Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, the author of "Living Downstream" looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child.
Sandra Steingraber tells the month-by-month story of her own pregnancy, weaving in the new knowledge of embryology, the intricate development of organs, the emerging architecture of the brain, and the transformation of the mother's body to nourish and protect the new life. At the same time, she shows all the hazards that we are now allowing to threaten each precious stage of development, including the breastfeeding relationship between mothers and their newborns. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother's body is the first environment, the mediator between the toxins in our food, water, and air and her unborn child.
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"A fascinating journey into how women move through the often toxic terrain of pregnancy to the world of child nourishment and protection." "A fascinating journey into...the often toxic terrain of pregnancy to the world of child nourishment and protection." "A cross between the quirkily thorough detail of Natalie Angier's science writing and the passionate environmental advocacy of Rachel Carson."
About Sandra Steingraber
Sandra Steingraber, PH.D. is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Post-Diagnosis, a volume of poetry. She received her doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Michigan and taught biology for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. The recipient of several awards for science writing, Steingraber was named a Ms. Magazine "Woman of the Year" in 1997. Recently, as part of international treaty negotiations, she breifed United Nations delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She has been selected as the 2001 recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award from Carson's alma mater, Chatham College. Currently on the faculty at Cornell University, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband the sculptor Jeff de Castro, and their daugher Faith.
Having Faith by Sandra Steingraber
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