Monday, April 2, 2007

How air pollution damages your health

Air pollution is an enormous topic to talk about. I want just to mention some of the most important issues which affect our health.

The Earth is becoming dirtier and dirtier day by day. Undoubtedly, one of the most evident causes is air pollution. Air pollution is chemical, physical (e.g. particulate matter), or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere. Industrialization is also on the list. There is a great number of factories, plants that throw million tonnes of poison substances into the atmosphere. Pollution sources include chemical plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators and other heavy industry. Adverse air quality can kill a lot of organisms including humans. Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain and congestion. Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries. Oil spills can cause skin irritations and rashes. Noise pollution induces hearing loss, high blood pressure, stress and sleep disturbance.

Charles Kassotis mentions the interesting fact:

Heavy air pollution can be damaging even to the most healthy of people. Mexico City, the largest city in the world, has major air pollution problems. It is said that just breathing the air each day is like smoking more than a pack of cigarettes. If the pollution is heavy enough, serious health problems, including cancer, can result from the toxins constantly breathed in through the air.

Doctors warn that harmful chemical substances get into our lungs with every breath we take and accumulate there. Also doctors are advising to keep a healthy life-style; in that case your health will be stronger and the immunity steadier against different dangerous diseases. Generally speaking your organism will be less endangered to them.

See also:

All about Health Effects of Air Pollution, diagramms of diseases in percents.

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