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Air Pollution Damages Neurons, Leads to Infertility and Birth Defects

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  • Air pollution doesn’t respect state or country borders and is responsible for 6.4 million deaths worldwide and $21 billion in costs
  • Very small particulate pollution is now linked to poor sperm quality that may affect fertility, low birth weight births and birth defects, as well as may lead to antisocial behavior, including theft, truancy, arson and substance abuse, in teens
  • Global burden associated with air pollution is immense; however, dietary strategies may help protect your health, such as consuming animal-based omega-3 fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables and vitamins C, E, B6, B9 and B12

By Dr. Mercola

Air pollution is a traveling, insidious health problem. In other words, air pollution created in Michigan affects those in Canada, and pollution that enters the air in Asia affects people living on the California coast. Air pollution is a worldwide problem that must be addressed with worldwide solutions. The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A report from the Commission found:

"[T]he largest contributor to pollution-related deaths is air pollution ... linked to an estimated 6.5 million deaths in 2015 as a result of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease]."


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