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Communicating about environmental risks and infant feeding  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/CEWH/RB/bulletin-vol3no2EN.pdf

Examines the subject of environmental toxins in mother’s milk. Offers a balanced perspective about the warnings relating to breast milk and environmental contaminants.

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Published: 2003
Exposure: environmental links to breast cancer  
http://www.womenshealthyenvironments.ca/programs/films/exposure

Explores the little understood links between environmental degradation and breast cancer.

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Published: 2001
The cancer epidemic as a social event  
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National_Office_Pubs/cancer.pdf

Argues that while the medical profession and cancer research institutions attribute most of the cancer increase to genetic and lifestyle factors, carcinogens in our air, water, food, and workplaces are significant causes of cancer. Criticizes the main objective of the fight against cancer, which is to find treatments or cures rather than promoting preventive measures. Concludes that many cancers could be prevented if the cancer-causing chemicals were removed from our environment.

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Published: 2004
Body burden: the pollution in newborns. A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides in human u  
http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/contentindex.php

Finds that an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants were present in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals.

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Published: 2005
Health and environment - partners for life  
http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/community/pdf/health-environment_e.pdf

Describes the current understanding of the relationship between human health and the Canadian environment, based on the findings from the Action Plan on Health and the Environment (APHE), other Health Canada programs and other sources of information. Focusses on those contaminants that are of particular concern to the health of Canadians, notes the progress made in reducing levels of environmental contaminants and describes the impact that the human-made or 'built' environment can have on our health. (See Details)

Published: 1997
Taking action for a healthy future: educational resource guide & community handbook for the film Exposure: environmental links t
Includes background information on the link between the environment and breast cancer, as well as guidelines for discussion, based on the film.
Published: 2002
Polluted children, toxic nation: a report on pollution in Canadian families  
http://www.environmentaldefence.ca/toxicnation/report/PCTN_English%20Web.pdf
Documents the chemical contamination of children, parents and grandparents from five Canadian families. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Occupational/environmental exposures  
http://www.motherisk.org/women/occ_env_exposures.jsp
Lists Motherisk’s published research on the potential health risks of environmental and workplace exposure for pregnant women. (See Details)
Environmental contaminants and breast cancer: the growing concerns about endocrine disrupting chemicals   
http://www.wwf.org.uk/filelibrary/pdf/contam_breastcancer.pdf
Examines the link between increasing rates of breast cancer and the impacts of hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Highlights the need for strong legislation to control EDCs which are used in everyday products such as baby bottles and other plastics and cosmetics. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Breastfeeding in a contaminated environment  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39519
Examines how toxic chemicals in the environment can pose prenatal and postnatal health risks in infants, children and the general public. Discusses the chemical residues in breast milk. (See Details)
Published: 2004