Is your food tainted with a natural poison?
It used to be a stand-by in detective fiction, but then it seemed … old-fashioned. It came back into prominence again at the turn of the 21st century, was banned from residential applications — then it faded away from the headlines again. Now it’s back again. It’s arsenic — and it’s recently been found in foods like rice and fruit juices. What are the risks related to exposures to foods and drinks containing arsenic? What are other sources of exposure to this natural poison? Who is at risk? And how can we protect ourselves? An article in the Summer 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist covers all these questions and more! This is a must-read article for everyone who eats drinks and breathes!
Preserving brain function as we age
More and more people are experiencing the tragedy of watching helplessly as a friend or loved one is gradually “erased” by the relentless advance of late-life dementia. Is this terrible loss an inevitable part of aging? Is there anything we can do to prevent our own cognitive decline? Recent research says there is: It appears that regular exercise — nothing too strenuous — can stave off the erosion of brain function that occurs in the aging brain. An article in the Summer 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist describes the latest exciting research findings, all of which point to real cognitive benefits from regular doses of moderate activity. This article may provide exactly the incentive you’ve been looking for to get you off the couch!
The latest findings about breast cancer and the environment
The Institute of Medicine has published its findings about the effects of different environmental exposures on breast cancer. Read two articles in the Summer 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist about this important report. They describe the report’s findings about “established,” “possible,” and “biologically plausible” exposures that might affect the initiation and/or promotion of this terrible disease — and highlight some of the report’s findings that the headlines completely missed!
Don’t pick up common infections!
It’s simply a fact of life: There are myriad ways to be exposed to infectious micro-organisms. You can breathe them in, as sometimes occurs with the cold and flu viruses. But you can also “pick them up” on your skin, particularly on your hands. An article in the Summer 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist tells about surprising places these “germs” lurk, and how to avoid transferring them to your skin. It may not be “cold and flu” season, but germs still abound in many locations, and can cause illness in any season.
Plus: News about a report that rates late model cars for interior toxicity! .... research about important benefits from eating blueberries …. who’s vulnerable to food-borne illnesses (it could well be you!) …. the best way to avoid going back to the hospital …. the new edition of Pediatric Environmental Health (a must for parents!) …. and much much more!