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

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-03-23
Publisher(s): Da Capo Press
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The textbook is always readable in spite of the great amounts of data and analysis presented. In fact, Steingraber's writing is excellent, at times even poetic, never dry, boring or overly technical. She presents a clear, cogent and convincing case for the environmental roots of cancer. For those who believe Rachel Carson was right, this textbook is a must-read update and a reminder that faith is not enough. I highly recommend picking it up. It will likely give you a whole new perspective on the health of our world and us.

Living Downstream An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


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.

‘’Steingraber’s ability to meld literary prose with complex scientific information has made her a best selling author. Like her hero Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring led to the ban on the pesticide DDT and kick started the grass roots environmental movement, Steingraber somehow finds language beautiful and compelling enough to seduce readers to sit through a science lesson.’’-The Sun, January 2009

‘’Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media, said that Steingraber’s expertise in writing and biology as well as her personal experience created an unbelievable combination. ‘What she’s brilliant at almost in a league of her own is mixing personal passionate stories with totally comprehensive and accurate science,’ he said. ‘It’s not easy to do, it’s not easy to make complex scientific issues interesting, but no one does it better than Sandra Steingraber.’’-The Ithacan, 2/12/10

Author Biography

Sandra Steingraber, PhD, is the author of Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. An internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, she is a visiting scholar at Ithaca College, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the second editionp. xi
Trace amountsp. 1
Silencep. 17
Timep. 35
Spacep. 59
Warp. 89
Animalsp. 123
Earthp. 143
Airp. 171
Waterp. 187
Firep. 213
Our bodies, inscribedp. 239
Ecological rootsp. 261
Afterwordp. 287
Further resourcesp. 291
Source notesp. 297
Acknowledgments for the second editionp. 381
Acknowledgments for the first editionp. 387
Indexp. 393
About the authorp. 413
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