Effects of Global Warming on Health

A report of the effects of global warming on health published by WHO, has estimated around one million fifty thousand deaths every year due to global warming. Further it declared that each year five million people are suffering from health problems and diseases caused for this climate change. The rising concern over this matter has led many scientists and researchers to take a deeper look and prepare a plan to save human civilization from this onslaught.

Global warming has caused changes in temperature, ocean current flow, sea level, ecosystem, economy, agriculture, industry, settlements and related to all these – the health and living. Warmer world has created congenial atmosphere for the breeding and life expanse of various virus, bacteria and carriers of infectious diseases. Few evidences of global warming leaving negative effects on human health are:

– The vectors distribution of infectious diseases have been altered and increased.

– Heat wave resulted causing deaths.

– The seasonal distribution of few species of allergenic pollen has been changed.

– Various extreme conditions of global warming like droughts, heat and cold wave, storm, flood, fire will increase the death tolls as well as injuries and diseases.

– Malnutrition and disordered development of children.

– It will cause increase of malaria, diarrhea, cholera, dengue, encephalitis and other diseases.

– There will be constant rising rate of mortality due to ground level ozone related diseases as well as high cardio respiratory morbidity.

Thus it will affect human health in two major ways – with extreme weather condition and with rising infectious diseases. IPCC in a study of one of the most global warming affected area of Illinois, Chicago, has provided an apprehensive report that by 2020 extreme climate condition like heat wave will raise the climate average deaths to 400 and to 497 by 2050 from the present average of 191. European heat wave of 2003 is an example of its severity. Heat waves will even cause cardio respiratory complications resulting to high rate of deaths.

The results of ill health due to climate change and infectious diseases are already evident. Houston as well as many tropical countries are experiencing frequent outbreak of malaria, dengue and other encephalitis diseases. Even colder regions like Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Queens are severely suffering from malaria since 1990 as a result of global warming. McAllen of Texas also suffered a dengue epidemic in 1995. Florida, New Orleans, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and California – all are experiencing encephalitis epidemic for global warming since 1987. According to IPCC, 65% of world population will suffer from high risk of infectious diseases in near future. The risk itself will be increased by 20%, only as a result of global warming.

Facing such an impending calamity due to climate change, the requirement of proper planning and organized adaptation to new and changing condition has received a new dimension. Along with urgent and basic adaptation practices to fight the immediate effects, a longer planning and elaborate gradual methodology are also necessary to address the severity of future conditions resulted from this. A participatory approach to the holistic development of human health is expected to sober down the effects of global warming on health to some extent.

Taking Care of Dog Health Concerns Naturally Without Side Effects

Any pet owner is well aware of all the issues that having a companion can cause. One of the most common problems is the regular worry over dog health concerns. After all, when you have a pet, the responsibility for its well-being also rests on you. A much loved companion is another member of your family, and any illness or health problems they face becomes a matter of concern for the whole family. Since no one likes to see their furry friend suffer, keeping up with dog health issues, and ways to deal with them, is an important part of being a pet owner.

Probably the best known of dog health concerns is rabies. Caused by a virus, rabies is a major concern to public health, as well as to the well being of precious pets, especially in countries in the third world, or the Middle East. It is transmitted through bites, and is fatal unless the dog has been vaccinated. The disease causes their brain to malfunction, and the behavior of the dog changes abruptly. Behavior changes are followed by paralysis of the hind legs, and throat muscles, followed by death caused due to an increasing difficulty in breathing.

Canine distemper is another major item on the list of dog health issues, and although highly contagious, it is not transmitted to humans, and is treatable. Dog health concerns can range from a simple allergy, through cough, cold, and infections, to rabies. Dogs are also susceptible to heart diseases, hepatitis, kidney diseases, and epilepsy. While some diseases and health problems are common to your dog and you, some are unique illnesses that only your companion suffers from.

Age, and genetics, related diseases like diabetes, cancer, and arthritis are the same in you and your friend, and many of the pathogens that make your life a living hell cause problems for your pet too. Viral and bacterial diseases affecting dogs are many and varied, as are vector borne diseases like those spread by ticks, and fungal infections like mange. Hereditary, genetic and geriatric diseases and dog health concerns can also take up a lot of mental space for a pet owner, especially if your canine companion is of a certain age and getting older.

Purebreds are more prone to certain genetic and orthopedic diseases, and some breeds are more susceptible to growths, tumors, and cancers. Older dogs are also a lot more likely to develop heart disease, along with many other age related disorders. Knowing and keeping abreast of all the relevant dog health concern for the particular breed and age group of your companion is a major part of being a pet owner. Managing health issues is as important for your canine friend as it is for you or your family.

Natural and holistic treatment and maintenance regimens like homeopathy can help alleviate dog health concerns by keeping your pet achieve optimal health. In case of disease, daily supplements can help strengthen and bolster the natural biological systems of your pet, giving them the extra nutrients to build immunity and fight health-related problems.

Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides, and Fertilizers, Oh My!

This is not a cute depiction of Dorothy with “lions, tigers, and bears, Oh My”. This is another side to “these chemicals are OK for the environment, people and wildlife”. The manufactures will add “independent scientific study proving the chemicals in this brew are safe for humans, animals, plants, and the environment”.

My assessment on pesticides, herbicides, insecticides & fertilizers is quite different.

I have allergic reactions to pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers. I once worked in an office atmosphere where carpet was in parts of the office. Carpet is bad for my health as carpet tiny fibers cause breathing problems and coughing. Pesticide treatment was applied once per month with the exclusion of the room that I worked in due to past severe reactions. For two to three days after applications as workers walked across carpet and stirred residual particles into the air where all can breathe it, I became lethargic, experienced breathing difficulties and sometimes developed skin irritations including hives.

While I react fairly quickly to exposure, those who noticed subtle clues that they did not feel quite right did not realize that it was the exposure to pesticides causing their symptoms.

Long term exposure to pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, cleaning agents and general indoor pollutants coupled with outdoor pollutants over the course of one’s lifetime does produce many of the diseases people battle every day. I guess I am lucky in the sense that I remove myself from the cause of my allergies. Most of the time I can find the root cause.

In 2011, I noticed urban lawn applications that made me sick while I was out on walks. I detected a distinct odor that gave me problems many years earlier from a farm area application. This happened in two cities. One city I worked in the other I lived in. I also noticed during 2011 that I had reactions to the same scented smell detected in home improvement and department stores garden sections. The fumes made me dizzy, caused asthma coughing, and caused my lips to be numb. In 2014, the garden center fumes still bothered me but the smell was not as strong and the symptoms were not as severe.

Thankfully indoor pesticides were banned where children are present. This ruling was long over due. What about all of the adults? Are they expendable? Unfortunately, those that work in manufacturing, construction, and many other occupations do not have the option to opt out of the toxic exposure. There are many schools and facilities that house multiple persons either through housing or work that are adjunct to farm fields, “the perfect lawn”, pools of standing water and or landscaped gardens. Long term exposure to a multitude of substances that leach into our air, water and soil are the underlying contributors to cancer, asthma, allergies and a host of other health problems.

Long term exposure also has lasting effects, maybe not immediately as I experience but accumulated over time. The fact that asthma, COPD in children and our elderly is increasing at an alarming rate can be directly attributed to known allergens, chemical irritants, by-product pollution, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers. There are many natural versions of pest control, weed control, fertilizing, cleaning agents, and alternative green means to protect our earth and its inhabitants. Chemically produced toxic pesticides and other toxic chemically produced products are not among those natural versions.

Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers may be encountered as residues in food, air and water. People may also be exposed to pesticides used in agriculture, applications for pest control at home or at work, applications to roadside right-of-ways to control weeds and applications of pesticides for public health vector control programs. Urban Mosquito spaying operations were designed to protect against mosquito carrying disease. The chemicals used are so toxic that the warnings come days in advance to alert residents not to allow exposure of children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Hmm, it can’t be good for the remaining people not listed, animals or the plants we consume either.

None of the previously mentioned takes into account the multitude of industrial accidents, vehicular accidents, the end-user accidents. For an example there is one accident listed in the next paragraph. These accidents happen several times a year in all corners of the world.

8/20/14 From The Mercury News “Lionville Fire Company” firefighters said the farm tractor pulling the 800-gallon tank full of pesticide turned on to its side and roughly 500 gallons of the pesticide spilled.” http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140820/hazmat-team-responds-to-chemical-spill-in-west-pikeland.

Environmentally friendly to Earth and living things is always a better alternative to use in place of harmful, toxic concoctions. There are many formulas of earth friendly ingredients for pests, weed control, fertilizers, fruit trees and bushes, edible garden plants, and lawn treatments. We need only to utilize the many search engines and find them.

Following are links to articles of interest regarding the ill effects of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers.

http://www.cleanwateractioncouncil.org/issues/toxics-and-waste/pesticides/