The Shocking Truth about the Air Quality of Our Cities Today

Widespread effects of global air pollution

How to side-step air quality issues and live healthily in spite of chronic air pollution

Effects of global air pollution shown in nearly 1.5 million lung cancer deaths a year worldwide

In nature everything is balanced. We live in a universe that is governed by predictable, repeatable and unchanging laws. Dr. Warner Von Braun, German rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, and leader in the development of rocket technology said, “The natural laws of the universe are so PRECISE that we do not have any difficulty building a space ship, sending a person to the moon and we can time the landing with the precision of a fraction of a second.”

It is prudent therefore to have a fresh respect for nature’s law. Alternatively, we can continue to ignore her critical laws to our own peril. We are now living in a world that is vastly different from that of our early forefathers. Nature has it that we breathe good air, rich with ionized oxygen molecules, but with industrialization and urbanization, super highways and the increasing number of automobiles on our roads, we are chronically exposed to unnatural air that will take a toll on our body systems. Despite all our technological advances, we are getting weaker and sicker.

Long term exposure to vehicle exhaust fumes puts urban residents at PERMANENT risk to contracting severe respiratory diseases!

Over the last decade, a considerable number of scientific studies have reported adverse health effects associated with air pollution. These effects include respiratory illness, impaired lung function and increased rate of mortality. Pollutants in the air snuff out healthful negative ions of oxygen that are our essential life’s breath. Without ionized molecules of oxygen in our atmosphere, life on earth would not have been possible.

The prevalence of a host of foreign man-made poisons in the air works against the optimal functioning of our body systems. Car exhaust fumes in particular, appears to be the main culprit for deteriorating air conditions in our cities and a major contributory factor to increasing incidence of serious respiratory problems.

An autopsy study done in Southern California on more than a hundred young accident victims, aged between fourteen and twenty five, found that almost all of them showed evidence of lung disease. Although few have symptoms of breathing disorder when alive, many of these young life long urban residents had lungs of much older people. There were signs of chronic lung disease, including low-level bronchitis and inflammation of respiratory bronchioles.

This implies that many of us may be walking around with compromised lung function and we don’t even know it!

Likely cause of increasing cases of lung cancer in non smokers is AIR POLLUTION FROM VEHICLES, French study suggests.

During a recent regular hangout with my buddies, it was immediately evident that the normally jovial ‘leader of the pack’ was exceptionally somber. Presently, he revealed that a close relative was battling a lung cancer diagnosis, and what made it all so hard to accept was the fact that the patient was not even a smoker. Until the time of detection, he had never had any respiratory symptoms.

The societal notion that lung cancer is associated with smoking alone is now completely outdated, and the belief that if you don’t smoke, you won’t get lung cancer is also wrong. In fact, lung cancer in ‘never-smokers’ is the seventh leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization, WHO, confirmed just last year that the inhalation of exhaust fumes from diesel engines can lead to lung cancer.

Dr. Natasha Leighl, a medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, said that most people who get lung cancer smoked at one time — but most diagnoses are among former smokers, many of whom quit years ago. Then there is also this fact that up to 15 per cent of lung cancer diagnoses are in people who never smoked. A French research conducted in 2010, found that not just has there been more women and more non-smokers developing the disease, but there also more cases diagnosed in stage 4 of the illness.

These all go to show that chronic exposure to toxic fumes will catch up with us. Throughout human history, man has never before lived in the conditions that exist today. Although our bodies are extremely adaptive and have the capability to detoxify, long term exposure to polluted air will inevitably affect our lung function, possibly causing severe damage and inducing life threatening diseases.

What can we do to protect ourselves when we are constantly exposed to bad city air? Many of our homes are located in the heart of the city and daily commuting continually opens us to lung destructive factors. However by understanding the sobering realities of our existing environmental conditions, we can take steps to help us live healthily in our modern world. Here are some tips that will help us care for our lungs and increase our general wellbeing:

1) Create your own negative oxygen ions with a medical grade air ionizer;
Oxygen ions are vital to our life and sense of wellbeing. We are creatures made to thrive in an environment with an abundance of negative ions. They are known help normalize our internal body chemistry, boost immunity, increase our lung function and oxygenate the whole body. Oxygen ions are also nature’s air cleaners. They will help keep your breathing space clean and fresh. Use a travel ionizer if you have to spend an extended time outdoors with possibly bad air conditions.

2) Close your windows on smoggy or hazy days and keep the children indoors;
Besides the presence of large amounts of potentially dangerous air borne chemicals and particles, ozone levels are also particularly high on smoggy days. Ozone can trigger breathing difficulties in susceptible individuals and especially young children.

3) Plan your vacation locations wisely;
Choose pristine environments whenever possible and avoid crowded cities.

4) Boost your immune system with lots of fresh, nutrient dense foods;
Foods that are known to promote lung function include carrots, kale, mustard green, goji berries, spirulina and citrus fruits. Good fats that are rich in essential fatty acids such as fish, chia seeds, olive oil and coconut oil have anti-inflammatory properties and are important for those who are prone to respiratory problems.

5) Ensure optimal hydration.
Water is essential to life. Chronic dehydration can lead to serious health complications including asthma and allergies.

The harsh truth is that consistently breathing air with vehicle exhaust fumes will pre-dispose us to a variety of respiratory conditions, some of which are potentially life threatening. The fact that lung cancer is the number one killer cancer in the world today and is responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths a year shows that all is not too well with the air quality of our cities across the world. Air ionization is by far the best and most viable method to restore the air that we breathe to ensure enduring good health.

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References:

– Sherwin, R and V. Richters “Centriacinar Region (CAR) Disease in the Lungs of Young Adults: A  Preliminary Report,” R.L. Berglund et al., eds., Transactions: Tropospheric Ozone and the Environment.” Papers from an International Conference Pittsburgh: Air and Waste Management Association, California Air Resources Board March 1991.

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