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Woodtiger Funds Reporting on Women, Health and Environment
Women’s eNews begins a new investigative series on women and the environment today supported by a grant of $15,000 from The Woodtiger Fund.
The first article, published today, looks at the wide ranging risks for women and their children in America:
“Mothers and children share this “body burden” of pollutants in much the same way they share physical traits. Tests by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group found children have more synthetic chemicals in common with their mothers than with unrelated women and children.
Combined, these environmental contaminants may be responsible for the recent doubling in the incidence of asthma, autism, diabetes, male infertility, obesity and prostate cancer.”
Read the full report at: http://womensenews.org/story/environment/121117/strong-medicine-needed-combat-toxic-policies
Women’s eNews will research, report, and edit a series of stories about women and the environment, including coverage of women-led grassroots movements and the effects of environmental hazards on women’s health.
Molly Ginty, a Women’s eNews contributor, is leading the eight-part reporting series. Ginty and the Women’s eNews editorial team were recognized on June 26, 2012 with a Casey Medal for Meritorious Reporting for an Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute supported report “Infant Formula Companies Milk US Food Program”.
“Molly Ginty is an outstanding journalist who is deeply committed to producing the kind of high-impact journalism that reflects her commitment to women’s health” said Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief of Women’s eNews. “I am delighted the Woodtiger Fund supports an opportunity for Ginty to continue in her dedication to documenting the unnecessary environmental hazards to all women’s well-being.”
This foundation sponsored series will be published over the next year and work to better inform Women’s eNews’ audience of activists, academics, students, philanthropists and government officials.
Myth Busting Women Aimed Alternative Medicine
Forty percent of Americans—a majority of them women—spend 10 percent of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on complementary and alternative therapies.
Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, based in Gaithersburg, Md., reported on findings from the agency’s large-scale double-blind trials for alternative therapies. The center is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.
Evening Primrose oil, it turns out, has not been any better than a placebo in these trials at relieving menopausal symptoms or PMS. On the benefits of gingko biloba, an extract from the leaves of the ginkgo tree, Briggs was likewise discouraging.
Other findings from her agency’s research:
- Echinacea is not effective in treating or preventing colds.
- Black cohosh and red clover are not effective for menopausal hot flashes.
- Saw palmetto doesn’t help with prostate problems.
- Shark cartilage is not effective against cancer.
- Cranberry juice doesn’t prevent recurrent urinary tract infection.