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expert opinions? which is more harmful smoking or pollution?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends on how much: Pollution and how much smoking. If you live in beijing, the answer might be pollution is as bad or worse than a half-pack of cigarettes per day. If you live in the average american city, smoking is much worse if you are smoking more than a cigarette or two per day. Air pollution has different toxins and they may be worse for some people- like hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is the pollution from a highway next to our house making my family unhealthy?

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Dr. Pamela Middleton
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Possibly: Over time this exposure can lead to health problems if coupled with unhealthy habits. Therefore your family should maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet, pure water, exercise and positive mental attitude.
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How do you cleanse your system after being exposed to heavy pollution?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
We are self-cleaning: Humans, designed or evolved over millions of years, are self-cleaning. That means we should eat what we are designed to eat, and our bodies will clear out unneeded materials without help. No supplements are needed, unless one wants extra fiber to move the bowels better. Proper diet, enough exercise, and a healthy mind should normalize bowels. Diseases may need treatment, but not "cleansing".
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do masks really help with pollution from going outside?

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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
Bariatrics 57 years experience
Yes/no: Yes but a nuisance to wearer. No. The best is fresh air buddy that you can wear in your lapel or around your neck giving the ultimate protection.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I get really stuffed up in the city when the air is full of pollution. Is there anything that help with this?

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Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Several treatments: If you are allergic (runny/itchy eyes & nose with sneezing), you can take antihistamines like Claritin or zyrtec. If this is non-allergic stuffiness, you may have relief with a steroid nasal spray (rx from your fp). If neither of the above, you may simply get relief by using a saline sinus rinse on a regular basis. You could simply be reacting to the pollution in the air, & that needs washing out!
A 50-year-old member asked:

How does industrial pollution affect human health?

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Dr. Deborah McGregor
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Excess carbon: Since industrial pollution of air and water is connected to negative effects on air quality directly and weather patterns more broadly (heated oceans), human health is the direct target of excess carbon production. Recall images of Chinese citizens wearing face masks on the street or sad flotilla of dead fish. The shame of this abuse is the sale of bottled mountain air in urban industrial areas.

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