Prof. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas of Montana University http://news.umt.edu/2014/09/09814airp.php has published ground-breaking research, demonstrating the devastating effects of air pollution, particularly the fine particulate matter on human health.
We, at Micro Trace Minerals Laboratory have cooperated with her, supporting her research with our services free of charge.
Chronic diseases and infections can be aggravated by heavy metal contamination. Heavy metals that are ingested by food, breathed in polluted air and even more in cigarette smoke. Chronic exposure to these products strongly influences the immunity of the mucous membranes and promotes gastrointestinal ailments etc.
Research demonstrates that metals in nanoparticle size pass the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and also damage the barrier integrity, allowing toxic metals to cause damage. Residents who are chronically exposed to air pollution are likely to develop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and are more susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 systemic and brain effects.
Calderón-Garciduenas L et al. Environmental Nanoparticles, SARS-CoV-2 Brain Involvement, and Potential Acceleration of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases in Young Urbanites Exposed to Air Pollution. J Alzheimers Disease 2020;78(2):479-503. doi: 10.3233/JAD-200891.
Autism is a multi-causal neurological disorder.
This study from Prof. Omnia Raffat MD of Kairo University's Psychiatric Faculty confirmed that environmental exposure plays a role in the development of the disease. Compared to healthy children, showedthe autistic a considerably higher toxic metal exposure in urine and hair. Also of statistic significance were hair magnesium and zinc concentrations.
Heavy Metals and Trace Elements in Hair and Urine of Arab Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), published in Maedica, Journal of Clinical Medicine. Nov 2011
Uranium and other contaminants in hair from the parents of children with congenital anomalies in Fallujah, Iraq
Prof. Christopher Busby has invested much time and effort into this study. We are grateful and proud to be part of this important research.
The article is published in Conflict and Health.
It has also been sent to the US National Library of Medicine for indexing in PubMed and archiving in PubMed Central.