How healthy is the site of your neighborhood? As far as immediate topography is concerned, a quiet street in a built-up part of the community is best. Recently developed subdivisions are often a source of airborne dust and dirt, especially before grass, trees, and shrubs are planted. Rural areas are attractive because you can often have a fresh supply of clear spring water if you dig a deep enough well. Another benefit of rural living is the ability to live organically, growing fruits and vegetables on your land, feasting off uncontaminated meats, and eating unpolluted fish from a nearby farm pond. But these are benefits only if the air and water are clean.
Do you see chemical trucks in your neighborhood? These are warning signs of a freshly sprayed lawn or house. When an area is chemically sprayed, insects and other pests usually migrate to the nearest "safe" area, and the spray itself may travel from your neighbor's yard to the area surrounding your house.
Does your community permit open leaf burning? This can be a troublesome source of air pollution. Continued exposure to such fumes over a prolonged period of time can cause a sensitivity to develop in even normal healthy individuals.
How is the crime rate? Perhaps establishing a neighborhood crime watch would help. Over 19 million Americans belong to mutual-protection programs that teach neighbors how to look out for each other. Property theft has been reduced by as much as 50 percent in areas with neighborhood watches.