Re: ‘Sometimes the medicine we take adds to global warming,’ March 6
Like her first column that Dr. Blacklock recently wrote, this one does not disappoint.
Tucked in towards the end lies a gem of scientific knowledge. A study published in the 2020 medical journal Thorax found that adults and teens who use two puffs daily of the aerosol canister type medicine for their breathing problem could reduce the resulting potent greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as switching from meat-eating to a plant-based diet. As my puffer-using teen grandson would exclaim, that is crazy-good.
And how would he do that? Simply by asking his doctor or nurse-practitioner if he can be switched to an as effective non-aerosol medication. Such a powerful, easy individual action to lower emissions is hard to come by.
Tackling climate change at root calls for democratizing knowledge: where are the sources of pollution and what can be done about it?
Thank you to The Sudbury Star for continuing to publish such information. And much gratitude to Dr. Blacklock for her liberating columns. She brings climate change relevant but often hidden medical information to the fore and prescribes a solution our times so desperately need. Both think and act like 21st-century citizens. I like that.
And just to tease Dr. Blacklock: perhaps you’d like to rename your article “Sometimes the medicine we take lowers global emissions.”
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