40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution

A landmark joint report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) gives stark warning about the impact of air pollution in the UK.

In Every Breath We Take: the lifelong impact of air pollution these experts conclude that around 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are linked to air pollution, with a further 99,000 deaths annually in Europe.

We blogged last year about the surprising link between anxiety, stroke and air pollution, and the ways in which air pollution makes its way into the water cycle and drinking water.

Now we learn that indoor air pollution can be as problematic as that outdoors:

“The dangers of outdoor air pollution have been well documented, however the report highlights the often overlooked section of our environment – indoor space.

Factors such as kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly-sprays and air fresheners, all of which can cause poor air quality in our homes, workspaces and schools.

According to the report indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths annually in Europe.”

What can you do to minimise exposure within your home? Here’s 3 easy suggestions you can put in place right away:

  1. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products
  2. Ensure your gas appliances are serviced annually
  3. Install one of our tap water purifiers to eliminate the possibility of ingesting pollutants and contaminants whilst you hydrate. Ours are the most effective, efficient & convenient tap water purification systems available and you can rent one from less than £1 a day.

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Pollution linked to anxiety and stroke

Pollution linked to anxiety and stroke.

Recent research suggests a link between pollution and mental health. The British Medical Journal reported in March that higher levels of fine particulate air pollution were positively correlated with higher levels of anxiety levels amongst women. Living close to a major road – between 50 to 200 metres – increases the odds of experiencing higher levels of anxiety.

Professor Michael Brauer reports that air pollution causes systemic inflammation, an area that researchers are now focussing upon as contributory factor to mental health difficulties, including anxiety. Air pollution has also been linked to a higher risk of stroke.

The air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink are fundamental to our health. We believe there are no acceptable levels of impurities in our drinking water and that’s why we are so passionate about Pure H2O, which removes 99.99% of impurities across the spectrum of man-made, organic and inorganic contaminants.

Water in lakes, rivers, streams and oceans condenses into clouds then rains back to earth as purified water – except, of course, water picks up emissions including traffic pollution as reported in the article above, and when it falls to the ground it picks up further impurities in the ground both man-made and those existing already in nature.

Water treatment plants remove a certain amount of contaminants, but they cannot remove the slug pesticide metaldehyde, for example, and do not routinely test for the blue-green cyanobacteria, a neurotoxin inked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons disease. It is the norm for metals, chemicals, hormones, medications, pesticides and herbicides to be present in our tap water. New research often leads to a reduction in the prescribed ‘acceptable’ levels of tap water contaminants that were previously thought safe. By contrast, what used to be called ‘maximum permitted levels’ are now ‘prescribed concentration levels’ – i.e. the norm.

Whilst new research brings to light increasing links between pollution and ill health, we simply don’t know what the burden of the combined cocktail of impurities, contaminants and pollutants are doing to our physical and mental health long term.

The best thing we can do is limit our exposure; drinking RODI purified water is a brilliantly easy and effective way to achieve this.

To find out more about RODI pure water browse the rest of our blog or do call us on 01483 617 000 we’d love to talk to you.

UPDATE: Shortly after we published this article, the UK government was ordered to cut pollution by the EU Supreme Court. In breach of Air Quality standards, the government must now reduce emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide, mostly produced by diesel vehicles. Good news for those whose health suffers as a result of air pollution, for our society (air pollution causes more premature deaths than obesity and and alchol combined) and for the economy, with the World Health Organisation estimating that £53bn could be saved if pollution is reduced.