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TEDx Talks by Dr Arvind Kumar, Chest Surgeon, Medanta Hospital

Dr. Arvind Kumar, a Chest Surgeon at the Medanta Hospital, Gurugram, in his YouTube TED Talk, has clearly depicted the numerous diseases that we are prone to due to the extremely high Air Pollution levels in our country. 

Air Pollution today affects everyone in our country, from our honorable Prime Minister to a child who is in the womb. It is an Invisible killer that causes millions of deaths across the country, much more than any other diseases which are often talked about.  We can also say it is a slow but long-term Bhopal Gas Tragedy existing across the nation. By this time, you must have been sure that Dr. Arvind Kumar is talking about air and, with it, the amount of poison we are inhaling. 

Dr. Arvind Kumar, Chest Surgeon, Medanta Hospital, has been practicing for the last 30 years, and he has seen a drastic change in the colors of the lung. 

Hence, it is not that only smokers affected by this disease, but it affects non-smokers. India is only the country which provides a pack of cigarette to it newborn, and we add 51 newborn smokers every minute as that is the number births taking place in India. 

What is PM2.5?

It is fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that is an air pollutant, and that is a big concern for people’s health when levels in the air are enhancing. PM2.5 are minute particles in the air that diminish visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are raised.

India ranks first in the incidences of lung diseases across the world. Nearly 10% of all deaths across the country are owing to lung diseases. If you look at the pollution figures throughout the country, we find nearly 3/4th of the most pollutant cities globally happen to be in our country, India. Hence, the life of 1.3 billion people of this country which is at risk. 

Which Are the Organs That is Affected by Air Pollution on Our Body?

Every organ in our body is affected by Air Pollution. However, the lungs being the point of entry, gets the maximum impact.

Lungs we are Born with Vs Color of Lungs of a Person living in the city like Delhi Vs Smoker Lungs?

So, you can see the images of your lungs, and you can compare yourself to the condition of your lungs. This is how pink lungs turn into black lungs. These also leads us to Allergy, Asthma, COPD, Tuberculosis, and most dangerous lung cancer that’s not all it also affects the heart, breathing problems, heart attack, brain development, reproductive organ, pregnant ladies, children developing in the womb, and also causes premature deaths. So, these and many more diseases can attack anyone when exposed to air pollution.    

In his 30 years of practice he has seen the effects of pollution. See table below

SITUATION IN 1988

SITUATION TODAY 2021

Pink lungs

Black Lungs

Almost 90% smokers

50% Smokers, 50% Non smokers. Everybody is a tacit smoker due to the pollution 

Age group 50 - 60

Age Group 30 – 40

Very few women 

Almost 40% women

 

Salient points on pollution: -

  • Pollution responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in India
  • Affects everybody – from unborn child to the elderly
  • Invisible killer – Shortens life span, impacts quality of life negatively
  • All organs are eventually affected, though it starts with the lungs
  • It is widespread, 75% of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India

The Government is definitely taking steps to mitigate pollution by installing smog towers, introducing stringent pollution norms for cars and industries. The severity is such that it will take quite some time to bring it down to acceptable levels. 

Room air purifiers can mitigate the issue to some extent when we are at home or in the office. Our outdoor activities have got severely curtailed due to the pollution. The issue becomes more acute in winter. All types of smoke and dust are responsible for the increased AQI (Air Quality Index). Masks with their air filtering property can help but most of them are difficult to breathe through and hence impossible to wear at all times.

It is only the MOKSHA MASK that gives one total protection and can be worn throughout the day. Its battery-operated inhalation fan ensures that one gets more than the required 8 liters of purified air per minute. The exhaled CO2 and moisture is removed by the exhalation fan. The speed regulator enables one to change fan speeds to get more air when engaging in more strenuous activities like walking, cycling or jogging. 

The MOKSHA MASK ensures that you continue to lead life the way you want by not letting the increased pollution levels tie you down indoors!