Achieving Personal and Planetary Health in the 21st Century

Our weekly pick from Liminal Primer: the world’s first platform for fast, reliable, scientific insights from the field of human performance; reading all the literature so we can cut to the chase!


his week, Liminal Primer surfaced this remarkable paper, highlighting how the field of allergy and immunology is at the forefront of planetary health. Who would have thought that the ecology of humans could be interdependent with and provide signals to the ecology of our planet? For example, the rise of human allergies foreshadows the loss of planetary biodiversity, ecological decline, degrading communities and cultures. Check out some of these powerful quotes related to the article: 

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, social and ecological well-being and not merely the absence of disease — that personal health involves planetary health”. 

“Planetary health spans far more than climate change and biodiversity loss. It has been defined as the interdependent vitality of all natural and anthropogenic ecosystems (social, political and otherwise), underscoring that the health of humanity cannot be uncoupled from the natural systems within the Earth's biosphere.”

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