Environomics

Making Sense of CEFALO

By August West - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

CEFALO, a multi-center European project, is the first study to look specifically at the impact of self-reported mobile phone use on risk of childhood brain tumors. While it  seemed to dispel the notion that EM radiation from cellphones can cause brain tumors, critics contend that the conclusions are not so clear cut. Writers from the Environmental Health Trust challenge CEFALO’s findings; a spokesman from the study team responds.

EMF Hygiene: How to Minimize Health Risks From Wireless Devices

By Camilla Rees, MBA

In recent years, there’s been a groundswell of science documenting significant health risks associated with exposure to radiation from cell phones, computers, and other modern wireless devices. Concerns range from reduced fertility to potentially increased risk of cancers including brain tumors. A bit of “EMF hygiene” will go a long way in minimizing risk. EMF safety expert Camilla Rees shares a wealth of tips.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. , 2010

Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

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Roots of Health Begin in the Soil

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Healthy soil is the foundation of healthy food, which is the foundation of healthy humans, says Michael Abelman, a veteran organic farmer who believes farming has a lot more in common with medical practice than most people realize.

Seafood Safety Reports Make Big Splash

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

The issue of whether or not to eat fish has had a lot of people floundering in recent years. Many are concerned about mercury and other environmental toxins found in some fish. Two major reports, one from the Institute of Medicine, and another from researchers at Harvard insist that the health benefits of a fish-rich diet far outweigh the minimal risks. Enviro-groups contend that the reports are downplaying the pollution problem.

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Catch-22: Can We Harvest the Health Benefits of Seafood Without Destroying the Oceans?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

The recent Institute of Medicine and Harvard reports on seafood safety go a long way in allaying public concern about mercury toxicity in fish and affirming fish as a healthy food. But they largely overlook the precarious state of the world’s oceans. Can we have our fish and eat them too? Yes, say marine biologists, but only with major changes in fisheries management and consumer consciousness.

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Healing a Poisoned Planet: Eco-Docs Think Globally, Act Locally

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 7, No. 2. , 2006

Eco-consciousness doesn’t have to mean picketing outside the next WTO meeting or radically redesigning your office. As two young physicians prove, all it takes is a willingness to think outside the box and take action based on what’s best for your patients’ and your own community’s health.

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Outpatient Clinics Honored for Superior Environmental Performance

By Janet Brown | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. , 2006

The Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E), annual Environmental Leadership Awards honor hospitals, health systems and clinics who’ve demonstrated superior performance in eliminating mercury, reducing waste, and implementing eco-standards. This year’s award winners show that small outpatient clinics can make as big a difference as large medical centers.

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Finding Antioxidant Gold in Olive Oil Industry’s Waste Stream

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 2. , 2003

The olive oil industry presses millions of gallons of water out of olives each year. Managing this wastewater has become a major environmental problem in olive producing nations. But it turns out that olive water contains a very strong antioxidant. Roberto Crea, an Italian biochemist, developed a way to extract this compound from the wastewater to create a new antioxidant supplement product called Olivenol.

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Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Do These Phthalates Make Me Look Fat?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

There appears to be a strong correlation between teenage obesity and exposure to phthalates—endocrine-disrupting compounds found in many personal care products and a myriad of plastic and vinyl products.

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