Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging: With a closer look at Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases

Resource Type: 
Publication
Publication Date: 
October, 2008
Major Issue: 
Environmental Health Basics
Issue Area: 
Health
Toxics
Geographic Focus: 
National
Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging

This report examines the lifetime influences of environmental factors on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and their underlying pathologic mechanisms. The close look at the science of these diseases shows they are related to a number of features of modern society and that Alzheimer’s disease especially is linked to other serious health problems of modern times, which we call the "western disease cluster." This is a joint report from Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Science and Environmental Health Network.

This report provides a clear overview of evidence linking environmental exposures, in combination with other factors, to neurodegenerative diseases.

Author(s): 
Jill Stein, Ted Schettler, Ben Rohrer, Maria Valenti, Nancy Myers