Title

“Anthropogens” in lifestyle medicine

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Egger, G, Colquhoun, D & Dixon, J 2015, '“Anthropogens” in lifestyle medicine', American journal of lifestyle medicine, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 232-240.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559827613512596

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Chronic disease epidemiology currently lacks the mono-causal focus germ theory provides infectious diseases. However, the discovery of a form of low-grade, systemic, and chronic inflammation (“metaflammation) underlying many, if not all, chronic diseases induced by a range of stimulants labeled “anthropogens” may help change this. Anthropogens are “man-made environments, their by-products, and/or lifestyles encouraged by these, some of which are detrimental to human health.” While an exhaustive list of anthropogens associated with chronic disease may be as elusive as a comprehensive list of “germs” with the potential to cause infection, a broad taxonomy provides a focus for the practice of lifestyle medicine. Such a list is considered here under the acronym NASTIE ODOURS.