In a Doctor’s Own Words: A Toxic Legacy and 12,000 (+) Canaries Later


Dr. John Molot is a doctor who sees patients with complex, chronic, environmentally linked, and often disabling, health conditions. Although he is retiring from private practice, he is still a staff physician in the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

He recently released a book, “12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong“,  wrote a report in support of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH), and appears in a video presentation about the health effects of common  chemical exposures (see below).

Check these out:

12,000 Canaries Can’t be Wrong
What’s making you sick & what can you do about it


Here’s an in-depth book review:

Book Review for 12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong

He posted an article about Scent Marketing on his blog, where he writes very similar things about this issue as were discussed way back when at the Canary Report and in other forums (sadly, since then indoor air has become more, not less polluted by chemicals that deliberately target our brains):

Common Scents Marketing

This is the video of a recent presentation he gave at an event organized by the  Environmental Health Association of Quebec (EHAQ),  where he goes deeper into the adverse health effects caused by everyday chemicals (like those found in fragrances, pesticides, building materials, etc), and mentions, among other things, the lack of and need for accessible health care (for those of us who are disabled “canaries”).

Toxic Legacy and Gender Inequality, Prevention, Diagnosis and Management from Preconception to Old Age
Montreal May 12 2014

Here’s the report he wrote for the OCEEH:

by John Molot, MD, FCFP, staff physician at the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto

– addresses the accumulating evidence of the relatedness of many chronic complex conditions’ to environmental degradation;

– the increasing prevalence and awareness of the three conditions specifically;

– the need for environmental health education and government-funded Canadian environmental health clinics;

– and provides lengthy and detailed recommendations for clinical services, including for assessment, diagnosis and treatment in the OCEEH, in both the hub (a specialist facility) and the spokes (with trained primary health care providers).

(152 pages report, 45 pages appendices) (2.4MB)


We really need more than a few doctors out there who have some understanding of complex environmental health issues and how they are affecting more and more of the population.We also really need access to appropriate health care.

The OCEEH would be an excellent step towards meeting the needs of so many people, and a much needed way to start bringing down some of the out of control health care costs, as instead of wasting time, money, energy, and suffering on covering up symptoms,  addressing the true causes of deteriorating health saves lives and money.

4 responses to “In a Doctor’s Own Words: A Toxic Legacy and 12,000 (+) Canaries Later

  1. It’s a terrific book, very well written in understandable terminolgy. Another step forward in educating people about the consequences of chemical pollutants. Trouble is, we need leaps, not steps……

  2. The OCEEH project has a website now:

    Recognition Inclusion and Equity Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH)

  3. May 2016 videos with Dr. John Molot from Action CIND.
    Part 1:

    Part 2:

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