Environmental Health and Health Effects of Environmental
Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments (WHO, 2001). This is what the several articles and videos provided for the class help the student understand the importance of environmental health. Several videos of Dr. Vanadana where also an important part of the assignment, the objective of which are to raise awareness regarding such important issues regarding environmental health. The role of the nurse in the health of the environment is highlighted as each day nurses form an important part of the movement to solve these environmental issues.
The debate about whether global environmental change is real is now over; in its wake is the realization that it is happening more rapidly than predicted. These changes constitute a profound challenge to human health, both as a direct threat and as a promoter of other risks. Every day we hear on the news that a new disaster has occurred. Whether it is a natural disaster or one caused by man, most of humanity goes about their business. At least that is the way that it has been in the past. Things are changing, people and nations are becoming more aware of the environmental issues we are facing as the human race and how our home (earth) is being affected. Yet not much is done about it, it seems to be very inconvenient. Most times when we hear what is going on with the environment, we become concerned, but after a while we forget, we tend to think we can’t make a difference, after all we are only an insignificant person compared to the rest of the world, right? Environmental Health and Health Effects of Environmental
After reading and watching all these interesting articles and videos it reminds me that there is so much more we can do about the environment. In her videos Dr. Vanadana brings up very important points regarding the future of food, with things like genetic engineering of seeds that are patented and not available to everyone. She also talks about how the corporate world is taking over our decision of what to eat and how to eat it. She is also mentions how the future of our earth depends on how we save and use the natural resources. She makes a point on the fact that our actions can makes us or destroys us; they will have an impact on what our future generations will have available. We can also see how in the last few years the greening movement has achieved a tipping point in the U.S. There is a new and energized concern about the environment and its effects to the health of individuals, families, and communities. Climate change is certainly topping the list. It is clear that there is scientific support that one’s environment has a direct impact on their health. Environmental factors affect human health in important ways, both positive and negative. Environmental factors sustain health, and promoting them is preventive medicine. Factors such as, sources of nutrition (farming: soil quality, water availability, biodiversity/bio-integrity, genetically modified organisms (GMOs); hunting, fishing: wildlife, fish populations.), water (drinking, cooking; cleaning / sanitation); air quality; ozone layer (protection from UV, cancers, etc); space for exercise and recreation; sanitation / waste recycling and disposal. Negative environmental factors are threats to health, and controlling them is public environmental health. Some of those are, environmental conditions favoring disease vectors, environmental disruptions: floods, droughts, storms, fires, earthquakes, volcanoes; air quality: pollen and pollution leading to respiratory diseases or cancers;...
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