A lot of topics around air pollution have come together so I will try to stitch them together.
This week’s release of a big study on the effects of air pollution on cognition (see link below) are interesting and not surprising. Those of us with MCS are very familiar with the brain fog, confusion, headaches and so on that come with exposure to chemicals. What may be surprising is that men are affected more than women? What? Maybe we just admit it more. Maybe they are exposed more? I always feel so disturbed when I see young men working on paving crews amid toxic fumes or children in strollers at exhaust pipe level in traffic.
The epidemic of wildfires is also highlighting the effects of air pollution. Our perceptive colleague, Jane, surmised that mitochondrial function might be affected and tested it out on a Calgary resident (in the midst of the smokey conditions) by asking them to scent test D-Ribose. Sure enough, the scent was reduced from the previously very high positive.
Some nutrients that support mitochondrial energy production include oxygen, magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and l-carnitine.
Anne Steinemann in Australia is writing extensively on chemical exposures (See links below.)
Sadly, an important figure in the field of MCS research, Dr. William Rea, has died. If it were not for him, those affected by MCS would have had a very difficult time finding any help.
Strategies for combatting air pollution:
1. Keep a toxin-free bedroom so at least part of your day is spent in good air quality so your body can recover.
2. Remove chemicals from your home as much as possible.
3. Use scent-free personal care products.
4. Support your body with good food and any extra nutrients required.
5. Wear a rated mask in polluted environments.
5. Speak up in your community on clean air issues.
Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals | Environment | The Guardian