I have a theory that pollution is the leading cause of a lot of emotional problems and physcial problems in todays society. The most obvious cause in
the past was lead based fossil fuel consumption.
Lead is dangerous only if it is ingested, either by drinking lead-contaminated water, inhaling vaporized lead, or by eating lead-containing dust or,
rarely, paint chips.
# Chronic exposure to lead in humans can affect the blood. Anemia has been reported in adults at blood lead levels of 50 to 80 µg/dL, and in
children at blood lead levels of 40 to 70 µg/dL. (1,2)
# Lead also affects the nervous system. Neurological symptoms have been reported in workers with blood lead levels of 40 to 60 µg/dL, and slowed
nerve conduction in peripheral nerves in adults occurs at blood lead levels of 30 to 40 µg/dL. (1,2)
# Children are particularly sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of lead. There is evidence that blood lead levels of 10 to 30 µg/dL, or lower, may
affect the hearing threshold and growth in children. (1,2)
# Other effects from chronic lead exposure in humans include effects on blood pressure and kidney function, and interference with vitamin D
# Animal studies have reported effects similar to those found in humans, with effects on the blood, kidneys, and nervous, immune, and cardiovascular
systems noted. (1,2,5)
So bascially, pollution has definately caused adverse affects in adults and children.
I am looking for evidence to back up my claim, if I am wrong or you have another reason why people have social problems let me know.
If anyone could provide doumented case statistics of how many people have social disorders in the US now compared to the 1900's that would be awsome.