In the news this week I discovered that the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) journal is getting a new editor-in-chief so I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a little bit about EHP for those who haven't come across it before.
Environmental Health Perspectives is a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS
) which is itself one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States.
According to the EHP website their mission:
"is to serve as a forum for the discussion of the interrelationships between the environment and human health by publishing in a balanced and objective manner the best peer-reviewed research and most current and credible news of the field."
As such EHP is one of only a handful of journals dedicated to publishing research into how environmental factors influence health and contribute to disease. It is certainly the most respected journal addressing these issues.
In my role running The Environmental Illness Resource I regularly visit the EHP website to check on the latest research. Quality research into multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Gulf War syndrome, autism, and other conditions is often featured. The great thing is that unlike most journals, EHP allows visitors to view all articles for free. You can search their database and read full research articles on any subject.
One of our medical advisors, Prof. Pam Gibson, has had her research into MCS published in EHP and we have kindly been allowed to republish this here on this site. Prof. Gibson is Professor of Psychology at James Madison Virginia where she teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, Women and Mental Health, Diversity Issues, and Environment, Health, and Behavior. All of her classes study MCS and environmental health.
If you are interested in the impact of pollution and environmental factors on health (as you almost certainly are if you're here on The Environmental Illness Resource!) I would certainly recommend having a look at the Environmental Health Perspectives website. The research papers may be a little heavy going at times but are rewarding and enlightening if you can get through them!