Every day in America (on average):
40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
30,000 people have an asthma attack.
5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
11 people die from asthma.
An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from asthma (1 in 15 Americans), and 50% of asthma cases "allergic-asthma." The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.
Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children.
Asthma is more common among adult women than adult men.
Asthma is more common among male children than female children.
Asthma is more common among children than adults.
The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be $18 billion.
400,000 Americans die of lung cancer annually.
Data source: Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.
If you live in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Houston and other large cities, you can 'see' the air you're breathing. It's brown, yellow or tan in color. It shifts in layers over the skyline. Tall smoke-stacks belch unending streams of poisons from power plants -- diesel trucks spew polluting toxic smoke ribbons along the expressways -- cars by the millions emit tons of particulate into the air. Millions of homes burn wood, oil and natural gas that exhausts into air over our cities. Sewer systems spew toxic air into our clean environment.
Do you smoke tobacco products? Why? Why not? Whether you do or not, if you live in a large city, you smoke the equivalent of a pack of cancer producing cigarettes every 24 hours each "red-warning" day. Your children absorb the same toxins with every breath of their young lives. Your health stands at risk with every breath -- because you breathe thousands of toxic particles every day.
The "red-warning" flag flies scores of days during the October through April period, typically.
During the many "temperature-inversion days" -- one of the worst things you can do, coming into Denver from the mountains on I-70, is see the "brown soup" that you are about to breathe. When I come back home from a weekend in the pristine air of the Rockies, I'm sickened that I'm back to breathing that toxic air with every breath I take.
Can it get worse?
You bet! Denver expects to add 2 to 3 million more people in 33 years as the rest of the country adds 100 million people by 2040. Some experts tell us those numbers are much higher.
Last week in Denver, Colorado, air quality monitors registered 74 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate - the highest ever recorded for dirty air over in the metro area.
As Denver's Rocky Mountain News journalist Todd Hartman reported, "Dirty air over the metro area could linger into today, prolonging a stretch of toxic pollution that has prompted warnings even for healthy people. Air monitors have recorded unprecedented levels of particulates -- this is gritty air."
Colorado regulator Mike Silverstein, at the state health department said, "We are praying for winds." Winds from the west tend to sweep the pollution toward the east.
What happens when those winds blow air pollution out of our cities? It falls as acid rain on the land, in our lakes and into our rivers. It poisons the earth and water. It creates havoc with nitrogen-fixing-bacteria in our top-soil. It kills entire fish populations in lakes and rivers. It kills trees and native vegetation by changing their soil PH balance. It's insidious, deadly and growing worse. And worst of all, it often finds a route to other nations.
What are we doing about air pollution?
In the next 33 years, we're adding 100 million people who will add up to 100 million more cars, trucks, planes and trains to the mix. We'll add at least 40 million homes, thousands of schools, malls, firehouses, sewage treatment plants, commercial businesses, power plants and more air pollution generating facilities. We'll add millions of miles of roads, cut down millions of trees, and pave-over millions of acres of beautiful open-space lands some of which give us the vegetables we need every day.
Our breathing-oxygen comes from the green plants we destroy both on the land and phytoplankons in the oceans.
How many other physical health consequences do we suffer -- as human beings do their best to live in air polluted cities? How about eye irritation? How about toxic heavy metals and nasty chemicals transported to our brain tissue carried by the oxygen to the otherwise life-giving cells in our lungs. How about birth defects caused to children? How about long-term effects on plant and animal life downstream from air polluted cities?
Willy-Nilly Population Growth Continues Unchecked.
Does it occur to anyone that we create tomorrow's unfathomable consequences for future generations by our irrational population growth? Even if we mandated zero population growth in the United States today -- by shutting down all immigration, our own population momentum adds 30 million people to this country in the three-generations born here by 2040. In other words, we're placing future generations into a no-win situation.
As I sit here after researching material for this column; as I'm writing this information for the public; as I look back on my world travels having already seen what's coming, I'm laughing hysterically out of frustration. Sacrilege !
Do you hear the Dirge?
I feel like I'm laughing at my own civilization's funeral in effect, laughing at my own child's funeral. Unfortunately, that next added 100 million Americans is NOT a laughing matter. Our civilization stands frozen on the tracks ironically bewildered -- in the headlights of a runaway population freight train of our own making.
What YOU can do for a better future for your country:
YOU can make a difference, really!
The United States is a fragile Republic. A republican form of government is not a spectator sport. It means you must jump in, roll up you sleeves and take personal and collective action. Of course, there are other options; you could let a dictator take over and do everything for you, but that path would give you Cuba, China, North Korea and other unsavory examples.
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For readers of this column, I present you with an opportunity: If you appreciate the gravity of what this nation faces by adding 100 million people in 33 years, please write me with ideas and/or producers on television who might interview me. I need phone numbers, emails and addresses of TV/radio and newsprint leaders across the country. I will speak on behalf of all Americans and expose to the general public what this nation faces if we continue on this overpopulation path. Write me at email@example.com with your ideas.
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Frosty Wooldridge presents a 45 minute program to colleges, high schools, civic clubs, church groups and political clubs across America titled: "COMING POPULATION CRISIS IN AMERICA: WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT." Go to his website for further information on booking the program. www.frostywooldridge.com
Check out www.populationmedia.org for an exciting method for creating overpopulation awareness in Third World countries. Their prime directive works with the media in order to educate and activate leaders and women worldwide.
Whether we like it or not, global warming is upon us. We can take action to correct it. Please join www.stopglobalwarming.org for up to the minute information and action items.
Awareness Campaign web site, www.mcs-global.org, which is purely to help save and protect human health and environmental health globally. Diana Buckland is founder and global coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Diana makes impact all over the world by alerting everyone about chemical sensitivities caused by poisons sprayed, injected and applied to our crops and elsewhere.
From Part 5 of this series, "Destroying our oceans", if you would like to become involved please refer to www.savetheoceans.org for a first rate lesson on how to take action in order to cleanse our oceans, restock our fish population, move toward recycling and cleanup of our world's most important living resource. Watch shows on PBS that expose where we threw two million tires into the waters off the East Coast and all the damage those tires are doing to marine life. You'll find out what you can do to have them raised from the deep. Additionally, check out www.greenpeace.org for actions at the national and international levels.
Frosty's published books include:
"HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS";
"STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" ;
"IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES" ;
"MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TO ALASKA:
INTO THE WIND- A TEEN NOVEL" ;
"BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD: TIRE TRACKS FOR YOUR IMAGINATION";
"AN EXTREME ENCOUNTER: ANTARCTICA".
His next book: "TILTING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY INTO A SWAMP".
Frosty lives in Denver, Colorado.