Holistic health requires an awareness of not only what you eat and drink, but also what you breath and what products you use in your home and put on your body.
Below are some great websites, books and advocacy groups that can provide additional information!
Environmental Health Resource List
- Environmental Protection Agency: Learn the Issues
- The EPA Office of Water contains a comprehensive study of regulated water contaminants, and search tools for local and regional watersheds and toxicity data.
- The EWG National Drinking Water Database is a comprehensive searchable database of 20 million tap water quality tests done by water utilities from 2004-2009. This database covers both the regulated and unregulated water contaminants, and identifies over 200 unregulated toxins in the samples from 45 states. One of the most useful features in the EWG resource is the sequential search tool allowing a search of the individual water contaminant, its source, the associated health risk, and how to filter it out of the water.
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Toxicant and Disease Database
This is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and ~180 human diseases or conditions.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences –NIEHS
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry through the CDC. ATSDR is a searchable database with data up to 2007 that includes geographic detail and detailed health effects for a vast variety of chemicals.
- The National Resource Defense Council/Water has an excellent database; for example, search “water filters.”
- NSF International, founded in 1944, is an excellent resource for product testing and certification. They received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for their product certification programs and maintain an extensive website about water contaminants and effective filters.
- Mind-Body-Earth: a primer on finding true health – PDF, Nathan Daley, 2011.
- Learn more about mobile source air pollution health effects – EPA
- AirNow.gov – local air quality conditions
- What’s On My Food is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.
- EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
- EWG Dirty Dozen
- EWG Clean Fifteen
- Video: Andrew Weil, MD, explaining how to use EWG’s Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen to shop for produce
- EWG Dirty Dozen: Cancer Prevention Edition – page includes a downloadable PDF
- The US Environmental Protection Agency ‘Learn the Issues’ portal – patients can access comprehensive and easy-to-understand information about a wide variety of current environmental topics.
- EPA: Local Drinking Water Information
- The Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Database
- NRDC Mercury Calculator—estimates average mercury dose from fish consumption
- US Department of Health & Human Services Household Products Database (NOTE: the information is based on the chemicals that the product manufacturer has listed as ingredients. Manufacturers often withhold information about some ingredients.)
- EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
- Use the GoodGuide to evaluate your household and personal products for your own health, and the impact production of that product upon the workers and the environment.
- Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic DIY Recipes.
- ASTDR: Public Health Statement for Mercury
- How can mercury enter and leave my body?
- NRDC: Seafood Guide & Mercury in Fish PDF wallet card
- Consumer Reports – Choose the Right Fish To Lower Mercury Risk Exposure – videoEstimate Your Body Burden – from the Oakland Tribune
- Clean School Bus
- Clean School Bus USA National Idle-Reduction Campaign to improve air quality and protect the health of children and bus drivers.
- The Children’s School Bus Exposure Study
- Air Emission Sources — Where You Live – State or regional view of various air pollutants.
- Health Effects Fact Sheets for Hazardous Air Pollutants – from the EPA
- What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
- Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality
- Indoor Air Pollutants: EPA: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
- Incense, Candles, Fragranced ProductsEPA.gov – Formaldehyde
- EPA.gov – Asbestos
- EPA.gov – Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Smoke-free Homes
- EPA.gov – Lead
- EPA Map of Radon Zones
- Health Risk of Radon
- Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home
- EPA Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing demand to help improve indoor air quality.
- EU: Permanent phthalates ban in toys approved
- Trouble Brewing: Greenpeace calls on the tea industry to save Indian tea from pesticides Website; PDF report
- EPA: Pesticides: Human Health Issues
- Illegal pesticides on produce imported into the US from Mexico & China LA Times article – opens website
- California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation – opens website