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Air Pollution Reduces Intelligence and Life Expectancy

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  • According to the Health Effects Institute, 95 percent of the world is breathing polluted air and studies find Americans spend 92 percent of their time indoors where the air may be even more polluted than outside
  • Research shows air pollution adversely affects intelligence and measurably reduces language and math skills; children exposed to air pollution have an increased risk of early onset and persistent asthma, linked to early education drop out
  • Carbon particles have been found in placental tissue, demonstrating pregnant women breathing polluted air may be passing toxins to their unborn children as the particles are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs
  • Particulate pollution absorbed into the bloodstream also increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and indoor pollutant per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, found in carpeting, clothing and food wrapping, damage kidney function

By Dr. Mercola

According to a recent report by the Health Effects Institute, 95 percent of the world live in areas where the pollution levels are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). This makes air pollution the fourth largest cause of death, following high blood pressure, diet and smoking.

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