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Why does my child have cancer? What in the environment might have caused it? How can I find out what is carcinogenic? How can I find out what chemicals are released in my area? How can I get rid of insect pests around my home without further endangering my family?
Questions like those in the above paragraph have led to the gathering of the good web links listed below covering environmental issues.
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense allows you to look up the chemical releases from manufacturers in your geographical area. Enter in your zip code, and they will list the names of the companies in your area that release toxic chemicals. Details on the hazards of the chemicals released are given.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA site, section on children's health as related to the environment. (Office of Children's Health Protection.) This site has a wealth of information on topics such as bills in congress concerning children's health, a section on childhood cancer, children's environment safety.
The Right To Know Network
The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects.
Healthy Child (was Children's Health Environmental Coalition)
Children's Environmental Network
FACT: Families Against Cancer and Toxins
Toxic Free Kids
Information on a lot of issues concerning toxins in our environment. By parents of children with cancer.
Pamphlet from the National Cancer Institute
Entitled "Cancer and the Environment." This is a good resource (2004).
Three related web sites offer daily updates of news stories, scientific studies, and medical reports linking environmental contamination to human disease. (These sites were linked to from a Rachel newsletter.)
A Rachel recommendation: Studies of hormone-disrupting chemicals and their effects on plants and animals: www.ourstolenfuture.org/New/newstuff.htm
A Rachel recommendation: Peer-reviewed overviews that evaluate the medical literature linking environmental contamination to asthma, brain cancer, breast cancer, childhood leukemia, endometriosis, infertility, learning/behavior disorders, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer: www.protectingourhealth.org
EHP: Environmental Health Perspective
Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 107, Number 6, June 1999
Carcinogen Risk Assessment Guidelines and Children
Patricia A. Buffler, Amy D. Kyle
Arsenic treated wood (as in, used in playgrounds)
Treated wood used in decks has been linked to childhood cancer.
- Rachel Environmental and Health News, #784 and 785. These newsletters contain a lot of links and references.
Tips on lawn care
from a site devoted to immune system ailments:
from a company called Gardens Alive (they are also selling their organic lawn & garden products)
Tips on grasshopper control:
organic gardening supplies
- www.extremelygreen.com/ (then go to Organic pest control)
University of Nebraska on grasshoppers
Horticulture and Home Pest News on grasshoppers
How do determine if a chemical is toxic
In my other life, I used to run the teaching labs in organic chemistry at CU Boulder. I keep a current web page there for my students on how to look up health and hazard information on chemicals. Here is that page:
The Household Products Database was suggested by a listmember:
These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.