Feb 062017
 

Speaker: Emma Rohmann
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Toxic chemicals exist all around us, whether it is in the cleaning products we store in our bathroom cabinets, our everyday cosmetics/personal care products, the furniture we sit and relax on each evening or even in the food we enjoy consuming. Although these toxic substances are not always visible to the naked eye, they are present everywhere and can have damaging effects to our health. Many of us do not realize the mechanism in which these harmful agents enter and accumulate inside of us or the extent to which they burden our bodies. These chemicals can build up due to a variety of different methods which include some being stored within our fatty tissue, while other agents maybe slow to leave our bodies. Additionally, bioaccumulation is also a contributing factor, in which our position at the top of the food chain allows us to consume the animals, water and plants that exist within our environment, while simultaneously ingesting the harmful agents present within these sources of food in the process. Furthermore the impact that these agents have on children is far more detrimental due to their small stature and body surface area allowing smaller concentrations of chemicals to have an effect as well as their immature immune systems combating and abolishing toxins at far slower rates than that of fully developed adults.

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 Posted by on February 6, 2017
Feb 062017
 

Speakers: Dr. Winnie Siu & Dr. Aviad Elgez
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Dr. Siu and Dr. Elgez are a part of EnviroMed, a clinic that specializes in Environmental Medicine. Their mission is to educate their patients and the community regarding the connection between the state of the Environment and human health. Working alongside Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, a clinical Geneticist, they focus on proper genetics and home environment assessments as well as environmentally exposed individuals suffering from the following illnesses:

  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Chronic infections/Mild-immunosuppression
    • e.g. Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Electro Hypersensitivity Syndrome
  • Non-responsive patients to standard treatments

They found that the conditions listed above as well as many other illnesses are directly related to daily environmental exposures of pollution, workplace hazards, radiation, climate change, pesticides, mold, plastics, heavy metals, solvents and electromagnetic frequencies.  Their goal is to identify exposures that are related to health concerns.

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 Posted by on February 6, 2017
Dec 152016
 

Speaker: Sunday Harrison
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

What if you could find a system to empower urban children, the youth and their families to learn about growing and preparing fresh food in a cultivated environment? Well, Ms. Sunday Harrison has created just that, by bringing the concept of “learning gardens” to local elementary schools as an after school program. Her objective is to generate a fun and experimental learning environment to help develop the palate of children and the youth, so that they are willing to try new foods and essentially make healthier choices.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016
Dec 152016
 

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Schreiner
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

The nature versus nurture controversy has been argued for as long as we can remember. Even when it comes to our health and the reasons why we develop certain health conditions this discrepancy does not cease to exist. Although it is debatable as to whether genetics or the environment is the main source of the majority of our health conditions, studies have shown that both are equally responsible for many of the issues that we encounter.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016
Dec 152016
 

Speakers: Steven Bourne & Brandon Hebor
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Many times we are unaware of what is entailed to get the food we eat onto our plates. What we do not realize is the numerous issues that are encountered in the process. This includes the loss of nutritional value that occurs in produce that is required to travel long distances in order to become accessible to us. Other issues that arise involve land degradation, growing cities, soil erosion and the increased use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Additionally, seasonality also raises concern, as the Canadian climate creates boundaries and limits the amount of time during the year in which produce can actually be sourced in Canada. Therefore, during off-seasons we are required to rely on other areas to receive our produce. In retrospect, there may essentially be a 1200 km distance between the location of where the initial seed was harvested to its yielded produce appearing on our plates. At the same time, numerous amounts of carbon are also being emitted into our atmosphere in the process.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016