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Teenage Psychosis Linked to Air Pollution for the First Time

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

teenage psychosis linked to air pollution

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  • Researchers using data from a large nationally representative sample of twins found those living in urban areas with greater levels of outdoor air pollution were at higher risk of a psychotic episode involving hallucinations or feeling as if someone were following them
  • Air pollution originating from indoor and outside sources contributes to poor health, including premature birth, heart disease, cancer, premature death and cognitive decline
  • Outdoor air pollutants may enter your home through air conditioning units or open windows; while opening windows is an important means of reducing indoor pollution, it should be done during times of day when outdoor pollution is at the lowest level
  • You may help mitigate damage from air pollution by increasing your dietary intake of whole foods, especially broccoli sprouts and foods high in vitamins B, C and E

A number of studies have demonstrated the negative health effects of air pollution on adults and children. A recent report from the Health Effects Institute shows 90 percent of the world live in an area where pollution levels are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The sheer magnitude of air pollution in quantity and in the effect it has on health contributes to making it the largest environmental cause of death in the world. Air pollution known to trigger significant health damage is fine particulate matter (PM) measuring 2.5 micrograms in diameter (PM2.5). These tiny particles are capable of being absorbed through your lungs into your bloodstream.

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