Tag Archives: chemicals

gas pipeline

A Pipeline Full of Trouble with Wilma Subra

Wilma Subra
Wilma Subra

The new Spectra pipeline will bring lots of shale gas to NYC, along with high levels of cancer-causing radon. Shale gas extracted from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia has high levels of naturally-occurring radon, a potent carcinogen. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Now, thanks to the new Spectra gas pipeline which went into operation on November 1st, this radon-rich gas is now being delivered to homes, apartments and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.

Wilma Subra is an environmental chemist and natural gas expert who has received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award for her work with communities fighting against polluting industries.

For more info: Visit Grassroots Hydrofracturing webpage

env health movement book

The Environmental Health Movement with Dr. Kate Davies

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Kate Davies

The movement that began with Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Community has mushroomed into a global movement to protect public health from environmental toxins. On this edition of Green Street, we’re joined by biochemist, anthropologist and author Kate Davies.

Kate’s new book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, chronicles the growing concern over chemicals in our air, water and food, and the efforts being undertaken by doctors, nurses, parents and non-profit organizations to address these concerns.

autism puzzle

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.

joshuas lessons

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.

Environmental Health

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.

baby eating

The Theory of Obesogens with Bruce Mohun

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Bruce Mohun

Could early-life exposure to chemicals pre-determine our size?

Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and scientists are puzzled over its cause. Is it really just a matter of calories in and calories out? Could there be another reason?

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome filmmaker and science journalist Bruce Mohun to talk about his new documentary film, “Programmed to be Fat.” The film explores the highly controversial theory of obesogens – chemicals in our environment that may play a significant role in causing obesity in humans.

For more info:  Learn more about the film

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Fracking 101 with Bill Cooke

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Bill Cooke

Despite all the controversy over the new natural gas exploration technique called “fracking,” many people still dont really know what it is or how it works.

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug are joined by Bill Cooke, upstate landowner, political strategist and legislative liaison for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who explains in plain English how the gas companies are planning to frack New York.

For more info: Visit Grassroots Hydrofracturing webpage


Sunscreens – To Use or Not to Use? with Dr. David Andrews

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Dr. David Andrews

The FDA has finally given us some guidance on sunscreen use, but did the agency go far enough to protect us from some of the chemicals typically used in these product?

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug are joined by Dr. David Andrews, senior scientist at EWG, to discuss these recommendations and explore the safest sun protection options available.

For more info:

See the latest EWG Sunscreen Recommendations

Helping to Heal blog posts about Sunscreen


Flame Retardants and Your Health with Dr Arlene Blum

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Dr. Arlene Blum

Brominated flame retardant chemicals have been in the news recently – the Chicago Tribune ran an excellent series of investigative articles called “Playing With Fire,” and Nicholas Kristoff wrote a fabulous editorial in the Times  called “Are You Safe On That Sofa?

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with Dr. Arlene Blum, founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute about  flame retardant chemicals and human health.

For more info:

Visit the web site of the Green Science Policy Institute

Read Helping to Heal Blog – Thinking about a New Sofa