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Doctors: A Missing Key to Sustainability

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/14/2014 5:51:56 PM
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Re: The Doctor is In
Unfortunately I do not have the link. Perhaps you can find it at the library. "The Economist". June 14, 2014 issue "inside that week: Intelligent Life". Enjoy it talks about the Circadian system, the benefits of natural light, etc...

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/14/2014 9:14:55 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: The Doctor is In
@Resurgent: Thanks for the information. Do you have a link to the Economist article? I think there are a few people who'd like to read it, myself included.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 8:35:01 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: The Doctor is In
Scott your blog is relevant, an Article in the June 14, 2014 issue of the Economist discussed light and it's impact on health. A society of Doctors, ophthalmologists, architects and engineers called " the Blue Light Society" met in Tokyo to discuss this issue. The technique of Feng Shui maybe be this in an ancient form.

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/9/2014 1:42:31 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: The Doctor is In
@kq4ym: Those are all really good points and as the report did say, it's getting the information to the doctors that's the biggest challenge. Again, this is all very new so I wouldn't make too broad or sweeping assumptions.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/9/2014 9:30:57 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: The Doctor is In
There seems to be, as pointed out, a disconnect between doctors and their ability to provide patients environmental health advice. The CDC seems to be farily well up on reporting information but getting material and stats out to the busy medical professsionals is a problem. It does seem that so-called "integrative physicians" or "holistic physicians" seem to consider a more broad subject area of medicine but sometimes at risk of the public thinking they are a bit too "out there" in some treaments and advice.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/9/2014 9:29:08 AM
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Re: The Doctor is In
@Terry, I think you are right on the money with your comment. I feel it will become a specialty within the medical community, maybe not even a doctor's specialty but one one that anyone can do with some medical training. Or maybe while the doctor/nurse/med tech is attending Med school they add a few classes on this so they can earn that specialist certificate...we can call it the Medical Sustainability Certifcation Program or MSCP for short.  

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/8/2014 10:14:31 PM
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Re: The Doctor is In
I don't see general practitioners picking up the ball here and running. As others have noted, they are already overtaxed with the burdens of today's factory-like mass healthcare environment.

What i can envision is a specialty emerging in environmental health for doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners -- similar to allergy specialists, ENTs, dermatologists, etc. Or maybe this becomes part of a medical professional's CEUs.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
7/7/2014 2:51:36 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Doctor's and the building
@Scott, I just think at this point in time, Doctor's have too much work to do, than to go about helping build sustainable buildings/homes.

trusting doctor's is a whole other story

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/7/2014 1:11:22 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Health and Buildings
@CitySolver: Thanks very much. I think you bring up an excellent point there with schools. That's a very natural extension of what the report talked about, and a great way for everyone to learn. 

Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson  
7/7/2014 1:02:23 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Doctor's and the building
@Dave: A great question. The report doesn't offer a lot of detail about the exact level of knowledge doctors should have. It does, however, point out that doctors can expect more of these types of questions in the future as people get more sophisticated about sustainability and green structures. Since we trust our doctors, we tend to ask them stuff and what they say carries a lot of weight, so they might want to start to get more informed. To the larger point, we need more doctors overall to help meet the population's need, so maybe this is one part of a much larger issue.

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