Category Archives: Childrens Health

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.



Environmental Links to Autism with Dr. Martha Herbert

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Dr. Martha Herbert

For many years, the research on autism has been focused on the role of genes – and looking for that single “autism gene” that may be causing the condition. But as Dr. Herbert points out, genes don’t function in a vacuum – they interact with proteins and other chemicals in the body – and with chemicals that enter the body from our environment that aren’t supposed to be there.

Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Visit her website at


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The Autism Puzzle with Britta Belli

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Britta Belli

The rates of autism in the United States have skyrocketed over the past decade. While researchers are still debating the role that preservatives in vaccinations may play, other environmental chemicals are being added to the list of suspects that could be responsible for this alarming trend. The list includes many consumer products we use in and around our homes.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug interview Britta Belli, author of a new book called The Autism Puzzle, in which she examines the latest research on environmental links to this heartbreaking neurological disorder.

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What Does M-C-S Spell? with Linda Wojcik

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Linda Wojcik

Many people suffer from “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,” a term that includes a variety of symptoms that may be experienced during or after exposure to an environmental trigger.

Symptoms can headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes. Common triggers are pesticides, fragrances, and recently, electromagnetic radiation from wireless networks and smart meters.

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug speak with Linda Wojcik, author of Joshua’s Lessons – Raising a Healthy Child in a Toxic World. This inspiring and remarkable book chronicles her son’s experiences as a young child with MCS, and provides lessons for all of those concerned about environmental exposures.

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Children, Chemicals and Disease with Dr. Leo Trasande

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Dr. Leo Trasante

Can our kids survive the American lifestyle?

The air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat all contribute to a child’s risk of developing a serious  illness. Our environment contains a growing list of chemicals, many of which are known causes of human illnesses.
So what can we do about it?

On tonight’s show Doug and Patti are joined by  world-renowned pediatrician and environmental health expert Dr. Leo Trasande, who will explain  how chemical exposures put our kids at risk, how much environmentally-mediated illness costs our nation, and what steps we can take to protect our children from harm.


Autism and the Environment with Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto

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Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto

Autism is often called a “spectrum disorder” because it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. The autism-spectrum disorders encompass a wide range of symptoms, from social awkwardness to a complete inability to interact and communicate.

Rates of autism have been rising for several decades: There is no central register for people with autism, but the best estimates indicate that 1 in every 150 children and 1 in every 83 boys has autism. There is no known single cause, but there are many theories, and research is being conducted on many fronts.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug Wood talk with Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, internationally-recognized researcher at the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California at Davis and a professor at UC Davis School of Medicine.

Dr. Hertz-Piciotto describes some of the latest scientific research on possible environmental links to autism.

For more info:  Visit the U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute