Search Resources (English): Environmental illnesses

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Cancer: 101 solutions to a preventable epidemic

A book that offers cancer prevention solutions for everyone from individuals to big business to labour to government. Contains practical tools for parents, youth and NGOs.

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Published: 2007

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s online warehouse of all publicly available data about potential chemical risks to human health and the environment. Aggregates data from over 1000 public sources on over 500,000 environmental chemicals searchable by chemical name, other identifiers and by chemical structure. 

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Maternal-infant research on environmental chemicals (MIREC): a national profile of in utero and lactational exposure to environmental contaminants

A five-year national study (currently in progress) of the impacts of exposure to environmental chemicals, heavy metals and tobacco smoke on pregnant women, fetuses and infants that is part of the Government of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. 

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Neurotoxic exposures and effects: gender and sex matter!

Discusses how environmental and occupational neurotoxicology research continues to confuse the terms sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles and behavior) and to use these words interchangeably. Notes studies that examine both males and females, providing evidence for sex differences in toxicokinetics and responses to neurotoxic assault as well as gender differences in exposure patterns, biomarkers of exposure, neurobehavioral performance and social consequences. Argues that integrating sex and gender considerations into research in neurotoxicology would not only provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways that lead to toxic assault, but also provide a means to improve preventive intervention strategies.

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Published: 2012
Webinar on biomonitoring: measuring the pollution in women’s bodies to build healthier communities

Presenter Sharyle Patton explores the uses of biomonitoring – the testing of one’s body for chemical exposure – and looks at how the experience of knowing one's body burden (the total amount of chemicals present in the human body at any given time) can help inform personal choice and political engagement. While the findings from biomonitoring may be devastating to some on an individual level, Patton suggests that if the information is used with sensitivity and respect for tradition, it can be quite powerful in helping groups work for change in toxic chemical policy. A storyteller, Patton illustrates her message with the experiences of women she has encountered through her work.

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Published: 2011
Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Published: September 1998