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A new report being released this month by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families outlines the role of environmental contaminants in cancer, asthma, reproductive disorders, and other conditions. Learn about the report from a co-author and other leading researchers. Estimates of the proportion of the disease burden that can be attributed to toxic chemical exposures vary, ranging from 1 percent of all disease to 5 percent of childhood cancer, 10 percent of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and neurodevelopmental deficits, and 30 percent of childhood asthma. A conservative estimate puts the health care cost savings attributable to a decline in the incidence of chronic disease due to reductions in chemical exposures at $5 billion per year. The report illustrates the opportunity to prevent disease and reduce health care expenditures by overhauling the chemical management system in the United States.


Charlotte Brody, RN, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
Charlotte Brody is the National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a new national campaign calling for stronger federal standards on toxic chemicals. Charlotte previously served as the Director of Programs for Green For All in Oakland, California, and the Executive Director of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. She is a founder and former Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition working to make health care more environmentally responsible and sustainable. Charlotte has served as the Organizing Director for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice in Falls Church, Virginia, the Executive Director of a Planned Parenthood affiliate in North Carolina, and the Coordinator of the Carolina Brown Lung Association, an occupational safety and health organization focused on cotton textile workers.

Richard Clapp, DSc, MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
Richard Clapp, D.Sc., MPH, is an epidemiologist with forty years of experience in public health practice, teaching and consulting. He is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Work Environment at U. of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has worked in state and local health departments and directed the Massachusetts Cancer Registry during the 1980s. His research has focused on cancer in people exposed to toxic or radiation hazards. He was co-chair of the steering committee of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and serves on several other professional advisory committees.

Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network
Ted Schettler MD, MPH is Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network.( He also serves as science director of the Collaborative on Health and Environment ( and science advisor to the Health Care Without Harm campaign. ( He has a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and a masters in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Schettler is co-author of “Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment”; “In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development”; and “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging”. He has published a number of articles on related topics in peer-reviewed journals and has served on advisory committees of the US EPA and National Academy of Sciences. He practiced medicine primarily in New England for many years.

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