Environomics

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.

Household Molds Often Drive Respiratory Symptoms

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Household molds like Cladosporium and Aspergillus are common triggers for asthma and other respiratory conditions, though they seldom get the attention given to cigarette smoke and animal dander. Since all molds need damp environments, the key to controlling molds is to control household moisture.

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Mercury Makes Fish Foul, Admits FDA

By Janet Brown | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

The FDA’s recent warning that pregnant women should reduce their fish consumption because of high mercury levels are good as far as they go. But unfortunately, like many government efforts, they fail to address the real issue: Why is there so much mercury in our oceans?

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Enviro-Friendly Asthma Inhalers Emerge, But Slowly

By August West | Contributing Editor - Vol. 1, No. 1. , 2000

Environmentally friendly propellants may soon replace the ozone-eating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in metered dose inhalers used for asthma medications. CFC-free formulations of albuterol and salbutamol, two common asthma drugs, are already available for testing, but since the new propellants change the amounts of drug delivered to the lungs, it may be a few years before drug manufacturers release these new products to the market.

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CleanMed 2001: Hospital Administrators See the Green Light

By Janet Brown | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. , 2001

Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC’s resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation’s largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.

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