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ZNA is the new DNA - Your zip code is a better predictor of your health than your genetic code.
The Community Environmental Health Initiative ((CEHI) is a nonprofit pilot project of ZNA Health, Inc., which was created with the goal of facilitating a dramatic leap in our collective understanding of how environmental toxins impact human health. CEHI's interactive mapping system taps into the power of communities working together to identify environmental hazards, and our specialized social platform connects people, healthcare providers, and communities, providing them with the information and tools they need to understand and find solutions to environmental health challenges.
I am passionate about tackling this problem because I have been personally affected by environmental illness. After going to many doctors with inflammation and swelling in my joints, it seemed their only solution was a prescription for the inflammation. After learning I had neighbors with health issues, including cancers, I opted to test for toxic metals in my body. I found out I had high levels of cadmium, cesium, lead, mercury, thallium and uranium, likely from living north of one of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the country and south of an underground coal mine operation, where I was drinking well water.
Instead of drugs, my treatment protocol was to remove the metals from my body. Once completed, my medical symptoms went away. That's when I began wondering what it would be like if we all understood how various toxins and exposures in our community could show up in associated symptoms. It's my mission to make that information available and to give others the tools they need to understand the effects of the environment on their health. For the last three years, the ZNA/CEHI team has been actively working to make this project a reality.
Margaret Kral, CEO and Founder of CEHI/ZNA Health.
"If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live."
- Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in the Fifth Century B.C.
The Community Environmental Health Initiative is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.
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