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Breast Cancer and Environmental Xenoestrogens The author, Michael Castleman is a San Francisco medical writer. He won the 1993 American Medical Writers Association Rose Kushner Award for his coverage of breast cancer. Published by

Chemicals and Your Health: How Toxic Is Your Home? Article in Awake! , a publication of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania December 22, 1998.

Chemicals found in fabric softeners by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Julia Kendall, 1995. (NOTE: Julia Kendall died July 12, 1997 from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Leukemia caused by pesticide poisoning.)

Chemical Poisoning, Abraham Lincoln, and Flashdarks: The Experience of the Chemically Injured Worker in the United States by Bonnye Matthews 1999.

Corporate Manipulation of Scientific Evidence Linking Chemical Exposures to Human Disease: A Case in Point -- Cigarette Science at Johns Hopkin. The Consumer Law Page.

Danger in the Air: Pesticide use on domestic airplanes may make flying hazardous to your health The author, Karin Winegar is a staff reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She reported on the use of aerosol pesticides on international flights for Condé Nast Traveler in March 1994. Published by

Environment and Womens Health (The) by Ellen K. Silbergeld, PhD, and Jenna S. Roberts, Msc, in collaboration with the Center for Research on Women and Gender, the University of Illinois at Chicago. "...we discuss here the influence on health of chemical exposures from contact with air, water, soils and dusts, from drinking water and food, and from using products containing biologically active chemicals. These environmental factors are those which we can and must control at a societal level, although they are only one set of external determinants of health. Genetics, diet, and other exposures, some of which are voluntary (such as smoking), also affect health, and these may interact with traditionally defined environmental risks. Environmental risks are an important set of risks because, if identified, they are preventable, often through concerted action, including regulation and voluntary changes by industry..."

Environmental factors should be linked to health care Canadian content site CBC News. 17 Apr 2002. "The Canadian Medical Association Journal is launching a campaign to help doctors link the effects of the environment with the health of their patients, a connection some say is being overlooked ..."

Everyday Exposure to Toxic Pollutants by Wayne R. Ott and John W. Roberts. Scientific American. Environmental regulations have improved the quality of outdoor air. But problems that persist indoors have received too little attention. [NOTE: This article requires a subscription and/or fee to view.] "Imagine that a killer is on the loose, one who shoots his victims and flees. Police investigators would undoubtedly respond by visiting each crime scene and meticulously searching for clues. They would photograph the body, take fingerprints and question witnesses. An autopsy would recover the bullet for tests. The authorities could then use this information to establish exactly who was responsible. But suppose the police took a different approach. What if they decided to start by examining all the guns that had recently been fired? Surely one of these weapons, they could argue, was involved. And they would be correct. They might even succeed in identifying the murderer--but not until after they had expended tremendous energy looking over a great number of firearms carried by law officers, soldiers and duck hunters. In a world of limited resources, they would probably run out of time and money before they came close to finding the culprit."

Household Chemicals Health Warning UK content site BBC News. "Chemicals in household products can expose vulnerable people to symptoms including allergies and fatigue, doctors have warned. Dr Keith Eaton and Dr Honor Anthony, are the authors of a report, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Recognition and Management. It is published by the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine."

In Harms Way: Executive Summary This report examines the contribution of toxic chemicals to neurodevelop-mental, learning, and behavioral disabilities in children. These disabilities are clearly the result of complex interactions among genetic, environmental and social factors that impact children during vulnerable periods of development. Toxic exposures deserve special scrutiny because they are preventable causes of harm.

Introduction to Hormone Disrupting Chemicals These pages provide an introduction to the effects of hormone disrupting chemicals on man and the environment, and the response of Governments and industry to this problem. Other terms used to describe these chemicals include xenoestrogens, oestrogenic (estrogenic), hormone mimicking and endocrine disrupting chemicals. These pages are aimed at anyone interested in the subject, and include references to other research and reviews for those interested in investigating the field further.

Is Your Bathtub a Toxic Dump? Fluoride in the Bathwater by Andreas Schuld & George Glasser, Earth Island Journal, Summer 2001, Vol. 16, No. 2. "The skin is the largest organ of the body. In 1991, the EPA concluded that the average person can absorb more contaminants from bathing and showering than from drinking polluted water."

Landmark report on chemical threats MSNBC. March 21, 2001. "Promising a new, more accurate era in measuring how chemicals affect our bodies, the nation's top health agency on Wednesday released its first annual report on human exposure to 27 substances including lead, mercury, pesticides, plastics and chemicals tied to tobacco ..." Read the full report: National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

Neurotoxicants Threaten Childhood Development Arline Kaplan, Psychiatric Times, March 2001 Vol. XVIII Issue 3

New car drivers exposed to toxic emissions CSIRO Online ... New car headaches may involve more than minor warranty problems. Research by CSIRO has found high levels of air toxic emissions in new motor vehicles for up to six months and longer after they leave the showroom... Air toxics being emitted inside new cars during the CSIRO study and the effects they may cause include: Benzene - a known human carcinogen for which an annual exposure goal of 16 micrograms per cubic metre has been recommended in the UK; Acetone - a mucosal irritant; Cyclohexanone - a possible human carcinogen; Ethylbenzene - a systemic toxic agent; MIBK - a systemic toxic agent; n-Hexane - a neurotoxic agent; Styrene - a probable human carcinogen; Toluene - a central nervous system dysfunction agent; Xylene isomers - a foetal development toxic agent.

Protecting Your Child From Toxic Threats to Brain Development Personal Guidelines for Children, Parents, and Future Parents from Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

Story of Silent Spring (The) How a courageous woman took on the chemical industry and raised important questions about humankind's impact on nature. From National Resources DefenceCounsel. In Brief.

Student pursues carcinogen research Student pursues carcinogen research. She earns accolades from findings that a possible cancer source from microwaved plastic wrap seeped into food. By Chris Lehourites, Associate Press, May 7, 2000.

The Ailing Environment A Perspective, Stephen J. Gislason MD.

Toxic Carpeting A series of articles on the toxicity of carpets, many written by Cindy Duehring , winner of the Right Liveliehood Award (1997). Cindy died in 1999 as a result of complications of pesticide poisoning.

Workplace toxins can kill at home By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY. "... In a health risk that is often overlooked and undocumented, people of all ages are being exposed to workplace hazards so potent they can change cell structures, slow mental development and unleash life-threatening tumors. But these are people who have never set foot in the workplaces that are poisoning them. All have been exposed to toxins their family members unknowingly brought home from the job. A USA TODAY computer database investigation found that employees in more than 35 states have unwittingly transported toxins away from work sites — potentially exposing legions of family members to contaminants such as mercury, radioactive material, beryllium, lead, asbestos, PCBs, pesticides and arsenic. Toxins have been carried in workers' cars and on shoes, socks, clothes, hair, tools, folders and briefcases. Although family members may never develop medical problems or come into contact with the contaminants, others have died or now cope with lifelong health problems and fatal illnesses. Children often are in the most danger because of their developing organs and higher metabolic rates, health experts say ..."

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