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Board Member in the News: Dr. William J. Hall on the health hazards of growing up as a baby boomer

Feb 11
2014

Board Member in the News: Dr. William J. Hall on the health hazards of growing up as a baby boomer View MoreBACK

In a February 10, 2014 report on FoxNews.com, AFAR Board member William Hall, MD, was quoted on the hazards of common mid-century occurrences like secondhand smoke, mercury thermometers, and DDT on the current health of baby boomers. “We’ve all had exposures to a lot of potentially hazardous chemicals,” he said. “Particularly for someone who grew up in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, they probably have had as much as any group of humans because of industrial growth after World War II. There were no restrictions around.”

The report determined that ultimately, disease risk can be attributed to both genetic and environmental factors. Dr Hall commented, “Biologically, we turn over all of our cells frequently. I’m very suspicious and critical when people become negative about taking charge of their own health because of something that happened in their past.” The most important thing is taking control of one’s health in later years and focusing on improving the factors that can be controlled in the present.

Dr. William J. Hall is a professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and director of the Highland Hospital Center for Healthy Aging.





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