Reference/Links: Health


Kids' Health

Birth Defect Research for Children - Provides information to parents and professionals about all kinds of birth defects, the environmental exposures that may cause them, and support services available to children with birth defects and their families.

CHEC's HealtheHouse - The Children's Health Environmental Coalition presents easy-to-follow tips on how to keep your children safe from environmental health risks.

EPA Office of Children's Health Protection - Includes a good list of children's health resources on the web.

The Safe Playgrounds Project - Get the facts on arsenic-treated wood and find out how to protect your children from arsenic exposure.

Health Threats and Effects

The Chemical Injury Information Network - An information clearinghouse on multiple chemical sensitivities.

The Chemical Scorecard - The Environmental Defense Fund's online service that allows community activists to learn which chemicals are hitting and harming them where they live.

e.hormone - Provides easy-to-understand research and policy information on public health issues such as endocrine disrupting chemicals and lead exposure.

EnviroMapper - This EPA tool lets you find out about toxics in your region by creating a custom map that depicts environmental information you select.

Epidemic! The World of Infectious Disease - The website of The American Museum of Natural History's exhibit on how a complex mix of ecology, evolution and culture produces conditions in which disease-causing microscopic organisms can live -- and thrive.

Fooling with Nature - Report from the PBS series Frontline about how man-made chemicals in the environment are affecting wildlife and humans.

HotWired's Ask Dr. Weil - From addictions and aerobics to Zen and zinc, Dr. Weil is on call to answer your health questions.

Mercury & Wildlife - At this National Wildlife Federation website, tour a virtual home to learn where mercury is found and read about how mercury moves up the food chain through bioaccumulation.

NSF International - Non-profit organization that acts as a third-party regulator of products that impact public health and the environment, including water faucets, food service equipment, and swimming pools.

Skin Deep - Read the results of an Environmental Working Group study on the safety of more than 10,000 ingredients commonly used in personal care products, and use the searchable guide to see how your favorite products scored.

Toxic Targets - E Magazine's feature article on polluters' all-too-common practice of dumping toxic waste in communities of color, and how they're finally being brought to justice.

Trade Secrets - This companion site to the Bill Moyers PBS special examines how chemical companies have compromised public health. Includes tips on how to protect yourself and your family from the chemicals in your home.

WWF's Global Toxic Initiative - This World Wildlife Fund site explores the effects of toxic chemicals on the planet, and shows how to reduce reliance on these harmful substances.

Pesticides

Food News - Developed by the Environmental Working Group, this website presents a report card on pesticides in produce, and includes a downloadable wallet card to help you choose produce that lowers your exposure.

Beyond Pesticides - Features pesticide fact sheets, action alerts and information on what to do in a pesticide emergency.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides - Includes news on pesticide-related issues and healthy solutions to pest problems.

Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Database - A database of pesticide toxicity and regulatory information. The reference section provides general information about pesticides and their health effects.

Rachel Carson Council - This organization works to clarify pesticide dangers and bring alternative pest controls to the public's attention. Includes actions you can take to help reduce pesticide use and links to other pesticide resources.

Farming and Organic Food

Beyond Organic - On this hour-long weekly radio program, chefs, authors and environmental experts discussing organic food and organic farming.

Center for Science in the Public Interest - A page reflecting CSPI's educational and advocacy work to improve the safety and nutritional quality of the food supply.

Grace Factory Farm Project - A great starting point if you're concerned about factory farming. It offers an organized collection of facts, news items, policy analysis and opportunities for taking action to eliminate factory farming.

Local Harvest - A searchable directory of family farms, farmers markets and other sources of sustainably grown food in the United States.

The Meatrix - View a Matrix-inspired Flash animation on the dangers of factory farms and learn why it's important to find sustainable alternatives to factory-farmed meat.
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