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Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

EPD treatment for allergies Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
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Special report Can the NHS ever be green?

Delny Britton

27th April, 2011

Green medicine Delny Britton investigates the hidden impacts of western mainstream medicine - including pollution from pharmaceutical products, high carbon emissions and adverse drug reactions - and asks whether the healthcare sector can ever be truly sustainable

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The struggle to save Alaska's 'illness-busting' wild berries

Jessica Wapner

7th September, 2011

Blueberries Despite being used to treat diabetes and infections, knowledge of Alaska's wild berries is in danger of being lost as young indigenous people embrace western lifestyles. Jessica Wapner reports more...

Deforestation could fuel deadly spread of malaria, yellow fever and Lyme disease

David Hawkins

17th November, 2010

The economic and climate-related impacts of forest destruction are well known, but continued logging could unleash devastating new pandemics and spread fatal diseases into the human population, scientists tell the Ecologist more...

Shocking legacy of 'uranium poisonings' haunts Obama's looming mining decision

Leana Hosea

2nd November, 2010

Despite disturbing claims about the impact of uranium, ten-thousand proposals for exploration in the Grand Canyon area have been submitted. A key fuel for nuclear power, the US must now decide between full scale uranium mining, partial mining or a twenty year moratorium. Leana Hosia investigates more...

What is the health impact of air pollution?

Andrew Marszal

20th April, 2010

Car exhaust pipe After the Clean Air Acts banished the smogs of the 50s and 60s, many thought that air pollution problems had disappeared. They were wrong more...

How long until health foods become illegal?

Chris Milton

23rd March 2010

fish oil capsules spilling from a vitamin pill bottle A huge number of UK citizens take food supplements or buy health food products, yet new legislation threatens to either remove these items from our shelves, restrict their dosages or ban them from making any health claims more...

What is the Pill doing to our bodies and planet?

Yanar Alkayat

2nd February, 2010

Packet of Pills on calendar It was the drug that fuelled the sexual liberation of the 1960s, but what price are we paying for our love of the contraceptive Pill? more...

Mobile phones and health: what do we know?

Yanar Alkayat

21st July, 2009

Child with mobile phone In a matter of months, an Irish mobile network will launch 'Firefly' - the mobile phone for kids. With even official Government advice against such a move, Yanar Alkayat takes a timely look at what we know for certain about mobile phones and health more...

Dioxin Dorms: Why I Can’t Give Up On New Paltz

Eric Francis Coppolino

19th June, 2009

Investigations When PCB transformers exploded in a New York university in 1991, contaminating the campus with dioxins, it set Eric Francis Coppolino on the path to becoming an environmental journalist. more...

Making Sense of Swine Flu

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2009

full-pig.jpg In the last few years the Ecologist has written extensively on the flu – both the garden variety that strikes us on an annual basis and the wider threat of avian influenza, H5N1. more...

Drugs on tap

John Naish

30th April, 2009

New Picture 1.jpg Britain has a serious and unnecessary drug habit, but the implications of our pill-forevery-ill culture go far beyond the adverse effects on human health. The complex chemicals in modern pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturing processes involved, leave a massive industrial footprint on the natural world that is largely ignored by both science and government. more...

Animal Testing: Science or Fiction?

Kathy Archibald

24th March, 2009

Archive_172.jpg MPs, medical professionals and scientists unite in demanding a thorough evaluation of the utility of vivisection. By Kathy Archibald, Science Director of Europeans for Medical Progress more...

The Flu Vaccine... A Shot in the Dark?

Pat Thomas

18th February, 2009

EcologistLogo_66.jpg If we truly knew about flu, and the lack of effectiveness of the vaccine being offered as protection, would we really be so obedient about getting the jab? more...

10 things you didn't know about bird flu

Dr Michael Greger

4th February, 2009

Chicken_Birds_MAIN.jpg A dose of flu in winter is as inevitable as a broken boiler – and usually as harmless. But as public health expert Dr Michael Greger explains, intensive farming of animals around the globe may mean we are hatching out an influenza timebomb more...

Oops, wrong brain

John Naish

28th January, 2009

Wrong_Brain_MAIN.jpg What on earth are we thinking when we go into shops and buy lots of pointless stuff we just don’t need? John Naish says it’s not so much what’s on our minds, but which brain we use when we spend more...

Raw milk - magic bullet or health hazard?

Laura Sevier

21st January, 2009

RawMilk_June_08_MAIN.jpg Unpasteurised milk can be a divisive subject, says Laura Sevier, but most of what you hear about the white stuff is pure whitewash more...

Teflon Out of the Frying Pan

Pat Thomas

8th December, 2008

Archive_178.jpg Credited in the Guiness book of records as the world's most slippery substance, Teflon has escaped the scrutiny of environmental regulators for 50 years. Now evidence suggests that the chemicals that leak from the Teflon pans during cooking may be more harmful to the environment and human health that DDT more...

Ch-ch-changes

Eric Francis

1st October, 2008

gender_unspecific.jpg Environmental toxins have given us lesbian seagulls and transgender crabs, but pollutants may also be causing gender ambiguity in humans, says Eric Francis more...

As green as gold?

Phil Moore

25th September, 2008

Gold-Quarry-roaster_MAIN.jpg Environmental group Global Response has challenged Wal-Mart’s claim that their Love, Earth jewelery is ‘committed to protecting the environment’. more...

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