Air

Smog’s Contribution to Illness

You feel like someone’s choking you! Your chest feels tight—you may cough or wheeze—and you just can’t seem to catch your breath! You feel panicky! What do you do? You run for the freshest most oxygenated air around. Perhaps you grab an inhaler, maybe even take a whiff from an oxygen bottle, and you hope for miraculous relief. This scenario is not uncommon. About 20 million Americans suffer from asthma. In severe cases, asthma attacks can be deadly. They kill 5,000 people every year in the United States! Ask anyone with this condition how important air is. The culprit? Air pollution from cars, factories and power plants. More than 159 million Americans—over half the nation’s population—live in areas with bad air. A research study published in 2002 estimated that 30 percent of childhood asthma is due to environmental exposures, costing the nation $2 billion per year. And studies also suggest that air pollution may contribute to the development of asthma in previously healthy people. For children with asthma, hospitalizations occur up to 26 percent more frequent on high air pollution days compared to normal days. Air pollution has also been implicated in causing pneumonia, heart attacks, heart arrhythmias, cancer, and other diseases. So my advice is to move out of the cities and enjoy the air the way God created it – fresh, crisp, clean, and with the scent of evergreen trees and flowers. Trees, water, and wind help keep air fresh.

Indoor Air Pollution

The yellow-brown pall of smog hanging over a city is not the only breathing threat to humanity. Consider indoor air pollution, which can be a source of colds, flu, sore throats, headaches, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Formaldehyde is found in building materials, smoking, household products, and the use of gas stoves or kerosene space heaters. Formaldehyde may be used to add permanent-press qualities to clothing and draperies, as a component of glues and adhesives, as a preservative in some paints and coating products, and in pressed wood products like particleboard. While we may not get rid of it, it is important to open windows and keep the air circulating to cut down on high concentrations. Some people may find great relief in removing products with chemical adhesives. Other indoor pollutants include: pesticides, paints, varnishes, hobby products, tobacco smoke, and cleaning products; bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen.

Fresh Air’s Importance to the Sick

An incredible story! During the 1919 flu epidemic, the hospital in Eureka, California, was overflowing with patients. The head doctor called the army, which gave them tents, cots, and blankets. The overflow patients were moved into the tents in which there was no heat, except hot water bottles that were used to keep the feet warm. It was found that no patients in the tents, with the fresh air they were getting, were dying. However, numbers of patients in the hospital were dying. When this was realized, the heat in the hospital was turned down and the windows were raised. The patients had to put on heavy underwear, but their death rate went down (Gunter B. Paulien PhD. The Divine Philosophy and Science of Health and Healing, p. 88).

Comments ( 9 ) Leave a Comment
  1. 1 Tobias Mar 7, 2013, 11:19 AM PST

    wow its interesting how you need air that much. who knew that being treated in a cold tent was better than being in a warm hospital. i am amazed at that story.

  2. 2 Sasha Mar 12, 2013, 6:05 AM PDT

    wow! cold tents are better than a hospital? who knew? now, there’s something I didn’t know

  3. 3 Jaebel Apr 9, 2013, 6:23 PM PDT

    I know,it is so cool that is better to be treated in a cool tent than in a warm hospital

  4. 4 Jaebel Apr 9, 2013, 6:23 PM PDT

    cool

  5. 5 Karen Aug 1, 2013, 6:12 PM PDT

    If indoor air is depleted of negative ions, are the machines that put out negative ions good to use indoors? Is there a maximum amount of time it should be used?

  6. 6 Khaniza Aug 24, 2013, 6:43 PM PDT

    Great information. I now have decided to open my doors and windows everyday. Thanks to you

  7. 7 Edith Apr 14, 2014, 4:35 PM PDT

    We’ll? Is artificial ionization useful for asthmatics?

  8. 8 Sofia Dec 15, 2015, 11:45 AM PST

    Wow the video won’t even load

  9. 9 Becky Apr 5, 2016, 9:03 AM PDT

    Thank you for the information.  We have moved out of the city into the country, population 1500!  The air is usually fresh.  What is the purpose of breathing air scented with evergreens?  What qualities do they add to make us healthy?

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