The Green Examining Room Conceptualized

by drcharles on March 31, 2013

The Green Examining Room will soon be written.

I hope to make this a sincere, trustworthy, and helpful source of information at the intersection of health and environmentalism.

The guiding principles and objectives should be:

1) To preserve a skepticism about products that claim to be green, natural, or organic, but nonetheless to review and recommend products and medicines that generally pass scientific and intuitive muster.

2) To emphasize and encourage lifestyle changes as they relate to prevention, wellness, and disease treatment. To consider behavioral changes and lifestyle choices the prime remedies for many health problems, but to reject an uninformed absolutism which might suggest conventional medicine is evil.

3) To consider food and cuisine one of life’s great joys, and to expound upon a Franco-MichaelPollan-esque eating and human food chain philosophy.

4) To investigate and learn more about the negative impacts on the environment by our health system, which, at almost 20% of US GDP, is most likely incredibly depressing.

5) To investigate and learn more about the negative impacts on our health system by the industries, chemicals, and processes that are affecting our environment. From emission scrubbing to fracking to suburban sprawl to exfoliative soaps, we are what we create and destroy.

6) We should strive to live a selectively Amish life.
What I mean by this is that in a world of transformative technologies, communication, agriculture, and medicine, we need to decide for ourselves what walls we should fortify around our humanism, privacy, bodies and culture.  I feel it is healthier to turn off a cell phone at night for many reasons, and I think that the majority of television programming contaminates the mind.  I realize these thoughts are perhaps based more upon a belief system than empiric truth. Perhaps selectively Luddite is a less romanticized notion, but I love the Amish, so forgive me for my naive presumptions.

7) To err on the side of caution with warnings, but to resist paranoia and the manipulative tendencies of fear.

8) To one day have an awesome logo featuring a combined medicine man/green man of sorts.

And so it begins, The Green Examining Room is open for thoughtful, green-minded conjecture and consideration!

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Nanci Cartwright June 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Dr. Charles,
I came across one of your articles by chance when I was doing some research for the company I work for, the Altarum Institute. That led me to this blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The few articles written thus far have been so informative. I have always used aluminum to line my pans so that I would “save” my pans, thinking that I was being green by washing off the aluminum afterwards and recycling it. I will now stop that practice, use the pans as they are and wash the pans after using them. I too see guar gum in so many products and won’t fret about it now As someone who buys yogurt and half and half made from the milk of grass fed cows (we use organic non GMO soymilk and almond milks for most of our other milks), I very much enjoyed your words about what you would prefer in your ice cream in an ideal world. I also like that you point out that even the things that might not be the healthiest for us don’t mean that they can’t be enjoyed now and again. Indeed, life is short and who wants to restrict all of life’s pleasures? You offer a voice of reason without being fanatical; hard to find these days. I have bookmarked your page and have sent the URL to a few friends who will enjoy it as well. I look forward to reading future postings.

Yours truly, Nanci Cartwright

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drcharles June 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Alright! Thank you for the early vote of confidence. It means a lot to me. Please call me out when you think I am writing in a way that deviates from truthfulness and towards green paranoia, and I appreciate your choices as described above :)

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