Category Archives: Chemical Toxins

Patti Wood talks about kids and how to keep them healthy

PJW head shotPatti is the recipient of the EPA’s prestigious Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award, and the author of Helping To Heal, a book for the parents of children with life-threatening illnesses.

In this podcast she talks about what parents can do to help kids thrive, from preparing and eating healthy foods to making a home environment that is free from toxins.

Learn more about the book.




The Precautionary Principle with Carolyn Raffensberger

On this edition of Green Street, Carolyn Raffensberger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, talks about the founding of the Wingspread Conference, and how this unusual meeting of scientists, medical professionals, philosophers and environmentalists developed a new paradigm for analyzing risk assessment: The Precautionary Principle.

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Vaxxed the Movie – with Del Bigtree

In April, an award-winning documentary film about the vaccine controversy—”Vaxxed”—was abruptly pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome the film’s producer, Del Bigtree, to discuss the strange and disturbing story behind the massive campaign to cut off any discussion regarding the safety of vaccines, and the story behind the CDC whistleblower whose research supports the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.


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What’s Happening in the Water? with Dr. Chris Gobler


Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University
Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University

Recent fish kills on the east end of Long Island and in the Hudson River have raised new questions about what’s happening to our water. Algal blooms and fish kills are not new to this area, but their frequency and severity seem to be increasing.

On this edition of Green Street, we talk with Dr. Chris Gobler, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.



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Wireless Radiation: What Scientists Know and You Don’t with Dr. Joel Moskowitz

Joel Moskowitz
Dr. Joel Moskowitz

Cell phones, tablets, cordless phones, laptop computers, baby monitors and wireless routers have become so ubiquitous in our modern world we don’t even think about the fact that they all emit radio-frequency radiation, also called wireless radiation. If we could actually see wireless radiation in the air in the same way we see visible light, we’d see an increasingly dense web of electromagnetic smog that envelops us pretty much everywhere we go.

Dr. Joel Moskowitz is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  Visit his web site at



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Fracking Update with Beth Radow and Bill Cooke

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What’s happening in New York with fracking? When will Governor Cuomo decide whether to permit fracking in New York State, and why will fracking impact the citizens of New York even if the Governor doesn’t approve it?

On this edition of Green Street we hear from attorney and activist Elisabeth (“Beth”) Radow and Albany insider Bill Cooke, Director of Legislative Affairs for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. 

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Wireless and Chemicals with Dr. Lennart Hardell & Dr. Sheldon Krimsky

Two of the World’s Leading Experts Talk About Their Work

Dr. Sheldon Krimsky & Dr. Lennart Hardell
Dr. Sheldon Krimsky & Dr. Lennart Hardell

Two of the issues we cover frequently on Green Street are electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices and smart meters, and the developing field of epigenetics – the study of cell changes occurring due to the influence of  environmental exposures.

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Lennart Hardell of the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, and Dr. Sheldon Krimsky of Tufts Univeristy in Boston.

For more info:

See Grassroots Common Exposures – Cell Phones and Wireless

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The Safe Alternative to BPA? Forget it with Dr. Cheryl Watson

Cheryl Watson
Dr. Cheryl Watson

Why the chemical that has replaced BPA has researchers worried all over again.

When consumers discovered that the chemical BPA could disrupt the human endocrine system, manufacturers of baby bottles and other plastic products scrambled to find a replacement. Their solution: BPS, a “safer” alternative to BPA.

Now it turns out that this “safer” alternative may have exactly the same effect on our hormones as its predecessor. On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Cheryl Watson, lead author of a new study on BPS and its effects on hormones.

For more info: Read Helping to Heal’s blog on BPA and BPS

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The Poisoning of an American High School with Joy Horowitz


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Joy Horowitz

90210 may seem like an unlikely zip code for a story about an environmental disaster, but sadly, this is no Hollywood script. It’s reality.

As our national debate about energy continues to grow, the true environmental cost of oil and gas exploration is being understood more clearly. In Hollywood, where an oil rig and power plant sit just outside the schoolyard fence, thousands of recent graduates are blaming their cancer and other illnesses on the environmental impact of those industrial operations. Similar situations are playing out in schools across the country.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome author and journalist Joy Horowitz, whose compelling book ‘Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High Schooltells the complex story of toxic environmental pollution, large-scale corporate arrogance and the manipulation of science.