Many environmentally sound ways of living are also healthier for individuals, as avoiding the use of fossil fuels is often synonymous with living a more active lifestyle. Sharing resources is also a good way to reduce harm to the environment.
The consumer marketing of pharmaceutical drugs has resulted in many people taking chemicals unnecessarily, often only treating the symptoms rather than the cause. An increase in awareness of your health and others could avoid un-necessary problems. Many issues with health require professional help but by using simple treatments (such as the one below) and living a healthier lifestyle you can boost your immune system and reduced your trips to the GP.
Reducing the need for drugs could also be significant to ecological life. Researchers have found an ever-increasing female and hermaphrodite population of fish in rivers and attribute it to oestrogen that is accumulating in effluents from sewage treatment works. The popularity of the contraceptive pill is a likely cause [[http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0275%2d7540&volume=8&issue=4&spage=275|Chemistry and Ecology]]
There are many herbs with medicinal properties; after all aspirin came from willow tree bark. Try this simple flu ‘tea’: combine equal parts of elderberry, peppermint and yarrow and steep 2 teaspoons of the mixture in a cup of hot water. It induces a sweat and helps the body handle fever and reduce aches, congestion and inflammation.
For more information try www.pfaf.org
Tampons, sanitary towels and alternatives
Every day 2.5 million tampons are flushed down the toilet, along with 1.4 million sanitary towels and 700,000 panty liners. Almost 70% of all blockages in the sewerage system are attributed to "disposable" sanitary items.
So what’s the alternative?
The Mooncup: the Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup made out of silicone rubber that is worn internally to collect the blood. It really isn’t as icky as it may sound and most people wonder why they never tried it before! Visit www.mooncup.co.uk for further information. You can buy these at cost price from the Green Action Co-op and from Boots. Or make your own instead of buying commercial brands,
community.livejournal.com/menstrual_lib/profile has plenty of links to information on how to.
Ecological brands of disposable tampons and sanitary towels: brands such as Natracare make biodegradable organic cotton tampons and towels.
West Yorkshire MedAct: speaks out for people whose health has been affected by famine, war, environmental damage Contact: