AIR POLLUTION & DEMENTIA

 

Air Quality Index: http://aqicn.org

Air Quality Index: http://aqicn.org

A recent article in The Guardian has me thinking about personally addressing air pollution in Yucatan. ¬†The article discusses a link between traces of magnetite (lodestone) recently detected in brain tissue, and dementia. ¬†Computer scientists know that memory and magnets must be kept apart, lest data be lost. ¬†If magnetite is able to transit the blood-brain barrier thru olfactory uptake, as reported, then it may be time to clean the air in our dwellings (rather than waiting for elected officials to control exhaust emissions and open-air burning) ‚Äď especially in ¬†bedrooms where we spend a third of our time.

Magnetite, from Smithsonian collection, Wikipedia

Magnetite, from Smithsonian collection, Wikipedia

In checking with Consumer Reports I’ve chosen a portable device which should serve to reduce air pollution in our home. ¬†It is available for importing, but perhaps it is already stocked in town? ¬†(If anybody finds it, please alert me.) ¬†ps: Another article in the same issue says vitamin D could reduce some air pollution problems by half. ¬†

NB: The Air Quality Index for Merida is not presently included, so I got one for Guanajuato.  Apparently the university there participates in monitoring their air quality, and feeding reports to the site.  We can hope that someday Merida begins to participate.

2 thoughts on “AIR POLLUTION & DEMENTIA

  1. I magnetized paper clips for about a year after I was electrocuted. As superpowers go, it’s kind of lame, but I still miss it. But, as my wife can tell you, I was already demented when it happened, so the effect was negligible.

  2. Ron, Professor Noel Perrin, in one of his delightful x-Person Rural books (First, Second, Third, Last) tells of a guy who had been electrocuted, and then discovered a talent as a dowser. (Said dowser skunked Dartmouth’s science faculty’s attempt to discredit his abilities.) Being a country boy, I think you would enjoy his writing, described in an obit, here: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/25/books/noel-perrin-rural-author-who-found-much-in-little-dies-at-77.html?_r=0

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