Sunday, April 18, 2010

Is this possibly why more people are suffering from various ailments at record numbers?

Bill McKibbens, the founder of 350.org,said on Democracy Now on Thursday:

"Look, the planet that we live on now is different, and in fundamental ways, from the one that we were born onto. The atmospheres holds about five percent more water vapor than it did forty years ago. That’s an incredible change in one of the basic physical parameters of the planet, and it explains all those deluges and downpours. The ocean is 30 percent more acidic, as it absorbs all that carbon from the atmosphere. NASA said yesterday that we’ve just come through the warmest January, February, March on record, that 2010 is going to be the warmest year that we’ve ever seen."

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/15/mckibben

I have been suffering for almost three decades from the effects of illnesses or syndroms known a Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrom. Humid weather bothers my body more than dry weather. If the planet is now 5% more humid or wetter than when I was born almost 48 years ago, could it not be partially explained by a planet-wide increase in moisture in our atmosphere?

Does anyone have any medical information on this?

According to the Mayo Clinic, this is the latest thoughts on Fibromyalgia: "Current thinking centers around a theory called central sensitization. This theory states that people with fibromyalgia have a lower threshold for pain because of increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals." In addition,"Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals."

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079/DSECTION=causes


How does increased discomfort caused by increased moisture in atmosphere affect human bodies?

There are various converging factors, which according to research on CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, include:

* Genetic factors
* Brain abnormalities
* A hyper-reactive immune system
* Viral or other infectious agents
* Psychiatric or emotional conditions

http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_causes_chronic_fatigue_syndrome_000007_3.htm

Interestingly, Low Blood Pressure is also a factor:

"Studies have observed that some patients who fit the strict criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome also have symptoms of a condition known as neurally mediated hypotension (NMH). NMH causes a dramatic drop in blood pressure when a person stands up, even for as little as 10 minutes. Its immediate effects can be lightheadedness, nausea, and fainting.However, studies have reported no higher incidence of NMH in chronic fatigue patients." This is nonetheless, one of my symptoms.

Increased moisture has a relations to or on air pressure, so could there be a link to the increase in moisture in air affecting someone with CFS via blood pressure? or some other means?

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Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

CFS is thought to have a prevalence of 4 adults per 1,000 in the United States.[7] According to the ME Association [8] it affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK. For unknown reasons CFS occurs most often in people in their 40s and 50s, more often in women than men,[9][10] and is less prevalent among children and adolescents.[11] Full recovery from the condition occurs in only 5-10% of cases.[11]

Whereas there is agreement on the genuine threat to health, happiness and productivity posed by CFS, various physicians’ groups, researchers and patient advocates promote different nomenclature, diagnostic criteria, etiologic hypotheses and treatments, resulting in controversy about many aspects of the disorder. The name CFS itself is controversial as many patients and advocacy groups, as well as some experts, want the name changed as they believe that it stigmatizes by not conveying the seriousness of the illness.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_fatigue_syndrome

10:34 PM  
Blogger Kevin Anthony Stoda said...

Epidemiology

Fibromyalgia is seen in about 2% of the general population[123] and affects more females than males, with a ratio of 9:1 by ACR criteria.[124] It is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50, though onset can occur in childhood.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia

10:37 PM  

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