Climate & Public Health: Medicine Faces a Planet in Critical Condition

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Camp Hill FireWildfires and tsunamis. Droughts and floods. Species die-offs and infectious disease outbreaks. Chemical spills and critical habitat destruction. Ocean acidification and coastal erosion. Hardly a day goes by without news of another climate-related disaster somewhere in the world.

The scale and frequency of these eventsand the public outcry about them—are difficult to ignore, especially with millions of young people worldwide taking to the streets.

Environmental issues are usually framed in political, economic, and social terms. Lately, though, medical professionals are waking up and demanding that global warming be treated as a public health crisis.

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The Roots of Supplement Quality Are in the Soil

Written by Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

For dietary supplements containing plant-derived ingredients, product quality has its roots in the soil in which those plants are grown. Recent developments in soil science and sustainable agriculture are helping conscientious companies to safeguard product quality in an era of widespread environmental degradation.

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Two Landmark Studies Shed New Light--and Shadow-- on Omega-3s for CVD

Written by William H. Harris, PhD, Contributing Writer

Two pivotal studies on omega-3s —the long awaited REDUCE-IT and VITAL trials, attempt to clarify the clinical roles of omega-3s for cardiovascular risk reduction. While many of the mainstream headlines took a negative view of the findings, the data actually show some meaningful benefits from omega-3s. Dr. Bill Harris, developer of the Omega-3 Index test, weighs in on the negative and positive messags of these important studies.

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HPC Video

Joe Pizzorno - The Toxin Solution

Written by Meg Sinclair

For decades, Dr. Pizzorno has been at the forefront of a movement to build bridges between naturopathic, functional, and mainstream medicine. In recent years, his attention has been focused on the myriad ways that environmental toxins are damaging personal and public health, and on developing practical strategies to help people reduce their toxic loads.

His recent book, The Toxin Solution, presents a harrowing picture yet offers good clinical guidance on how to manage the onslaught. Consider the following:

•    94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.
•    60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.
•    33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
•    25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.

Holistic Primary Care had the honor of hosting Dr. Pizzorno at our 2017 Practitioner Channel Forum. He shared his research on the role of common toxins in chronic disease and his field-tested therapeutic strategies. Watch the full-length session from HPC’s video archive:

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