The World Health Organization reported in the second edition of the report, “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks”, reveals our exposure to our environment is a significant factor in the cause of human illness and chronic disease.
15 MARCH 2016 | GENEVA - An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.
“A healthy environment underpins a healthy population,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.”
“There’s an urgent need for investment in strategies to reduce environmental risks in our cities, homes and workplaces”, said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Such investments can significantly reduce the rising worldwide burden of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, injuries, and cancers, and lead to immediate savings in healthcare costs.”
Environmental risks take their greatest toll on young children and older people, the report finds, with children under 5 and adults aged 50 to 75 years most impacted.
Many people that are trying to take care of themselves, exercise and eat well but still ask why am I tired or what is causing my blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar to be rising? One new risk factor to our overall health and well being is our constant daily exposure to chemicals and synthetic compounds that we can no longer avoid.
Environmental medicine is a distinct discipline in healthcare that is focused on the assessment and management of conditions that are directly due to exposures from the environment.
Environmental exposures are now a growing cause of many chronic illnesses.
The diagnosis is: Toxicity
We now need to consider that toxicity is a direct cause of many common chronic health conditions like chronic fatigue, obesity, headaches, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, alzheimers dementia, autoimmune inflammatory conditions like thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD and autism, depression, mold and chemical sensitivity, insomnia and cancer.
To be able to live a healthy life we need to live in a healthy environment. This means consciously trying to live green to create a healthy environment to live in and reduce chemical pollution to have clean food to eat, clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
The Environmental Assessment – How Are Toxins Affecting You?
Since our exposure to toxic chemicals in our daily lives is now higher the systems in the body that actively protect it from the harmful effects of toxicity need to be assessed and specifically supported. A environmental health assessment by a trained physician can help identify how well a person is handling toxic load and how toxicity is affecting their body. Environmental medicine assessment include bio-marker tests for genetic predispositions, inflammation, oxidative stress, liver function, allergy, toxic chemical and heavy metal load, anti-oxidant and barrier system function.
A Plan to Cleanse and Protect Your Body Against Chemical Exposures
A personalized integrative metabolic cleanse program is then developed that is customized to support the metabolic and anti-oxidant systems of the body to clear toxins and improve the protection of the body from harmful environmental chemical exposures. This intervention is a component of a preventive wellness plan that is a higher level of nutritional and lifestyle therapies designed to help keep the body healthy in the midst of continued future environmental exposures.
Dr Chris Z Lachowski ©2016