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Asthma & Diesel

I turn my car’s fan OFF whenever I am behind a belching diesel truck or bus (especially if their muffler is located down low – like school buses) and for good reason:  diesel exhaust fumes. I’m overly sensitive to chemical smells, and whenever I smell diesel aldehydes I hold my breath and wait for cleaner air.

According to wikipedia diesel exhaust contaminants include substances listed as human carcinogens by theInternational Agency for Research on Cancer of the U.N.‘s World Health Organization.

It made me very, very sad decades ago when I saw children (including my own) being required to stand in line next to a running school bus, breathing in diesel exhaust into their young pink lungs. What a travesty! I knew they were breathing in aldehydes and other carcinogens which would cause health problems decades later.  And it would be such an easy fix (it still is!): just raise the damn exhaust muffler from the ground to higher up! Saying something about this, or worse – complaining! – always falls on deaf ears.

Try telling a trucker to stop idling their rig.

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As with many modern ailments, asthma and other lung infections are caused by modern lifestyles. There’s a markedly lower asthma rate in industrialized countries that have clean diesel than those that do not.

It’s actually kinda easy to wean a person away from an onset of asthma: breathe cleaner air! It’s that simple. Close your windows when the first school buses and garbage trucks start rolling. Open the windows up again after these trucks stop running. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is one of the few things you can control.

An article in the NYTimes Well clearly states the impact of exercising in polluted cities: “The potential health impacts are worrisome. Studies show that athletes who spend long hours in ice rinks filled with exhaust from Zamboni machines, such as figure skaters and hockey players, have unusually high rates of asthma compared to other athletes.”

So next time there’s a smog alert day in your area, besides trying to pollute less, maybe you can rest your body until the air gets cleaner… you’ll be healthier for it.

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Searching on ‘asthma & diesel exhausts’, there’s an entry from a UK study in 2007:

Diesel exhaust fumes on polluted streets have a measurable effect on people with asthma, according to the first study looking at exhausts and asthma in a real-life setting, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

Most countries in Europe have had ‘clean diesel’ for over two decades – and it’s WAY cheaper than regular gasoline. Whenever I rented a car there, I always opted for a diesel one. At ~$8/gallon, fuel costs are often higher than rental fees in Europe.

But the USA, thanks to a powerful lobby group, refuses to pass legislation mandating clean diesel – except for California.

Starting in 2010 cleaner diesel truck engines were phased in. California is leading the USA toward cleaner diesel:

https://www.ajot.com/news/future-freight-plan-for-california-depends-on-clean-diesel-power-to-ac

According to 2015 data compiled by IHS Insight for the Diesel Technology Forum, there are over 900,000 Class 3-8 commercial vehicles in California and about 18 percent are the newest generation clean diesel (2010 Model Year and newer) that achieve near zero NOx and PM emissions. Since 2010, these vehicles alone have saved or eliminated 700,000 tons of NOx and 20,700 tons of PM. They have also saved or eliminated 5.8 million barrels of crude oil and 2.5 million tons of CO2. This compares with just over 15,000 natural gas powered commercial vehicles. Nationwide, almost 26 percent of the diesel commercial vehicle fleet is powered by engines that are 2010 and newer generations.”

These points and others were outlined in the Forum’s final comments submitted Wednesday on the draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan concerning the development of strategies to improve freight efficiency and the transition to zero-emission freight technologies.

And it’s going to get even cleaner with diesels in California, according to Cal’s CARB web site:

The regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. Newer heavier trucks and buses must meet PM filter requirements beginning January 1,2012. Lighter and older heavier trucks must be replaced starting January 1,2015. By January 1,2023, nearly all trucks and buses will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent.

The regulation applies to nearly all privately and federally owned diesel fueled trucks and buses and to privately and publicly owned school buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. The regulation provides a variety of flexibility options tailored to fleets operating low use vehicles, fleets operating in selected vocations like agricultural and construction, and small fleets of three or fewer trucks.

Now, if we can only get other states to adopt similar clean diesel mandates and save our children’s lungs (and retrofit those school buses!!)

WTR related:

Something as mundane as cleaner diesel is part of ‘The Great Turning’ within the Work that Reconnects (WTR).  It’s always easier to remain numb to realities than acknowledge our pain, and make the world a better place – a cornerstone of Joanna Macy’s WTR work: “acknowledge your own pain that ended up as numbness. It’s painful, and hurtful to embrace & acknowledge all the ugliness, violence, chemicals in our daily lives: better just ignore it for your own ‘peace of mind’… which really never comes from numbness.”

 

Shower water – wow!

This is an excerpt from a friend and Schauberger activist who focuses on water.   I find it truly amazing that we are not made more aware of the impact of chlorine + flouride ++ chemicals on our open pores while we are innocently taking a shower.  Thanks so much, Nevin.

I can hardly imagine what similar effects on our bodies are done in over chlorinated swimming pools and hot tubs!

https://truespring.wordpress.com/

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Clean shower water is much more important than you may think.  Each day a person drinks about 1-2 gallons of water… but exposes one’s self to 25 gallons of water when showering.  The American Journal of Public Health determined that up to two-thirds of harmful chlorine exposure can be due to skin absorption and inhalation while showering.  The Journal also links chlorine to “significant increases in certain types of cancer, asthma and skin irritations…” and stated that “up to two-thirds of the harmful exposure was due to skin absorption and inhalation of chlorine in shower water”. The steam inhaled during a shower can contain up to 20 times the concentration of chlorine (and other synthetic chemicals) as tap water.  One can absorb as many toxins in 1 shower as you would drinking tap water for an entire week.  Studies show that after a 10-minute shower in chlorinated water, your blood levels of THMs (common disinfection byproduct – DBP) can potentially increase by as much as  700%.

How can your exposure to chlorine and its associated DBPs be higher when you shower.  Why doesn’t the chlorinated water just bounce off your body?

Simply a hot shower causes the pores of your skin to open, which in turn elevates the absorption rate of chlorine and other chemicals directly into your system and causes the body to directly absorb foreign chemicals into your body tissues and bloodstream.  Not to mention the fact that chlorine strips the natural protective oils from skin, causing excessive drying.    Different from drinking unpurfied water where your digestive system has the ability to filter out some of the harmful contaminants, in the shower, these contaminates are directly absorbed into the bloodstream..

Absorbing and inhaling chlorine and associated DBPs are not healthy for you or your family. Long-term health risks certainly can spike due to chlorine effects on your bodily functions.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – When chlorine vaporizes in steam in your shower, it converts to chloroform gas. Chloroform can be a strong respiratory irritant and cause fatigue.
The bottom line – When absorbed or inhaled into your body, chlorine DBPs can potentially cause a weakening of your immune system… disruptions to your central nervous system… damaging effects to your cardio system… unhealthy functioning of your renal system… and harmful impacts to your respiratory system.

Shower filtration is one of the best and easiest ways to reduce our harmful exposure to chlorine and other tap water contaminants.  The bottom line is is your not already filtering your shower water, you should be.  Its very important to one’s health to have a high quality filter and to be changing the cartridges on a regular basis.

After trying many different filters I have decited to offer two different systems.

First the Aquasana, by far the very best basic filter available.  A two-stage shower filter that uses a combination oShowerFilterf copper-zinc oxidation media and coconut shell carbon to reduce 91% of the chlorine in your water, and also reduces synthetic chemicals and enhances pH balance. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy the health and cosmetic benefits of showering in clean water,  significant reduction of exposure to toxic chemicals while benefiting from softer skin and healthier hair.   The Aquasana filter cartridges last 6 months or 10,000 gallons, this filter allows you to shower in the healthiest water for the best value.

shower_filters_1.jpgSecond is a shower filter with the ability to remove Fluoride.  this filter utilizes a aluminum resin to remove Fluoride, Arsenic, Heavy Metals and Chlorine.  Fluoridation has become common place in most city municipal water treatment.

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For those who wish to go beyond just filtering their shower water to enhancing their  Shower water.  This filter first filter contaminates from your shower water, than enhances the water with rare volcanic minerals, far-infared ceramic beads and magnetic rings.  These enhancement medias soften and ionize your water and infuse your water with anti-bacterial qualities that help lessen the effects of atopic dermatitis.

 

For more information email: info@truestspring.com

let’s stop poisoning ourselves…

Most people thought that the teflon issue was settled a few years ago and that DuPont and others have moved away from PFOAs (teflon coating) .  Not so!

Products that involve stain resistance, flame proof, moisture proof, odor proof, bacteria resistant, WATERPROOF or have non-stickiness in them –  ALL have flourochemicals (PFASs) in them and are proven carcinogens – thanks to Mr. Rob Bilott at Taft Stettinius & Hollister (a large law firm in Cincinnati) who has been dogging DuPont and PFOA’s + PFAS’s for decades.

I just read a comprehensive report:

‘The Lawyer Who Became
DuPont’s Worst Nightmare’

about Dupont’s PFOA (Teflon coating)  saga and the lawyer that wouldn’t let it go away… wow!  My heartfelt thanks to the major law firm and big time lawyer who saw it through for over 20 years.

Hollywood couldn’t write a fictional saga this devious!

From the NYT article (link at bottom): “PFOA is in the blood or vital organs of Atlantic salmon, swordfish, striped mullet, gray seals, common cormorants, Alaskan polar bears, brown pelicans, sea turtles, sea eagles, Midwestern bald eagles, California sea lions and Laysan albatrosses on Sand Island, a wildlife refuge on Midway Atoll, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, about halfway between North America and Asia.”

And to think that this goes on – continually – as more ‘safer’ chemical coatings are now in our supply chains that will play out this same scenario decades from now.  The chemical industry continues to get a free ride.  It is by far the largest industry in the world.   Climate change issues?  We are poisoning ourselves way before we’ll ever heat ourselves up.  How about saving humans  – and then saving the planet.   OR…

…maybe this is the answer to population control 🙂 let the chemical companies continue to go astray – it’ll reduce our population which will help the planet.  Maybe they should get a gold star for helping fight climate change   (nahhh… my cynical side lives!)

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update:  DuPont Chemical Co. no longer exists.   Chemours                (new name for chemical company ) is now the proud stepchild of two chemical behemoths: DuPont + Dow.

As if a merge and re-org along with a new name will make them better. ha!

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NYTimes article link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-duponts-worst-nightmare.html?src=me