Negative health outcomes from exposure to environmental contaminants may be considerably greater than we currently care to think.
Environmental exposures that could potentially impact negatively on your health, include:
Many products that have been banned for use are still polluting our environment today because of their persistence in the environment, as well as human tissue. PCBs previously used in electrical equipment and lead in soils near roads from the previous use of leaded petrol are two examples. Significant exposures can therefore still occur today from these two sources.
Unfortunately, trying to show cause and effect with many environmental exposures is difficult, because:
Therefore, we adopt a precautionary approach and advise people to minimise exposure to potentially harmful environmental sources where there is sufficient evidence to suggest it could be harmful to human health, such as those listed above. Unfortunately, our government does the opposite and assumes products are safe until proven otherwise. Furthermore, we are still being exposed to substances on a daily basis that are known to be carcinogenic or possibly carcinogenic, as designated by the World Health Organisation. Economics seems to always trump health until the evidence, and/or public expectations, are so strong that politicians are forced to act. Asbestos is a good illustration of this with it’s ban on building products in Australia only occurring in 2003. This is long after the first recorded health impacts of asbestos in the medical literature way back in the early 1900’s. Asbestos is still being found in imported products today.
Regular fish consumption is a concern with regard to persistent organic pollutant and heavy metal exposure, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women. We therefore urge women in this situation to seek advice on the current recommendations for fish consumption, preferably before becoming pregnant.
Currently the most effective method for identifying potential health effects from environmental sources is detailed diagnostic questioning. At Health Generation we can assist you to locate potential environmental contaminants in your life and practical ways to reduce exposures.
“Your genetics load the gun, your environment pulls the trigger” – Dr Francis Collins
Health Generation are offering free 30 minute consultations for new clients. This allows us time to assess your health needs and decide if we can assist you further. It also provides you with the opportunity to assess our suitability to your needs and expectations.
So what have you got to lose?