Elanra ionisers help to combat the dangers of air pollution
MORE than 3000 Australians die premature deaths each year from urban air pollution, with seniors among the most susceptible, experts have warned.
World Health Organisation Director in the department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health Dr Maria Neira said the evidence of health issues and deaths linked to air pollution was too big to ignore.
"The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes," she said.
"Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe."
WHO estimates indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012 and externally 3.7 million deaths from urban and rural sources.
It states the increasing number of factories and motor vehicles, which release harmful gases, is a major contributing factor to respiratory issues in western countries.
Griffith University's School of Engineering Professor Igor Agranovski said major air pollutants affecting Australians right now were inorganic and organic gases, particles of mineral nature and biological particles.
He said those most at risk were the disadvantaged, those living near major roads or industrial areas and in some cases rural areas.
The people most susceptible to health issues caused by air pollutants are the elderly, children, pregnant women and unborn children and people with chronic disease.
The Chairman of Elanra Medical, a Gold Coast-based company which specialises in air quality and its impact on the human body, Joshua Shaw, said the recent hot, dry wind in Victoria which saw hundreds of people suffer asthma attacks and allergic reactions, was proof air pollution was rife in our society.
"Just as Professor F G Sulman of the Department of Pharmacology and Bioclimatology (Hebrew University Israel) said, it is a direct result of this type of hot, dry wind with low humidity that is notorious for causing depression, allergies, asthma, fatigue, migraine, irritability and moodiness plus more," Mr Shaw said.
Having spent more than half a century studying this phenomena and trying to reverse its effects, he said it all came down to the balance of ions in the air.
"These winds cause a large increase of positive ions in the air. It is this mixed with the pollutants that is bad for mankind," he said.
Positive ions are believed to be linked to making people feel lethargic, tired and depressed whereas negative ions are linked to feelings of energy and enthusiasm.
He said the way we lived today meant more positive ions were produced every day, creating an imbalance.
"The impact of living in concrete vertical villages (apartments), wearing synthetic clothes, synthetic carpets and fluorescent lights, wi-fi and air conditioning are the biggest modern issues," Mr Shaw said.
"This modern way of living has separated us from the earth, the way we were intended to live, creating a large quantity of positive ions in the air; too many."
Mr Shaw developed Elanra ionisers in an attempt to rebalance the ion levels.
"The earth corrects this imbalance with storms and lightning. But inside your home, the only way to correct this imbalance is to use an Elanra device next to your bed as you sleep," Mr Shaw said.
"It's simply nature in a box, but this type of nature is extremely difficult to make and extremely sensitive.
"Over time, you will notice the difference as you enjoy good health and wellbeing, less sick days, better sleep and easier breathing.
"Is there another option to the Elanra? Yes… simply live outside with the earth and better still in a rainforest or under a strong waterfall!"
For more information, visit www.elanra.com.
- 27,519 healthy years of life are lost by Australians every year from exposure to air pollution
- 3000 Australians die preventable deaths each year from air pollution
- $2.4billion - the total economic cost in the year
- 2000 of air pollution from motor vehicles alone.
- Up to $8.4 billion- the annual estimated health costs of air pollution in Sydney.
- Zero - the safe level of exposure to many of the major air pollutants.
SOURCE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AUSTRALIA.
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