Category: Environment

Our health is affected by and closely connected to the health or our environment. We humans are a microcosm of the macrocosm (the world) – what’s going on in the environment has a big impact on our own health. While technology and industry has enhanced our lives and helped us to live more comfortably, it comes with a price. We are the first generation to be exposed to so many chemicals. In our daily living, we now use more than 50,000 of these chemicals. We cannot ignore the impact this is having on our own health and the health of our planet.

Read more about toxicity and some of the simple actions you can take to minimize the environmental factors that affect you.

Wireless Wake-up Call

A Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson discusses our attachment to technology and the health hazards such an addiction may hold.

3 Banned-in-Europe Foods Americans Need to Rethink and Eat Smarter

Meat, dairy and poultry. They’re on millions of American plates every day and most people don’t give ‘em a second thought, because our food supply, according to the FDA, is perfectly safe. Or is it? Those of us in the wellness community would likely disagree! Our food isn’t quite as healthy or wholesome as they’d have us believe. In fact, many of our staple foods in the U.S. contain ingredients and undergo chemical treatments that are banned in other parts of the world because of mounting health concerns. As a physician dedicated to sustainable wellness, these bans certainly set off a few alarms – and it’s why I advise my patients to re-think what they’re eating every day, to choose foods that will help them feel and be well. Here are three common foods to re-think – and healthier ways to enjoy them:

Buying Guide: Safer Food Storage

Just like us, our food is on the road a lot during the holiday season—whether that’s traveling to a family dinner where everyone’s eagerly awaiting your signature dish or back home in the form of your favorite leftovers. And it certainly takes the fun out of holiday meals if you’re left worrying whether your containers are leaching chemicals into Aunt Sadie’s homemade stuffing.

Just the Facts: Fragrance

“Fragrance” is a generic term found on the labels of the personal care products we use day in and day out: Products like shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and in our laundry detergent, dish soap, and makeup. But the term isn’t as innocuous as it seems.

4 Reasons to Avoid Cooking with Vegetable Oils

When making dietary changes, adding more vegetables is a quick and easy way to get the ball rolling. Next, you might think, “I’ll add some vegetable oil, too,” for a few more veggie bonus points. So you pat yourself on the back, thinking you’re doing the right thing, but unfortunately, you’d actually be wrong, very wrong. Adding vegetable oil to your plate or skillet can do your body far more harm than good, so drop the Mazola and listen up. It’s time to get vegetable oil out of your life and here’s why:

How GMO’s Failed to Feed The World

One of the most compelling promises that the biotech industry makes to justify the need for their products (genetically engineered crops and portfolio of chemicals needed to grow them) are that these ingredients are needed to feed the world. Who can argue with that if it’s working? But it’s not.

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress

I often tell my private consulting clients that their mattress should be the first thing they replace if they want a non-toxic home. I feel so strongly about this because of the fact that a) we spend such a large portion of our lives in our beds, and b) most mattresses contain a range of chemical components, linked with everything from nervous system disorders to cancer.

9 Dirty Little Secrets of GMO’s

Transparency is sexy. Misleading people, not so much. If you had no idea that ingredients, labeled by the EPA as pesticides, are hiding in your food, you’re not alone.

Here are nine dirty little secrets about GMOs that impact everyone from farmers to families to the financials of our economy:

How to Stick a Fork* in Antibiotic Resistance

What would happen if our children’s serious infections no longer responded to antibiotics? If an infection in the uterus of a mother who has recently given birth couldn’t be treated with antibiotics? If there were no longer a cure for meningitis, or any number of life threatening infections?

The magnitude of this reality is upon us as we enter into an era that is, according to major public health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, defined by the global health crisis called antibiotic resistance.