A recent story in the L.A. Times reports on two different ailments, appendicitis and ear infections, with one thing in common; air pollution.
In a study by the Canadian Medical Assn. researchers studied the records of about five thousand appendicitis patients and found that the risk of appendicitis more than doubled when summer pollution was at its highest.
In the ear infection study, researchers presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Conference in San Diego, and found that when the four major pollutants-carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous dioxide and particulate matter-decreased nationwide over a ten year period, the number of children having more than 3 ear infections also declined.
Either study canʼt conclusively state that air pollution causes the above health problems only that there is some connection between the two.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is a greater health threat than all environmental problems because people spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors. Infants, small children, the elderly and the immunocompromised are at an even greater risk.
In order to mitigate indoor air pollution there are steps you can take.
First, eliminate the source. Second, try and improve ventilation but make sure it is a dry clear day. Third, utilize Caricoʼs Nutri Tech Air Purification System. This very useful small appliance circulates clean air in the areas you need it most. At the heart of the 10 stage filtering cartridge is a HEPA filter which is what most hospitals use.