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Aug 03
2009

Prenatal Pollution

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , water , toxic , technology , speaker , Science , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , medicine , Marin , legislation , healthcare , Health , government , food , families , environment , education , drugs , disability , corporate responsibiliyt , Congress , children , chemicals , activism

Bruce Robinson

 

Exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment begins early in life--even before birth.

  Ken Cook, President and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, is a strong proponent for a Kids-Safe Chemical Act, to reduce children's exposure to toxics in the environment.

  

 Additional online resources from the Environmental Working Group  include the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, and their Cosmetic Saftety database.

Click here to view Ken Cook's 20-minute video summary presentation on the 10 Americans  study.

The Environmental Working Group is also pressing for the creation of a human "toxome," similar to the genetic map known as the human genome, to identify where and how toxic chemicals affect the body's healthy biological processes.

 

 

Jul 29
2009

Seeds of Learning

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , volunteer , poverty , nonprofit orgs , international , education , construction , children , activism

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Expanding the educational opportunities for children in poor, rural parts of Nicaragua and El Salvador is the focus of a low profile Sonoma-based non-profit.

Seeds of Learning was started 18 years ago by two Sonoma County men, Todd Evans and Patrick Rickon, based on their own experiences in Central America.

Although they are no longer involved in running the daily operations of the organization, Executive Director Annie Bacon says both men continue to actively participate in the group’s international projects.

The Seeds of Learning volunteers have been warmly, if somewhat quizzically welcomed by the people in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Bacon says, with little regard for the region’s difficult history with the United States government.

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Jul 28
2009

Baseball League

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , sports , Sonoma County , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , Rohnert Park , recreation , parks , Napa , families , events

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A new plan to bring baseball back to the North Bay envisions a short summer league with a dozen teams of mostly local players, and a rolling set-up to dress up existing ball fields in area parks.

The proposed Wine Country Old Fashioned Baseball League is the idea of Dry Creek Valley winery owner Howard Leonhardt (left), who says he developed it after he was unable to purchase an existing minor league team and relocate it to Sonoma County.

Jul 16
2009

Doctors & Poverty

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , students , speaker , Sonoma County , Santa Rosa , poverty , policy , nonprofit orgs , medicine , jobs , healthcare , Health , families , employment , education , economy

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Doctors see the effects of poverty in the patients almost every day, but treating the root causes requires taking action outside their clinics and hospitals.

 

Dr. Paula Braveman (right) is a professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, where she also directs the Center on Social Disparities in Medicine.

 Dr. Mary Maddox-Gonzales, head of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, urges doctors and other medical practitioners to speak out about the public health implications of policies at every level of government.

 

The recent  PBS television series Unnatural Causes  answered the basic question it posed in the affirmative. So did the  KRCB-Television report on  same question here in the North Bay. You can see what we found out here. Both the national series and our local report will be rebroadcast again this fall.