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

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

Sandra Steingraber

Language: English

Pages: 440

ISBN: 0306818698

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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communications pathway known as signal transduction. This system consists of a team of protein molecules relaying messages back and forth between the perimeter of the cell and the heartwood of the nucleus. Signal transduction proteins play a key role in the timing and coordination of cell division. Promoting agents can affect the production and behavior of these courier molecules without permanently damaging the genes that code for their manufacture. The result is an expanded cluster of

also induce chronic inflammation and can do so in ways that interfere with insulin signaling. One outcome may be diabetes. Another may also be an increased risk for cancer. These results do not mean that the immune system plays only a turncoat’s role in the story of cancer. Indeed, there is still plenty of evidence to affirm the opposite: that immune cells labor loyally to identify newborn cancer cells and destroy them while they are still destroyable. In other words, not all the cops are working

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glaciers. The Sankoty Aquifer is the source of Pekin’s drinking water. Technically speaking, an aquifer refers not to the groundwater it holds but to the collection of grit, gravel, clay, and rock the water flows through. The Sankoty ranges from 50 to 150 feet thick and consists mostly of quartz sand grains ranging in size from dust to marbles. They are said to be distinctly pink. Sankoty sand grains are also, I’m told, neatly sorted and stratified by size, indicating they were once carried

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