Steingraber's narrative is less linear science and more poetic exploration through both the science and lived experiences of cancer. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. Not to be outdone, President George W. The cancers that are rising are leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, soft tissue cancers, kidney cancer, and brain and nervous system tumors. They are in all of us already. Contra Over a month after finishing the book, I finally have my review ready: Living Downstream was a very dense book, and reading it was sometimes quite depressing.
She goes through some case studies of possible relationships between certain pesticides and breast cancer. She also shows how developments in green energy will benefit not only the environment but human health. We can live without all these toxic chemicals, but we are stuck with them now. Valley residents have been paying the price for these human interventions, most visibly with the disaster that followed Hurricane Katrina. My friends and I would bike to a rusted iron grate bridge over that branch, the Honeytown Bridge, which rose like some ancient beast from a sea of lowland cornfields. Buy from us and you get great service as well as a great price! Because you will realize that we are all living downstream of something. She mentions as one green chemistry success story — the development of a soy-based adhesive that replaces formaldehyde in plywood.
In April 2004, well before the mortgage crisis became an item of national interest in the U. Emphasizing stress reduction and minimizing toxic exposure, the authors provide practical guidance for patients: questions to ask doctors after diagnosis and advice for evaluating options, gathering information, and getting second opinions. Her style seamlessly blends emotion-stirring imagery with scientific research. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. Steingraber does acknowledge that cancer causation is complex and a recent analysis from Johns Hopkins University notes that most cancers to not have a discernable cause. I was well aware of pesticides being linked to cancer, but not aware of how prevalent carcinogens are in our everyday life. These were things that the mortgage unit of Chase Manhattan — the bank Percudani worked with — somehow overlooked.
And still, the long-suspected causalities between environmental factors and cancers have not been studied in earnest, for a variety of negligent reasons. Steingraber focuses on synthetic organic chemicals as potential sources of cancer although she does not mention that there are natural sources of cancer as well and that some of the synthesized chemicals also do occur in nature, although often in different forms. The 100-mile, two-state line would span the river and would require the erection of 200-foot-high towers in the middle of the park. Not Overstocks or Low Quality Book Club Editions! In Living Downstream she spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor; in Having Faith she spoke as an ecologist and expectant mother, viewing her own body as a habitat. I learned a lot from Steingraber's book. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.
This woman was not, as they say, an unintelligent woman. Like does not necessarily equal agree. In assays for potential carcinogens animal studies need to involve large amounts of animals who need to be evaluated for years as cancer often takes a long time to appear. A new struggle over land and water in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area emerged in 2010, when Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities and New Jersey Public Service Electric both received state approval pending environmental permits to begin building a 500-kilovolt power line through the park. Of the reported five million annual visits to the park, most are made by people from farther away, many from New York and Philadelphia and their suburbs. She notes that increasing cancer rates among migrants to a new place certainly suggests an environmental influence. We have known that many, many chemicals can cause cancer, but we still keep producing them, releasing them into the air, into the water, feeding them to our animals, our gardens, ourselves, we sell them to third world countries when they are banned here.
I decided to look for her books and came across Living Downstream. We are still spilling poisons into our environment; into our water, soil, and air. I think that we can all read this book and begin to understand that the change starts with us, and in order to help others we must create a way to stop this web of causation from causing cancer. Douglas joined a much-publicized 1967 hike to Sunfish Pond in New Jersey — a hike designed to draw attention to the forty-acre glacial pond atop the Kittatiny Mountain that would have been destroyed by the original plans for the dam. A real heart-bearing narrative of how small rural communities are effectively denegrated by the decisions of corporate farming and waste. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Please help us improve the quality of our content by contacting with corrections or suggestions for improvement.
In many ways, this is a sequel to the original book that brought the danger of pesticides and pollutants to the public's attention. With authoritative, accessible, and succinct treatments of the sciences in their literary dimensions and cultural frameworks, here is the essential guide to this vibrant area of study. The Lehigh and the Delaware are big boys in the world of rivers — old-time, big-time players, power sources for industry. You can definitely tell that she has a background in ecology and biology and explains the science in terms that the public can understand. It is well organized and documented. She thinks there is a general correlation between industrialization and rising cancer rates. However the reader can get bogged down in all the details of chem This is kind of a depressing book.
Studies have shown, however, that people are more willing to exploit uncertainty and emotionality to promote avoiding risks. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. Atrazine in the environment is high during spring planting and lower in winter. One can only breathe, drink, and touch poison for so long before it begins to affect one's body. While not perfect, they are attempts at and have ameliorated many of our problems.