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Day in the life  
http://www.silentspring.org/breast-cancer-and-environment/day-life-video

A short online video that follows a woman as she goes through her day, and identifies the toxic substances that she encounters throughout her day. 

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Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle  
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1533169/

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Published: September 1998
Pathways to breast cancer: a case study for innovation in chemical safety evaluation  
http://coeh.berkeley.edu/greenchemistry/cbcrpdocs/executive_summary.pdf

A report of the Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project, arising because proposed legislation in the US calls for disclosure of information about the toxicity of industrial chemicals. Investigates how such efforts could help identify chemicals that may raise the risk of breast cancer. Includes a testing scheme, called the Hazard Identification Approach, that provides a methodology for identifying substances that could elevate breast cancer risk.

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Published: 2010
Human fertility under attack: from research to action on phthalates and endocrine disruptors  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4yQtRuzkOI

A video of an address by Dr. Shanna Swan to the Assemblée Nationale colloquium on endocrine disruptors, focussing on phtalates and fertility.

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Published: April 10, 2012
Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A  
http://cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/resources/cancer/plastics%20%26%20BC%20risk%20Q%20%26%20A%20ENG.pdf

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

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Published: 2012
If the chair fits, sit on it  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1981_Healthsharing_Vol_2_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article discusses workplace furniture and our bodies. Provides a checklist to determine whether the chair you sit on at work is good for your well being. Recommends what to do about it.

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Published: 1981
The politics of artificial light  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1982_Healthsharing_Spring.pdf

 This article addresses our increased dependency on artificial light, specifically fluorescent light. Describes how this increased dependency came to be. identifies how this change in our environment has impacted our bodies and biological rhythms. Explains how artificial light differs from the sun. 

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Published: 1982
The radical orthodoxy of naturopathic medicine  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1983_Healthsharing_Spring.pdf

In this article a medical anthropologist proposes naturopathy as an alternative to the invasive system of drugs and surgery. Describes naturopathy; principles and practice. 

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Published: 1983
Hazards in our household  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1984_Healthsharing_Vol_5_No_2_Spring.pdf

This article discusses house work and the environmental dangers of home workplace. Dangers of cleaning products. Potential dangers of appliances. 

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Published: 1984
Breast milk : an untold story  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1985_Healthsharing_Vol_6_No_3_Summer.pdf

This article identifies the chemical hazards of breast feeding. Advocates for women to take control of their own health. List of resources.

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Published: 1985