The Links Between Burning Coal and Neurological Diseases

Explore in detail the scientific link between the air pollution, such as burning coal and diesel exhaust, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes Mellitus.

| October 2013

  • The Silent Epidemic Book Cover
    “The Silent Epidemic,” by physician Alan H. Lockwood, elaborately analyzes burning coal from mining and makeup to disposal and the health effects of its air pollution.
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  • Alan H. Lockwood, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the lead author of a Physician for Social Responsibility report on coal's adverse health effects.
    Photo Courtesy Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The possible link between airborne pollutants and neurodegenerative diseases is still very speculative. However, it may ultimately be extremely important because of the very large and growing number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and the financial and societal impacts of this terrible illness.
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  • The Silent Epidemic Book Cover

Alan H. Lockwood, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as the lead author of the Physicians for Social Responsibility report on coal’s adverse health effects. In The Silent Epidemic (MIT Press, 2012), Lockwood describes and documents the adverse health effects of burning coal by examining every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning and disposal — each of which generates significant health concerns. Relatively few people are aware of the health threats posed by coal-derived pollutants, and those who are aware lack the political clout of the coal industry. Read the scientific studies that connects burning coal and other air pollution with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes Mellitus. This excerpt is taken from chapter 11, “Health Effects on the Horizon.”

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There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

 — Donald Rumsfeld

It is hard to imagine that there was a time when chimneys belching clouds of black acrid smoke were seen as a sign of industrial prowess and economic vigor rather than a threat to health. At one time physicians appeared in advertisements touting the benefits of smoking cigarettes! Advances in knowledge change the way we look at our environment and how it impacts health. Where are the holes in our vision and what surprises are ahead? This chapter addresses that question using very early, sometimes provocative data to discuss what might emerge in the future and be placed on the growing list of health effects of the pollutants generated by burning coal.

9/7/2017 1:01:38 AM

Coal is being supplanted by natural gas because it is cheaper, natural gas will be supplanted by solar and wind because they are already cheaper. If it weren't for you whiny shortsighted politico capitalistos we'd be leading Germany and China in solar instead of trailing them. Germany is already at 85%+ and during times of excess they are exporting it to their neighbors. It is because of these whiny conservatives that we are being buried in innovation. It is good thing we have envirohippies on our side like Elon Musk, Amory Lovins and all those treehugging hippies in silicon valley or we'd really be behind. Instead of calling us the poorest first world country in the world the rest of the world would be calling us the richest third world nation in the world. It's time the flat earthers sit down and stfu because clean energy is now driving the world economy. It is already happening and Keven Haendiges may have talked like an idiot almost 4 years ago but that trogolodyte better slither out of his hole and see the light. So please Keven stop whining and keeping Americans hands tied behind their backs, we should be leading the world in alternative and new technologies instead of relying on these old outdated deadly and dirty relics of the 19th and 20th centuries. Get with the times already geezer, no one is buying into your worn out tired old whimsies and frivolous games anymore. And please if you are such a true believer they need help at Fukushima cleaning up all that radioactive mess. Since money is all that interests you I hear they are paying a lot so please sign up and earn yourself a big reward, the Darwin Award and stop dragging the rest of us down and holding us back. We want progress. You want to go back to the dark ages.

Kevin Haendiges
10/5/2013 11:36:06 AM

Coal is already being supplanted by natural gas (much cleaner), which itself will eventually be supplanted by another source of energy, most likely a cleaner one since you whiny envirohippies won't allow anything else cheaper to get on the market. Sudden change to "clean" energy would destroy the world economy, so get over it, it ain't gonna happen in your lifetime, and probably won't in your children's lifetime. Stop whining and tying up existing technology, find the next marketable clean energy source that can compete in the real world. Nobody is buying into your fantasies, and wouldn't pay for it if they did.

10/5/2013 8:28:43 AM

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