Monitoring Environmental Conditions For Better Health
How can we better monitor the spaces we live in for potential health risks?
At the TEDMED conference held in October 2009, geographic researcher Bill Davenhall delivered a talk titled Your Health Depends On Where You Live, noting the critical importance of simple demographic data when it comes to identifying and diagnosing potential health conditions. Davenhall identified a number of ways that environmental factors can serve as key indicators of future health, calling to attention the lack of consideration paid to these potentially telling signals:
I ended up in Louisville Kentucky. Well, I decided to be neighbors to a place called Rubbertown. They manufacture plastics. They use large quantities chloroprene and benzene. Okay, I spent 25 years, in my middle-age lungs now, breathing various concentrations of that.