July 10, 2013 saw some real haze over Orem, Utah skies. Take a look. No blue sky here.
Whatever is in the air is what you are breathing — no matter how polluted –
if you don’t have a Health Guardian system at your house!
“Pregnant women exposed to higher concentrations of common air pollutants may be at increased risk of still birth.” says a study from the American Journal of Epidemiology published in Environmental Health News. Continue reading
Air pollution risks may last a lifetime and are “especially dangerous for infants and children younger than 3 years of age as their organs are still developing”, said Li Pu, a senior consultant at new Century International Children’s Hospital, the private arm of Beijing’s Children’s Hospital. At that hospital, “sick children and their parents began queuing before 6 a.m. on Jan. 31 after pollution reached ‘hazardous levels’ for a fifth straight day. Within 30 minutes of the 8 a.m. opening of the hospital’s respiratory and ear, nose and throat clinics, 80 percent of the 137 [appointments] available were taken.” Dr. Li is “finding evidence of the cumulative toxic effect that pollution is having on children”, even if they are only exposed for a short period. Lifelong lung damage, behavioral changes and heart disease are among the problems found. Researchers at Columbia University studying clogged air and pregnancy in New York found pollution reduced intelligence and increased the risk of behavioral problems when babies reached school-age. (Read article here)