A World of Health Resources
Further Readings and Research (Updated February 2016)
Session 1: Redefining Health
President’s National Cancer Panel report on environmental factors increasing risks to cancer – click here to read.
Session 2: Eating Well
“Hidden Hazards in Fruits and Veggies.” This article from the Washington Post details a number of recent studies linking the growing levels of pesticides found in fruits and vegetables to increasing instances of ADHD in children. Click here
UPDATE: Page 23: The correct link for EWG’s Tuna Calculator is http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-good-seafood-guide
Session 3: Cleaning House
UPDATE: Page 39: The correct link for the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
UPDATE: Page 40:
- The correct link for the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff database is http://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/
- The Environmental Defense Fund’s Chemical Safety action is no longer active, but you can still find your representative’s contact information to let them know that tougher chemical regulation is important to you.
UPDATE: Page 50:
- The correct link for EcoCycle’s non-toxic cleaners recipes is http://www.ecocycle.org/hazwaste/ecofriendly-cleaning
- The correct link for the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
- Find out more about cell phone safety at http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet
“Weak Rules on Toxins and Safety.” New York Times article exploring the lax regulations on harmful toxins and their presence in commonly used household products. Click here to read.
“Help Yourself to a Healthy Home.” This booklet from the USDA and HUD provides tips and information on ways to address issues of health in all aspects of your home. Find it by clicking here
“Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit.” Use this checklist from the Oregon Environmental Council to identify eco-healthy aspects of your home and to identify areas for improvement. Set aside an hour or two to walk around your home and complete this checklist. All you need is a pen! Download it here.
Session 4: Building Healthy Communities
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Many American workers, across a variety of industries, were exposed to asbestos on the job. As a result, they are now at risk to develop mesothelioma. Find out more at this link.
UPDATE: Page 52:
- The correct website for Smart Growth America is http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/
- The correct website for Transition US is http://www.transitionus.org/
UPDATE: Page 58: To look up the air quality rating of your community, go to http://airnow.gov/
“Events That Led to Flint’s Water Crisis.” This timeline put together by the NY Times shows the major steps that led to the high levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water in 2014-2016. This timeline might be a good basis for a discussion about environmental justice and what can be done by individuals, communities and officials to ensure healthy communities.
Session 5: Curing Consumption
UPDATE: Page 67: The correct link for The Story of Stuff is http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/
UPDATE: Page 78: The correct link for finding cradle-to-cradle certified products is http://www.c2ccertified.org/products/registry
“Throw Away Culture: How the Food We Discard Comes Back to Bite Us.” This articles explores the amount of unconsumed food waste most Americans generate over the course of a year, up to 25% of their total food purchases, and the ways in which this contributes to the growth of landfills and greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to read.
Session 6: Healthy Planet, Healthy Self
UPDATE: Page 80:
- The correct website for FOUR YEARS. GO. is http://www.fouryearsgo.org/
- Find the “Home” movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU
UPDATE: Page 92: The correct link for the “You Have the Power: Save Energy” video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCiS5k_uPbQ
“Plastic Pollution.” It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic per pound in the ocean than fish. Surfrider Foundation offers much information and resources on how to reduce and prevent the plastic pollution in our oceans.
“Health Series Infographic: Asthma + Pollution.” This infographic from Oregon Environmental Council shows how pollution can make people more likely to develop asthma and can trigger asthma attacks. It also shows what you can do about it.