We’ve known for a long time that air pollution spells trouble for those with compromised lungs: kids with asthma or adults with COPD, for instance. And pollutant levels have a negative effect on heart disease too.
The level of particulate matter in the air we breathe is beyond our individual control. But we can do the best possible job of modifying other risk factors for brain decline. More than ever, we need a healthy diet, exercise, positive social support, positive mental attitude, and more.
As a doctor of chiropractic, I also want to share my concerns that the current debate on the future of health policy in the United States (Medicare for all vs. improving Obamacare vs. let insurance companies dictate public policy) doesn’t adequately address the health care chasm in this country.
As much as I feel that our health care system needs more equitable access, there’s another issue. So much of our health doesn’t depend on “medical care” but is due to social, environmental and economic factors.
For a start, we have to strongly reclaim ownership of our air, water, and other natural resources.
As long as we continue to allow those with sufficient capital to make a profit by exploiting these “invisible” resources, we’ll never be free to express our full health potential. And I strongly believe that enhancing out inherent health potential is one of the great untapped reservoirs that can truly make a difference to our collective health.