You may not even know it, but your lungs could look like those of a lifetime smoker!
October 30, 2003
By Christopher Herz
Alternative Health Writer
Some tips on how to survive the smog and smoke in the big city.
Down here in Los Angeles California, it has looked pretty
much like the Apocalypse for the past couple of days.
A thick, gray blanket has covered the city as a series of
wild fires ripped through southern California. Added
to our normal layer of smog and pollution, the ability
to breath properly over the past few days became a luxury.
Yet still, people walk, bike, smoke, jog, eat, drink
coffee and walk our children down the streets of these
cities everyday, without the slightest regard of the
affects it is having on us.
That pink sunset may be beautiful, but it’s not our
friends. Here a few things you should know and do to
prevent any harmful effects from taking over your body
of the industrial age.
If the air looks especially dirty outside, do not
engage in any stressful activities such as exercising.
If you have kids, put the Slip and Slide in the house,
and teach them how to play chess. It’s better for
their minds and their lungs.
The true danger of heavy smoke from fires or metropolis
pollution is the microscopic particles that float
inside of it. This is what you see bunched up together
in the sky looking like a doomsday movie. If these
particles get into an open orifice (mouth, nose, eyes,
etc.) they can cause severe irritation as well as
bronchitis. If you are a smoker in a big city, your
risk of serious damage is significantly increased.
If you already have a serious respiratory or heart
problem, these particles can inflame the effects and
cause extreme pain and illness. While you may think
your children are young and have perfectly pink lungs,
since their respiratory system is not fully developed,
they are at an even greater risk then you are.
I already told you to get those kids inside!
If you wish to check the quality of air for your area,
I would suggest going to your favorite search engine
and typing in AQI (Air Quality Index) and the name of
your city or town. This will tell you how safe the
air is to breathe.
Does this sound a little too paranoid for you? Well,
would you rather be paranoid or have emphysema? You
should at least be aware that there is danger in the
air that we breathe. It doesn’t look like we’ll be
switching over to the electric car any time soon, which
means the levels of harmful chemicals in the air will
likely increase over the next few years.
If you think that a future in which all human walk
around with gas masks on is absurd, just remember,
people once thought it was unnecessary to wear a helmet
when playing Ice Hockey. The world is constantly
changing, which means you must constantly be aware.
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