Ozone And Your Health

With too much....eye irritation, shortness of breath, cough, worsened lung function, and decreased physical performance, crop yield, and food supply.

With too little...skin cancer and death to the planet as we know it.

Ozone presents two quite different biological problems: too much at low levels of the atmosphere (the troposphere); too little at high altitudes (the stratosphere).

The amount of both kinds of ozone is changing. Low level ozone is increasing, while the upper-level ozone is decreasing. Ground-level ozone, is known as photochemical smog. Is formed when 'volatile organic compounds' and Oxides of nitrogen (ozone precursors) are acted upon by sunlight. Strong sunlight and hot weather cause ground-level ozone to form and reach high concentrations.

Volatile organic compoundsare man-made pollutants in the form of gases. These gases trap the heat from the sun much like the windows of a car trap heat when they are rolled up tight. Light and heat energy get through and light gets out, but the heat energy is trapped. Thus, the interior of the car becomes warmer than the outside temperature. We call this photochemical smog.

The nature of ozone appears to go against common sense. Low-level, troposphere ozone is classified as pollution; and upper-level, stratospheric ozone, is essential to the existence of life.

Scientists Disagree

Scientists disagree on what these changes mean. Until the 1970s and 1980s, most people, including scientists, took the ozone layer more or less for granted. They assumed it was one of the earth's natural features and that it would always remain the same,

But, this attitude changed in 1984 when scientist found a huge hole in the stratospheric ozone layer over Antarctica. With more ultraviolet light reaching the earth's surface, the increase of skin cancer jumped.

Ground level ozone, or photochemical smog, is what is being blamed for global warming.

Some scientists now say the decrease in stratospheric ozone is actually helping to equalize the warming generated by our modern lifestyle.

Global warming is blamed for causing the melting of polar ice caps, rising sea levels. This is thought to increasing intensity and frequency of storms, changing weather patterns that are predicted to alter agricultural and tourism.

Health effects are also a growing concern.

Concentration of Ozone aggravates breathing and eye problems. It also increases the risk of respiratory infections.

So, What Is Wrong With Ozone?

With too much....eye irritation, shortness of breath, cough, worsened lung function, and decreased physical performance, crop yield, and food supply.

With too little...skin cancer and death to the planet as we know it.

You can keep Ozone down to a minimum by using a clean ion air generator. Negative ions are the 'feel good' ions in the air.

Ions are charged particles found in the air and are thought to affect our health. In the past, ionic air purifiers have created harmful ozone gases and have been outlawed in California and other states for aggravating respiratory problems. The new Ion air purifier technology work without the unwanted creation of ozone and produces negative ions to the air and is certified safe.




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