In Honor of Earth Day
byJeffrey Donohue, M.D.
Multiple advancements in technology and modern conveniences have contributed to an increase in dangerous environmental toxins worldwide. This makes living green important not only for the betterment of the environment, but for your health. I encourage my patients to make small changes that can make a big difference in their health and saving the earth.
In honor of Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) I want to remind you that by keeping the earth is well, you and your health will benefit. One easy change to make is in your diet. I often tell my patients, “Don’t just eat right, eat clean.” Organic, whole-foods are best and even shopping at the local farmers’ market – if possible. You may want to consider being more cautious with your choices in household cleaners. Lemon, vinegar and baking soda are equally as effective, less costly and non-toxic.
Toxic exposure runs deep – humans are exposed to toxins even before leaving the womb – studies have found more than 200 toxins in fetal umbilical cord blood. Toxic cosmetics, contaminated water sources and basic household products contribute to the decline of your health, including and especially, endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors cause dangerous hormonal imbalances, which can lead to metabolic disorders, fertility issues, cognitive impairment and cancer. This makes monitoring your hormone levels throughout the lifespan extremely important. Before irreversible changes occur, adjustments to your lifestyle may be made to inhibit exposure and improve or maintain hormone balance.