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What’s your carbon reduction strategy?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1272

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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 - 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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27 March 2009
Frances Mortimer
Medical Director for the Campaign for Greener Healthcare
Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford OX2 7LG