Prof. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas of Montana University has published ground-breaking research, demonstrating the devastating effects of air pollution, particularly the fine particulate matter on human health.

We, at Micro Trace Minerals Laboratory have supported this important research by providing our services free of charge. 

Heavy metal contamination and disease

Chronic diseases and infections can be aggravated by heavy metal contamination. Heavy metals that are ingested by food, breathed in polluted air and even more in cigarette smoke. Chronic exposure to these products strongly influences the immunity of the mucous membranes and promotes gastrointestinal ailments etc.

Nanoparticles, Blood Brain Barrier & SARS-CoV-2

Research demonstrates that metals in nanoparticle size pass the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and also damage the barrier integrity, allowing toxic metals to cause damage. Residents who are chronically exposed to air pollution are likely to develop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and are more susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 systemic and brain effects.

Calderón-Garciduenas L et al. Environmental Nanoparticles, SARS-CoV-2 Brain Involvement, and Potential Acceleration of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases in Young Urbanites Exposed to Air Pollution. J Alzheimers Disease 2020;78(2):479-503. doi: 10.3233/JAD-200891.