Archives for the day of: October 21, 2010

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I recently interviewed Drs. Carlos Sonnenschein and Ana Soto.

This video contains the introduction to that interview, in which they responded to the following prompts:

  1. Describe your work before you began studying environmental toxins. 00:00:40
  2. What caused you to shift the focus of your research? 00:02:35
  3. Please say more about the unexpected results in your lab and how you responded.00:04:25
  4. Without the manufacturer’s assistance, how did you discover what the contaminant was? 00:06:25
  5. What is the contaminant, and how is it used? 00:07:55

Through their responses, Drs. Sonnenschein and Soto tell the fascinating story of how a laboratory accident caused them to stop their research and pursue a new project that would eventually reveal to them how plastic tubes were producing estrogenic activity and set them down a new research path.  They also describe how they came to realize that the “problem [of estrogenic activity] was probably much more serious” than they first suspected.

The full, edited interview is now available on the Upstream Website.

London Daily Telegraph: Cancer caused by modern man, as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world.

Researchers looking at almost a thousand mummies from ancient Egypt and South America found only a handful suffered from cancer when now it accounts for nearly one in three deaths. The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition. Read more here.

Edmonton Journal: Dirty diapers may hold clues to asthma, allergies.

Over the next few months, researchers will be mining the seven-month-old’s diapers and mapping the DNA of the bacteria in her and thousands of other babies’ poop in hopes of eventually figuring out if antibiotic use, C-sections or environmental factors increase a child’s risk of asthma or allergies. The results could influence how parents and health professionals raise their children and treat their illnesses early in life, said Anita Kozryskyj, a University of Alberta medical researcher and co-lead investigator for a $12-million project funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and AllerGen, a Canadian centre of excellence that focuses on allergic disease. Read more here.

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