“Normal” Air Pollution Poses Stroke Risk

May 30, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 “Normal” Air Pollution Poses Stroke Risk
Chemical particles in the air from cars, trucks, and industrial pollution are now linked directly to an increased risk of stroke1 or mini-strokes. Lynda Lisabeth, lead author and assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Public Health stated. “The vast majority of the public is exposed to ambient air pollution at the levels observed in this community or greater every day, suggesting a potentially large public health impact."

When pollution is inhaled there is little protection in the form of a blood brain barrier, as toxins entering through the sense of smell gain direct access to your brain. In a Texas community that was set up to closely monitor air pollution intensity on any given day as well as stroke incidence – the researchers were able to pinpoint a direct link between pollution levels and stroke risk.

The shocking implication of this study relates to the levels of pollution needed to increase stroke risk – levels that are commonly found in any major metropolitan area of the U.S. If such pollution is adequate to trigger a stroke in susceptible individuals it will only be a matter of time before such pollution can be documented as a significant factor in numerous forms of nerve-related wear and tear such as depression, ADHD, and cognitive decline.

Nutrients that protect against toxins and assist natural detoxification are required by every person in our country to help offset the pollution exposure that occurs from the air, food, and water. Our government is allowing a “survival of the fittest” experiment by exposing citizens to excessive pollution on a daily basis. Because our bodies store excess toxins in fat – this problem is also linked to the increase in obesity.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Air Pollution and Stroke Risk  Annals of Neurology  James Escobar, Joseph Dvonch, Brisa Sanchez, Jennifer Majersik, Devin Brown, Melinda Smith, Lewis Morgenstern.

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