For medicine to meet the healthcare challenges of our time – an age of increasing environmental toxicity and degradation – it must expand its scope and understand that the health of individuals is intrinsically linked to the health of communities, ecosystems and the entire biosphere. A wide range of seemingly unrelated movements, from integrative and “alternative” healthcare modalities to public health advocacy to anti-toxics and environmental justice campaigns, are pointing the way to a truly holistic “Ecological Medicine” for this new millennium.
Health-care visionary and Commonweal founder Michael Lerner connects the dots between the condition of human health and the drivers of extinction: toxic habitat, invasive species, declining biodiversity and climate change. He looks at the inseparability of the planetary ecological and socio-political crisis and our personal health, and what we must do to address both. This…
In light of the pandemic, we’re releasing a free downloadable PDF of our 2004 Bioneers book: Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves, which could hardly be more relevant right now.