General Environmental Health News

Canadian politicians carry cocktail of chemicals


Four prominent Canadian officials have subjected themselves to a barrage of tests to detect traces of chemicals and are said to be shocked by the results.

The laboratory tests carried out on the politicians, including Health Minister Tony Clement, have found all of them carry trace amounts of dozens of potentially dangerous pollutants in their bodies. The other elected officials tested were NDP leader Jack Layton, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, and Liberal John Godfrey, a critic of current environmental policies.

The testing which checked for over 100 chemicals was organized by Environmental Defense, the same environmental activism group that has previously tested members of the public in Canada and found widespread contamination with synthetic chemicals in everyone evaluated. The group then challenged the politicians to undergone the same testing to see how they compared, to which they agreed. The politician's results showed they had residues from stain repellents, flame retardants, and insecticides, amongst other undesirable substances.

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Researchers look to dirty electricity as a potential cause of unexplained illnesses


A recently published research article looks at potential health consequences of dirty electricity and calls for investigations into its role in unexplained illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and ADHD.

As we move into the 21st Century and the "information age", the amount of electromagnetic radiation we are exposed to on a daily basis, in our homes, places of work, schools, and practically everywhere else, is increasing at a rapid rate. This electromagnetic pollution is present in the form of dirty electricity, ground current, and radio frequency radiation from wireless devices.

This trend is set to continue as the electronic devices we have come to rely on become ever more ubiquitous, and new "must have" devices are developed. There are not many people in the western world who don't spend the majority of their day in proximity to electronics such as televisions, computers, cells phones, and countless other devices. This situation has led an increasing number of people to wonder what effects this constant barrage of electromagnetic radiation might be having on the human body.

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Food industry funded medical studies are biased say researchers


A major review of medical studies funded by the food industry have found that they are up to 8 times more likely to reach favourable conclusions for a product than studies funded by other means.

This is the conclusion of a group of researchers from the Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, in the US, who looked into studies involving soft drinks with supposed health benefits.

So before you act on media reports or company spin regarding any research about the health effects of beverages such as milk, fruit juice or soft drinks, it is a wise idea to find out exactly who paid for the study. If research was funded by a company or group related to the food industry, particularly if this was the sole means of funding, the conclusions may be biased and misleading.

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Chemicals Harmful to Health in Low as Well as High Doses


Medical researchers are increasingly finding that synthetic chemicals can damage health at low doses as well as high, making it hard to predict "safe" levels.

In the world of toxicology it has always been assumed that the harm that chemicals can do to human health is dependent entirely on the dose. As a result, toxicologists have sought to discover the dose at which a particular chemical causes acute illness. A line is then drawn with doses of the chemical below that level deemed safe and those above unsafe, or toxic.

This simple dose dependent model has made it easy for lawmakers to set limits on chemical use and approve or ban specific chemical products for the sake of human health.

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Leading expert joins The Environmental Illness Resource


Dr. Gloria Gilbere will join us as an advisor and contributor from Friday February 9th.

I am happy and excited to announce that Gloria Gilbere will be providing us with her considerable knowledge and experience from this Friday. She will be acting as a medical advisor to the site and will also be writing a weekly column with a new article being published every Monday. She is very enthusiastic about helping us achieve our goal of providing important information about environmental illnesses to all those who need it.

Many of you may recognize Gloria as the author of the best selling books 'I Was Poisoned By My Body' and 'Invisible Illnesses'. She is an internationally respected traditional naturopath, homeopath and doctor of natural health. She is renowned for identifying causes, effects and drug-free solutions for leaky gut syndrome, Multiple Allergic Response Syndromes (MARS™), chemically induced immune system disorders, and her Wholistic Skin & Body Rejuvenation (WSBR™) programs. She is talk-show host of “Your Health Matters” heard weekly on and has authored over 400 articles and nine books. She consults with clients worldwide both at her office in northern Idaho in the USA and by telephone.

Dr. Gilbere is a member of numerous respected medical associations including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, American Naturopathic Medical Association, and American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

What excites us most here at The Environmental Illness Resource is that Gloria has first hand experience of what it is like to suffer from a multitude of unexplained symptoms and conditions.....and she recovered from them through her own efforts. Gloria herself suffered from a host of environmental illnesses including fibromyalgia, leaky gut syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity. After finding little help from the medical profession she started researching herself, used innovative testing methods to discover the root causes of her illness, and treated herself with natural drug-free remedies. It is now 10 years since her recovery and a quick glance at her bio above demonstrates how busy she has been since then, which is certainly an indicator that she is now in good health!

Combined with her extensive qualifications, Gloria's personal experiences of the illnesses she is writing about and treating makes her a uniquely authoritative voice on environmental illnesses. We are sure that our visitors will benefit greatly from having the benefit of her vast knowledge and experience.

Dr. Gilbere's column will be called 'First-Hand Solutions to Second-Hand Reactions' and the first article will be published on Monday February 12th. A new article will then appear every Monday. Dr. Gilbere's focus for the column will be upon providing solutions that encompass nutrition, detoxification and environmental measures to reverse environmental illnesses. She will also offer advice on how to be proactive, creating a lifestyle that promotes health rather than leading to illness.

In the future we hope to be able to offer a more interactive experience. One aim is to allow visitors to suggest topics or ask questions for Dr. Gilbere to address. Of course you may do this now by emailing us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope you are as excited as us about the prospect of regular articles from Dr. Gilbere appearing on The Environmental Illness Resource. We're sure they will provide you with the knowledge and solutions you need to improve your health and hope you will become a regular reader.

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