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October 9, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD
You aren’t a whiner. The noise pollution from the ferry boats and helicopters that so many are complaining about is actually detrimental to your heart health, according to a newly published academic paper.
The British Medical Journal studied inhabitants near Heathrow airport and found a higher incidence of stroke and heart attack. Reuters reports, “In the Heathrow study, the risks were around 10 to 20 percent higher in areas with highest levels of aircraft noise compared with the areas with least noise. Stephen Stansfeld, a professor at Queen Mary University of London who was not part of either research team but provided a commentary on their findings, said the results suggested that “aircraft noise exposure is not just a cause of annoyance, sleep disturbance, and reduced quality of life” but may also increase sickness and death from heart disease.”
BatteryPark.TV previously reported how the diesel pollution from the ferry boats is also harmful to one’s health. The World Health Organization found that cancer rates were increased in areas of high air pollution.
A group of residents who live near the Goldman Sachs ferry terminal, where the boats are now required by the Coast Guard to honk horns thousands of times a day, are forming an action committee to attempt to have our elected officials do something. They have an online petition gather signatures (click here).