Unfortunately, with growing consumer awareness of allergies,
many enterprising and not so reputable people are trying to make a buck off
your suffering. But you are informed,
you aren’t going to let them. Beware of
the following marketing claims:
Hypoallergenic! All the term
hypoallergenic means is that the materials used to construct the product were
not shown to cause allergies. A pillow
that is sold as hypoallergenic only means the material in the pillow itself has
not been shown to cause allergies. It
does not mean that the pillow will not harbor molds and dust mites.
Its All Natural! There is nothing wrong will products that are
all natural. But, all natural does not
always mean all good. Arsenic, poison
ivy, and AIDS are all natural. However,
I wouldn’t recommend any of them to my friends or family.
Its HEPA filtered! Anytime any sales person tells you a product
is HEPA filtered, you need to ask if the filtering system is sealed. The vacuum cleaner market is a great example
of this tactic. Many companies are marketing “allergy” vacuums with HEPA
filters that actually make problems worse than better. This is because the units leak contaminants
before they ever reach the filter. Don’t
take my word for it, look in Consumer Reports.
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