Blood Pressure, Exploding! Pollution Killing Us! by Mrs Vera West

Natural, November 24, 2016, notes that the Western epidemic of high blood pressure, has now spread to the developing world, fuelled by economic globalisation. The number of people with high blood pressure in the world has doubled in the last 40 years and the biggest increases are seen in South Asia and Africa. In 2015 there were 1.1 billion people in the world with high blood pressure, and over half of these were living in East, South East and South Asia China alone had 226 million sufferers.

Air pollution, another product of industrialisation, is killing 5.5 million people worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease project ( Most of these deaths are in China and India. Liquid and solid particles can cause not only cancer and respiratory problems, but also heart disease. New research also indicates that pollution particles can even penetrate brain tissue, which may be a cause of neurodegenerative disease:
Globalisation, economic growth and industrialisation all come with a cost and are not value neutral, and one cost is global health. Globalisation is killing the planet, and us.

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