Many people have allergies and have symptoms only at certain times of year or if they are exposed to specific allergens. The most common allergens include pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, foods, latex and medications.

Contact with these triggers produces an immune response, releasing immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies which cause the release of histamine and other chemicals such as leukotrines. This causes an allergic reaction.

An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. About 70% of asthmatics also have allergies.

In 2008 less than half of people with asthma reported being taught how to avoid triggers. Almost half (48%) of adults who were taught how to avoid triggers did not follow most of this advice.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vital Signs, May 2011.)

Avoiding and reducing exposure to allergens will prevent an allergic reaction.
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If you sleep at night breathing only pure, clean air, your body can recover from daytime exposures. It will reduce your total “allergic load”, the amount you can tolerate before becoming symptomatic.
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The aim of acupuncture treatments are health and well being. Creating an office environment that is healing requires good air quality.

Moxibustion treatments are effective but can cause irritation due to the smoke, especially for respiratory patients. Practitioners and students are exposed to greater concentrations of the smoke. Residual smells can penetrate the whole area, affecting patients who cannot tolerate them and denying access to treatments that could really help them.

In the APRIL 2010 issue of ACUPUNCTURE TODAY, The Tri State college of Acupuncture published the results of a study on air quality in their clinical training room when moxibustion was being used. These rooms had a ceiling mounted active ventilation system. Of particular concern was the presence of RSP’s ( respiratory suspended particles) at higher than acceptable levels. These smaller particles go deeper into the lungs where they can affect small airways (alveola) Extremely small particles, 3 microns or less, can be suspended in the air for 3-4 days.
The EPA indoor environment division says that health effects from particles at this size can range from irritation to the eyes and respiratory tissues to more serious effects such as cancer and decreased lung function.

Results of this study confirm that the adverse effects of smoke from moxibustion pose a risk to practitioners and patients and reducing exposure is an important issue. The Austin Air filter uses HEPA filtration which removes 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns and larger and 95% of particles .1 microns or larger.
It also contains 15 lbs of granular carbon/zeolite for the adsorbtion of gases, smoke , odors and chemicals.
The Austin Air filter is an excellent solution for remediation to reduce the risk of exposure with moxibustion treatments.
Some practitioners use lotions with herbal ingredients that have very strong odors. Ventilation systems in some buildings are inadequate. Good air quality is an important component of a treatment room. Many patients are sensitive to respiratory irritants, have allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities Previous clients may be wearing fragrance which will affect the next patient. Patients with infections may be coughing in the waiting room
The Austin Air will filter bacteria and viruses, fragrances and pet dander that may be on peoples clothes.

Leaving the air filter on high overnight will transform the air quality of your office by the next morning.


Health professionals and office staff
Health professionals see many people who are sensitive to dust , pollen, mold, animal dander, fragrances and chemicals. It is often very stressful for patients to have to encounter these triggers in their doctors office. When they are already sick or needing medical care they must come to the office. Patients are very grateful when they are able to have a visit in a safe environment. Even if the office has a fragrance free policy and makes sure the treatment rooms are safe, other patients may be wearing scented products. Cleaning staff or employees in adjacent offices may affect your patients. Repairs or renovations in the building may be circulated into your office via the heating/air conditioning system. The exposures that are out of your control can be remediated with an Austin Air fliter. if you leave it running overnight, the air quality will be vastly improved the next morning. Also you may use one in a designated treatment room for patients you know are sensitive and they may wait in there instead of in the main waiting room. The combination HEPA and carbon filtration system will remove hundreds of contaminants and allergens.
Your staff and patients will benefit greatly from healthy air quality in your office.
Many employers use an Austin Air filter for staff who are sensitive. They can put the filter next to their desk or in their office.
The Austin air is very quiet on low and can be run continuously during the day and used on high during off hours for maximum filtration. You can also clear a small treament room quickly if a patient has been wearing strong scents to protect future patients and staff.
An investment in an Austin air filter can improve your practice as appreciative patients will share their experience.


Many people are sensitive to fragrances and it is one of the most difficult exposures to avoid in daily life. If your health is seriously affected by exposure to fragrances you are at risk in any public place, including the doctors office and hospital. Your home is your only safe environment. It requires a lot of research and care about whenever products you use.

Dealing with exposures in the workplace can be a serious problem and has caused people to lose their jobs.

When people say they are sensitive to perfumes and scented products, people often say it is the smell that bothers them. It is actually the chemicals these products are made of that cause physical reactions. Many of the ingredients simply labeled fragrances are known to be carcinogenic, neurotoxic, respiratory irritants and sensitizers.

The ingredients in fragrances are not required to be listed on the label. The actual contents are protected by trade secret laws. There can be hundreds of ingredients in a product in untested combinations but it will simply be called “fragrance”. The Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over the fragrance industry. Other than about 10 banned chemicals, there are few restrictions on what may be used.

Many children are affected by scented products without knowing it, especially dryer sheets and laundry products. They are breathing them in and absorbing them through their skin.

Even if you do not use scented products yourself at home, people who come in your house usually do. Using the Austin Air filter can quickly purify the air and restore your safe environment.
The Austin Air Health Mate series uses 15 lbs of carbon/zeolite filtration to remove gases, fragrances, chemicals and odors from the air.
The Allergy Machine series uses a carbon cloth designed for military chemical exposure to remove gases, fragrances, chemicals and odors from the air.


Dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergies. The Austin Air filter does an excellent job at filtering dust and mites. The particles are captured by the true medical grade HEPA filter, the gold standard in particulate filtration.

Dust mites feed on particles shed from skin so they are often found in mattresses and bedding. This can be controlled by washing frequently in very hot water, drying at high temperatures and using allergy mattress covers. Allergy covers for pillows are especially important. . http://www.natlallergy.com

In a survey of U.S. homes, approximately one-quarter had levels of dust mite allergens present in a bed at a level high enough to trigger asthma symptoms.
( Arbes SJ, et al. House dust mite allergen in U.S. beds: Results from the first national survey of lead and allergens in housing. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003; 111:408-414.)

Reducing clutter makes cleaning easier. Dry dusting spreads particles into the air. Use a damp cloth. Vacuuming can release even finer particles in the air outflow. Use a HEPA vacuum if possible . Run your air filter in the room after vacuuming.

Mold spores can use the organic matter in dust as a food source. Having dusty filters on your heating/AC systems can spread mold spores thru the house. Clean dusty storage areas and closets.

Studies conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute, funded by the EPA, have shown that dust tracked in from the outdoors will contain measurable amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. For children crawling on the floor and breathing in carpet dust, this can be dangerous.

Austin Air True Medical Grade HEPA removes 99.97% of all particles larger than .3 microns, removes 95% of all particles larger than .1 microns which includes pollen, dust , dust mites mold, viruses and bacteria
Carbon filters removes hundreds of chemicals, VOC’s , smoke , fragrances


As parents , we want to do everything we can to protect our children’s health. We cannot always avoid what they are exposed to outside so it is even more important to keep home a safe haven.

Indoor air pollution has become a serious problem due to tighter construction and outgassing of building materials, carpets, many commonly used household products, fragrances, chemicals and pesticides. Young children spend a lot of time at home so good air quality is important.

Studies conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute, funded by the EPA, have shown that dust tracked in from the outdoors will contain measurable amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. For children crawling on the floor and breathing in carpet dust, this can be dangerous.

Children’s bodies are smaller so the concentrations they are exposed to are higher .
Most safety studies use single large exposures to assess health effects. Newer research on chronic low level exposure ( which is more accurate in real life)
has shown that small amounts of toxins may have measurable effects on developing brains at critical developmental stages. The combination of many toxins at once can have an effect that is greater than single exposures. There are hundreds of new chemicals that have not been thoroughly tested.

The percentage of children with asthma continues to increase. Eliminating the triggers causing asthma in your home can make a big difference. Even if you do not have pets, visitors may carry pet dander into your home on their clothes. Pollen and mold spores will be carried in form playing outside. Fine dust particles can remain suspended in the air for days, especially after vacuuming.

Eliminating exposure to allergens and toxins is important and children are far more vulnerable to the effects due to immature immune systems. Preventing the cause of illness can reduce symptoms that require medication.

Austin Air True Medical Grade HEPA removes 99.97% of all particles larger than .3 microns, removes 95% of all particles larger than .1 microns which includes pollen, dust , dust mites, mold,pet dander, viruses and bacteria. The
Carbon filter removes hundreds of chemicals, VOC’s , smoke, fragrances, odors.

The soothing white noise seems to help babies sleep peacefully and you have the peace of mind knowing they are breathing pure clean air.


Many college students live in dormitories or rented condos with other students. If you have allergies or asthma you may have been greatly helped by a home environment free of allergens and irritants. When you no longer have control over your environment, you are likely to be exposed to a wide range of other people’s personal care products, dust, pollen, cleaning products and numerous irritants.
The building you are living in may be old and have a mold problem or brand new with the offgassing of construstion materials.

By having an Austin Air filter in your bedroom, you can protect your health and significantly reduce your total exposure to allergens and asthma triggers.

Being around so many people all the time also exposes you to germs, viruses and bacteria which are all filtered by the Austin Air filter. Avoiding illness during the demanding schedule of most college students can make the difference in keeping up and succeeding !