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The relationship between the environment and our health

Environmental medicine involves understanding the relationship between the environment and human health. As naturopathic doctors we are sworn to preserve the health of our planet for ourselves, our families and for future generations, and we understand that our health is inseparable from the health of our communities, and of the world that we live in.

Environmental pollutants and chemicals are commonly found in our indoor, and outdoor environments, and are often present in our food, air and water, as well as  in various cosmetic and personal care products we use every day. There are numerous health concerns with a potential environmental component.

At Valley Naturopath we work with individuals one-on-one to

  • Teach practical, low-cost strategies on how to live cleaner and healthier
  • Identify everyday sources of environmental pollutants
  • Learn how chemicals in our everyday lives may be affecting our health
  • Learn how to minimize our exposure to environmental pollutants
  • Teach practical tips to support the body’s natural ability to detoxify

Environmental pollutants commonly affect three main systems in the human body

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The nervous system

The immune system

The hormonal system

Common environmental pollutants

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Heavy metals

Molds and mycotoxins

Solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)

BPA (bisphenol A) and other potential hormone disruptors




Environmental Medicine at Valley Naturopath

At Valley Naturopath, we work with patients one-on-one to identify and avoid everyday sources of environmental pollutants that may be affecting their health, teach practical, low-cost strategies on how to live cleaner and healthier, and teach practical tips to support the body’s natural ability to detoxify.

Supporting the organs of detoxification

Obviously the best way to protect our health is to avoid exposing ourselves to environmental contaminants in the first place, but a certain amount of exposure is simply unavoidable given the world we live in.

The human body has various mechanisms in place to detoxify, and there are simple daily practices one can put in place to gently support the body in its effort to detoxify.

The primary organs of detoxification include the bowels, the skin, the liver, the kidney, the lungs and in women, the uterus.

Some people consider the voice as the body’s primary way to eliminate emotional pollutants. Authentic self-expression through voice allows one the opportunity to express and release a full range of emotions and can be vital to one’s detoxification process.

Secondary routes of elimination include ear wax, tears, hair, discharge or mucous, and even sneezing.

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Environmental medicine resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) [US]

Environmental Working Group (EWG) [US]

United States Environmental Protection Agency [US]

Environmental and Workplace health – Health Canada

Pesticides and Pest Management – Health Canada

Environmental Public Health and Climate Change – Health Canada

Canadian Centre for Occupational health and safety

Environmental Defense Canada

David Suzuki Foundation

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE)

Ecojustice [Canada]

Scorecard – the pollution information site [US]

Environment Canada

Environment Canada – Air Quality

Environment Canada – Water

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