Integrative Health Blog

Holistic health: What am I drinking?

Posted by on Tue, Apr 06, 2010

by Cathy Scoblionko NP
It seems that something is in the news almost daily about safety concerns surrounding tap water. We know that there are elements and compounds deliberately added (e.g. fluoride, chlorine) to our water supply. Some enter the supply through daily activities of bathing the topical medications and cosmetics off the skin, or eliminating them through bowel and bladder excretions. Many products enter the water via excretions of food animals. Factory farmed animals are often fed antibiotics and hormones which are excreted and drain into the water supply. For many years we have been told to flush away unused and unwanted medications.
It is now clear that the filtering processes and water treatments do not remove all the medications and hormones that end up there. Some questions that come to mind are: How dangerous is that? What is being done about it on a large scale? What do I need to do to protect myself? What do I need to do to prevent adding to the problem?

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Tags: holistic health, integrative health

Holistic health: The Problem with Plastic

Posted by on Wed, Mar 17, 2010

by Cathy Scoblionko, NP
By now many of you have heard about the controversy around Bisphenol A, or  BPA, an estrogen-like plastic used in products we are exposed to every day in products from pesticides, flooring, and flame retardants to baby bottles, water bottles and eating utensils. It has been used increasingly since the late 1800's and its estrogen -like qualities have been suspected and researched since the 1930's.
Recently, the FDA has questioned the safety of the compound in humans. Bisphenol A strongly attaches to estrogen receptor sites in the body. One of the concerns is hormonal disruption and increased estrogenic effects on males of many species, not just humans. Also of concern are the possible links to insulin interference, changes in brain chemistry and the immune system and the list goes on.
The compound is pervasive in the environment and is likely to remain so for many years. We can expect agencies and people on both sides of the issue to continue to publish conflicting data. The biggest challenge that I see is avoiding exposure. Regardless of how safe or unsafe plastics turn out to be, they have no place in the human body. They are not nutrients or beneficial to our metabolism so there is no reason for them to be there. Since it seems incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to completely avoid exposure, what should one do to prevent absorbing too much into the body?
Here are some tips:
• Use as much glass for food storage as possible.
• Avoid disposable flatware.
• When using disposable dishes, use paper rather than Styrofoam.
• Ask for paper or cardboard take-away containers from restaurants.
• When buying products in plastic containers or wrap is unavoidable, transfer to glass before storage.
• Buy and eat organic food.
• Drink filtered water.
• Eat fresh or frozen foods avoiding canned foods.
• Wash hands after handling plastics- be alert as this includes CD's.
• Use only glass in the microwave (if you must use the microwave at all).
• If you can taste or smell chemical compounds from the food container, take it back.

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Tags: BPA, plastics, holistic health, integrative health, integrative medicine

Why Holistic Health?

Posted by on Mon, Feb 15, 2010

by Cathy Scoblionko MSN, ANP-BC

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Tags: holistic health, holistic approach, integrative medicine