CELA offers two Eco-Health certificate programs:
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About the Eco-Health Programs
The CELACare Eco-Health certificate programs are offered online and are self-guided. You can study at the times when it’s best for you–according to your schedule. The coursework for each program is presented in a module format. Quizzes and exams are online. All students work at their own pace to complete the work of their program within the given time-frame. The Eco-Health certificate programs must be completed within 10 months from the date of your enrollment / purchase..
About Environmental Illness (EI)
“Environmental Illness” or “EI” is an overarching term that is used to describe the illnesses and diseases that some people have whose symptoms and reactions occur or worsen when they are exposed to chemicals or substances in the environment (which includes the external environment, both indoors and outside, on other people, and on themselves.)
In an EI, something in the environment is toxic and/or an irritant or incitant and can cause individuals to have mild to severe and life-threatening reactions from their exposure to the chemical or substance.
Mastocytosis, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), chemical sensitivities, and mast cell spectrum related disorders (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and more) come under the heading of EI. Asthma, lung cancer from smoking, mesothelioma (a cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos) are EIs.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences includes in their publication, “Environmental Diseases from A to Z”–in addition to asthma and cancers–dermatitis, emphysema, goiters, fertility problems, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, immune deficiency diseases, nervous system disorders (which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves), penumoconiosis or black lung disease, and vision problems as environmental illnesses