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How the Air Pollution Crisis Can Affect You

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Air pollution has reached crisis proportions, significantly affecting neighborhoods from Illinois to Louisiana, increasing cancer rates in some areas 15 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “acceptable” standard of 100 cancer diagnoses per million
  • Although rates are higher in the African-American community of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, residents there have not had any help from the EPA or legislators, while in the affluent community of Willowbrook, Illinois, one plant has been ordered closed and others are being evaluated
  • Residents in highly polluted areas also suffer rising rates of incapacitating lung, liver and neurological disorders; the air in some communities has knowingly been polluted for over 30 years
  • Consider caring for your indoor air quality, and take steps to reduce the toxic burden on your body by eating whole, nutrient-rich foods to help detoxify your body; include bromelain and turmeric to reduce inflammation

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 92 percent of the world's population breathe polluted air, and nearly 7 million deaths can be attributed to air pollution each year. An overall toxic environment is responsible for at least 25 percent of deaths reported worldwide, and poor air quality is one of the greatest contributors to this risk.

Your body is dependent on the air you breathe. Poor quality can damage your lungs, heart and other organs’ systems. Sources of pollution take the form of emissions from factories, cars, planes and aerosol cans. Secondhand cigarette smoke pollutes indoor air, as do volatile organic compounds emitted from many household items, such as carpeting, furniture and chemical cleaners.

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