight at Bradley International Airport with her emotional support pig broke out. According to the airline, the woman could not “control” her pet.

Jokes aside, there is no doubt of the value of these “furry friends”. Read on to find out some of the benefits of emotional support animals.

Emotional Support Animals Definitions

Before we continue, let’s look at some important definitions related to emotional support dogs.

Medical Detection Dog. A dog trained to help individuals manage complex medical conditions on a daily basis. These dogs can be trained to detect increased levels of stress hormones known as cortisol in people with high stress levels such as children with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit disorder and autism.

Mental Health Service Dog. A service dog that has been trained to provide … Read the rest

The Dangers of PVC in Plastics and Other Household Products


Vinyl or polyvinyl chloride,
(PVC) is the most hazardous plastic from a health and an environmental stand point. Yet it is the ‘evil’ that has found a way of crawling into every other house item from children’s toys, to building materials and even food packaging.

Why PVC is Extremely Toxic

According to Health Organizations Agency for Research and Cancer (IARC), the chemical used in making PVC (vinyl chloride) has been categorized as a human carcinogen. Manufacturing companies that produce PVCs put both its workers and people living around the company at risk as a result of exposing them to chemicals that pollute their air, soils, and even water.

Another carcinogenic compound that is caused by the incineration and manufacture of PVC is dioxins. This substance can cause a wide range of health effects that developmental and learning delays, diabetes, endometriosis, birth defects, immune system abnormalities and even cancer. Scientists have determined one strain of dioxin as the most potent carcinogen that was ever tested.

PVC also contains toxic additives which are also substances that when you use everyday could also greatly impact your health.

How Does One Get Exposed to These Dioxins?

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