Monday, October 5, 2009

Air Pollution Lowers IQ

A recent Time Magazine article sheds light on a new study published in the journal “Pediatrics” that links mothers exposure to high levels of environmental pollutants during pregnancy to a four point drop in childrenʼs IQ scores. This drop is significant according to Frederica Perera, lead author of the study. She compares the lower IQ scores to what you would typically see in children who were exposed to low levels of lead.
According to the EPA, Indoor air pollution creates a larger problem because people and pregnant mothers spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors. If you have an attached garage, coal burning furnace, gas fireplace or live next to a busy highway or urban street, it is possible for outdoor air to leach indoors.

Mitigating or removing the source of pollution or increasing ventilation can be helpful.

Caricoʼs Air Purification System is highly effective at combating indoor air pollution. It takes advantage of 10 complete stages with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter in the center. HEPA filters are usually found in hospitals as they are one of the most effective filters on the market today.

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