Inspiring blogs are everywhere. So why read this one? What makes “thegreenestdoctor,” any different than another blog on the internet? That question is two fold- it requires asking yourself two very important questions. Do you care about having a habitable planet to live on, and do you care about being healthy? Combining these two questions, we come up with one very important, yet sometimes neglected topic: environmental health.
Environmental health is a fairly new concept; so new, that it is not even defined in dictionaries (don’t believe us? try it for yourself). Whether or not it is defined though is not what is most important. In fact, not having a rigid definition makes this topic a widely questioned, yet important field to study. Environmental health is about the combination of climate change and environmental issues with personal health and wellbeing. To most, it can be thought of as the purest form of common sense: the health of the individual depends on the condition of the environment.
Environmental consulting groups are popping up all over the map to help individuals recognize the importance of environmental health. One up and coming company, Environmental Health and Engineering, recently published a study on air-quality in U.S. cities– ranking the top 10 U.S. cities with the cleanest air to give people a general understanding of how pure their air really is. Not surprisingly, none of the top 10 populated U.S. cities made the list, which is precisely why we need to start caring more about environmental health. We need to start promoting cleaner air in the cities that have the biggest populations, and movements like these just skim the surface of what encompasses mandating environmental health.
Consulting groups are not alone in trying to teach the public about environmental health. In fact, that is the purpose of “thegreenestdoctor”- to teach physicians and patients about what it means to be healthy in an environment that is constantly changing. Doctors are at the forefront of health, as they are trained to treat and cure patients of infection and disease. As the climate continues to change and our planet continues to warm, doctors will need to be constantly informed about plausible health conditions that will arise and how to best fix patients. Physicians will need to serve as environmental activists, in addition to health activists, as the two fields continue to merge.
So, why read this blog? For the well-being of patients, physicians will need to start incorporating environmental practices into their health clinics. Thegreenestdoctor will teach physicians how to do this, how to save money, and how to coin the phrase “thegreenestdoctor”. Encourage your doctors and encourage your friends, but keep in mind that your own personal efforts could indeed make the biggest impact of all.