Our Environment, Our Health

Body, Mind, Spirit and Environment…

…The equation to optimal wellness, right? YES!  But what about the toxins in our everyday environment? What about the synthetic chemicals we all carry inside us, our ‘body burden’? Scientific research links a number of health concerns – from developmental disabilities to infertility to diabetes – with even low-level exposures to certain chemicals in the environments where we live, work, study and play. In fact, not one person, species, or area of the planet is completely free from the estimated 80,000 manmade chemicals that have been manufactured since World War II. The cord blood of newborn babies averages over 200 synthetic chemicals at birth and our own Orca whales appear to be the most contaminated animals on earth.

While these facts can feel overwhelming and depressing, it’s worth learning more about. But, it takes time and courage to pay attention. We should be alarmed but not depressed. The good news is that we can take action by making more conscious consumer choices. Research shows that minimizing daily chemical exposures can make a difference. Avoidance of environmental toxins is the number one strategy to help support optimal wellness. We can reduce our exposure to these risks if we understand what and where these risks are.

Information is power and we are learning. Informed citizens become informed consumers who choose wisely. Educating ourselves about these issues makes us powerful. By making healthier, safer food and product choices we collectively send a signal to corporations and government that we will no longer tolerate being exposed to untested, unlabeled chemicals. Some corporations and agencies are starting to listen. When we choose wisely we are voting with our consumer dollars for a healthier environment today and in the future – we are voting for optimal wellness for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and for generations to come.

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Welcome to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) ‘Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in
Produce’ web link. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
Review the ‘Dirty Dozen and Clean 15’ shopping guide to the most and least pesticide
laden foods to help you stretch your food dollars and decrease your exposure to pesticides.

Environmental Toxins & Human Health

For decades government agencies have monitored levels of pollution – synthetic chemicals and naturally occurring toxic substances – in our land, air and water. Today, studies monitor levels of pollution in people, also referred to as body burden. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started this bio-monitoring practice in the 1970s using tissue samples. Current bio-monitoring data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have assessed human urine, blood and breast milk samples for body burdens and identified a variety of synthetic chemical pollutants. [read more]

Pharmaceutical Pollution: Problems and Solutions

Living within this ever shrinking global community called planet Earth, we are rapidly and collectively learning about the impact our ‘activities of daily living’ have on our local, regional and global environments. Recent focus on the health care industry has surfaced concern for the contamination of our streams and waterways with pharmaceutical medications. Bottom line: Medications are a pollution problem, and the rate that medications are entering the environment is faster than the rate they are cleared from the environment. [read more]

More information

The following web links provide science based information on subjects pertinent to women’s health:

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