Article by Shivani Kamal
Many diseases and disabilities such as autism, obesity, asthma, respiratory illness, allergies and a weakened immune system are a product our environment! They’re all outcomes linked to the environmental exposure of toxins in the air, pollutants in drinking water and even common household and personal-care products.
Multi-disciplinary studies aim to reduce environment-related diseases, and are growing the next generation of environmental health scientists. Environmental health science is the study of how the environment and surroundings impact human health and disease. This may include natural settings of the air, water and soil, indoor settings like home or work as well as the social features of the environment. Environmental hazards impact human health in both urban and rural areas, particularly in the San Joaquin and Central Valley Region, comprising a total of 18 counties in Northern California.