Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What a weekend! Where do I begin...

This past weekend I attended the annual OAND convention, where David Suzuki and many other wonderful speakers shared with us the huge impacts that the environment is having on our health (or ill-health). I have always known that as a Naturopath it was my role to teach respect for the environment, but now more than ever I realize that Naturopaths need to be ambassadors for environmental health issues. There was so much grim information given, but I think it'll take me a few weeks to sort through all my thoughts and figure out a 'user-friendly' way to share it with my patients and the public.
One surprising finding was to hear that high fructose corn syrup is a huge source of mercury! Who knew! Apparently many of the major players like Coca-cola, Heinz, Kraft and Quaker are still using it in their food products for lack of a better source of cheap sugar. The Obama government is pushing to have these companies find alternatives by 2012 (don't hold your breath)!

Another eye-opener was to hear how dangerous cell phone use was to the brain - I mean, i've always known it, but to see Brain images of cell phone users made it real, and to hear how particularly devastating it is for children was a shocker. After hearing their research, i'm keeping my kids far away from any cell phones (including mine) until they are MUCH older. In many countries they're banning cell phone use to kids under 12 (some 18), so it seems in north America we're a little behind!

Luckily, I also learned that there's things we CAN do to protect ourselves, and that's something I'll have to write a few patient hand-outs about.

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Vitality for Life Health Center

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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