Air Pollution and CIDP
Air pollution isn’t just destroying the planet, studies are suggesting that it may be associated with autoimmune diseases.
By Shiraz Abbas
In a large series of articles in the past year, we have covered many forms of nutritional issues that may negatively or positively affect CIDP neuropathy and autoimmune diseases in general. However, we haven’t looked too much at the environmental challenges that people with autoimmune diseases face.
In this article, we’re going to look at how the environment, or more specifically, air pollution, affects autoimmune diseases like CIDP.
Canadian researchers studied the correlation between air pollution and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Canada. RA is an autoimmune disease like CIDP. The results of the study were notable. The authors stated:
“Our data suggest that fine particulate (PM2.5) exposure may be associated with an increased risk of systemic autoimmune diseases (SARDs),”
These polluting particles included outdoor sources such as cars and industrial plants and indoor sources included cigarette smoke, cooking fumes and cleaning products. The negative effects of indoor factors build up over the years but may also be detrimental even with a day of use.
Cantech summarizes the findings as follows:
Scientists theorize that for those who have contracted autoimmune rheumatic diseases, exposure to pollutants could have played a role in triggering the production of autoantibodies in the lungs and the transformation of the amino arginine into the citrulline, known precursors to autoimmune disease.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about outside pollutants except for moving to less polluted areas, but that is not always possible. What we can do is control the pollutants at home. This includes not smoking, using vinegar or other safe products to clean the home as well as installing proper ventilation indoors.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.