June 2014 - Our Daily Green

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Careers in public health

If you are committed to striving for quality living conditions that promote the welfare of the greater community, if you have an interest in occupational and environmental health or social sciences, a head for epidemiology or biostatistics, and you want to take on a leadership role in forming public health policy, then a career in public health may be right for you.

Choosing a career in public health offers a wide spectrum of opportunities. Ensuring suitable public supplies of clean water, educating the public as to causes of disease, preventive medicine and managing recovery from natural and man-made disasters are all possible responsibilities of a public health professional.

A career in public health has tangible advantages in addition to the inherent personal rewards. By 2022, the demands for epidemiologists, environmental scientists and medical and health managers are projected to increase 10%, 15% and 23%, respectively.

The median annual salaries for these roles during 2012 were:

  • Epidemiologist - $65,270. Epidemiologists investigate causes and patterns of injury and disease in humans.
  • Environmental Scientist - $63,570. Environmental scientists apply their scientific backgrounds in protecting human health and the environment.
  • Medical and Health Services Managers - $88,580. These are the people who plan, direct and oversee health and medical services. In this role, you might manage an entire department in a health care facility or run a medical practice for a group of doctors.

How can you qualify for a career in public health? All of the above jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject. To become an environmental scientist or epidemiologist, your basic degree might be in natural science. A master's degree, such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of Southern California is an example of a suitable postgraduate degree.

The knowledge and tools that you would gain from a program like USC's online MPH would prepare you for a career in public health in your own community, or it could take you anywhere on the globe where communities have a need for people to advocate for their health and well-being.

Today's post has been sponsored so that our readers gain information that will lead to careers for a greener tomorrow. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Plastics and allergies

Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a drug free, home treatment for allergies

There is growing concern among the medical community about the link between allergies and asthma and exposure to phthalates. Phthalates are also commonly known of "plasticizers". They are a group of chemicals additives that make plastics more flexible and more difficult to break.

Phthalates are used in hundreds of products, from vinyl flooring, to personal care products such as soaps, shampoos, and nail polish, they are also used in PVC pipes, garden hoses, inflatable toys, and medical tubing. Use of phthalates is prohibited in the manufacturing of children's toys such as teethers or pacifiers from the USA since 1999, but foreign countries may still use phthalates.

In April 2014, Michelle L. North, PhD published a report linking phthalates to allergies and asthma, advising limiting exposure to any phthalates.
"... considering the current evidence, reducing exposures to phthalates by avoiding processed and foods packaged and stored in plastics, personal care products with phthalates, polyvinyl chloride materials indoors, and reducing home dust is advised."
It is important to note that phthalates are not used in PET plastic, which is commonly used for beverages, microwavable trays or plastic wrap. However, the presence of phthalates in so many other plastics makes a good argument for avoidance of plastic whenever possible. Because exposure can occur from eating, drinking, breathing or using a product that has phthalates, it is important to understand the potential dangers associated with this chemical.

Some considerations to take into account, personal care items in plastic bottles will absorb the phthalate. Check the number on the bottle, only 1s and 2s are PET plastic which does not use phthalates. If you must use a plastic bottle, that is a better choice. 1s and 2s are also more easily recycled.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Patriotic flowers for Independence Day: #BouqLove

Our Daily Green is so excited to be chosen to tell our readers about this company. This puts us right in the waters with one of the only television shows we love to watch, Shark Tank. We humbly stand next to one of the most interesting shows on television to talk about a great new way to order flowers online.

One of the reasons this show resonates with us is because they showcase local entrepreneurs, one of the greenest ways to do business. Our disdain for big box businesses has been well documented over the years, primarily because their profits before people or the planet is out of alignment with mindful life choices.

This May, we watched with fascination about a new flower delivery service, The Bouqs. The sharks, unfortunately, did not invest with this company, but as a green-minded blog with a love of entrepreneurs, we're excited to pick up where they left off.  Read on to learn more about why we love The Bouqs and how they do business (from their website):
Our flowers never sit in a corner store or a dingy warehouse (where they send you the oldest, most-dead flowers they have in the fridge), and they never show up in a van with a 1-800 number on the side. We ship straight from an active volcano or from the sunny surf of California.
  • We source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers.We cut only what we sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. We cut only when you order, so we avoid the waste. 
  • We also save energy through our direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. We use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings. 
  • Finally, our farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And our growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company's flowers.

Because one of our favorite holidays is Independence Day, we've partnered with The Bouq to share fabulous 4th of July Flowers- Red, White and Bouq, a lovely bouquet of patriotic blooms sure to liven any celebration. Their simple pricing structure makes ordering a "three-click" process and if you register today, you can save a one time discount of 15%, and if you schedule your floral deliveries in advance, you can save up to 25%. Regardless, the pricing is simple, the company is green, and the flowers as fresh as possible.

Surprise your favorite patriotic friend today with a lovely bouquet from The Bouqs!

(disclaimer: Our Daily Green is proud to be affiliated with The Bouqs. If you make a purchase after reading and clicking from our post, we will receive financial consideration. We only work with companies we love and think our readers will as well.) 

Friday, June 13, 2014

10 crazy things pesticides are doing to your body (from repost.us)

10 Crazy Things Pesticides Are Doing to Your Body (via http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com)
10 Crazy Things Pesticides Are Doing to Your Body Agrochemicals, home bug sprays, and lawn treatments could be causing chronic illness in your family.   By Leah Zerbe & Emily Main    Pesticides aren't just on the food, the chemicals are inside food…

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Allergy hospital admissions continue to soar (from repost.us)

Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a natural, do-it-yourself treatment plan for allergies

Allergy hospital admissions continue to soar (via PRWeb)
Medical Specialists™ Pharmacy discuss the rising number of hospital admissions relating to allergies and how the Western diet may be partially to blame. Online Doctor and Pharmacy An estimated 15 to 20 million people in Britain are suffering with…

Why go green (infographic)

Natural Inclination for Going Green

Saturday, June 7, 2014

News summary from the world of electric cars (via repost.us)

Too Much Electric Car News! (via Clean Technica)
When I started blogging, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt weren't even on the market yet, let alone any other mass-market electric cars. CleanTechnica was publishing approximately 3 articles a day, mostly about solar power, wind power, and sad American…