Search Resources (English): Environment and women's health

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Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

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Published: 2012
If the chair fits, sit on it

This article discusses workplace furniture and our bodies. Provides a checklist to determine whether the chair you sit on at work is good for your well being. Recommends what to do about it.

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Published: 1981
The politics of artificial light

 This article addresses our increased dependency on artificial light, specifically fluorescent light. Describes how this increased dependency came to be. identifies how this change in our environment has impacted our bodies and biological rhythms. Explains how artificial light differs from the sun. 

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Published: 1982
The radical orthodoxy of naturopathic medicine

In this article a medical anthropologist proposes naturopathy as an alternative to the invasive system of drugs and surgery. Describes naturopathy; principles and practice. 

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Published: 1983
Hazards in our household

This article discusses house work and the environmental dangers of home workplace. Dangers of cleaning products. Potential dangers of appliances. 

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Published: 1984
Hormone disrupters and women’s health: reasons for concern

Informative and accessible brochure on the topic of endocrine disruption and women’s health. (Scroll down the webpage given to download the downloadable brochure.)

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Published: 2008
Breast milk : an untold story

This article identifies the chemical hazards of breast feeding. Advocates for women to take control of their own health. List of resources.

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Published: 1985
Gender equality and environmental rights for all

From the perspectives of local women organisations in countries in transition and developing countries, this document looks at: how to develop a sustainable economy and women’s equal access to resources and finances, the challenge of climate change and sustainable mitigation solutions, especially access for women to safe and sustainable energy issues, the impacts of climate change on women and men and adaptation solutions, the gender issues related to the right of water and sanitation, and protecting women’s health from hazardous chemicals in daily products, waste, fuel and pesticides.


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Taking action

Interview with Saskia Post, a mother who gave birth to a child with multiple deformities due to the chemical environment she was exposed to while working at English Plastics in Brampton Ontario. Saskia launched a law suit against her former employer. 

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Published: 1985
Day in the life

A short online video that follows a woman as she goes through her day, and identifies the toxic substances that she encounters throughout her day. 

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