Stressed Parents + Traffic Pollution = Asthmatic Children

Posted: July 26, 2009 in health, physical therapy, Sports Medicine, Uncategorized
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By Bob Condor, AHJ Editor — Published: July 21, 2009

Sometimes stress seems more like pop culture than a science. But a new study indicates stress in parents might be a root cause for asthma in their children. That’s not pop culture. That is a changed life.

Research published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests asthma is highest among children who live in urban area. Pollution is a legitimate factor classified by scientists, yet this new study conducted at the University of Southern California’s Keck Institute of Medicine makes a clear scientific association between parental stress and increased risk for a child’s asthma. 

The USC researchers followed about 2,500 children ages 5 to 9 with no history of asthma or wheezing. The kids who lived with stressed-out parents (there are scientific methods to determine this state) around high levels of traffic-related pollution were most affected. If you are curious, a parent’s life is classified as stressful if it is unpredictable, uncontrollable and/or overwhelming.

The USC researchers explained that air pollutant cause an inflammatory response in the airways of the lungs. Stress can increase susceptibility to the inflammatory response—apparently even if you are the child and not the stressed parent. You might say stress is emotionally contagious.

 Bob Condor blogs for Alternative Health Journal every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Get Strong! Stay Strong! ( and chill out people!)


  1. teinby says:

    thank you! I really liked this post!

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