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Dr. John Peterson Myers, CEO of Environmental Health Sciences and co-author of Our Stolen Future, talks about environmental chemicals and public health.

Dr. John Peterson Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, where he publishes the well-respected, daily Environmental Health News which aims to advance the publics understanding of environmental health issues by providing access to worldwide news about a variety of subjects related to the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems.

In this video, Dr. Myers discusses the current problem of toxic chemicals in toys and other children’s products, what parents can do, and what changes are necessary in the regulatory system.


Here are three parts of a disturbing story from News Channel 7 (Spartanburg, North Carolina).

Shadow of Sickness: Community Wants Answers On Cancer Rate:

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A sad pattern continues down Bennett Dairy Road. In a door-to-door survey of homes in this small area, WSPA documented 25 cases of cancer, 14 of them fatal, dating back to ’75. More . . .

Shadow of sickness: Part 2: Former employee accuses Hoechst Fibers of releasing toxic waste:

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Karen Murph’s spirited fight has inspired those around her, including a man named Ken Easler. He lives not far from her and goes to church with her. And he believes he knows why she and many of her neighbors have gotten sick. More . . .

Spartanburg WSPA TV: Shadow of sickness Part 3.

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Ken Easler, who retired from Hoecsht in 1986, says he had a close friend in upper management who let him in on plant secrets. He says he has decided to share those secrets now because a friend, Karen Murph, is dying of cancer – cancer Easler believes was caused by harmful chemicals Hoechst put in the environment. More . . .

In my recent interview of Drs. Carlos Sonnenschein and Ana Soto, I asked them about how they thought chemicals and the chemical industry should be regulated to better protect human health. Here is the second of two portions of that exchange (duration: 14:27).

Drs. Sonnenschein and Soto respond to the following prompts:

  1. How can a consumer live safely in a toxic environment? 00:40
  2. Can you give me an example of a specific regulation that you would like to see enacted? 03:50
  3. Do we need to change our regulatory mindset in this country? 04:20
  4. What do you mean by the “white paper” approach to regulating chemical?07:50
  5. What is green chemistry? 10:20
  6. What are the impediments to effective regulation, and how is that we overcome them? 11:00

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recently spoke to John Rosenthall about her views of environmental justice and the Obama EPA.

The conference that Administrator Jackson and John Rosenthall refer to was the “2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs.”  Here is an excerpt from her remarks at that conference:


We can talk about health care. But we also have to talk about how the poor – who get sick more often because they live in neighborhoods where the air and water are polluted – are the same people who go to the emergency room for treatment. That drives up health care costs for everyone. It hurts the local and the national economy.We can talk about the need for more jobs and small businesses in our urban centers and metropolitan regions. But that conversation must also include the understanding that environmental challenges in our neighborhoods hold back economic growth. Poison in the ground means poison in the economy. A weak environment means a weak consumer base. And unhealthy air means an unhealthy atmosphere for investments. And in many neighborhoods, visible environmental degradation compounds other problems.

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