So as a result, the agencies that are supposed to protect us deem that such and such chemical's deleterious effect on human health cannot be confirmed, or A maddening and exhilarating read. She takes a personal and scientific look at these issues and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and our communities. The current system of regulation of carcinogenic substances is intolerable; rather, we must prevent the generation instead. After a few chapters explaining the different levels, she goes into radon gas and other harmful gases and how they can get into water, even though they are air borne chemicals. Pekin Times, Pekin, 19 April 2010. She describes the plight of the farmer so that you u This is among the best books I have ever read.
It was a good ending and a good statement to pose to the reader about finding our roots and the causes of the rise in cancer. Mixed in with all of the scientific talk about cancer cells, carcinogens, and pollutants are stories of the author's personal battle with cancer, the struggles of those in her home town who fought unsuccessfully for someone to recognize the high rate of cancer among residents, and pers I highly recommend this book to anyone who loved Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Paradoxically the closer we stare at the map of cancer, the more unclear the picture becomes. Steingraber says we will have to adopt a new way of thinking about chemicals. She investigated contaminants and the way that we come into contact with them, and incidences of cancer correlated with this exposure.
I also would have like it better if it had some mention of the phenomenon of bio-magnification, the increase in chemical concentration as it moves up the food chain. Steingraber's evidence and thoughtful analysis pulled me into a deeper understanding of our roles within the greater environment. Childhood obesity may contribute to breast cancer risk by hastening the onset of puberty: as a group, chubbier girls develop breasts at younger ages than leaner girls; early sexual maturation is a known risk factor for adult breast cancers. It underlies the principle of precautionary action. She m This is a remarkably well written and well documented look at the environmental causes of cancer.
Reflection: This chapter was shorter like a few of the others. Yet, despite the abundance of evidence, science has never proven beyond all doubt that the use of chemicals by the human economy is responsible for a substantial fraction of the cancer epidemic. She explains the issues that communities face in terms of pollution and exposure, but also how they try to strike a balance and ensure their members are employed, have a community. Science students talked about how the book dragged, how the prose parts seemed irrelevant and how she couldn't get to the point. It has increased by 10% between 1973-1991, with a dramatic rise among African Americans. Steingraber's evidence and thoughtful analysis pulled me into a deeper understanding of our roles within the greater environment. Even with all the information we have gathered about genetic mutations, we still fall short in finding an effective solution to prevent the disease.
I've met science majors and creative writing majors in this class, but I couldn't point out one person I know to be an English major. To the 89 percent of Illinois that is farmland, an estimated 54 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are applied each year. This entry was posted in on by. Will our populace be willing, especially those whose careers hang in the balance like coal miners, industrial workers, and consumers? Living Downstream: an Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment. Just before her sentencing, Dr. By only focusing on genetic mutations of cancer cells, we are limiting the scope of possibilities that may be a root cause to our dilemmas.
Vocab: None Summary: Mentioned in chapter 9 are the many changes to the Illinois River over the years. Living Downstream was a very dense book, and reading it was sometimes quite depressing. You can definitely tell that she has a background in ecology and biology and explains the science in terms that the public can understand. Steingraber confronts the systems that favor the use of carcinogens from the perspective of a human rights activist, a trained ecologist, a cancer survivor, and as someone who cares deeply about the members of her community. 58-59 Recall that cancer rates are based on the number of people annually diagnosed for each 100,000 people. It is also a thorough scientific treatise on the relationship of cancer-causing chemicals to human and animal health. 43 the environment, it seems, keeps falling off the cancer screen.
I learned a lot from Steingraber's book. In 1997, Steingraber was named a Ms. Steingraber writes about the correlation between environmental toxins and cancer, and her research is not just credible but convincing, and scary as hell. In order to examine this relationship, Steingraber also argues that Silent Spring by Rachel Carson published in 1962 brought these concerns to the forefront, though the evidence presented was still largely ignored. Reports include the annual 3-year business plan report, semi-annual accountability reports, and related presentations.
You will understand how the world works and you will have compassion for those you may have demonized, and you will also be inspired to do something to change the flow of pollution downstream. They found that chlorine was a cheap chemical, and thought that it was working. This is kind of a depressing book. I'm for her cause and I understand the importance of what she's trying to rely. Devra Davis, cancer research study was based on the year people were born and the year the c was diagnosed Davis found that cancer not tied to smoking has increased steadily down the generations. Hunkered down between the headstones, I cupped the unfamiliar plants in my hands and tried to will into existence thousands of acres of these grasses and herbs, the sound of animals running, wildfires, birdsong. This, in essence, is a search for our ecological roots.
I can't get over it. Overall, a bit of a downer to read we're all poisoned and many of us will die because of it , but a fascinating read. On November 19, in the Town of Reading Court, she was sentenced to 15-days in jail after refusing to pay her fine. Most want to make sure that their children are going to be born into a clean environment, as well as being born into a family where health is not a problem. I recommend Living Downstream to people interested in learning about how what we put in the environment affects all life, including our own.