Richard S. wrote:Smitty, most of the literature I've read on asthma says its from other causes, it's rare you'll find a legitimate report that says it's from burning fossil fuels. I don't believe they know what the cause is for the recent rise, I'd imagine it being diagnosed more is one reason. Having said that I don't think you need to be rocket scientist to figure out if the air pollution has dropped in the same time frame we have an increase in cases you should probably look elsewhere for a cause.
I know what causes mine: trees! I'm not kidding -- Tree pollen, or any pollen for that matter, kills me. In Phoenix & northern Cali, there isn't much in the way of trees. I've also noticed that over the last 5 years or more, pollen production of trees seems to be in overdrive. You can actually see the pollen in the air when the wind blows in the early spring. To me, that would explain the increase in cases. Then, the other half would be health care providers looking to make a buck.
traderfjp wrote:Have you even gotten a wiff of diesel fuel burning or the exhaust coming out of your car. Do we really need an expert to tell us this is dangerous to our environment.
Then why did my grandfather live to be 86? & why is my father still alive after smoking for 55 years of his life? He worked on cars too. Another point that I forgot to mention in the other post was that I drove a diesel truck for over 6 years. The first 5 years was in a cabover which had the exhaust pointing at the ground less that 3 feet from my head, which blasted it right in my face (I drove a right side drive recycling truck on a large metropolitan route). If you listen to the media, I should have died during the first 3 months on the job, even without asthma.
Pollution in the USA is nowhere near as bad as they make it out to be. Have you ever been to Mexico? China? I've been to Mexico, & my eyes were burning from all the straight exhaust, but yet I, and the millions of Mexicans (half of which will end up here illegally, btw) still live on.