by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Much awareness has been brought to environmental issues this year in particular. Whether it has to do with the fact that it is an election year or that people are really sitting up and taking notice… it is hard to know. What is important that the issues are being brought to the forefront where they can be addressed.
With all the excitement about going green, big corporations are finally jumping on the band wagon. Al Gore’s movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ has made the masses more aware of global warming and that has been another milestone in the fight for a greener planet.
The excessive abuse of our environment plays an integral part in how we live our lives and ultimately a major factor in determining our own health and healing. Environmental issues such as worldwide pollution, the garbage disposal and landfills, and the toxic waste seeping into the ground and our water supply, have become staggering statistics.
Along with polluting our air and warming our climate, the exploration, extraction, and use of fossil fuels can cause incredible damage to water and land resources. Oil spills destroy plant and animal life, and leave waterways and their surrounding shores uninhabitable for long periods of time. In addition, strip mining for coal deposits devastates landscapes by reducing mountaintops and filling-in valleys and streams.
Polluting The Temple
The temple, our physical body, is the only thing we have to carry the soul. When our physical bodies are not in proper working order, everything around us ultimately suffers. Our good health is all we have that stands between us and the aging process. The more our air, food and water are taxed and altered, our body has to work harder to cleanse itself. The longer we keep our physical body in optimum health, the longer we have our temple to keep our soul on this plane. Detoxification is the best way to keep the body at its most ultimate working level.
Symptoms such as frequent or reoccurring colds, feeling heavy, sluggish or tired, poor skin, acne or other related skin problems, allergies, a thick, coated tongue, bad breath, headache, and feelings of gas and being bloated after meals may indicate problems in the body’s functionality and it’s ability to process, digest and excrete properly. These vague symptoms that are often overlooked tend to be the results of a congested and sluggish body system.
Exposure or toxicity to food additives, solvents, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals can cause a number of psychological and neurological symptoms. Toxins produced by bacteria in the gut can be absorbed, causing significant disruption of body functions. Toxins that the body are unable to eliminate build up in the tissues, typically in our fat stores.
Man-made electromagnetic fields bombard us constantly on a daily basis. Computers, microwaves, X Ray machines, TV, cell phones and antennas are just a few of the low and high frequency electromagnetic fields the continue to assault us as our population grows and the need to advance technology at the speed of light increases.
What We Can Do
Johns Hopkins Institutions Health Safety & Environment has compiled some wonderful references and phone numbers for such things as chemical spills, hazardous material and how to dispose of them properly, indoor air quality and much more: Johns Hopkins Institutions Health Safety & Environment.
In 1996 at Harvard Medical School, expansion of the environmental education at the medical school was put into place to further investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change.
Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity is a project of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School under the auspices of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). More than 60 scientists from several industrialized and developing countries are involved. They have spent the last few years compiling what is known about the complex relationship between biodiversity and human health. Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
Climate Change Futures: Health, Economic, and Ecological Dimensions
Concerns about climate change are often placed into the distant future. But the health and financial impacts of climate instability are already affecting many nations and economies. Climate change affects human health and economics via many pathways.
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