To me, it seems too many people think air pollution is “normal.”
But there’s nothing normal about not being able to see the mountains or the sea in Los Angeles due to smog, flying into NYC and seeing a ring of dirty air, or having air quality alerts that warn us to stay home or indoors.
And it’s only going to worsen.
According to the World Health Organization, outdoor pollution kills an estimated 4.2 million people every year!
Plus, research found as pollution levels rise, so does risk for THIS life-threatening condition…
Protect your heart
New research presented at the scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) analyzed patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator to monitor for arrhythmias, or an irregular heartbeat.
Ultimately, researchers found rates of this life-threatening condition are MORE COMMON on days when air pollution is high.
Study author Alessia Zanni suggested “particulate matter may cause acute inflammation of the heart muscle which could act as a trigger for cardiac arrythmias.”
Not to mention, nearly one in five cardiovascular disease deaths can be attributed to “dirty air.”
Worst yet, there’s really no escaping these toxic particles as they’re emitted from power plants, cars, and the like. But how is this acceptable?!
At the end of the day, environmental pollution is not only a climate emergency… but a public health problem.
It’s crystal clear that we need tighter air pollution regulations—including stricter limits on how much fine particulate matter we pump into the atmosphere.
We also need more green projects, which support clean energy.
So, regardless of your political affiliation, I urge you to fight—and continue fighting—for clean air.
In addition, start making small changes at home. One of the simplest—and perhaps quickest—thing you can do is add an air purifier to your environment. (I have a large one for my home. And I take my nUVoTM Traveler along with me anywhere I go!)
You should also follow my three-step pollution protection plan, as I outline in the August 2017 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“Surprising sources of air pollution lurking inside your own home”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to become one!
Finally, when it comes to protecting your heart, previous research found regular exercise can help protect your heart regardless of exposure to pollution. As usual, all it takes is 20 minutes of moderate physical activity daily to better protect yourself.
Until next time,
P.S. The Air Quality Index (AQI) measures levels of air pollution. Most smartphones broadcast warnings in the weather app when air quality is poor. However, there are several online tools that can help, including this one.
“Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder, says new study.” Business Standard, 05/23/2022. (business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/air-pollution-linked-to-deadly-heart-rhythm-disorder-says-new-study-122052300651_1.html)