HCHW: Make Hospitals a Healing Place for Patients and Nature

HCHW: Make Hospitals a Healing Place for Patients and Nature


Make them a healing center not only for people but also for the environment.

After all, a truly “holistic” approach to medicine requires that its practice must be “in harmony” with nature. The healing process is also hastened in “clean and green” conditions, thus advocated anti-toxin campaigner Health Care Without Harm (HCHW).

In a friendly reminder to local hospitals recently, HCWH has reiterated its call  for the elimination of meat products grown with antibiotics and sugary sweet beverages from hospitals’ catering and canteen services.

HCHW has also encouraged medical centers to buy from more sustainable growers.

“We’re concerned with diseases that are linked to food, and poor eating habits. Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are linked to poor eating habits. Hospitals should be educating their patients and their employees about eating healthier, and supporting more sustainable food production. They should be creating healthy food environments,” HCWH president and founder Gary Cohen was quoted as saying on the sidelines of an October 15 regional conference on green hospitals in Quezon City.

Cohen stressed that HCWH has been urging hospitals to serve less meat not only for health purposes but also to cut total global emission of methane, a known greenhouse gas generally acknowledged as contributing to climate change or global warming.

[pq]The livestock industry contributes a lot towards greenhouse gas emissions, methane.[/pq]


“…Also, eating less meat is healthier. It further saves hospitals money. It costs a lot to buy meat,” he said.

natureHe noted: “Increasingly, rainforests are used to create grazing areas. It’s an environmental disaster. We need to change the whole industry around livestock. Hospitals can help lead that way.”

Quite ironically, it was noted that hospitals have themselves become a huge Petri dish for the emergence of new and nastier illnesses.

Cohen also raised the alarm on the increased cases of multi-resistant diseases arising from hospital settings.

“One of the scariest things for hospitals are those multi-resistant strains in bacteria. Seventy-five percent of all antibiotics are not used in health care, they are used in livestock production. That’s not good for anybody’s health. We need to protect antibiotics for medical purposes,” he pointed out.

Last year, a climate experts’ study showed that feeding animal products to the world’s billions is now exacting a heavy toll on critical natural resources.

The experts noted that livestock farming now accounts for the use of 70 percent of the global freshwater and 38 percent of the world’s land-use conversion.

[pq]Some 70 percent of the Amazon rainforest, in fact, has already been cleared for grazing and feed-crop production.[/pq]

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