Environmental illnesses

Environmental illnesses

Full circle: drugs, the environment and our health (Chapter 9 of The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy)

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Sharon Batt
Publisher: 
Women's Press (Now owned by Canadian Scolar's Press)
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy discusses the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and uses the best evidence to argue for changes that better reflect women's needs in public health policy and that ensure those who are best suited to make these determinations are included in policy-making.

This chapter looks from a public health perspective at the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products that have been detected in Canadian water, with particular attention to women’s relationship to this issue.

The Push to Prescribe, edited by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil and published by Women’s Press, is available at your local bookstore or can be ordered online at www.cspi.org.

This chapter is being made available by National Network on Environments and Women's Health. Please note that this chapter is for individual use only and distribution is prohibited.

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Women and water

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
The National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2010

A website that seeks to contribute to the dialogue around Canadian water policy through water research that affects women and their health. Women have historical and traditional ties and spiritual relationships with water. In this way, water is of central importance to health broadly-defined (i.e. not just physical health). However, often women are not specifically studied or physical effects on women are measured in relation to the health of their unborn and new babies. This website will explore the gendered risks to women in a country where access to safe water is often taken for granted.

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

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
CWHN and the National Networks on Environments and Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011

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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Canadian Environmental Network (cen) – chemical management plan capacity building project

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Governmental Body
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English
Français
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Community education/development

Works with Environmental Defence (ED) to inform the public about the federal government’s Chemical Management Plan and to increase public involvement in the Plan. Regular updates and information on the website.

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613-728-9810 ext. 224
Email Address: 
jessie@rcen.ca
Street Address: 
39 McArthur Ave., Level 1-1
City: 
Ottawa
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
K1L 8L7
Country: 
Canada

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

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English
Translated Title: 
Étude mère-enfant sur les composés chimiques de l'environnement (MIREC) : un profil national de l'exposition in utero et par le lait maternel aux polluants de l'environnement
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Online
Author: 
Tye Arbuckle, PhD
William Fraser, MD

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. 

Sandra Steingraber

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Private foundation
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English
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Advocacy

Website of Sandra Steingraber, poet, ecologist and author of numerous books on environmental links to cancer and other diseases (Having Faith, Living Downstream).

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Cancer: 101 solutions to a preventable epidemic

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English
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Paper
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By Liz Armstrong
Guy Dauncey
Anne Wordsworth
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New Society Publishers
Publication Date: 
2007

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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Includes bibliographical references.

The falling age of puberty in US girls: what we know, what we need to know

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Sandra Steingraber
Publisher: 
Breast Cancer Fund (US)
Publication Date: 
2007

The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty — the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty — to help us better understand this phenomenon so we can protect our daughters’ health.

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Order Information: 
Contact their office to order a copy. Also available online.
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research
Advocacy

An international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on the impact of environmental factors on human health and catalyzing initiatives to address these concerns. Leverages mainstream health-affected constituencies in the environmental health science revolution and engages researchers, health professionals, and environmental health and justice advocates from diverse sectors. Founded in 2002, an international partnership of over 4,000 individuals and organizations in 45 countries and 48 states, including scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned citizens, committed to improving human and ecological health.

Contact Info
Email Address: 
info@healthandenvironment.org
Street Address: 
Commonweal
Addt'l Street Address: 
PO Box 316
City: 
Bolinas
Province: 
California
Postal/ZIP Code: 
94924
Country: 
USA

Breast Cancer Fund

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All women
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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research
Advocacy

Works to show the connections between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in everyday environments. Translates the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect health and reduce breast cancer risk. Attempts to transform how our society thinks about and uses chemicals and radiation  with the goal of preventing breast cancer and sustaining health and life.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
415-346-8223
Email Address: 
info@breastcancerfund.org
Fax Number: 
415-346-2975
Tollfree Phone Number: 
866-760-8223
Street Address: 
1388 Sutter Street, Suite 400
City: 
San Francisco
Province: 
California
Postal/ZIP Code: 
94109-5400
Country: 
USA
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