Integrative Environmental Medicine
These environmental concerns cover breast milk, food additives, farm and yard herbicides and pesticides, city and well water, food containers, and radiofrequency. Many studies reveal that exposure to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environment may increase risk for chronic diseases, asthma, autism, autoimmunity, type 2 diabetes, multiple cancers, etc. Over 87,000 chemicals are now commercially available in the U.S., almost all of which have not been tested for safety. The risk may be particularly high in children and fetuses with developing brains and bodies.
Are you aware that in 2016 brain tumors became the leading cause of cancer among U.S. adolescents 15- to 19-years old? Cell phones play a casual role—and the authors tell how to minimize the risk from cell phones.
The book is highly readable and interesting, while it offers tangible, practical information that can easily be integrated into the daily lives of patients in clinical, outpatient, or preventive care.
Level 1 & 2 CPE
Suggested Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 4.2.7, 6.1.9, 6.2.5
CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests
Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:
- Explain four reasons why people have more chemical exposures in the past twenty years than in the past centuries.
- List five sources of high-risk, common environmental chemicals.
- Describe four effects that environmental chemicals have on human physiology, even in small doses.
- Explain how inflammation can be triggered by indoor dust, mold, and cleaning chemicals/disinfectants.
- List four chronic threats to the American water supply.
- Clarify three ways diet, food choices, and food chemicals can contribute to dysbiosis and negative effects on the gut microbiome.
- Describe four ways a person can minimize damage from microwave/ radiofrequency when living around high-tech devices.
- Briefly explain how endocrine-disrupting chemicals work and three known sources.
- Give two reasons why there is far less food safety today than in 1958, although the estimated number of additives has increased by 1000%.
- List four ways to proactively reduce environmental exposures.
Why we chose this book
These highly qualified authors have written an excellent book in the Weil Integrative Medicine Library. Their evidence-based research coupled with their extensive years of clinical experience, and interviews have created a very readable, interesting text.
About the author
Aly Cohen, MD, FACR, is Founder and Medical Director, Integrative Rheumatology Associates and Faculty, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and Jones/Lovell Fellow, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Monroe Township, NJ. Frederick S. vom Saal, PhD, is the Curator’s Distinguished Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.