Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber

Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

bySandra Steingraber

Paperback | March 23, 2010

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The first edition of Living Downstream—an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative—set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins.

The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.

About The Author

Sandra Steingraber, PhD, is the author of Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. An internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, she is a visiting scholar at Ithaca College, New York.

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Title:Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the EnvironmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1.25 inPublished:March 23, 2010Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306818698

ISBN - 13:9780306818691

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Tuscon Citizen, 4/20/10 “In this second edition of a contemporary classic, Steingraber, a cancer survivor, biologist, and mother, builds a convincing case that many cancers can be prevented through environmental changeThis spare, beautifully written book, originally published in 1997, presents a passionate, hopeful view, asserting that it's a good thing that the environment has such influence over cancer because, she insists, we can do something about it.”, 4/29/10 “A book with a strong personal as well as societal orientationThe book's language is more plainspoken and thus more accessible than that of many other books warning of environmental hazards.”Energy Times, May 2010 “Beautifully written, Living Downstream blends [Steingraber's] own tale—a cancer diagnosis at age 20—with an environmental detective storyIf you've ever wondered about the link between pollution and cancer, read Living Downstream.”Ms., Spring 2010 “In the film, as well as in her memoir of the same title, Steingraber moves to break the silence about chemical carcinogens by doing what Rachel Carson couldn't: use her own diagnosis to prove a scientific point.”