Carbon Dependency - a medical approach
Recognising dependence on carbon-based fuels as the root of a huge disease burden could rival penicillin as a medical breakthrough.
Interventions borrowed from the field of addictions treatment could unlock enormous health gains - tackling obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, respiratory disease in the West, not to mention malnutrition, diarrhoea and infectious disease elsewhere (see WHO: doi:10.1289/ehp.8432,).
Of course, a multidisciplinary approach is needed - www.carbonaddict.org sets out a carbon detox programme based on the bio-psycho-social model, evidence-based of course! What's clear is that a pharmaceutical or surgical approach should be a last resort - the associated carbon emissions will invariably exacerbate the problem...
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