Environmental Medicine
Prevention is a cornerstone of Naturopathic Medicine and we are constantly looking for new areas discovered by research, population studies and epidemiology that can empower individuals and communities to make changes which can have profound impact on their own lives as well as for their children and multiple generations yet to come.
Environmental Health Perspectives
A peer-reviewed publication focusing on environmental impacts on health and disease.
Environmental Working Group
The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.
In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies.
EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
Slow death by Rubber Duck
Rick Smith shows how quickly, within five days, reducing exposure can reduce body burden.
Toxic Free Canada
Toxic Free Canada is the new voice of the Labour Environmental Alliance Society (LEAS). LEAS was founded in 1998 to bring workers and environmentalists together in cooperative projects for toxics reduction and a green economy. Under our new name, we continue that mission and work to create alliances and initiatives that promote healthy workplaces, healthy homes and communities and a healthy environment. We bring together environmentalists and health activists, unions and green businesses, parents and teachers, scientists and cancer prevention advocates to eliminate health and environmental toxins and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.
Pollution in Your Community
Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), founded in 2002 at Commonweal, is an international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. CHE acts as a catalyst for civil discourse and collaborative initiatives among researchers, health professionals, health-affected groups and others concerned with social and environmental impacts on human health. Through these relationships, CHE fosters systemic, multi-factoral, prevention-oriented actions in order to improve human health across the lifespan.
GMOs
Warning: This Common Food Causes Devastating Offspring Defects in New Research Study
I strongly believe that one of the most obvious clues about the danger of GMO foods are that just about EVERY species of animal that is offered a GMO food versus a non-GMO food will avoid the GMO one. Many times they will do this to the point of starvation, as they have an intuitive sense of the danger of this food.
Please listen to the interview as Jeffery expands on this point in great detail. It’s one you can use to effectively share with your friends and family who are not yet convinced of the dangers of GMO foods. Read more
GM soy damages health and environment
A coalition of international scientists has released a report warning of the health and environmental impacts of cultivating genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready soy and the associated spraying of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide [1]. The findings in the new report, GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?, challenge claims that GM soy cultivation is sustainable and that the glyphosate herbicide it is genetically engineered to tolerate is safe. Read more
HEAVY METALS
AP IMPACT: Cadmium, lead found in drinking glasses
Drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" exceed federal limits for lead in children’s products by up to 1,000 times, according to laboratory testing commissioned by The Associated Press.
The decorative enamel on the superhero and Oz sets _ made in China and purchased at a Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank _ contained between 16 percent and 30.2 percent lead. The federal limit on children’s products is 0.03 percent.Read more
Lead in reusable bags a problem?
So you care about the environment, and you take a reusable shopping bag with you to the grocery store to avoid polluting the planet with countless plastic sacks. Now you find out your bag is made with potentially harmful lead. What's an environmentalist to do? Read more
Mercury Free Dentists http://mercuryfreedentists.com/links-to-useful-information/16-links-to-articles-and-information.html
Scientific Panel Calls FDA Miserable Failure in Protecting Children from Mercury
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended that the agency take a new look at updated data on mercury amalgam dental fillings that may indicate medical problems for patients.
The committee also said that more information on amalgam fillings should be posted for both for patients and dentists. Read more
UPDATE 1-US panel urges new look at 'silver' teeth fillings
Enough uncertainty surrounds silver-colored metal dental fillings with mercury that U.S. regulators should add more cautions for dentists and patients, a U.S. advisory panel said on Wednesday.
While past data has backed the cavity treatment, the fillings should be accompanied by warnings about unknown risks for vulnerable people such as children and pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration's panel of outside advisers said. Read more
Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit
The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children. While dismissing hundreds of studies showing a clear link between mercury amalgam fillings ("silver fillings") and disastrous neurological effects in the human body, the FDA denied the truth about mercury and effectively protected the mercury filling racket that has brought so much harm to so many people. Read more
HOUSEHOLD AND CLEANING PRODUCTS
Environmental cancer risks may be more dangerous than you think
Pollutants and other chemicals in your environment — your home, your frontyard, your workplace — may be more toxic to your health than you know, according to a report released earlier this month. The President's Cancer Panel, an advisory group charged with monitoring the war on cancer, proposed in its May 5 report that environmental chemicals might contribute to a larger share of deaths from cancer than the 1% to 5% figure cited by the National Cancer Institute. Read more
TERRACHOICE 2010 SINS OF GREENWASHING STUDY FINDS MISLEADING GREEN CLAIMS ON 95 PER CENT OF HOME AND FAMILY PRODUCTS
More than 95 per cent of consumer products claiming to be green are committing at least one of the “sins” of greenwashing, according to The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, released today by TerraChoice, a leading North American environmental marketing company and part of Underwriters Laboratories’ global network. The study also finds big box retailers stock more “green” products and more products that provide legitimate environmental certifications than smaller “green” boutique-style stores. Read more
Toxins in Household Products
Cleaning and home maintenance products are a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada and the huge selection of products available on the retail shelf often makes it difficult for consumers to know what is safe to buy. The good news is that most products contain generally benign ingredients, but there are definitely some to avoid. Read more
How to get toxic cleaning products out of your workplace and out of the environment Read more
Household Cleaners and Toxins
PEST CONTROL
Protecting Your Home from Subterranean Termite Damage
Termites are unique insects. Unlike most other insects, they feed on wood and live in large colonies. This ability to consume wood makes them among the most important structural insect pests in the Northwest.1 There is no question that the thought of thousands of hungry insects consuming the structure of your house is frightening. Fortunately, you can take pesticide-free steps to help prevent termite damage to your house. If you already have an infestation, take time to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Read more
PLASTICS
Phthalate Chemicals In Common Cosmetics Linked To Diabetes Risk
Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) claim they've found a link between chemicals in everyday make-up cosmetics and diabetes in women.
Phthalates are the chemical compounds found in plasticisers - the substance added to plastic to make it flexible and transparent. Read More
What does the government’s decision on BPA mean for reusable water bottles?
For years, some of the most popular reusable water bottles have been made from a hard, clear plastic called polycarbonate. The problem is that one of the key components of polycarbonate is the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). A growing body of research has shown that polycarbonate bottles can leach bisphenol-A into the liquid they contain, making the hard plastic containers toxic water bottles. Read more
PFCAs migrating from some packaging linings - study
Chemicals used in the linings of packaging such as fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are leaching into foods, adding to human chemical blood contamination, a new study has claimed. Read more
A Newly Discovered Reason to Avoid Fast Food and Popcorn
Perfluoroalkyls, which are chemicals used to keep grease from leaking through fast food wrappers, are being ingested by people through their food and showing up as contaminants in blood. Read more
McDonald's, KFC cash receipts bad for health
The next time you collect your cash receipt from fast-food outlets or groceries, be careful - a new study claims the receipts contain high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A.
The study by Environmental Working Group found the plastic component BPA on 40 per cent of receipts from McDonald's, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other businesses. Read more
POLLUTION
U.S. facing 'grievous harm' from chemicals in air, food, water, panel says
An expert panel that advises the president on cancer said Thursday that Americans are facing "grievous harm" from chemicals in the air, food and water that have largely gone unregulated and ignored. Read more
Free Real Estate Maps
Homes and properties in New York are often contaminated by toxic chemicals that can cause health hazards and reduce investment value.
If you are buying real estate in New York, you can check free toxic site maps for every community in the state. These maps identify a total of more than 270,000 landfills, toxic dumps, leaking tanks and other known and potential hazardous sites using local, state and federal government data. Read more
Forbes: Atlanta the ‘most toxic’ U.S. city
Forbes magazine has ranked Atlanta the nation’s "most toxic" city.
"In Atlanta, Ga., you'll find southern gentility, a world-class music scene--and 21,000 tons of environmental waste," Forbes.com noted. "In spite of its charms, the city's combination of air pollution, contaminated land and atmospheric chemicals makes it the most toxic city in the country." Read more
The Indoor Pollution Threat You May Not Have Known Existed
Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, but have you ever thought about the purity of the air that you are breathing as you sit inside your home, office or even a restaurant?
Indoor air quality is considered to be the fourth greatest pollution threat to Americans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Even if you can never see, and can’t always smell, the chemicals inside your home, they are there. It comes from cleaning products, drycleaning chemicals, plastic products like computer keyboards, furniture, paint, carpeting and more. Read more
How to Live Healthy in a Toxic Environment
All of us are living with environmental toxins in our bodies and, for many of us, these toxins are what is causing us to be ill and to seek medical care. If the cause of your health problems is due to a buildup of environmental toxins rather than a deficiency of nutrients, you will need to reduce your toxic load in order to regain your health.
Here are the most basic steps to take to reduce the toxins in your body and your life. Read more
What is Body Burden?
Toxic chemicals, both naturally occurring and man-made, often get into the human body. We may inhale them, swallow them in contaminated food or water, or in some cases, absorb them through skin. A woman who is pregnant may pass them to her developing fetus through the placenta. The term " body burden " refers to the total amount of these chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time. Read more
Air pollution worsens cardiovascular disease
Another concern with air pollution is an increase in cardiovacular disease states. Read more
Atlanta with high rates of air pollution as well as asthma
Our beloved city, named the highest in air pollution as well as among the highest in asthma rates; the connection between the two has been shown in numerous studies. Read more
RADIATION
Americans Get Most Radiation from Medical Scans
We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests.
Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. Read more
Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?
By now, you probably know that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. The mantra, "You are what you eat" is really true.
But you need to consider not only WHAT you buy, but how you cook it.
Eating most of your food raw is ideal. But most of us are not going to be able to accomplish a completely raw diet, and we'll end up cooking some percentage of our food.
Smart food preparation starts with high quality foods and food preparation and that means saying sayonara to your microwave oven. Read more
CHEMICALS AND MEDICATIONS
Position Paper on Urine Alkalinization
The term urine alkalinization emphasizes that urine pH manipulation rather than a diuresis is the prime objective of treatment; the terms forced alkaline dieresis and alkaline diuresis should therefore be discontinued. Urine alkalinization increases the urine elimination of chlorpropamide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, diflunisal, fluoride, mecoprop, methotrexate, phenobarbital, and salicylate. Based on volunteer and clinical studies, urine alkalinization should be considered as first line treatment for patients with moderately severe salicylate poisoning who do not meet the criteria. Read more
BPA exposure at the checkout counter
Fast food and grocery receipts containing high levels of the chemical bisphenol A. Read more
Pollution and dangerous chemicals in your home and workplace can lead to cancer. Learn more about the carcinogenic content of everyday household products and how to reduce your risk. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/24/health/la-he-closer-20100524 and http://leas.ca/Toxins-in-Household-Products.htm and http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-12-formaldehyde_N.htm
Here is an article on the importance of toxin avoidance during pregnancy:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/backpack.cord.blood/index.html
ADHD and pesticides link found: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1989564,00.html?xid=rss-topstories#ixzz0oBgMkhet
The American Cancer Societ recently posted that an estimated 6% of cancer deaths are caused by environmental pollutants. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-06-1Achem06_ST_N.htm and http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-05-12-formaldehyde-cancer_N.htm
Discussing the link between air pollution and cardiovascular disease. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/05/11/126722465/heart-association-says-air-pollution-linked-with-heart-attacks
Radiation is a hidden danger to our health. While microwaves, power lines and cell phones can be a culprit, most of the radiation Americans get is from medical tests. Questions to ask before your next scan. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,594564,00.html
Here is an article discussing fast food and grocery receipts containing high levels of the chemical bisphenol A. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/McDonalds-KFC-cash-receipts-bad-for-health/articleshow/6228002.cms
Cancer survivors practicing regular exercise increase quality of life and reduce fatigue. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-07-02-cancer-exercise_N.htm
Our beloved city, named the highest in air pollution as well as among the highest in asthma rates; the connection between the two has been shown in numerous studies. http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2009/11/02/daily45.html
Another concern with air pollution is an increase in cardiovacular disease states. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/05/11/126722465/heart-association-says-air-pollution-linked-with-heart-attacks
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