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Proactive Approaches to Reduce Environmental Exposures: Avoidance, Lifestyle Changes, and Practical Resources 

Proactive Approaches to Reduce Environmental Exposures: Avoidance, Lifestyle Changes, and Practical Resources
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Proactive Approaches to Reduce Environmental Exposures: Avoidance, Lifestyle Changes, and Practical Resources
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Aly Cohen

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10.1093/med/9780190490911.003.0014
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date: 24 November 2017

This chapter gives healthcare providers recommendations and tools to help patients mitigate exposure to harmful environmental chemicals, radiation, and other stressors; limiting contact and maximizing innate biological detoxification pathways through the safe use of exercise, diet, and appropriate supplements. Of particular concern are the vulnerable periods of biological development, when harmful chemicals can have the most deleterious effects. Therefore, particular attention is paid to the care of young children and pregnant women. Whether chemical exposure comes from food additives and food packaging, water, personal care and cleaning products, air contamination, or radiation, this chapter gives clear, practical, and safe recommendations for chemical reduction and embraces the precautionary principle when there is evidence of harm, but proof of causality, a very high standard, has not been established. The current approach of only regulating products after there is certainty of human harm has failed to protect the public health.

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