Our Health IS Our Future - WHO Director, Maria Neira "Protect Children from Environmental Health Risks."







Recently in an interview with The Korea Times, WHO Director, Maria Neira had some very interesting things to say.

"Major afflictions confronting children now are chronic and disabling conditions: the new pediatric morbidity",she said. "It is reported that asthma mortality has sharply increased, as have the incidences of leukemia and brain cancer; neurodevelopmental dysfunction is widespread; and hypospadias incidence has doubled.

"Furthermore, we are concerned about new chemicals present in household products, cosmetics and toys, about the impact of some new technologies."

Is anyone able to listen to important information like this when the economy is "screaming" so loudly and this country seems to be in such a mess? It seems like almost everyone is hurting: losing hobs, taking pay cuts, living uninsured, having retirement investments wiped out...

Then add a little dose of worrying that someone is going to break into your child's room at night and steal your sweet baby or worse.

But wait, there's more. Take a look at the troubled world we live in today. Personally, I barely recognize my country anymore. It's a place where Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez calls our leader "Comrade" and talks of Obama being more left-wing than himself.

Plus, do not even get me started on the war. Wait a minute, are we still supposed to call it a war?

I am trying to find a balance in my life. Trying to balance my desire to create a beautiful life for my beautiful family with my so many other desires: to inform as many people as I can about how they impact our environment and health with our consumer choices, my love of health and wellness, my love of so many things that only serve to destroy my health and wellness, my desire for new information, my concern for the children of our world, my worry about the political climate of the world...

This balance thing is not so easy...

This life thing is not so easy...

But just because it isn't easy, we cannot just tune out and choose to stay uniformed. What we are leaving for our future generations politically, financially and environmentally are intertwined and will prove to have an enormous impact on a healthy future. Keep listening and do all you can to protect your health, the health of our environment and the health of future generations.

8 comments:

  1. I got chills when I read your post

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  2. Thanks for the comment. It is definately something to think about eh?

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  4. So true. Striking that balance of protecting your family while still enjoying life in the modern world is becoming increasingly more difficult. Sometimes, I want to bury my head in the sand because ignorance is, indeed, so very blissful. We're all trying to manage the information out there as best we can, and it helps to have resources like your blog. Thank you.

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  5. Thanks for continuously bring awareness to the people. I am sure lots of people out there are supporting your good cause of work. Keep it up and you can count my vote

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  6. Thanks James. My daughter and I were just jamming out to "Dancing Queen" on your website. My daughter told me that it was from the musical "Mama Mia" and I just laughed...then I felt old!

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  7. Deborah, Thanks for dropping by. Aside from keeping my "head out of the sand" I am also trying to work on staying as positive as I can in my thoughts and words. Hope all is well with you.

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