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Dentist’s warning after healthy dad-of-seven who didn’t drink or smoke dies aged 37

A dentist has warned that thousands of Brits may be unknowingly living with mouth cancer after a “healthy” dad-of-seven died from the disease.

Alan Birch, 37, lived a healthy, active lifestyle and did not drink or smoke but died from an aggressive form of mouth cancer in April.

The self-employed plasterer, from Wirral in Merseyside, was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2018, and had to have 90 per cent of his tongue removed, Liverpool Echo reports.

Despite Alan undergoing both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the cancer returned each time and specialists told his devastated family there was nothing more they could do for him.

Alan and his partner of 12 years, Debbie McDonough, decided to get married in February, but he tragically died a few weeks later in April.

Dad-of-seven Alan Birch died of mouth cancer in April

Alan lived a healthy, active lifestyle and did not drink or smoke

With the latest figures from the British Dental Association showing that 19 million treatments have been missed due to lockdown, dentists are now concerned about the number of cases of mouth cancer that will have potentially gone undiagnosed this year as a result.

Mouth cancer takes more lives than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined, with 8,722 new cases reported in the UK last year. This is a 58 per cent increase compared to a decade ago and a 97 per cent rise since 2000.

Debbie said: “I would urge people to always keep on top of their dentist appointments as they are the ones who notice the warning signs for mouth and tongue cancer.

“Always be careful of ulcers especially if you have them longer than two weeks, and never think you are wasting an appointment if you are worried about anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Alan had 90 per cent of his tongue removed when he was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2018

New research revealed that 52 per cent of people living in the North-West are unaware their dentist will screen them for mouth cancer during a routine check-up.

Dr Catherine Tannahill, dentist and director of clinical dentistry at Portman Dental Care, which carried out the research, said: “As dentists we see first-hand the impact this disease can have, and that’s why we want to ensure people are aware of what the signs and symptoms are, what to do if they spot an issue and what steps they can take to reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer.

“This is now more important than ever before, as thousands of diagnoses may have potentially been missed this year due to dental practices having to close in initial lockdown, and the subsequent backlog of appointments since.

“While this may sound alarming, early diagnosis of mouth cancer leads to a 90 per cent survival rate, which is why it is imperative that people continue visiting their dentist for regular check-ups.

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Dentist’s warning after ‘healthy and active’ dad dies at aged 37

A healthy dad of seven who died after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of mouth cancer has led to warnings from dentists.

Alan Birch was just 35 when he had 90% of his tongue removed as a result of the disease in 2018. His cancer diagnosis came as a shock, as he lived a healthy, active lifestyle and did not drink or smoke.

Alan, from Moreton in Merseyside underwent both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but despite the treatment, the cancer returned each time – and even more aggressively.

His devastated family were then faced with the news that there was nothing more that could be done for him, giving him just months to live.

Alan died in April, just weeks after marrying his partner of 12 years, Debbie McDonough.

His wife Debbie told the ECHO at the time: “I would urge people to always keep on top of their dentist appointments as they are the ones who notice the warning signs for mouth and tongue cancer.

“Always be careful of ulcers especially if you have them longer than two weeks, and never think you are wasting an appointment if you are worried about anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

His tragic case has now prompted concerns that thousands of cases are going undiagnosed.

While figures from the British Dental Association show that 19 million treatments have been missed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.

Dentists are now concerned that large numbers of cases of mouth cancer could have potentially gone undetected this year as a result.

Mouth cancer claims more lives annually than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined, with 8,722 new cases reported in the UK last year. This is a 58% increase compared to a decade ago and a 97% rise since 2000.

But research states there is still a chronic lack of awareness and knowledge surrounding this type of cancer – and dentists are keen to rectify this.

New research revealed that 52% of people living in the north west are unaware their dentist will screen them for mouth cancer during a routine check-up. This figure was highest with those aged between 25-35, increasing to 61%.



a man and a woman sitting at a table: Alan Birch, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the mouth, signs the marriage register with his long-term partner - now wife - Debbie McDonough


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Alan Birch, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the mouth, signs the marriage register with his long-term partner – now wife – Debbie McDonough

Dr Catherine Tannahill, dentist and director of clinical dentistry at Portman Dental Care, which carried out the research, said: “As dentists we see first-hand the impact this disease can have, and that’s why we want to ensure people are aware of what the signs and symptoms are, what to do if they spot an issue and what steps they can take to reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer.

“This is now more important than ever before, as thousands of diagnoses may have potentially been missed this year due to dental practices having to close in initial lockdown, and the subsequent backlog of appointments since.

“While this

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Black Friday fit gifts: Burn calories, get healthy with big deals on home gym gear, workout clothing, fitness trackers

Maybe you stuffed yourself at the Thanksgiving table or you’ve put on a few pounds during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Don’t stress. Most people feel under motivated and overweight right now.

If you want to reduce your soon-to-be Santa belly, retailers are offering Black Friday discounts on top brand health and exercise equipment, athlete-endorsed workout clothing and motivational personal electronics, like Fitbits and other fitness trackers.

Have you seen fitness mirrors that can stream live workouts in any room of your home?

Here are highlights of Black Friday fitness gear:

Bowflex has strength and cardio equipment including a full lineup of indoor cycling bikes, Max Trainers, home gyms, treadmills and adjustable dumbbells. Use code FIT2020 for Black Friday specials, discounts and freebies at checkout through Dec. 2.

The Brrrn Experience offers an at-home fitness slide board that includes on-demand workouts. Use the code TURKEY15 to receive 15% off and a year’s on-demand subscription.

Echelonfit offers rowers, bikes, treadmills and smart mirrors to support at-home workouts as well as live and on-demand classes. Save $200 on the new EX-1 LE bike, on sale at $799 (regularly $999) that can be delivered by Christmas.

Hydrow has at-home rowing machines with live and on-demand, athlete-led workouts. Receive $500, $250 in accessories and free shipping with the Hydrow Black Friday Package ($1,995).

Hyfit Gear has smart fitness resistance bands and guided workouts with professional trainers. Receive $168 off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

MYXfitness focuses on science-backed, motivational workouts with cross-training coaches and next-level at-home equipment. Take $250 off and receive free shipping and assembly (valued at $250). Sign up to receive the newsletter when you buy a MYX, and you’ll also get an exclusive welcome offer and a holiday gift bundle (valued at $75).

NordicTrack has treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers and other strength training equipment. The Commercial X22i is discounted $200 to $2,799, which includes a year of iFit family membership ($468 value).

Schwinn has a lineup of indoor cycling, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, Airdyne bikes as well as high-quality, affordable cardio machines.

Sharper Image has a space-saving adjustable rowing machine with a hydraulic cylinder that you set the resistance level ($189) plus discounts of up to 20% cash back and free shipping on order of $99 or more (use the code SHIP99).

Backcountry has deals up to 60% off on men’s, women’s and kids clothing plus hiking, camping, biking, climbing, running fly-fishing and paddling gear. Take 15% off your first order.

Jenson USA has Black Friday sales on bikes, jerseys, shorts, shoes and helmets. The retailer carries mountain, road, electric and commute bikes, kids’ bikes and apparel, with free shipping on order of $60 or more.

Moosejaw has bikes, gear, cycling clothing and accessories discounted up to 30% off.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has deals up to 50% off on fitness and recreation equipment like trampolines, bikes, basketball hoops and ping pong tables as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus golf, footwear and outwear.

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Dentist issues warning after ‘healthy’ dad dies at 37

The tragic case of a Wirral dad-of-seven who lost his battle with an aggressive form of mouth cancer has led to concerns that thousands of cases are going undiagnosed.

Alan Birch, 37, had 90% of his tongue removed when he was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2018.

Despite Alan undergoing both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the cancer returned each time and specialists told his devastated family there was nothing more they could do for him.

The news was even more shocking as Alan, a self-employed plasterer from Moreton, lived a healthy, active lifestyle and did not drink or smoke.

It was after learning of the devastating diagnosis that Alan and his partner of 12 years, Debbie McDonough, decided to get married. The wedding ceremony in February was attended by more than 150 family and friends.

Debbie said at the time: “Usually the cancer he has is curable, but he got it in a very aggressive form. Every time they operated, it came back worse.”



a group of people posing for the camera: Dad-of-seven Alan Birch, pictured with his partner Debbie


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Dad-of-seven Alan Birch, pictured with his partner Debbie

After winning hearts across Merseyside, sadly Alan died a few weeks later in April.

Mouth cancer takes more lives than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined, with 8,722 new cases reported in the UK last year. This is a 58% increase compared to a decade ago and a 97% rise since 2000.



a man and a woman sitting at a table: Alan Birch and Debbie McDonough on their wedding day in February


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Alan Birch and Debbie McDonough on their wedding day in February

With the latest figures from the British Dental Association showing that 19 million treatments have been missed due to lockdown, dentists are now concerned about the number of cases of mouth cancer that will have potentially gone undiagnosed this year as a result.

But there is still a lack of awareness and knowledge around this type of cancer – something which dentists are keen to continue to try and rectify.

This comes as new research revealed that 52% of people living in the north-west are unaware their dentist will screen them for mouth cancer during a routine check-up. This figure was highest with those aged between 25-35, increasing to 61%.

What are the latest coronavirus figures for where you live? Find out by adding your postcode.

Dr Catherine Tannahill, dentist and director of clinical dentistry at Portman Dental Care, which carried out the research, said: “As dentists we see first-hand the impact this disease can have, and that’s why we want to ensure people are aware of what the signs and symptoms are, what to do if they spot an issue and what steps they can take to reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer.

“This is now more important than ever before, as thousands of diagnoses may have potentially been missed this year due to dental practices having to close in initial lockdown, and the subsequent backlog of appointments since.

“While this may sound alarming, early diagnosis of mouth cancer leads to a 90% survival rate, which is why it is imperative that people continue visiting their dentist

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Fitness expert reveals the EXACT snacks she buys to stay healthy



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A Sydney personal trainer has revealed the supermarket snacks she buys while on-the-go to maintain optimal health every day.

Sophie Allen, 30, shared a video to her 358,000 Instagram followers on November 22 and detailed the top nutritious, budget-friendly snacks she recommends. 

The snack suggestions are suitable alternatives to consuming sugary foods, such as chocolate or lollies, and will help keep you fuller for longer during the day.  

‘Meal prep is the best way to stay on track, but we don’t always have time! Here are some of my go-to healthy and quick snacks I grab from the supermarket that don’t break the calorie bank,’ she captioned the post.

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Sydney personal trainer Sophie Allen (pictured) has revealed the supermarket snacks she buys while on-the-go to maintain optimal health every day



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The snack suggestions are suitable alternatives to consuming sugary foods, such as chocolate or lollies, and will help keep you fuller for longer during the day

Blueberries and tomatoes

In the short video the first two suggestions were blueberries and cherry tomatoes, which can be added to separate fruit or vegetable salads or eaten directly from the packet once washed.

Blueberries have an array of proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer.

Whereas tomatoes promote cardiovascular health, skin health and prevent the growth of abnormal cells.



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In the video the first two suggestions were blueberries and cherry tomatoes



Blueberries have ten proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer


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Blueberries have ten proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer

Brown rice cakes with avocado and tuna

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For a quick morning or afternoon snack, organic brown rice cakes with quinoa are perfect to have with avocado and John West tuna.

Not only do the rice cakes contain few calories, but the avocado is filled with vitamins C, E, K, B6 and healthy fats necessary for maintaining health all year round. 

Adding tuna to the snack will also boost your daily protein consumption.

Protein yoghurt

Sophie also opts to eat YoPro yoghurt – a quick and easy snack that is packed with high protein and no added sugar.

Each tub contains 15 grams of protein and is available in a variety of delicious flavours for as little as $1.70 from Coles.

According to Healthline, yoghurt

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3 products this Hip-Hop dentist recommends for a healthy smile

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It’s not every day you meet a dentist rapping about oral hygiene and making really good music videos. But Delano Hankerson does it because he’s on a mission to make dentistry fun for young people.

The Los Angeles native (he reps his city hard!) has always loved rapping, but he didn’t start rapping seriously until he entered dental school. “At that time, I never let anyone know that I had a passion for Hip-Hop, nor did I put any music out. I was trying to figure out how to merge the two worlds of rapping and dentistry,” Hankerson explained to In The Know.

“I always wanted people to know that I am a dentist first before a rapper. I would rather have kids be psyched about my music and go to dental school than just wanting to become another rapper.”

It is with that passion for education and positive change that Hankerson has pledged to solely make music related to dentistry. “We need more inspirational musicians that inspire people to act positively…There are black dentists, but there aren’t enough. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a great circle of friends and role models that happen to be black dentists, but others don’t have the chance to experience this.”

“I make dental music videos in order to highlight dentistry as well as Hip-Hop. I wear scrubs in all my music videos in order to promote Black excellence in the field of dentistry,” he explains on the importance of being a role model for young people. “I make these videos in order to inspire the youth to think outside the box. I want kids to know that you can be a professional but still manage to have a down-to-earth personality.”

While rapping with Hankerson, we just had to find out some of his favorite dentist-recommended oral hygiene products. Check out his top picks below:

Sholp: Oral-B 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, $39.97

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“I recommend the Oral B electric toothbrush due to its oscillating brush head. Part of the brush head spins to the left while the other spins to the right, sort of mimicking a car wash. In my opinion, it is the most thorough cleaning toothbrush on the market.”

Shop: Reach Waxed Dental Floss, $4.30

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“I also recommend floss to patients. One of my favorite sayings which I mentioned in my song ‘Brush Your Teeth’ is ‘floss the ones you want to keep’. Flossing is the only method that can thoroughly clean in between your teeth. Most cavities are created from not flossing daily.”

Shop: Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser, $33.50

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“Another product I recommend to patients is the waterpik. A waterpik cleans build-up (plaque/calculus) in the gums. I

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I Tried This Fitness App for Its Famous Workouts, but Its Healthy Eating Tips Are What Hooked Me

Working out and eating well were easy parts of my daily routine—until COVID-19 hit. When I began to socially distance in March, I found myself distancing from my healthy habits, too. Instead of meal prepping and carving out time for yoga, I started ordering takeout and carving out time for Netflix. And while I’m the first to point out that there’s no wrong way to cope with a pandemic, I started to miss the boundless energy and drive I used to have. To get back on track, I decided to try the Neou fitness app.

As someone who loves studio-based workouts, I was looking for a workout program that would make me feel like I was in a class with a trainer, despite being in my living room with my dog. The top-rated Neou fitness app not only has a boutique gym feel, but it also sources over 100 real trainers from actual studios across the country, so your workout feels like the real (virtual) deal. Unlike a typical boutique gym, however, Neou is affordable, costing just $50 a year. Plus, you can try it for free for 30 days.

RELATED: Your Desk Job Could Be Sabotaging Your Workout Routine

While I was determined to get back into a healthier state of mind, I also wanted to set realistic goals. Hour-long workouts that required access to fancy equipment are a no-go when I’m confined to my 600-square foot apartment — which is why I was pleased to see most of Neou’s workouts could be completed in as little as 10 minutes with just my own body weight. For an added boost of motivation, I joined one of the guided programs to stay on track. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited every time I finished a workout and saw a milestone badge added to my account. It’s the adult equivalent of a gold star.

To download: $50/year; apps.apple

The workouts effectively jump started my health journey, but I was also aware that I’d need to streamline my nutrition to see real results. Thankfully, the Neou app also has healthy recipes ideas that are quick, easy, and delicious. I started watching its Neo Cafe channel’s entertaining five-minute videos daily to draw inspiration, and so far, I love the smoothie options as easy post-workout recovery treats and the bulletproof coffee recipe to energize my morning.

They say consistency compounds, and that’s certainly true with the Neou fitness app. What started as a foray back into the workout world slowly turned into a healthy lifestyle makeover. Along with my daily sweat sessions and new nutritious treats, I’m also excited to try out Neou’s Meditation Journey to instill mindfulness into my hectic work days.

If you’re also looking to shake up your workout regimen, incorporate a few more nutrient-dense meals into your day, or just find some peace of mind, I highly suggest downloading the customer-loved Neou fitness app for your 30-day free trial now.

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Ethics Consult: Would You Amputate Healthy Patient’s Foot?

Welcome to Ethics Consult — an opportunity to discuss, debate (respectfully), and learn together. We select an ethical dilemma from a true patient care case. You vote on your decision in the case. And next week, we’ll reveal how you all made the call. And stay tuned, bioethicist Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD, will weigh in next week with an ethical framework to help you learn and prepare.

The following case is from Appel’s 2019 book, Who Says You’re Dead? Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned:

Margaret, a 40-year-old teacher, is a new patient of Dr. McCoy, a prominent orthopedic surgeon. At their initial appointment, when he asks how he can help her, Margaret replies, “I want you to amputate my left foot.”

Further discussion and examination reveals that Margaret’s foot is physically healthy and not a source of pain or disability. Margaret elaborates: “All my life, I’ve had this strange feeling that my left foot — right here, below the ankle — did not feel like it was part of my body. I have been to psychiatrists and neurologists, but nobody can explain it. To me, even though the foot functions just fine, it feels like having a foreign object attached to my leg.”

“Then last year, I went online and discovered that there are other people out there like me who suffer from ‘foreign limb syndrome’ — who have limbs or appendages that feel like they do not belong. We are sort of like patients who want sex-change operations, only far fewer medical professionals take us seriously.”

“Can you please amputate my foot safely? I will be glad to undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation first to show you I am not mentally ill. Honestly, if no surgeon will help me, I would do it myself with a saw — but I am afraid I might bleed to death.”

Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD, is director of ethics education in psychiatry and a member of the institutional review board at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He holds an MD from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a bioethics MA from Albany Medical College.

And check out some of our past Ethics Consult cases:

Reveal AIDS Diagnosis to Patient’s Sibling?

Change Abused Patient’s EMR?

Force-Feed Prisoner on Hunger Strike?

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Dating app launches for ‘healthy’ singles to bond over fitness



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A new dating app designed to connect active singles with other like-minded individuals who value health, fitness and wellbeing has launched in Australia.

Named Fitafy, the app focuses on shared interests and connection rather than just looks. 

Fitafy functions in a similar format to common dating apps where users swipe right for ‘yes’ and left for ‘no’.

Once both users’ swipe ‘yes’ they are notified of a match, and they can connect through messages.

Users can also filter by individual preferences, such as running, cross-fit and weights training, as well as nutrition preferences.

Founder Brendan McCormack, from Perth, developed the app after a large audience of fitness enthusiasts on social media were asking him for advice on how to meet other fit and healthy people.

To create a world-class app, Brendan and the Fitafy team secured over $500,000 in seed capital to commence development of the app.

The team partnered with respected developers Appsauce who have built apps for the likes of Kanye West and Manchester City, and 173Tech, whose co-founder Candice Ren developed and scaled the analytics function at dating apps Bumble and Badoo.

Post-development, the Fitafy app launched nationally in late October 2020 in Australia, with plans to launch globally in 2021. 



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Once both users’ swipe ‘yes’ they are notified of a match, and they can connect through message



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The new app is designed to be inclusive of all genders, sexualities and abilities ¿ as long as you’re over 18

‘Fitafy’s mission is to connect people who share the same values, a love of exercise and an active lifestyle, and they have the option to filter their searches based on this,’ Brandan said.

‘We would never want to reduce people down to that superficial level of just a picture, age, name and location.

‘Fitafy is here to help the world embrace an active and healthy lifestyle; It’s about taking that idea of fitness out of a limited stereotype and instead to reflect the millions of people who identify with that lifestyle in a plethora of ways.’ 



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‘Fitafy’s mission is to connect people who share the same values, a love of exercise and an active lifestyle, and they have the option to filter their searches based on this,’ Brandan said

The new app is designed to be inclusive of all genders, sexualities and abilities – as long as you’re over 18.

Once users find a potential match, Fitafy sends recommended cues and assists in helping to make the early stages of introductions and organising

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Medicine not chainsaws: Indonesian clinic keeps villagers and forests healthy

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Offering affordable healthcare to villagers and indigenous communities living near forests could help reduce illegal logging and fight climate change, researchers said on Monday.

A new study led by Stanford University analysed a clinic providing such a service, set up by two nonprofits adjacent to Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, covering the period from 2009-2019.

Using satellite images of forest cover and more than 10 years of patient records, researchers linked the health programme to a 70% fall in deforestation compared with other Indonesian national parks, equivalent to protecting more than 27 sq km (10 sq miles) of forest.

Study co-author Susanne Sokolow, a scientist at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, said the researchers had observed a strong reduction in the rate of forest loss.

“Importantly, we also found that the more engaged the villages were in terms of how many times they visited the clinic or participated in conservation programmes … the more impact we saw,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The largest drop-offs in logging occurred next to villages that used the clinic the most, researchers said.

Globally, about 35% of protected natural areas are traditionally owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous and local communities, yet they are rarely considered in the design of conservation and climate programmes, according to Stanford.

Seeking solutions, Indonesia-based environmental nonprofit Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) and U.S.-based Health In Harmony first questioned local communities and found that a key reason why they cut down trees was to pay for healthcare.

With this information, they established an affordable clinic in 2007, serving thousands of patients by accepting a range of alternative payments, such as tree seedlings, handicrafts, manure and labour – a system created with the communities.

Through agreements made with district leaders, the clinic also provided discounts to villages that could show evidence of reductions in illegal logging.

In addition, it offered training in sustainable, organic agriculture and a chainsaw buy-back scheme.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the 70% fall in deforestation was equivalent to an averted carbon loss estimated to be worth more than $65 million, using European carbon market prices.

The researchers also measured significant falls in infectious and other diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Monica Nirmala, executive director of the clinic from 2014 to 2018 and a board member of Health In Harmony, said the data supported two important conclusions.

“Human health is integral to the conservation of nature and vice versa, and we need to listen to the guidance of rainforest communities who know best how to live in balance with their forests,” she said in a statement.

Stanford researchers are working with the two nonprofits as they look to replicate the approach with other rainforest communities in Indonesia, Madagascar and Brazil.

Reporting by Michael Taylor @MickSTaylor; editing by Megan Rowling. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters,

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