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Sustainable Medicine: Going green—good for you, business, and the environment
Sustainable Medicine: Going green—good for you, business, and the environment

Lawrence Rosen, MD, was “a fairly conventional pediatrician” when he finished his residency and began practicing medicine in New Jersey about a decade ago. But his years of training at Mt. Sinai Medical School did not quite prepare him for what he encountered in his new practice. “I started to realize pretty quickly that there were many children with chronic health care illnesses who were not being served well by conventional medicine. I was seeing an increase in developmental disorders like ADHD and autism, rising rates of asthma and allergies. I felt inadequate to care for these kids with the conventional tools I had.”

Rosen’s search for solutions that would help his patients and their families led him to look at how the environment was affecting children’s health. He quickly came to an unsettling realization: he was part of the problem. The health-care system itself often has a negative impact on the environment. How to deal with all this? That’s when Rosen discovered the world of sustainable, or green, medicine. (more…)

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