Air Pollution and our health
The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017
Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.
As if it is not already bad enough with modern day life´s annoying sidekick, air pollution, causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.
Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia compared to if you would have chosen to live in a city with healthier air and environment.
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We studied nearly 2,000 people over a 15-year span
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, followed 1806 people over a 15-year span while also accounting for traffic patterns in the northern Swedish city of Umea. All participants in the study were of age 55 or older and medically given a clean slate of bill ( perfectly healthy in other words ) when the study began.
191 ended up diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and 111 were diagnosed with vascular dementia during the study.
The researchers did account for other factors such as age, education level, lifestyle, food choices and body fat. This study is however not a lone wolf in a growing sea of science, there´s already a pattern of previous research all linking air pollution to a wide range of negative health issues.
Ranging from life-ending cancer to lesser issues such as asthma and respiratory diseases. We have also in recent years started to uncover how air quality directly affect the health of our brain.
'We know that very small particles can enter the brain through the olfactory nerve and cause direct damage,'
Forsberg, one of the scientists involved in the study said.
In other words, this study becomes one more piece of the puzzle that day by day grows stronger, urging us all to transform our global society and individual life to a healthier and more sustainable way.
Not just for the sole sake of Cecil the lion and his surviving family. But equally much so for our own sake and our own ongoing health.
For our own tomorrow, for our friends and all our loved ones today and tomorrow. Life on planet Earth has already reached the point where replacing unsustainable vehicles and petrol with sustainable electric cars, replacing coal with solar, wind, water, ground and perhaps soon fusion is not only about preserving wildlife and green pastures anymore, it is now about allowing us all to grow older in a happy and healthy way.
Gifting us all the gift of enjoying a long and fulfilling life without the burden of cancer and dementia, allowing young people and old ones to breath, to run, to make love and fuck without the burden of cardiac arrest and obesity, diabetes and unhealthy water and air to sustain our bodies.
As such, my own conclusion is that a healthier life is about us all being able to eat healthy food grown from healthy farming and to walk in green and clean cities and countrysides that are free of the toxic fog and water that is already killing millions of people around the world every single year.
A good and clear example of that is the US which has been leading the unsustainable way of life in the last few decades in the western world, and as a result of that, it has had the worst increase in all neurological deaths – men increased that sad metric with 66 percent and women 92 % between the years 1979 and 2010.
Other issues that can be added to the pile of selfish choices that is man-made pollution was revealed in a very comprehensive study early march, 2017 by WHO, showing the world how man-made pollution ( in air, soil, and water ) was the sole reason behind more than 1.7 million kids around the globe, under the age of 5 ending up dead, every single year.
So as we reach the end, the conclusion is that littering, pollution, fossil fuel, sanitary issues and unsustainable business practices and life choices by politicians and individual people like you and me is a selfish killer.
Not just in regards to your own health, but choosing to continually make those selfish choices is directly, and indirectly killing other people, and damaging everybody else's health as well.
And as such, that old unsustainable and unhealthy way of life have reached its end and we now owe it to ourselves and every other living human being to change course today.
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