PSR senior scientist educates on coal in Michigan
PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, will be speaking
across Michigan on the dangers to health posed by coal-fired power plants. His tour will include a Grand Rounds
presentation at a hospital in Lansing; a meeting with student anti-coal
activists at Michigan State University; a reception with PSR members in Ann
Arbor, and face-to-face meetings with three newspaper editorial boards. Dr. Lockwood is the lead author of PSR's
report, Coal’s Assault on Human Health.
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Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at the White House
executive director, Peter Wilk, MD, will address an estimated 10,000 people outside
the White House on Sunday as we urge President Obama: Don't build the
Keystone XL Pipeline. The proposed
pipeline would carry tar sands oil across 1,500 miles of American heartland, extending
the threat of oil spills and increasing world reliance on fossil fuels, thus greatly
increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.
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We had a great time at APHA!
Board leaders, members, and professional staff had a wonderful time at
this year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in DC.
We collected over 400 names of potential new members at our booth in the exhibit hall. We participated in a wide variety of sessions on our key public policy issues. And, we were thrilled to have two of our own recognized for their exceptional work. Dr. Jack Geiger was awarded for his ground breaking work, his vision, and his life-long commitment to physician activism. Dr. Howard Hu received the prestigious APHA Award for Excellence.
Health hazards of fragrances
the aisle of your local drug store, and you’ll find dozens of fragranced
products – soaps, shampoos, perfumes, lipsticks, cleaning products, air
fresheners, candles, even toys – all designed to make you like them. The
complex, proprietary mix of chemicals that make up those fragrances can do more
than just appeal to your senses, however. They
can also affect your health, like other synthetic, industrial chemicals.
Learn more about fragrances and your health in the latest Environmental Health Policy
An Occasion to Honor H. Jack Geiger, M.D.
A packed room at the annual meeting of the American Public
Health Association listened to dozens of tributes, words of gratitude and
heartfelt admiration for Dr. Jack Geiger, a founding member of PSR who has
dedicated his life to combating poverty and racism, protecting human rights,
and preventing war. Beloved as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Geiger has
inspired generations of physicians to have the courage to right the world’s
wrongs. PSR thanks Dr. Geiger for his vision in helping found our
organization and for his belief that we can all work for a safer, more peaceful
and just world.
Wisconsin Medical Students Screen Tar Sands Documentary
University of Wisconsin Student PSR hosted a screening of Downstream, a compelling account of physician Dr. John O'Connor's efforts to
sound the alarm about the health and environmental damage suffered by a small
community near the Canadian tar sands. The short film illustrates the risks and benefits of patient
advocacy as a health provider. Wisconsin medical students Joel Charles and
Jasmine Wiley organized the event.
Watch the 33-minute video here »
California Medical Association Calls for Safety Assessments for Nuclear Reactors
A new resolution passed by the California Medical Association calls on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to implement the safety recommendations of the Fukushima Task Force, and also calls for an assessment of seismic risk for new nuclear reactors before licensing. PSR Board member Dr. Robert Gould co-authored the resolution. With PSR support, the CMA also passed several resolutions
calling for health protective regulation of food marketing to children,
agricultural practices, nanoparticles and for the banning of triclosan from consumer and health care products.
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To President Obama: Time to ban nuclear weapons testing now!
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is an essential treaty on
our path to nuclear abolition. An international consensus against nuclear
weapons testing will aid global disarmament efforts by restricting one of the
most dangerous practices used for modernizing or developing a nuclear
program. Our hope is that the CTBT will help build on the recent surge of
international attention given to the continued risk posed by these weapons.
President Obama has expressed his support for the CTBT, however, we must push
him and Congress to ensure that this treaty is successfully ratified. Sign our CTBT petition today!
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PSR Past Presidents build case for cuts in nukes in key states
Dr. Ira Helfand and Dr. Jeff Patterson, past PSR Presidents,
travelled to Kansas City and Los Angeles respectively to build support for
nuclear weapons abolition in the face of the upcoming budget debate in
Congress. Both speakers addressed activists, concerned citizens, and students
as part of speaker tours that are occurring across the country this Fall. PSR's
medical voice on the case for nuclear disarmament is essential as we press for implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
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San Clemente Calls for Greater Restrictions on San Onofre Reactor
PSR’s Dr. William Perkins was among the experts testifying
before the San Clemente City Council earlier this month raising concerns about
the public health risks associated with the San Onofre nuclear reactor. Dr. Perkins' presentation
focused on the health effects of radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear
accident. The City Council later voted 5-0 to call on the federal government to
develop a plan for dealing with spent fuel, improved evacuation plans, and
other measures to protect the public.
Honoring Jack Geiger, M.D. at APHA
Join PSR as we attend a special session celebrating Jack
Geiger’s lifelong work as a
physician–activist combating poverty and racism, protecting human
rights, and preventing war. A founding member of PSR, Dr. Geiger
co-authored in 1961 the series of articles on “The Medical Consequences of
Thermonuclear War” in the New England Journal of Medicine. Sun.,
Oct. 30, 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center, Room 101,
Read Dr. Geiger’s comments on the occasion of PSR’s 50th Anniversary.
Northern California Welcomes Dr. Vic Sidel
As part of his Northern California speaking tour, Dr. Vic Sidel, Distinguished University Professor
of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of
Medicine, spoke to medical students and faculty at the University of
California-Davis and University of California-San Francisco about the health
effects of war, his work for nuclear disarmament, and the 50-year history of PSR. At the UC-Davis event,
Dr. Claire Pomeroy, dean of the medical school, introduced Dr. Sidel and lauded
him for inspiring generations of students to work for peace and justice.
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Dr. Ira Helfand speaks to Kansas City residents on urgent need for nuclear abolition
Dr. Ira Helfand, past PSR President, was in Kansas City to address the upcoming nuclear weapons budget debate
and the opposition to the Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant. Dr. Helfand debated a proponent of the Kansas City Plant on Sunday,
October 9th. He also addressed students and a
religious congregation as part of the Nuclear Disarmament speaking tour.
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Environmental Justice and Toxic Chemical Exposures
living surrounded by chrome plating facilities, lead smelters, and plastics-
and pesticide-manufacturing facilities," writes Martha Dina Arguello, Executive
Director of LA-PSR. "On some days the fetid stench from the local rendering
plant is so pervasive that long-term residents no longer notice it. That is the area where my
family lives." Read how she and other environmental justice leaders address
socioeconomic disparities in toxic chemical exposures in the latest Environmental
Health Policy Institute.
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A rare moment of opportunity to cut nukes!
Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) is circulating a “Dear Colleague Letter” to
other Representatives asking Congress to make $200 billion in cuts to the
nuclear weapons budget over 10 years. These cuts would achieve much-needed reductions
in our current bloated nuclear arsenal. By taking this action, our nation would
also send a positive message to the international community and thus advance
future disarmament agreements. Please take a
moment to contact your Representative now, asking them to sign on to Rep.
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PSR: Delay of Clean Air Regulations Creates Public Health Risks
Executive Director Peter Wilk, MD urged lawmakers to
protect the health of all Americans by preserving regulations that reduce
mercury and other pollutants in the air. Speaking
at a September 21 press conference with the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee, Dr. Wilk related the impacts of
air pollution on the cardiovascular system,
lungs and brain, and called on the Senate to reject regressive proposals
such as the TRAIN Act and other legislation which
would severely undermine public health protections.
Read Dr. Wilk's testimony »
Collaborating for a Stronger PSR
Eighteen chapter leaders gathered in Chicago last September for a dynamic two days of networking, strategizing and learning. Joined by national staff and meeting under the banner “Collaborating for a Stronger PSR,” the leaders focused on improving their recruitment of health professionals, building membership and tapping the talents of others in the network. The group welcomed several new faces, including two executive directors.
Runaway TRAIN: Congress launches another attack on clean air
A new bill under consideration by Congress would
severely weaken the Clean Air Act. The
so-called "TRAIN Act" would not only delay action on cleaning the air; it could
also block permanently two vital Clean Air rules – one on mercury and air
toxics, the other on airborne pollutants that cross state lines. If enacted into law, the Act is expected to
result in an estimated 34,000 premature deaths every year. Those deaths would be avoided if the rules
were implemented as proposed.
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The Dark Side of Nuclear Power
Many feel that we need
nuclear power to get away from fossil fuels and others think that there
is a better way. September 14, 2011 Eric Epstein, Chairman of Three Mile Alert presented "Dark Side of Nuclear Power" answered questions at our Chapter
meeting at the Polyclinic Cafeteria.
Faze out Dirty Coal and Use Clean Technology
Coal and oil companies continue to pound us in the media stating that fossil fuels must be increasingly used and give very little support to the clean alternative sources. They ignore the true costs to our environment and health. In June, Dr. Jim Jones penned a letter to the editor discussing the hazards and expenses of their use.
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